Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River
What We Love
- Boardwalk beach access — the turquoise Indian Ocean is just a short stroll from your villa
- An emphasis on locally produced materials such as jarrah hardwood floors
- The award-winning Vie spa, which has an extensive treatment menu featuring native ingredients and organic essential oils
What To Know
- The car-free resort has some great walking and jogging paths through landscaped gardens, in addition to a tennis court. For those with mobility problems (or a lot of luggage), buggies can transport you to your villa
- For larger groups and families, a three-bedroom villa (sleeping seven) can be created by linking two- and one-bedroom villas via a connecting door
- Starting the day with a dip in the ocean is a bracing experience, but young and less experienced swimmers should stick to the pool — the waves can be strong
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Sitting among 35 acres of landscaped garden, with Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park as its next door neighbor, the contemporary Pullman Resort Bunker Bay has beach-meets-bush Australian chic written all over it. It blends effortlessly into its picturesque surroundings through the use of locally produced materials, including jarrah hardwood floors and limestone feature walls, while the high pitched roof in the reception area is supported by driftwood beams. Decorative flourishes are kept to a minimum, allowing the sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows to do the talking.
Bed and Bath
Quite rightly, the focus here is on natural beauty. The one- and two-bedroom villas are sparsely decorated in neutral colors, with polished wooden floors, and have either a private furnished courtyard set in the garden or a deck area overlooking the lake. The resort features all-new kingsize beds with memory foam pillows, meaning it can be hard to tear yourself away, but at least checkout time is a lie-in-friendly 11 a.m. The spacious marble bathrooms come with indulgently deep standalone bathtubs and walk-in showers and are stocked with products from Paris perfumery Roger & Gallet.
Serving modern Australian food with a Mediterranean twist, the Other Side of the Moon is the resort’s fine dining restaurant. It’s headed up by chef Nathan Flannery, who has introduced a weekly changing seasonal menu. In keeping with the resort’s emphasis on the great outdoors, the dining room spreads out over an olive tree–studded terrace and offers sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. For a more casual meal, the bistro and bar serves lunch, dinner and local tipples from the Margaret River wine region, and you don’t even need to vacate your sun lounger to enjoy snacks and cocktails from the poolside bar. In addition, 24-hour room service is available in the villas.
In the Area
Home to more than 90 vineyards, the Margaret River region is a wine lover’s paradise. Enjoy a tasting with views of the vines at the award-winning Vasse Felix before lunching at Swings Taphouse & Kitchen. Delicious tapas-style dishes are served in the airy dining room and on the leafy veranda, and, just to add to the laid-back atmosphere, wines grown at the restaurant’s vineyard in nearby Yallingup are poured straight from the barrel into the carafe. Save room for a few scoops of ice cream at nearby Millers; the decadent raspberry with Belgian white chocolate sells out in seconds. If beer is your drink of choice, Eagle Bay Brewery is a 10-minute drive from the resort; it serves wood-fired pizzas and gourmet pub grub to complement the European-style brews. If all this excess is making you feel guilty, Mother Nature offers a workout in the form of the Cape Naturaliste’s hiking trails. Learn more about the region’s maritime history with a visit to the lighthouse at Geographe Bay — and keep an eye out for migrating whales.
How to Get There
Pleasant rooms, plenty of space, kitchenettes for basic food prep. Restaurant service good, good quality food but not an extensive menu, a bit generic. The best thing us the view from restaurant and pool, and the bush beach ambience of the rooms. Super convenient for beach and nice tennis courts. Great hiking at your doirstep. Conference room adjacent to restaurant has awesome views.
Nice hotel location along the beach and with a lot of green. It is a short drive away from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. The hotel has nice outdoor cafe platform overseeing the Bunker Bay which open up to the the sea for whale watching.
We spent two nights in a lakeside room and absolutely loved it. Our accommodation was spacious and well appointed, with a lovely view over the lake. We were maybe 200 metres from the gorgeous beach. What impressed us most was the way the resort has been laid out in a large area covering a hillside. A huge effort must have gone into its construction, with retaining dry-stone walls of massive boulders and very little concrete in sight. All the villas are set among natural woodland and the whole atmosphere is wonderfully rural.
We had excellent breakfasts at the resort, too. We didn't have dinner there. The service was very good indeed - absolutely nothing to criticise. We'd go again, for sure.