When it comes to iconic beaches, Sydney’s not short of top contenders.
But while we’re all familiar with the sun-hungry hordes of Manly and the green-juice sipping hipsters of Bondi, there’s one patch of golden sand that locals love and travellers adore – Coogee.
Located just 20 minutes away from the airport and only a short drive or bus trip into the bustling CBD, this relaxed beachside spot is one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs - and definitely one of its most idyllic.
For those looking for the most picturesque view of the beach, staying at the Crowne Plaza Coogee is your best bet.
A variety of rooms are on offer, including the Ocean View Rooms and their private balconies which deliver exactly as promised, with beautiful sweeping views of crystal clear water, enthusiastic lycra-clad exercisers on the beach and Wedding Cake island in the distance.
Even better, the bed is positioned to face the beach, so sleep with your curtains open if you like the idea of the sound of waves lulling you to sleep, and sunlight glinting off the water waking you up.
If you can’t bear to part from the crisp white sheets of your bed and stunning view for too long, there’s plenty of food options available in the hotel. Treat yourself to a delicious three-tiered offering of high tea and a glass of sparkling in the Bluesalt Bar, or enjoy expertly prepared share plates and pizzas with the backdrop of bright tropical décor at Oceans Dining & Drinks.
For those who want to live like a local, make the most of the free BBQs at Goldstein Park across the road (make it even easier with a pre-ordered BBQ pack from the Crowne Plaza!), or sink cold beers amidst the bustle of beautiful people at Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop garden.
Yoga aficionados can get their downward dog fix at the pretty sunlit studios at The Living Room, and doing the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is an absolute must – as is the ice-cream reward no matter which beach you finish at.
Combining the peaceful tranquility of a beachside holiday with the endless activities and delicious eats of a city stay, Coogee is the perfect place if you’re after a getaway that will leave you refreshed and relaxed but still feeling like you’ve seen the sights.
An Ocean View room starts at $283.10 including breakfast per night.