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Hotel Highlights

  • One of Australia's best beaches right on your doorstep
  • Stylish luxury resort, with comfy rooms and smart food tailored to the tropical climate
  • Cool pool and pampering spa, drawing on indigenous Lit'ya products

Overview

Just a few steps from Broome, Australia's legendary beach, the Pinctada Cable Beach hotel mixes coastal luxe with a dash of cultural pizzazz. With plantation shutters that open onto breezy lounging decks, the hotel’s relaxed rooms have a contemporary, multi-cultural vibe that tips its hat to the town’s Asian heritage. Don't miss the standout brasserie and aboriginal-inspired spa.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

72, including 17 suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible subject to availability and time required; after 4pm, a full extra night's tariff applies. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $246.46 (AU$265), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include return airport transfers, but exclude full breakfast at AU$28 a person a day, or AU$18 for a Continental breakfast.

Also

Relax in the world-class Pinctada Spa, set around a courtyard plunge pool, where native Li'Tya products and rituals, such as smoke ceremonies, tap into indigenous heritage. Choose between couples, individual and group treatment rooms, before unwinding in the sauna, mineral bath, Vichy showers or juice bar. A spa dining menu stops the munchies in their tracks.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, CD/DVD library, concierge, gardens, boutique, WiFi or broadband throughout (from AU$5 an hour to AU$59.95 for a week). In rooms: flatscreen TV with 150 movies on-demand, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, beach towels, organic Mount Romance sandalwood toiletries, aromatherapy bath oil menu (except in Shinju Studios). Some Honjin Courtyard Suites and all Master Pearler Suites sport kitchenettes with Miele appliances.

Our favourite rooms

For added privacy and intimacy, we liked the 12 Honjin Courtyard Suites, clustered in groups of four around serene, shared courtyards with a plunge pool and private decks (room 707 has a top spot). Team them with the interconnecting Studios if you're travelling with family or friends. For understated chic, the five spacious Master Pearler Suites also get the thumbs-up, perched above the Brizo bar with pool views.

Poolside

The cleverly designed outdoor Maxima Pool, at the heart of the resort, is surrounded by generous chill-out areas with plenty of sun-beds and shading trees. Knock out a few lengths in the 25-metre lap lane, then kick back with a cool beer from the Brizo Pool Bar.

Packing tips

This is the gateway to the Kimberley so pack for Outback desert adventures as well as beach action. Shorts for camel rides on the shore; boots for trekking in the dunes; a mask and snorkel for swimming with manta rays; and coastal-chic threads for glamming up come evening.

Also

Pinctada Cable Beach is a non-smoking hotel. Pets are not allowed.

Children

Well-travelled children are welcome, although there's no kids' club or babysitting. Baby cribs are free and extra rollaway beds cost AU$50 a child a night.

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Eco‐friendly

Given the rugged, remote location, it's no surprise that Pinctada is eco-smart. Louvres and overhead fans teamed with breezy, flow-through ventilation minimise the need for air-conditioning. Solar heating and recycling reduce water consumption, and daylight-harvesting sensors dim electric lights when natural is available. The Jamie Durie-designed Meditative Garden stars drought-tolerant and low-water-use indigenous plants.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

With a seasonal menu designed by respected Melbourne chef Greg Malouf and savvy service, the excellent Selene Brasserie whips up spice-trail wonders, blending sharp and sweet North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours with a taste of the Kimberley. Dukkah, goat's cheese, pistachios and pomegranate seem well suited to the tropical climate, with the pearl meat starter a stand-out. Expect house-made breads, pastas and desserts, with a fine selection of Australian wines. The venue's sleek, too, teaming rattan furniture and timber floors with white tablecloths, bold lighting and art.

Hotel Bar

Sofa-scattered Nyx Bar, named after the Greek goddess of the night, tempts guests with cocktail creations come evening. By day, Brizo Pool Bar & Cafe is the go to quaff a chilled glass of white on your poolside lounger, overlooking landscaped gardens and a cascading water feature. It also dishes up Moroccan-style tapas and snacks.

Last orders

Snack or sip at Brizo from 11am until 6pm; Selene serves dinner from 6pm until 9pm; Nyx keeps mixing from 4pm until late.

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Dress code

Floaty white maxi-dresses for her; neutral-toned linens for him.

Top table

Poolside at Brizo, where curvy, rattan lounge chairs are perfect for cosying up with your companion.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Take time to enjoy Aboriginal-influenced massages, facials and wraps at the serene Pinctada Spa, which draws on Li'Tya products using native, botanical ingredients. Naturally, given the location, spa therapies make the most of sea salt, nutrient-rich mud and local plants and spices, from frangipani to sandalwood and sage. Journeys for men and mothers-to-be are included in the mix, as well as solo and couples pampering.

 

A 10-minute walk or car-hop away, Cable Beach offers 27 kilometres of sweeping white sand, fringed by turquoise sea. Take a dip with manta rays, or hop aboard one of the area's famous camels for a shoreside ride – so much cooler than travelling by 4WD! Tours set off in the morning, lunchtime or at sunset, from AU$50 a person, with three operators to choose from: Ships of the Desert (+61 419 954 022; www.shipsofthedesert.com.au), Red Sun Camels (1800 184 488; www.redsuncamels.com.au) and Broome Camel Safaris (+61 419 916 101; www.broomecamelsafaris.com.au).

 

For more exotic Broome adventures, the hotel can hook you up with everything from pearl-farm visits to hovercraft thrills, scenic flights, deep-sea fishing, diving and whale-watching (in season), as well as sightseeing trips around Broome (just swing by Pinctada's tour desk). We like the idea of a champagne brunch or sunset sailing cruise on a historic wooden pearl lugger boat, care of Intombi (+61 (0)8 9192 7321; www.broomelugger.com). Then again, you could just go pearl-shopping in town...

 

While Broome works well as a standalone seaside destination, it's also a handy jumping-off point for trips inland into the Kimberley, where Smith stay El Questro Homestead makes a beautiful boutique base for hiking, gorge swims and wild desert explorations.

Local restaurants

Seafood in a stunning setting – it’s what Broome does best. Indulge in barramundi wings, spicy squid and chilli prawns at iconic Wharf Restaurant (+61 (0)8 9192 5700), a friendly seafood eatery at 401 Port Drive with views over the town wharf. Slightly pricy, with old-school Aussie counter service, but well worth a trip. Get in early for the half-price oysters from 2pm to 5pm.
 

Local bars

Sip on a plum mojito or a Matso’s Mule while watching the sun slip down the fiery sky at Sunset Bar and Grill (+61 (0)8 9192 0400), in a prime spot overlooking the beach. The menu includes steak, pizza and battered barramundi. Find it at Cable Beach Club, 1 Cable Beach Road, Cable Beach. Upbeat and bustling, recently refurbished Zeebar (+61 (0)8 9193 6511; www.zeebar.com.au) on Sanctuary Road, Cable Beach, is a pleasant change from the rest of Broome, with live music on some nights. The tapas-style menu (half-price on Monday nights) includes crumbed crocodile and duck shanks. 

Local cafés

At Old Zoo Café (+61 (0)8 9193 6200; www.zoocafe.com.au), tuck into hearty breakfasts, the lunchtime tasting plate of crocodile, camel and pearl meat, or a dinner of slow-cooked duck. At 2 Challenor Drive, Cable Beach, this popular eatery is on the site of the former zoo, opened by Broome patron and promoter Lord McAlpine.

 

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A block from Cable Beach

Pinctada Cable Beach

10 Murray Road, Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia 6725, Australia

Nestled in the rugged coastal landscape a stroll from dunes and sea, Pinctada Cable Beach is also close to all the Broome action.

Planes

Fly into Broome International Airport (www.broomeair.com.au), which receives direct flights from Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, as well as local links from Kununurra and Learmonth (Exmouth). From there, it's just a 10-minute drive to the hotel, with free transfers included in rates. If you're picking up your own wheels, you'll find the usual hire-car suspects, such as Avis (www.avis.com), at the airport.

Automobiles

There's a generous space for free parking at the hotel if you've rocked up with your own car (red dust-encrusted 4WDs are all the rage among Broome's up-for-it beach set and visitors alike). The hotel is also just a 10-minute drive from China Town or Broome's other attractions.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Kim Smee , Media advisor maverick

'I don't think he's going to make it, ma'am,’ the waiter remarks helpfully, staring at the evidence of my restaurant faux pas; a yoghurt-slathered piece of barramundi bobbing in my glass of water. It’s the kind of gentle cheekiness I've come to expect from the staff at Pinctada Cable Beach, and I've grown to love it. Caught locally in the tropical Broome waters, the grilled fish is th…
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Pinctada Cable Beach

Anonymous review by Kim Smee, Media advisor maverick

'I don't think he's going to make it, ma'am,’ the waiter remarks helpfully, staring at the evidence of my restaurant faux pas; a yoghurt-slathered piece of barramundi bobbing in my glass of water. It’s the kind of gentle cheekiness I've come to expect from the staff at Pinctada Cable Beach, and I've grown to love it.

Caught locally in the tropical Broome waters, the grilled fish is the last dish on our ‘Spice Journey’ tasting menu in the resort's sleek Selene Brasserie. A notable finale, it looks like a sophisticated little number until it slithers off my fork and back into water. I was thinking that the cocktails were pleasant but nowhere near strong enough, but judging by my food-handling skills and Mr Smith's repeated fumbling of our share plates, the drinks do pack a punch.

After two hours of feasting, and unending indulgence from our servers, we retire to our Shinju Studio. A mercifully air-conditioned sanctuary from Broome's at-times oppressive humidity, the room is a sizeable and simple space with dark wooden flooring and a lot of wicker furniture. They really like wicker at Pinctada. Decor is neutral but somehow still stylish and the shower and bathroom are big enough for a football team, despite the clientele almost exclusively comprising couples (no kids, rowdy groups of young lads or anyone hilariously drunk in sight).

A mellow, meditative garden beckons behind our ground-floor room. It’s a peaceful spot combining a few Asian-style elements with magnificent local baby boab trees. Our studio doors open out to a small deck surrounded by bamboo and overlooking a huge communal pool dominating the grounds. Scattered seating nooks also look promising for a moment's stolen solitude.

Pinctada Spa is the other star feature, although some seductive bars (one toting a jaw-dropping long wooden table) give it a run for its money. I phone room service and attempt to bag a treatment, but despite being the wet season it’s fully booked (top tip: put your name on the spa list as soon as you reserve your room). Sasha, at spa reception, must have heard the desperation in my voice because she works miracles to find a slot for us to have a rub down the next day.

It could have been the vodka mule, the lychee martini or the incredibly comfortable king-size bed with feather pillows, but we sleep very well. Although the continental breakfast offerings the next morning are nothing special, the cooked breakfasts back at Selene Brasserie are worth getting out of bed for. ‘Your vegetarian breakfast… with bacon, ma'am,’ the waiter says with a wry smile.

Having devoured my breakfast, I make a beeline for the spa. It’s a beautiful space, complete with entirely unnecessary but utterly calming bubbling rock pools. Oddly kicked off with a middle-aged white woman performing an aboriginal smoking ceremony, the massage is an intensely good one. Mr Smith reports that his is also spot-on, although he admits to feeling suspicious that I might have ordered him something off the menu when a blonde bombshell named Misty enters his room. Of course, Misty is the consummate professional and leaves Mr Smith tongue-tied but knot-free.

During wet season most of the boating tours don’t run, but there are still scores of activities on offer if you get tired of relaxing, including a day trip to the Willie Creek Pearl Farm and another to Gantheaume Point. We’d visited the latter our last time in Broome and I’d loved travelling there by hovercraft. Am I the only one who thinks that hovercrafts only exist in sci-fi fantasy? Well, they’re big news in Western Australia, too, and can whisk you across the mud flats to ogle dinosaur footprints and spectacular scenery where rich red earth contrasts with brilliant blue water. A must.

Cable Beach, another Broome highlight, is just a short walk from the resort. Aptly named after a cable that used to run from the beach to Indonesia’s capital Jakarta during the town’s pearl-diving peak, it is a magnificent stretch of white sand voted among the world’s best. Daily camel rides along the shore make for a surreal experience.

Infamous for its tropical-flavoured beer and cider, one of Broome’s most celebrated restaurants is bayside Matso’s, which doubles as a craft brewery. We catch a bus there on our second night, but I recommend taking a cab because it’s about a kilometre from where the bus drops you off at backpacker-friendly Chinatown. It’s a tough choice between catch of the day, curry and ginger beer-topped, braised pork belly.

Yes, this remote Australian town rich with indigenous history has a Chinatown. Its roots in the pearl-diving industry saw an influx of labour and fortune-seekers from Asia from the late 1880s onwards. The Asian influence here is still unmistakable; it’s part of what makes Broome unique. It’s also why the Asian inspiration at Pinctada Cable Beach makes sense. This is the beauty of Broome and with it the resort: dichotomy's exist – Japanese and European cultures, western women performing aboriginal ceremonies, cheeky but incredibly professional and helpful staff – but it works, just like a vegetarian breakfast with bacon... 

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