Pinctada Cable Beach
- Style Pearl of a place
- Setting A block from Cable Beach
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 72, including 17 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $188.40 (AU$207), 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.
- Facilities 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.
- 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.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability and time required; after 4pm, a full extra night's tariff applies. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Well-travelled children are welcome, although there's no kids' club or babysitting. Baby cots are free and extra rollaway beds cost AU$50 a child a night.
- 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.
- Also Pinctada Cable Beach is a non-smoking hotel. Pets are not allowed.
In the know
- 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.
- 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 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.
Food and drink at Pinctada Cable Beach
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.