Chris’s Beacon Point
Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
Nat Hab groups enjoy exclusive occupancy of this dramatic property, in private 4-star villas that offer 180° views above Skenes Creek and Bass Strait through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Set high in the Otway Ranges above the Great Ocean Road, Chris's Beacon Point offers an unmatched sense of seclusion. Each air-conditioned villa features clean lines and a bright white palette accented with cool, muted tones to create a calm and restful space. Relax on the sofa in the living room with a panorama of the ocean out your window, or watch a movie on the large LCD TV. Bedrooms have one queen and two single beds, with crisp white linens. Spacious bathrooms have raised porcelain sinks and glass-enclosed tiled, walk-in showers. Early risers can make their own cup of tea or coffee in the kitchenette, then head out to the private balcony to look for koalas in the nearby manna gum trees as the sun comes up over the water. Some lucky guests occasionally find koalas hanging out on their deck!
Chris's Restaurant is widely renowned, its reputation growing since its founding in 1979 when nearby Apollo Bay was still a tiny fishing village. The emphasis has always been on the freshly caught local seafood, to which Chris adds his trademark Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair. Imagine the decadence of a whole baby squid stuffed with pine nuts, sultanas and spinach on a tomato and basil salad (vegetarians will be happy to know that guests rave just as much over the authentic Greek salads). Fine Australian wines are carefully curated to complement your meal. The restaurant's design is as memorable as its cuisine, with sandstone floors and polished native redgum and blackwood timber. It is uniquely set up on different floor levels, ensuring that just as with the villas, every table has a memorable view through the massive windows.