LUX­URY OVER­LOOK­ING PAR­ADISE

Central and North Burnett Times - - ESCAPE -

The An­chor­age Ho­tel and Spa is breezy sea­side style at its finest. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the Hamp­tons, yet ooz­ing Aus­tralian style and sea­side charm, The An­chor­age is the only ab­so­lute-wa­ter­front lux­ury ho­tel at Port Stephens. Over­look­ing what is ar­guably one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful ports, the re­sort is a haven of five-star ex­cel­lence. The ho­tel and spa show­cases the re­gion’s grow­ing culi­nary rep­u­ta­tion with two wa­ter­front restau­rants – sump­tu­ous seafood at The Wild Her­ring and re­laxed all-day din­ing at The Gal­ley Kitchen. The Wild Her­ring, which hugs the wa­ter’s edge, has the stan­dard of Syd­ney restau­rant menus without all the pomp and cer­e­mony. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Michael Jenk­ins is warm and per­son­able, and that at­ti­tude is em­u­lated in the in­ti­mate, in­no­va­tive seafood on the menu. Choose from a two- or three-course menu or let the chef de­cide for you with his sig­na­ture se­lec­tion menu with match­ing wine. The Gal­ley Kitchen is a bright and breezy all-day diner that of­fers a sea­son­ally chang­ing menu fea­tur­ing lo­cal pro­duce, seafood and share plat­ters. And then there is the so­phis­ti­cated and invit­ing Moby’s Bar, the per­fect spot for sun­set cock­tails or late-night drinks. Home to some of the world’s finest whiskies, smartest cock­tails and won­der­ful wines, Moby’s is where plush vel­vets, soft leather, mar­ble, ma­hogany and dark colours of yes­ter­year com­bine with sea­side charm.

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