Hotel Review: Pullman Resort Bunker Bay
Nestled alongside the glorious white sands and azure waters of Bunker Bay on the northern fringe of Australia’s Margaret River region, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort sits on 35 acres of magnificent landscaped gardens and boasts beachfront access.
During my trip to Margaret River, I stayed in Pullman Resort Bunker Bay and the view is gorgeous. It just makes me wanna stay in the room whole day or head to the beach to chill. The resort offers 150 spacious, bungalow-style villas with a choice of studio, one, two and three-bedroom configurations.
Upon entering my room, I was greeted with Jarrah timber floors, king size bed, well-equipped kitchenettes, opulent bathrooms with deep baths and wireless internet. The villas have separate living and dining areas and feature lofty cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling opening windows which flow on to the resort grounds.
The resort’s picturesque Other Side of the Moon restaurant is aptly named after one of the famous surf breaks nearby. Offering the choice of alfresco or indoor dining, the restaurant presents style and ambience with superb views across the Indian Ocean.
In the morning, we have the usual western breakfast like scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms and coffee. Even though it was just a typical breakfast, the view totally rock my breakfast. Imagine sitting at the al-fresco area where you are having breakfast with a view of the ocean, it becomes an instant mood booster.
There are so many things you can do within the resort. That’s why it is a perfect getaway destination. You can chill out at the outdoor heated infinity-edge swimming pool, head to the gymnasium or have a round of tennis game.
Award-winning Australian wineries are nearby as well as many iconic attractions, including Busselton Jetty and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Whale-watching tours are very popular in the region and can be arranged by the resort.
If you wish to relax and unwind, The Pullman Vie Spa on the grounds of the resort is the perfect place to go. This award-winning day spa boasts six treatment suites and two couple’s suites with secluded courtyards. A signature of the day spa is their iKOU menu, which is designed to complement the surrounding environment of the Margaret River region as products used in treatments feature native plants, flowers and fruit extracts. It is open daily and close at 5pm daily.
In the evening, I took a stroll to the Bunker Bay beach. It was a few minutes walk and along the way, I spotted the beautiful sunset which lets a beautiful glow on the villas. And as we walk through the boardwalk, what greeted me is a beautiful shoreline of fine white sand and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. We kept stopping to take photos because the view is stunning.
Dinner was back at Other Side of the Moon. The fare is distinctly modern Australian, underpinned by Mediterranean influences. Naturally, locally sourced produce features heavily on the resort’s menu, with the wine list boasting an impressive array of award-winning locally bottled wines. Executive Chef Nathan Flannery and his team pride themselves on utilising only the freshest, and where possible, sustainable local produce for the menu.
We started with Char Grilled Fremantle Yellowfin Tuna. I can’t deny that Australia has one of the freshest catch of the day. The fish always taste so tender and fresh that I have been eating lots of them during my trip. The tuna is paired with grilled heirloom tomatoes, baby zucchinis and squash, with a bright green pea puree, dried olives and soft boiled eggs which liven up the smoky ingredients.
Another fish dish which was well executed was the seared snapper with Carnarvon asparagus and roasted cherry truss tomatoes. Drizzled with white wine cream, it helped in the flavouring of the meat. Unfortunately, the Black Brook Angus Tenderloin didn’t impress much. It’s not as tender as I hope it should be, but thankfully a little extra attention in sauce soubise helped.
Dessert lovers will delight in truly decadent creations. Drift away on elegant lemon and lime layered tart with berry coulis, or the excellent tiramisu cappuccino with chocolate mouse and hazelnut foam.
Last but not least, the restaurant’s location in one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions allows us to sample award-winning wines from Fermoy Estate. Located in the heart of Margaret River region, Fermoy was establish in 1985. They have been producing quality award winning wines which are sought after and appreciated across Australia and around the world, including Singapore.
We met Gavin Cahill from Fermoy Estate for an enjoyable wine tasting. He brought along Fermoy’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon which is the only Western Australian wine served at the official reception for the Royal Wedding of Australia’s Mary Donaldson to Prince Frederik of Denmark. I am white wine person, hence I was in love with Fermoy’s 2013 Semillion Sauvignon Blanc. It is well balanced and lively with fresh citrus, snow peas and cut grass, displaying oodles of length, the palate is clean with a crisp finish.
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay is an absolute beachfront location. I love how we can chill out with a sense of connectivity and serenity. Thank you Pullman Resort Bunker Bay for the hospitality.