Port Stephens is one of the jewels of the New South Wales mid-north coast. It’s here that you can enjoy whale &/or dolphin watching and sight-seeing cruises, jet boat joy-rides, and quad bike tours out on the nearby Stockton Sand Dunes. But for those who like to do absolutely nothing on holiday, and do it in style, then the new Bannister’s Port Stephens – at Salamander Bay – is the perfect destination!
Part of international celebrity chef Rick Stein’s boutique hotel group, Bannisters Port Stephens is bare-foot luxury, at its finest. With its beach-front location, infinity pool, and range of accommodation options, Bannisters ticks all the boxes! There’s a Penthouse, Luxury Suites, Ocean Deck, Studio, and Paper Bark rooms on offer, ensuring there’s a room in everyone’s price point.
Once you’ve checked-in, there is simply no reason to leave this beautifully designed hotel. There are several dining options on site, from casual dining at The Terrace (where you can also order snacks and drinks) to ‘Rick Stein at Bannisters’, where you can experience more formal, fine dining. The kitchen is headed up by Mitch Turner. Having worked at several hatted restaurants throughout the UK, Mitch returned to Australia to work with Rick on the creation of a menu that is ninety per cent seafood. Largely sourced from local fishing co-op’s, patrons are assured of the finest, and the freshest seafood the mid- north coast has to offer.