“A wonderfully welcoming boutique hotel with elegant rooms and landscaped grounds in the Margaret River wine region”
Decorated in warm chocolates, creams and beiges, with a single striking landscape photograph on the wall (by Christian Fletcher, who has a gallery in Dunsborough), Windmills Break’s spacious rooms are elegant yet understated with a clean contemporary look often associated more with business hotels - except for the touch of glam in the Glomesh cushions and champagne flutes!
We relished the colossal bathrooms, and close attention to detail found all rooms, including the entry-level Deluxe Courtyard Rooms. There’s everything you could wish for in a five-star room, including movies, books, games, well-stocked mini-bars, bathrobes, and even candy in a jar. The 3 'spa' categories also come with spa baths of course, and there are qualified therapists on call and massages, facials and other treatments on offer.
Each room has a terrace, courtyard or garden area, all with sun beds, although the swimming pool isn’t far away. Some rooms are located in the main building, while some are in detached buildings.
The gigantic gourmet breakfast here is a real treat - with fresh juice, fruit and yoghurt, good coffee and locally baked breads, all generously sized and served on the restaurant’s alfresco terrace overlooking the garden. We also heartily recommend the Eggs Benedict, although the Windmills Gourmet cooked breakfast with pan-fried field mushrooms is also popular.
There’s an excellent lunch menu served 4 days per week, with selections including Tempura battered Fish and Chips, Scotch Fillet Steak Sandwich and Chips, and Chicken Parmagiana and Salad.
Complimentary tea, coffee, port, fruit, biscuits and cakes are served in the guest lounge daily, the perfect accompaniment to curling up in front of the fire.
The bar has a local wine list, but be sure to try their own wine varietals - Windmills Cabernet Merlot and Windmills Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. You can also BYO and drink the fruits of your winery tours in the rooms and suites. Note that the Premier Spa Apartment has a kitchenette so you can self-cater from time to time. Grocery shops are in Dunsborough (4km).
Guests are welcome to use the barbecue in the summer, but most will prefer to explore the plethora of restaurants in the area - staff can make recommendations and reservations - and book taxis. Highlights includelazy lunches at the Bunkers Beach Café, on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches, and the superb Lamont’s with an adjacent gallery. You can also bring a take-away back to your suite and eat contentedly in its courtyard, terrace or garden.