Broome Travel Guide
Tourist season is just starting up in the northwest Australian town of Broome, so it's great timing for the Cable Beach Club Resort to be officially opening their new Chahoya Spa.
We've been dreaming about this spa's Buddha Sanctuary for a while, where you can take a yoga or tai chi class, but the whole wellness experience has got a lot bigger with the April 1 spa opening. Along with some regular massage and body wrap services, the Chahoya Spa people have put together a Himalayan Rejuvenation Therapy package. There's nothing mountainous about Broome but the treatment sounds good anyway, with two hours of steam inhalation treatment, massage, steam tent and Shirodhara relaxation to make you into a new person.
So far there don't seem to be any hotel and spa combo packages, but even the separate prices are not too bad. The entire two hours of Himalayan treatment costs A$270 ($190), and you can get a basic studio suite for A$319 ($230) a night. Getting to Broome might be the most expensive part, although Virgin Blue has cheapish flights from Perth these days.
Way up in the far north-west corner of Australia--a long way from any big city--the town of Broome already has a great reputation for its gorgeous Cable Beach. This May, a new resort is opening and with cheaper flights up there just taking off, we're tipping the Pinctada Cable Beach Resort could be a big hit.
Apart from the nearby Cable Beach Club Resort there's not really another resort alternative up in Broome, and Pinctada is already promoting itself as being the finest accommodation in town. It will be a 71-room resort with architecture influenced by the old pearlers' homes that once littered Broome. There are also smaller studio rooms named for the Japanese influence, like the "Shinju" or "pearl" studios. Nice combo of history and culture here, and we approve.
One of the few ways to get to Broome is a flight from Perth, and this distance means we're not talking a stop on everyone's Aussie itinerary. Not yet, anyway. But we've got our eye on Pinctada. They're now taking bookings from May onwards, with no opening specials to speak of--nightly rates starting from A$420 ($265).
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Sunset camel walks on the beach, shopping in a pearl capital, and guaranteed good weather (at least out of cyclone season): these sound already like enough reasons for me to head to the Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome, on the north-west coast of Australia. On top of that, it won the award for Best Regional Accommodation in last year's Australian Hotel Association awards.
Although the core of the resort is nearly twenty years old, much of the resort has been renovated recently and you can choose from Studio Rooms, Bungalows, Villas or Suites, depending on budget, needs and how many people you're holidaying with. Personally, I'm keen on the couple's Ocean View Studio, because if you're going to stay at Cable Beach, you really should be able to see Cable Beach.
There seem to be quite a few sightseeing options around Broome (including enacting the classic Broome photograph of riding a camel along the beach at sunset) but there are also quite a few leisure options at the Resort. Since the mention mango daiquiris in the same breath as lagoon style pool, I can imagine spending the day there.
But if the need to cleanse your body is greater, you can try the "Buddha Sanctuary" where the tai chi and yoga classes are held. Just for the record, the Buddha of Buddha Sanctuary is allegedly the largest crystal Buddha statue in the world. Now you all want to go too, right?