As their tag line says "You should be here", and yes you should!!
My best friend and I work in a highly stressful and exhausting industry, we were both also experiencing a rather difficult and overwhelming time in our personal lives - so I made the spontaneous decision to book Starhaven for the night.. Best decision to make by far!
The weather was pretty hideous which meant that it took us 3x longer to arrive at Starhaven, but when we did we were met with totally genuine warmth and hospitality by our hosts Ian and Robert (oh and Sparky too!). We were shown to our huge room and given the run down on all the mod-cons, then a grand tour. Ian & Robert were kind enough to offer their local suggestions for a late night takeaway (as mentioned, we arrived very late) and even had menus on hand.
We came back to the fireplace lit and places set for us at the dining table. A few glasses of bubbly by the beautiful modern fireplace and we were well on our way to being utterly relaxed, PJs and all.
We decided to make use of the huge indoor Jacuzzi, and the huge selection of new release movies/TV/on demand entertainment on the big flatscreen under a sea of indoor stars in the ceiling...! Quite surreal..!
After enjoying our 'Swiss Miss' hot choccies (coincidentally both our favourites), we slept soundly in the super comfy king sized bed adorned with premium TC linens - something we both noticed and appreciated!
We were able to enjoy the foreign concept called a "sleep in" and relished in it, we then came upstairs to a vast array of breakfast goodies from home made muesli, to hot fresh croissants.. But it didn't stop there, we had a delicious hot brekkie cooked for us to our (specific) likings. We all sat down and chatted easily and freely for hours!! We then enjoyed the gorgeous water views and even went up to the roof terrace for a 360 degree view of the area.
Ian and Robert definitely went above and beyond, their eclectic tastes in decor and design flow effortlessly throughout the entire building and their warm genuine characters and industry experience is well translated in their ability to make you feel right at home and welcome from the very start and throughout. It is the attention to the finer details that also make Starhaven and it's hosts so special; on our departure we were presented with 2 gift bags full of 'Swiss Miss'! Such a sweet and unexpected gesture, again proof that it's the little things that just knock your socks off!
I couldn't recommend Starhaven Retreat more highly... Ian and Robert have done everything right, I feel privileged that I was able to stay here and I can't wait to go back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Starhaven Retreat, an internationally acclaimed home, as seen on Grand Designs Australia, offers stylish accommodation. The ideal choice to stay, meet & relax with a difference. Its beachside location offers stunning surrounds with fantastic views across the bay to Melbourne. Relax in the spa & sauna or simply enjoy a drink & movie in the starlit cinema. "You should be here!" ... more less
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