HotelsROOM WITH A VIEW: Discovery Parks, Rottnest Island, Perth.

Glamping on the beach brings a cool, new vibe to Western Australia

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Deluxe tent.
The View: This glamping resort has a small number of super luxury tents with magnificent views across Pinky beach to the reef-rimmed ocean. The majority of tents are placed among tuart trees, a short walk back from the beach.

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Pinky’s Beach Club.

First impressions: Rottnest Island has long been a favourite holiday destination for Perth families, who are happy to accept often basic accommodation in return for the freedom of exploring the largely car-free island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Fremantle. The addition of a glamping resort, which includes beach club, pool, restaurant and bar, brings a new cool new vibe to the island.

The Location: Situated above a picture-perfect and protected white sandy beach, the resort has pitched its tents in one of the best spots on the island. 

The Room: Big beds, ensuites with a good shower, and kitchenettes, can make you forget you are living under a canvas roof. Uninvited guests sometimes linger outside the door, but these rat-like animals, called quokkas, are both cute and friendly, and are happy to pose for selfies.

The Service: Young and eager and laid back, perfect for a property that shuns formality.

Memorable Moment: A special mention for the breakfast granola, but champagne on the lawn as the sun went down, surrounded by quokkas, was hard to beat.

Final Word: Rottnest Island retains its rustic appeal, but a touch of glamour and sophistication goes a long way. Not that Discovery Resort sets out to be exclusive. Its beach club is open to all.


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