An ode to the ocean, Sydney’s iconic beachfront hotel Manly Pacific unveils its $30m transformation
Manly Pacific – MGallery has emerged from two years of rejuvenation to reveal its $30m transformation. Thoughtfully tuned to showcase Manly at its sparkling best, Manly Pacific brings a new sense of elevated coastal living to this Australian beachside landmark. The transformation features a refreshed façade, 213 redesigned rooms, including The Infinity Residence and nine ocean-facing Coastal Suites, a rooftop pool and bar, a sundeck with an infrared sauna, 55 North – an eclectic new lobby bar, and a conference and events floor. This iconic Sydney hotel with front-row seats to Manly Beach now lets guests feel connected to the ocean like never before.
A REDESIGN FOR THE SENSES
From the moment they step inside the light-filled lobby, guests will feel the difference across all their senses. Across each of its eight floors, the hotel has been skillfully reimagined by leading Australian designers Coco Republic as the ultimate in coastal living, with rooms bathed in natural light and expansive views of the ocean through Manly’s towering Norfolk pines. Drawing on the natural beauty of the Northern Beaches, the palette is soft and neutral with tactile organic textures and furnishings, pale bleached woods, and travertine stone accents that mirror the sand. Spacious hallways evoke a feeling of harmony as muted blue-grey hues speak to the sea and sky, an ode to the ocean nearby.
A signature fragrance derived from Australian botanicals local to the North Head flows throughout the hotel’s spaces. Arguably one of the most rewarding senses is also nature’s gift as guests wake to the soothing sounds of waves reaching the shoreline each morning.
THE INFINITY RESIDENCE
While the design centres around the ocean and reflects a relaxed beach lifestyle, there’s also a sophistication at play that offers guests a range of new experiences to indulge in. The Infinity Residence at Manly Pacific takes the contemporary redesign to another level. The 177 sqm 1-bedroom suite features underfloor heating, a fireplace, a kitchenette, an exquisite ensuite with a black freestanding stone bathtub, and a living and dining room opening up to a vast 100 sqm private terrace with commanding views of the ocean. Guests are welcomed with a beach towel personalised with their initials, customised pillows, fine linens, freshly cut flowers, LaGaia beauty products and their very own personal Beach Butler, on call throughout their stay. For the ultimate wine aficionado, the mini-bar comes with two Vintec wine fridges, boasting a carefully curated French and Australian wine list, from Louis Roederer Cristal Brut to Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay, as well as a premium range of whiskey, spirits, coffee and chocolate from local providores. For those wishing to entertain or pamper themselves, their Beach Butler can arrange for a Manly Mixologist to serve cocktails in their exclusive seaside sanctuary.
COASTAL SUITES & SUN LOUNGER
Nine ocean-facing, two-bedroom, two-bathroom Coastal Suites have been designed to allow guests to rejuvenate and find their own way to calm, whether it be through exercise, relaxation or even a little self-indulgence. Revive the mind, body and soul with a customisable wellness menu including a Peloton bike (upon request), Peloton classes, a yoga mat, resistance band and yoga block, Leif skincare, LaGaia facemasks, and the option between a motivational or calming playlist with Bluetooth speakers. Every room features fresh foliage throughout, while the natural stone bathrooms will have guests feel like they are at a private spa. Quality bed linens and a nightly turn-down service promise sweet dreams for every guest. The accommodation is spacious and well-considered, with separate entertaining, living and dining areas, balconies or terraces, and features every element of laid-back luxury. For anyone that struggles to disconnect at night, there’s even a service to take away their phones at 8pm. There are also 12 Sun Lounger one-bedroom, one-bathroom rooms available, which feature ocean views and deck chairs on a private 100sqm terrace.
While The Infinity Residence, Coastal Suites and Sun Lounger rooms each offer exceptional experiences, all other hotel rooms have also been refreshed to help guests master the art of staycation. Every room is thoughtfully designed and includes smart technology, including a Smart TV with Google Chromecast, Bluetooth speakers and smart room controls. Guests will enjoy the luxury of Leif amenities in the bathroom, and the mini-bar comes with selections from local producers, such as Manly Spirits, Seven Miles Coffee, Gumnut Chocolates and Beachfox Sunscreen. The hotel has also introduced dog-friendly rooms available for those travelling with well-behaved pets.
FOOD & DINING
A vibrant new bar sits adjoining to the lobby, quintessentially named 55 North in honour of its stellar address and shoreside locale. Featuring a rich tapestry of crafted elements designed by the renowned Luchetti Krelle, the eclectic space is bound to be a favourite with guests and locals alike. With its arched reliefs highlighted by timber veneers and paved autumnal marble and tiles throughout, the bar creates an approachable yet striking backdrop for some ocean-gazing. Inspired by the local spirit of the Northern Beaches, the innovative cocktail menu includes a twist on the classics, featuring the best of the region, and beyond.
In addition, guests can tempt their taste buds at two superb restaurants with Japanese fusion from Tokyo Joe, and a refreshed French coastal menu from the award-winning Bistro Manly by Executive Chef Ryan Dawson. However, it’s the local attention to detail that matters, such as the Lilly Pilly Pop VIP welcome cocktail from Bistro Manly using native Lilly Pilly Manly Spirits gin which is sourced from the edible pink flowers on the coastal dunes of the Northern Beaches headland, topped with a smoke bubble.
For those that prefer to perch above it all, a new sun-soaked nook for refined food and drinks with ambient rooftop tunes sits beside the rooftop pool, offering guests lavish Black Pearl Siberian Caviar, Southern Rock Lobster, champagne and a range of fresh seafood nibbles and local libations. With this, the brand-new rooftop pool and sundeck overlooking one of Australia’s most famous beaches is sure to become one of the most sought-after locations in New South Wales.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Just next to the rooftop pool and sundeck, guests can also book the rooftop infrared sauna through the hotel’s concierge service or “Beach Club”. The Beach Club team can also create personalised wellness experiences and packages, from surfing lessons, kayaking, boot camps, beach yoga, facials, massages and cryotherapy. Guests are also welcome to use the 24/7 facilities at the adjoining Manly Beach Health Club or instead embark on an exploration of coastal discovery at neighbouring beach gems, such as Shelly Beach.
Manly Pacific has joined Accor’s MGallery Hotel Collection, with more than 100 boutique hotels worldwide, each with a distinctive local story to tell. A strong local spirit inspires every touchpoint throughout the hotel, with the hotel’s iconic object being a custom surfboard cultivated by Denny Keogh of Keyo International, one of the pioneering Brookvale Six surfboard shapers. Encouraging guests to connect with the surrounding community, Manly Pacific wants all visitors, local and abroad, to discover what Manly and the Northern Beaches have to offer, from its rich surfing history to its thriving local arts scene and boutique shopping.
“We’re showcasing Manly’s creative community throughout the hotel, from displaying the works of local photographers to heroising local produce on our plates and featuring artisan craft pieces throughout the property,” says General Manager Dylan Cole.
“At every touch point, we’ve considered the extra level of detail guests now expect from a great hotel experience, with a key focus on sustainability initiatives, such as smarter energy-saving room controls to electric car charging stations. We’ve brought a new level of sophistication to Manly without losing the quintessential way of life of the Northern Beaches, from its laid-back lifestyle and strong connection to the sea and wellbeing,” continues Cole.
For more information about rooms and services or to make a booking, please visit manlypacific.com.au.