The Sebel Resort – Hawkesbury Valley (Windsor)

What do we usually do in Australia during a long weekend? Where do we go? That’s a common question most of my friends would ask. Actually, there’s plenty to do, if you are willing to drive, bus, train and walk a lot.

For the long weekend (Queen’s birthday), my plan was to stay home and do a whole lot of laundry and talk to my plants. That didn’t go down well with me, so on Thursday the week before, I called up a friend and asked what she would be doing. She did a random search for resorts 1-2hrs away from Sydney, and reported back with this lovely place, The Sebel resort at Hawkesbury Valley.

We parked at the resort, it’s a crowded weekend for sure. Walked straight into the lobby, and was greeted by a lovely fireplace! And beautiful white sofas. Nothing that you will find in my apartment. From where I stand, being very clumsy and all, whites don’t last very long.

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After checking in, we went straight to our room to drop our stuff off.

It’s a reasonably sized room, with 2 beds. The bed zips up to form a larger bed on request.

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Comes with a simple little dresser/study desk. Pig is not included. Good sized mirror. The tv hangs on the wall. It has a few channels, the basics and a few movie channels too. I totally confused Saturday and Sunday, and kept thinking I was there on a Saturday, and couldn’t figure out what movies we were watching for awhile.

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A fully stocked bathroom is definitely a plus. Hairdryer, magnifying mirror, good amount of space. It comes with a decent sized shower. Lots of lovely towels too. The amenities are pretty fancy too. It’s by Appelles – Apothecary & Lab. Australian branded skin care range. If your like their stuff, you can purchase the full sized version at the spa located on the premises. I have to say, it is pretty good. Loved the body lotion, and the bar soap.

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After dropping our stuff off, we took a walk around the resort. We were greeted by a lovely pond, with ducks, trees and fountain. This location is pretty popular with weddings, and there’s a platform at the edge of the pond where ceremonies are probably held at.

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After multiple selfies, we headed off to the spa. It is a location on the premises, away from the busy lobby. Fully booked for the weekend unfortunately, we could only admire the exterior and surrounding areas around the spa.

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There’s a playground for children on location, had some fun with the slides. A little too much fun. I have forgotten how “fast” slides went. I didn’t manage to snap any photos of the playground, but my friend has a 2 sec video of me shrieking for what it felt like eternity, while sliding down the plastic kiddy slide

After that, I went on the treadmill in my pink jelly Melissa flats and dress, for a good 5mins before giving up.

If golf, spa, gym and plastic slides aren’t your thing, they have an indoor pool here too. Complete with a heated jacuzzi and sauna.

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Or sit outside the courtyard for a little summer tan.

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For dinner, we went to the Barracks Bar, had a Caesar salad each. It was alright. Nothing earth moving or momentous or remarkable.

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We hurried back to the room after, as Masterchef was on. So we ordered room service. Nothing spectacular here either.

This is the cheese platter. A little disappointing, smallish, nothing spectacular. Very normal cheese platter. The red wax from the Edam cheese has fallen off, but was still sitting on the plate when it was delivered.

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The deconstructed lemon meringue pie was a great idea, but turned out very sparse. It’s not bad or anything, just unsatisfying I suppose.

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The next day, we headed up to the Gazebo, which is a nice cafe for a buffet breakfast that’s included in our resort stay.

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There’s outdoor seating, which is perfect for a pleasant day.

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And indoor, which is good for any day.

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Good variety of breakfast! It was fun and enjoyable. Here’s the selection of pastries and mini muffins.

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This is the automated pancake machine! It’s like the most funnest thing ever! You push a button, and out pops a pancake!

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One of the chefs was kind enough to show us how the machine worked when she changed the batter bag. So the pancake batter is pipped onto a moving conveyer belt, then heat is applied through the top and bottom and cooked to perfection.

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Out pops a pancake!

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Slap on some cream and maple syrup. Mmmm golden pancakes, nice and warm!

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Don’t forget to include a side of bacon with that.

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No meal is complete without tea. These are loose tea leaves, which you can pick and have a little plunger for yourself.

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Hungry for eggs? Here the chef preps your eggs to order. Poached, fried, scrambled or in an omelette. You write what you want on a little slip of paper, and the chef prepares it.

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I ordered a poached egg and a fried egg. No shame in that at all. I guess I can be difficult at times.

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Perfect poached egg, food porn worthy.

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The overall stay was really enjoyable. We checked out at 11, left the car in the carpark and roamed around Windsor for a bit before heading home.

Enjoy!