SEBEL Margate
SEBEL Margate Leah Desborough

From City busy to bay relax on Brisbane's bayside

THE renowned SEBEL brand has arrived in a tranquil, Brisbane bayside suburb.

Cycles: there's no doubt about it - where quality is attached, what goes around comes around. A generation ago, Margate was a favoured holiday place for city and country folk. Somewhere along the timeline between then and now the holiday crowds explored new areas, these days there's a steady stream of travellers making their way back to the shorelines of Brisbane.

There's no change to the wide blue expanse of Moreton Bay waters or much difference to the lovely, long jetties and gentle sense of relaxation. But there are great changes when it comes to the modern boardwalk spanning the length of these bayside areas, the introduction of weekend markets, new eateries and the style of accommodation such as the SEBEL.

The rooftop swimming pool and entertainment area speak about the type of establishment that has been shaped for Bayside visitors. SEBEL Margate boasts fresh, modern apartments with an excellent restaurant and great service.

For me, a weekend stay on the Redcliffe peninsula meant a chance to re-discover the area my grandmother had retired to in the 1960s. I had fond memories of feeling happy and free playing on a sandy beaches and swimming in safe waters and fifty or more years later, I found there was little change in my response to this charming area.

The road trip from Brisbane CBD is smooth and quick (about 40 minutes), it's quite enjoyable following the change from city traffic across the Hornibrook bridge through to the sight of uncrowded water ways interrupted only by views of solitary fishermen and the occasional tinny. The traffic thins here and as you sense the start of ocean breezes, you realise the time is here to unwind.

SEBEL's attention to detail supports every holiday-maker's aspiration of relaxation. In particular, the staff are warm, welcoming and know exactly how to assist you. From general directions to room service and a friendly smile - the staff really do their job well. The double room I stayed in was fresh, modern with great ocean outlook.

The rooftop swimming pool and bar area adds another dimension to resort. The area takes in panoramic views from both the bay and hinterland directions and naturally surrounds you with that glorious: "I'm on the top of the world" feeling.

The restaurant features comfortable seating and a diverse menu focusing on flavour, fresh produce together with featuring great seafood dishes. There's also the choice of inside or outside dining on the spacious deck opposite the bay.

A satisfying breakfast energised me and sent me on for walk along the foreshore boardwalk through to the Sunday markets, if I had been otherwise inclined there was access to plenty of bicycles at street level.

For me, Margate was a fine place for slow stroll. There's plenty of plaques and memorials detailing local heritage. The Bee Gees walk successfully celebrates the lives of the famous band that grew up in the area and considering their global fame it's interesting to read of their humble beginnings.

There's also a nostalgia expressed in the wide arcades arcade harking back to styles of 1960s or 70s and various building facades from earlier times.

Margate is indeed moving with the times, but fortunately, at this point it's still in tune with the gentle tides of Moreton Bay which make this area a natural getaway from a busy city.

The SEBEL BRISBANE MARGATE, 1 McCulloch Ave, Margate Beach, Queensland. For more hotel information, phone (07) 3448 3400.

* The writer was a guest of SEBEL Margate.

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