The ‘staycation’ is becoming more popular following COVID and our lockdowns around Perth. When booking my latest staycation, Seashells Mandurah was the obvious choice for me, and here is why.
Running a business from home can be stressful and often I just want to getaway. Living 40 minutes north of Perth CBD means that anything beyond the city is a good distance from home to me and feels like a holiday. The best place for me to go, which in all honesty is my favourite, is Mandurah. Well over an hour from me, it feels like I’m on a break, it is beachside and a spectacular spot.
Before choosing where to stay I set my list of non-negotiables-
1. Spa. Not one for all the guests, one in my room.
2. Beach views. I needed that ability to connect with nature and feel like I was actually on holiday, and;
3. Be near some awesome restaurants/cafes/attractions
I looked far and wide for accommodation that matched this criterion and I was super excited when I found Seashells Mandurah. The spa was the major hurdle in locating.
We decided on our two-night stay, chose our self-contained room, and were lucky as this was the last one available.
When we arrived I was immediately happy with gated, free parking for my car. Safety is important when switching off. The outside of the villas look nice, but inside they are SO much bigger and accomodating than I expected. When I walked into the kitchen I was so excited that I could see the beach. It was amazing and you could see the beach from everywhere in the villa (eve the spa! With the sliding doors to the deck open, you could even hear the crashing of the waves, the tranquility!
First up, the kitchen. Huge white, clean, bright. Hidden fridge, hidden dishwasher, all the amenities you need and really generous sizing for a two-person self-contained. You then step down to the dining area/living room. The decor was a gorgeous teal colour and the couch was super comfortable in an L shape.
We then went back to the bathroom to check out the spa, which was so HUGE! There was space for two people very comfortably and enough for one person to be completely submerged and relax (even if you are 174cm and have a tummy like me!). It is safe to say that I spent at least a third of my time at Seashells Mandurah in the spa, because relaxation was my goal.
Our bed was a huge King and so very comfortable. I think this is another perk of the staycation – sleeping in a huge bed and not needing to rush to get up. There is a coffee machine in the villa which made the mornings even easier.
Through the bedroom, you step down into the lounge area again which takes you through to the deck. This deck was one of my favourite features of the villa. We had moderately cloudy days, but we made the most of it. There were two lounge chairs facing the ocean that were private from the other villas direct line of sight. There are literally only around thirty steps between you and the beach, and can you imagine on a sunny day how amazing it would be to just grab your towel and run into the ocean? Heavenly.
One of the aspects I loved was that there was a public path between our deck and the ocean. I’m an extrovert so chatting to random people is something I love. As I was sitting there with my book, glass of wine and blanket, people were walking by, saying hello with brief chatting. It was so very relaxing.
Another aspect that is unique to Seashells Mandurah is their free on-demand movies. Day one we came home from a huge dinner and just wanted to chill out so we watched a movie with a view. With the weather being a little average, it was the perfect time to take full advantage of these.
Other features of Seashells Mandurah that we unfortunately did not get to experience because of said weather, and a desire to stay indoors, was their outdoor infinity pool and tennis court. It was amazing to know the pool is heated to 26 degrees year-round so it’s pleasant in the cooler months too. They also have an on-site Day Spa, but I was too busy enjoying our accommodation and some fab company that I didn’t get a chance to check that out either! You know a venue is looking after their guests when you want to relax in the room.
Having stayed at other places in Mandurah, it is very safe to say that this was our favourite. The location, the customer service, the venue, the FREE WIFI and the fact that Seashells is a locally owned Perth business makes this our go-to accommodation in Mandurah. In fact, we are already planning our summer getaway!
Seashells also has venues all over W.A which we can’t wait to check out- for more info head here.
Thank you so much Seashells for such a relaxing and peaceful stay. We will be back.
Perth Happenings was invited to stay and review this accomodation.
Updated Dec 2022