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A Retreat to Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret River – Part 1

I last stayed at the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort some five years ago, and was invited to visit again on behalf of the Australian Good Food Guide as a guest of Accor Hotels.

Winter is my favourite time of year in the Margaret River region, and I stayed at the resort with my wife for two nights mid-week in the lead up to Truffle Kerfuffle 2017.

Pullman Bunker Bay is located in Naturaliste, 10 minutes from Dunsborough and 50 minutes from the Margaret River town centre. This world-class resort offers a restaurant and bar with ocean views, a heated infinity-edge swimming pool, a fitness centre, tennis courts and an award-winning day spa. 

Event spaces are available for business and private functions, and the resort would be a perfect setting for a wedding.

Accommodation comprises self-contained bungalow-style villas, from open-plan to one, two and three bedroom options. The resort is just a short stroll from the beach.

At the time of writing, you can stay in an open-plan studio villa from just $234 per night. Villas with a lake view carry a small premium.

Our accommodation was a studio villa, alas with no lake view but next to the main building and close to the car park which turned out to be ideal.

Golf carts are available to whizz guests around the resort 🙂

All of the villas are self contained with comfortable furniture, a fully equipped kitchen and luxurious bathroom (see pictures below). The larger villas have striking high ceilings.

A key attraction of the resort is its restaurant, The Other Side of the Moon. The restaurant and its adjoining bar have a calm atmosphere and ocean views. There are also areas where you can just sit and read, if you so wish.

I spent time in the resort’s kitchen with Executive Chef Gilles England-Brassy, which I will cover in part 2 of this feature.

The Other Side of the Moon recently launched its winter menu, including dishes such as this perfectly smooth vanilla creme brulee with mixed berries and almond tuille.

Buffet breakfast is also served in the restaurant, offering a wide range of quality hot and cold dishes. The fresh juicing station was a nice touch, the kind of option you’re only likely to find in a small venue.

The resort’s spa is available by appointment from 10am to 5pm daily, offering a range of treatments including massages, facials, hand and foot treatments and body and water therapies.  

See more information on the spa’s offerings here.

We really enjoyed our time at Pullman Bunker Bay. While great for a short stay, this is the perfect destination for those times when you just want the world to stop so you can get off for a while. No matter how long you’re here, you’ll always want to stay longer.

Visit the resort’s website here for more information or to make a booking. See some other photos from our stay below.