Located on the edge of Mandjar Bay, the Sebel offers stunning views over the bay, where there’s a good chance you’ll see dolphins frolicking in the water. The rooms are equipped with large balconies to facilitate this dolphin watching, as well as giving you a very pleasant place to sit, have a drink and watch the world slide by.
The hotel has 89 rooms, some with big spa baths which also offer the aforementioned views of the bay (and privacy blinds if you need them). The hotel was opened in 2011, and the rooms are spacious, clean and light, with neutral décor and big, comfortable beds. Some of the rooms are big enough to also fit a couch, table and lounge chairs, as well as a fully stocked mini bar.
The hotel has most of the amenities you’d expect from a 4.5 star establishment, including an outdoor pool and a small gym. While it doesn’t have its own restaurant, breakfast is provided in the sunny room adjacent to the lobby, or you can have your food brought up to your room if you feel like having a bit more privacy (I can recommend the french toast with berries).
Around the hotel: Other than the views, one of the best things about the Sebel is its location, with heaps of restaurants, bars and things to do within walking distance. Directly under the hotel is the Peninsular (the Pen), a bar/restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as late night drinks, and good coffee (accompanied by cake of course).
Just a few steps down from the Pen is the Stage Door waterfront restaurant, which is a bit of a Mandurah institution. It’s changed hands (and names) a few times, but is now owned by a husband and wife team. They make a spectacular baked ricotta gnocchi, and served up one of the prettiest (and most delicious) desserts I’ve seen in a long time.
A bit further down the boardwalk, you’ll find the docking point for Mandurah Cruises. Their one hour dolphin watching cruises leave on the hour, most hours, every day, and take you out searching for some of Mandurah’s 100 friendly mammals.
The cruise also winds its way through Mandurah’s canals for a good look at the multi million dollar houses, before heading out to the mouth of the Peel inlet, which we were informed is 2 ½ times the size of Sydney Harbour.
The boardwalk near the Sebel also features many other delights, like Simmo’s ice cream, Dome coffee, and some local weekend markets which include an Indian food stall that sells really good samosas.