Calabash Bay Lodge (www.calabashbaylodge.com.au) a luxury boat-access only retreat at Berowra Waters, one hour north of Sydney, completed a upgrade program of works in February 2015.
“Our upgrades were carefully considered to not only enable us to continue to deliver a truly unique experience to our guests, but also to increase the luxury of that experience. A new alfresco living room allows guests to get closer to the waterfront while undercover, with handy winter creature comforts like outdoor heaters, and luxurious new bathrooms have been designed to mimic the surrounding bushland, providing a personal forest to escape into”, said Kim Ellis, owner and general manager.
Accommodating up to eight guests on an exclusive-use basis, Calabash Bay Lodge is surrounded by 360 degrees of riverfront national park and has it's own private jetty for on water activities, including boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and more. It's unique feature is that in under an hour, guests can escape central Sydney and be making their way upriver by boat to the unrivalled serenity of Berowra Waters.
Calabash Bay Lodge has recently invested significantly in the guest experience with a renovation program. With the help of Sydney architecture firm Redfern Lynch, whose brief was to enhance guests' connection with the pristine natural environment of Berowra Waters and improve the luxury facilities on offer, Calabash Bay Lodge prioritized environmentally sustainable choices and supported local designers in its upgrade program.
The transformation project has introduced luxurious new bathrooms, a new indoor/outdoor entertaining mezzanine level above the garden for guest entertaining and relaxation as well as spa experiences, and beautiful outdoor furniture for guests to relax and unwind in.
Bathroom spaces were refurbished with wood look porcelain tiles that mimic the surrounding eucalypt forest of the Ku'ring-gai and Marramarra National Parks, luxurious Italian rain showerheads, as well as innovative designer latex wallpaper for wet use by local Sydney artist Emelia Simcox.
Environmentally sustainable lighting from NZ designer David Trubridge, references co-owner Derek Ellis' Kiwi heritage, and resemble traditional fishing traps used in river communities.
Motion activated LED lighting systems have been installed in the new mezzanine level and bathrooms, reducing power use, as well as on outdoor heating panels for when summer slides into cooler weather. A new rainwater tank also improves Calabash Bay Lodge's use of scarce resources and reduces reliance on town water supplies, further strengthening Calabash Bay Lodge's eco credentials.
A Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia day bed was selected from Space Furniture for the upper sun terrace, as well as a pod chair that swings from a Causarina tree at the water's edge.
A new boat for guests rounds out the improvements, enabling large groups to explore the surrounding river environment of Berowra Waters together in ease and comfort. Being boat-access only, Calabash Bay Lodge is a very private and exclusive sanctuary to reconnect, rejuvenate and recharge in this magical setting.