“Extraordinary Rental in Ideal Location - The Oriana - Highly recommended” My family feels extremely fortunate to have been able to stay at the Oriana during our recent holiday in Sydney. With two young children in tow (ages 5 and 2), and currently living in a land-locked country, proximity to a beach was key for us. Oriana is nestled literally on the beach at Balmoral…..you step out of your door and you are on the beach (a harbour beach and thus ideal for small children). At one end of the beach you find rocks, perfect for climbing over and exploring as well as the perfect location to sit for a picnic lunch or at sunset with an aperitif. At the other end of the beach, you find a children's playground and park, again, ideal for young children. To get you from one end of the beach to the other (a relaxed 10 minute walk along a bike path or the beach itself), there are a couple of coffee shops/restaurants with high quality offerings. Directly in front of Oriana, there is a rock pool, where my children loved to swim and play each day.
In addition to the ideal location of Oriana, the accommodation itself is superb. We were met by the owner Helen upon arrival, who gave us a thorough orientation of the house. Nothing was overlooked by Helen in welcoming us to her property. In spite of it being a very comfortable and luxuriously finished property, Helen and David are extremely welcoming of children, which we appreciated so much. Home-made cupcakes were presented to the children when we arrived and Helen showed them to their room where their bath towels had been arranged in the shape of African animals. Most appreciated also were the buckets/spades/beach toys we found in a cupboard, all of which were used each day by my children and their friends/cousins.
Each request we made of Helen and David (and I hope there weren't too many!) was met with efficiency and thoughtfulness. The views from their stunning property over the Sydney Harbour towards the Heads are truly extraordinary and can be enjoyed well from nearly every room in the beautiful apartment. The kitchen is fully equipped and with high quality appliances. Similarly, the bathrooms and washing facilities functioned perfectly. We used the BBQ on a couple of occasions and enjoyed eating on the balcony or in the front-sun room, both of which afford incredible views of the water.
We had a car and parking was no problem at all directly below the apartment. Helen even provided weekend parking vouchers to ensure that our car could remain in its convenient position near the front door.
I would recommend this property without hesitation.