At such an easy distance from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are one of our favorite weekend destinations, teeming with ancient forests, epic hikes, jaw-dropping scenery and buckets of fresh mountain air. Now we have a whole new reason to take the M4 and head west: a brand new boutique hotel, with a sprawling garden-to-plate restaurant.
Open mid-December, Kyah in Blackheath is a hostel reinvented (yes, yet another motel makeover, following in the footsteps of coastal gems like Sunseeker in Byron and Halcyon House in Cabarita).
Until now, this style of boutique accommodation in the mountains has been a slim selection, even despite the area’s proximity to Sydney. MKD Architects redesigned the 1970s motel into a luxurious 46-room mountain hideaway. In each of the hotel’s three wings, named Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo after the Three Sisters, you’ll find dusty pink arcades, Art Deco-inspired furniture, and plush velvet draperies. It’s Palm Springs meeting the mountains.
Choose from spacious king suites, two-bedroom suites, spa suites, family rooms, and extra-spacious family suites, each with its own individual access, free Wi-Fi, smart TVs for streaming your own content and a minibar stocked with local goodies like craft beer from Katoomba’s Mountain Culture and cookies from Whisk and Pin.
Located on two hectares at one of the highest points of the Blue Mountains, Kyah features a tennis court, hammam, winter fireplaces, vegetable gardens, one of the oldest cherry blossoms in the southern hemisphere and a large on-site restaurant with 170 seats , the Blaq.
A destination in its own right (it’s also open to non-hotel guests), Blaq is run by Executive Chef Mate Herceg, and the vibe is strictly local, seasonal, and sustainable. “We really have an abundance of sensational products in the mountains to choose from and I want to showcase it as much as possible,” says Herceg.
“If a change in weather conditions means that a particular vegetable becomes available earlier than expected, I want to be able to take advantage of that. The majority of our suppliers are located within an 80 km radius of Kyah and this is important to me. “
On Blaq’s menu, for breakfast you’ll find things like a well-worth seeing Croque Madame, stacked with Berkshire smoked ham, Gruyere, fried eggs and bechamel sauce. At dinner, it’s the five o’clock pork shoulder stew we’ll be talking about at home. And, when the weather cools, we think Blaq’s Blueberry Cobbler served with rum ice cream and meringue will make the perfect winter dessert.
The drink menu follows the same local philosophy, with cocktails showcasing the spirits of the Karu Distillery at the Foothills of the Mountains and a wine list made from 100% NSW wines. Created by consultant sommelier Andres Aragon (Bert’s, Trippas White Group), the list covers a bit of everything from Hunter to Gundagai, Canberra District, Hilltops, Rylstone, Orange, and more.
Reservations for Kyah are now open. Book your stay here.
Image credit: Steven Woodburn
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