The Hawkesbury area of eastern Australia is known as an historic time capsule because of its many buildings dating back to colonial times.
Yet, amidst all this sits the Sebel Resort and Spa, a modern and luxurious accommodation and function centre at Windsor, on the north-western outskirts of Sydney.
We selected the resort as a base for a two-day visit to the Windsor heritage area, the third-oldest colonial settlement in Australia.
Sebel Resort and Spa certainly makes a big first impression: 105 rooms, two restaurants, a full-service spa, two tennis courts, two golf courses and an indoor swimming pool.
And all this is set in eight hectares of manicured and landscaped gardens.
Entering the main doors, the feeling was one of quality and luxury without being pretentious.
How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in?
Sign-in was smooth and pleasant and we were given a handy map of the resort, its facilities and extensive gardens.
Did we feel welcomed by staff?
Certainly. From the moment we entered the resort, we were greeted warmly. Throughout our stay, we found the staff to be polite and helpful.
Were we offered help with our luggage?
No – but we didn’t ask for assistance either. The vast size of the resort means that it can be a considerable walk from the car park.
Did the hotel offer free wifi – and how did it work?
Sebel Resort and Spa has free wifi for guests. On arrival, we were given the password – and signal strength was reasonably good.
This was a huge plus, as we were not forced to seek out wifi at coffee shops, restaurants etc.
The room experience
Our double room was ready when we arrived and was modern, spotlessly clean, comfortable and large. (In fact, the resort’s website says the rooms are an average of 29 square metres)
There was a comfy, king-sized bed with individual readings lights; a LCD TV set with cable channels; a roomy ensuite, mini-bar, breakfast bench, writing desk and plenty of wardrobe space.
The cable TV worked perfectly and there were no problems with the en-suite.
Extra heavy drapes kept out any street light, although the resort is located in a country area close to the foot of Australia’s Blue Mountains.
Free bottled water, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards were also provided, as well as complimentary cookies, tea and coffee making facilities
The room contained individually-controlled air-conditioning and heating and a telephone. On arrival, the air-conditioning was operating to create an ideal temperature.
To our delight, there were four power outlets close to the bed for charging our phones, iPad and camera.
This was particularly convenient and appreciated, as we use our phones as morning alarms.
There was also a power point in the ensuite, which we used for an electric razor.
Towels and bathroom accessories
Our Sebel Resort and Spa ensuite was also stocked with quality Appelles luxury bath products.
There were ample soft and fluffy towels changed daily if you needed them.
Food and drink
Because we had long days touring the heritage attractions of the area, we didn’t dine at either of the on-site restaurants or use the around-the-clock room service.
It was a similar story with the resort’s bar, which features a full-sized snooker table.
However, we enjoyed a full cooked breakfast, which couldn’t be faulted.
Where is it?
Located in the historic town of Windsor, the resort is a 45 minutes’ drive from central Sydney and 50 minutes from Sydney Airport.
Would we recommend it?