Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa has all the facilities and space you desire from one of Western Australia’s most iconic beachside locations. The sprawling resort boasts 233 studios, bungalows, villas, suites and club apartments spread amongst pools, ponds, gazebos and grazing wallabies. The property blends colonial and Japanese architectural styles to deliver an “Old Broome” aesthetic.
Traveller: Lisa Wagstaff
Room: Garden View Studio
Address: 28 Cable Beach Rd W, Cable Beach, WA 6726
Date: August 2023
Price range: Villas from $597 to $2,250 for the three-bedroom Durack Suite
Best for: Couples, groups of friends and families
Cable Beach Club’s Location
Just over 20,000 kilometres north of Perth, Broome is known as the gateway to the Kimberley and the pearling capital of Australia. Cable Beach Club is five kilometres from Broome Airport and in the heart of town. The resort is directly opposite the famous Cable Beach and only metres from Cable Beach’s 4WD entrance to three kilometres of beach driving.
Claim to fame
There’s nowhere else like Cable Beach Club in Broome. The resort grounds, facilities, and restaurants, including the sunset bar, make it the best accommodation in Broome. The resort is at full occupancy, yet it doesn’t feel crowded at all. The lush gardens, bougainvillaea and shady pathways keep the resort cool and breezy. The wallabies love it here, too, and I see plenty of them grazing by the path down to the Ocean Pool.
Studio’s at Cable Beach Club
My Garden View Studio (room 374) is spacious with high ceilings and a wrap-around balcony so large I could host a party, with views of the lush gardens and water-feature pond. The room has white corrugated iron textured walls with black and polished wood accents. It is decorated with framed exotic bird prints and soft lighting and with both a fan and aircon to keep out the Kimberley heat. There’s a queen-sized bed, bedside tables and a dressing and bistro table. The minibar has complimentary bottled water, a selection of LMDT teas and Robert Timms coffee. The bathroom features L’Occitane products and a dark wood wardrobe with a safe and ironing board.
The family factor
Families are catered for with free activities and family, plus interconnecting rooms. The enclosed family pool area is a haven for families; it has a shallow splash area and a spa. The family area also has a playground, table tennis, tennis court and Kichi Kichi Asian fusion restaurant. Visit during the school holidays for a fun-filled events program.
Beyond the rooms
You can easily have an action-packed holiday in Broome without leaving Cable Beach Club. The resort has two swimming pools, one adults-only, known as the Ocean Pool, and one family-friendly, both with pool toys because adults should have fun too. On arrival, I am given a calendar detailing free activities from beach bike rides, tennis meetups, outdoor workouts, sunset bocce, walks to Gantheaume Point and gym sessions.
Book in for a treatment at Chahoya Spa, have a round of mini golf and then grab a drink from the Ocean Pool Bar. This adults-only pool has numerous day beds and sun loungers with giant umbrellas and staff serving jugs of iced water and taking cocktail orders. Dining is expectational with four restaurants and room service offered from all kitchens.
Cable Beach Club Facilities
- Massive kids’ pool area with waterfall
- Adults-only pool
- A tour desk and retail shop with a pearl retailer
- Chahoya Spa
- Mini Golf
- Table Tennis
- Basketball court
- Two tennis courts
- Buddha sanctuary
- Fully equipped gym
- Water refill stations around the resort
My favourite way to explore Broome is in a hired Suzuki Jimny from Broome Broome Car Hire. Cable Beach is directly opposite the resort, boasting tides of up to seven metres, leaving great stretches of hard sand at low tide, perfect for walking and four-wheel driving. I drove along red dirt roads to picturesque James Price Point and Willie Creek Pearls. At low tide, I saw preserved dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point and went four-wheel driving on Cable Beach. For bird lovers, Broome Bird Observatory (only accessible via a four-wheel drive road) is a must-visit.
Restaurants at Cable Beach Resort
Cable Beach Resort has four restaurants and two bars. All of these are considered dining destinations whether you’re a guest at the resort or not. Sunset Grill is ideal for an early dinner to make the most of the restaurant’s to-die-for sunset views, which go down even better with a classic margarita made with fresh limes and the Humpty Doo Barramundi that is so fresh it could have swum straight onto my plate.
Ikigai offers Japanese Kaiseki (traditional multi-course dining), which is delicate and flavoursome. I start with a miso soup and bowl with rice crackers and fishtails, the fish bringing a salty intensity to the dish. Course one is sashimi and nigiri. The sashimi is market-fresh and melts in my mouth. Followed by tempura vegetables and prawns – including the head, which I am told is a delicacy in Japan. Course three is Margaret River Beef Eye Fillet, and miso-marinated local fish cooked over a traditional Japanese Hibachi.
Cichetti Club is a modern Italian restaurant open for breakfast and dinner, and Kichi Kichi serves contemporary Thai right next to the family pool.
Coffee and light snacks are served in Cichetti Club, but I choose the buffet breakfast at the Sunset Grill with views of Cable Beach. Rocks appear with the receding tide while I eat pastries and fruit salad from the buffet. There are also various cooked options, including some unusual options like bok choy and homemade meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.
Chahoya Spa by L’Occcitane
I enter Chahoya Spa by L’Occcitane via a stone walkway over a water feature with Japanese statues standing guard. Chahoya means pamper in Japanese, and that’s precisely what occurs during my two-hour Dreamtime Signature experience at this adults-only sanctuary. My body is buffed and polished, then covered in a L’Occitane shea wrap and cocooned in towels. I shower before the following one-hour massage and am so relaxed I drift off a few times as my therapist removes any lingering tension from my body. Post-treatment includes a poppy seed biscuit and herbal tea. Facials, hydrotherapies, nail care and a hair salon are also available.
The resort was to cut out single-use plastics. Complimentary bottled water is placed by the bed, and L’Occitane bathroom products are in small sizes. However, hopefully, these changes are not far off.
Cable Beach Club often runs at full capacity with a three-night minimum stay during peak season. So make sure you book as soon as you have confirmed your travel plans. If you arrive before the 3pm check-in or leave after the 10am check-out, you can book a refresher room with a shower and changing space. I booked it on the day I departed to enjoy the resort facilities and pool until it was time to prepare for my afternoon flight.
Where to find Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Find out more at cablebeachclub.com