Unique Sleeps: Amazing hotels hand picked by Expedia Experts. Eco Beach Resort, Broome.

Faces sticky from ice-cream, the smell of sunscreen and sleeping to the sound of the waves were all parts of my childhood. Our time at Eco Beach brought these memories flooding back. I’ve struggled for weeks with how to write about Eco Beach, because it truly is a place unlike any other I’ve ever experienced.

Built in the nineties and demolished by Cyclone Rosita in 2000, the owners rebuilt, this time around taking out palm trees and re-establishing the natural flora. The result is a resort that is less about bright blue pools and bongo drums playing over loud speakers and more about getting back to the peace and quiet of this secret spot in Western Australia.

Getting there

Our journey began at Broome airport, where a little hanger held a tiny plane. Eco Beach is accessible with a 1.5 hour drive from Broome, but the moment we rise up and are cruising over the bay, there’s no other way we’d travel. The water glittered like a milky blue gem below us as the sun set.

From the moment the air-conditioned bus picks you up at the resort’s private runway; to the fresh iced tea and cold towels upon arrival at reception, the hospitality at Eco Beach is second to none. It feels like you’re coming home. Even the resort manager Josie and her husband welcome you with open arms. That sense of community from childhood beachside holidays? I found it at Eco Beach.

A room with a view

Guests can choose from two types of accommodation. If you’re going all out, I recommend the ocean view villas, which have stunning 180 degree views over the resort’s private beach, or the garden view villas (which Mr. Polka and I stayed in). Both have living area, basic kitchen and fully equipped bathroom.

Option number two is the resort’s own luxury tents. These aren’t the sand ridden, rain soaked tents of our childhood – they have their own private decks, king sized beds, ensuite bathrooms and even have power. Eco Beach has pioneered such amazing tents that they’re actually available for sale. Communal barbecues provide plenty of options to kick back.