The 70s-Inspired Hotel That Should Be On Your Bucket List

Play, Sydney, Travel / 13 November 2023

Take the scenic route to the Blue Mountains and check into this luxury Palm Springs-inspired resort, Kyah Boutique Hotel.

When we need to escape the city hustle and bustle, we often turn to the charming Blue Mountains for a weekend away. Just shy of 2-hours from the Sydney CBD, it makes the perfect getaway boasting beautiful scenery, fine dining restaurants, craft breweries, and luxury accommodations. To add to the repertoire, Blue Mountains town, Blackheath has undertaken a major renovation of Kyah Boutique Hotel. Sydney-based design firm MKD Architects have combined the original building structure with Plam Springs-inspired interiors to create a luxurious resort for locals and travelers.

Nestled on acreage between Katoomba and Mount Victoria, you’ll enjoy a good slog of country air and green scenery on arrival. This is contrasted by the hotel’s modern aesthetic with archways, curves, and 1970s interiors. There are 46 rooms to choose from (starting from $220 per night) featuring blush tones, blue hues, or more earthy tones. The rooms are spread across three accommodation buildings (each named after one of Katoomba’s famed Three Sisters) which all flow into the central common area. Kyah even has its own tennis court and restaurant, so there’s no need to leave the hotel.

The 170-seater restaurant is inviting with bar, booth, and banquet seating. There’s also a spacious outdoor deck to enjoy in the summertime and a fireplace to keep you cosy in winter.
Blaq is headed up by Chef Nate Herceg who has a wealth of culinary experience in the area. The food and beverage offering revolves around seasonal produce, executed in a sophisticated yet simple way. Herceg takes paddock to plate to a whole new level, only using produce from suppliers within an 80km radius. The menu features dishes including Pickled Heirloom Beetroot with Lidsdale goat curd, radicchio, and watercress, Crumbed Local Portobello Mushroom with braised baby cos and salsa verde, Five-Hour Pork Shoulder Ragu with rigatoni and braised tomatoes, Grilled Whole Baby Spatchcock and Strawberry Slice with macerated local berries and pistachio crumb.

The beverage list continues to champion local suppliers including international award-winning Karu Distillery and Mountain Culture Beer Co. Sommelier Andres Aragon has curated a wine list highlighting iconic NSW wine regions, especially those that follow organic, biodynamic, or sustainable farming practices. The cocktails are innovative boasting locally made spirits and native ingredients. The menu features the Native Negroni with Okar Native Bitter, Blue Mountains Gin, and sweet vermouth, the G & Tea with Karu Infinity Gin, amethyst tea, butterfly pea,
ginger root, dry tonic, citrus aromats, and rose petals, as well as the statement Blaq Martini with vodka, Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, espresso, wattleseed, and macadamia sugar.

Located within close proximity of famous lookouts, national parks, and bushwalking tracks, Kyah Boutique Hotel is the perfect base camp for your getaway in the Blue Mountains.

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