If you’re looking for a place to stay on your Great Ocean Road trip – we highly recommend Acquus Zinga. Their website just doesn’t really do the place justice and it’s quite new so it’s not one of the highly rated on Tripadvisor yet, but we can assure you that it is wonderful. The buildings architecture alone is quite stunning and such a stark contrast to the natural surroundings. Incredible views of rolling hills followed by ocean directly from your bedroom window. There are four bedrooms on the property (though we were told they are only licensed to rent out 3 rooms at one time). I would classify it more as a boutique hotel, though I think what makes it a B&B is that two of the rooms have a shared bathroom. The third room is a self-contained unit with its own kitchenette and bathroom. We stayed in the “Donald Room” which is attached to the main house and has its own bathroom (with in-room bathtub!).
I’m not quite sure where the name Acquus Zinga comes from, but we were told by Frank, one of the hosts, that the bed and breakfast was opened in early 2013 – a venture by himself and four other partners. The chef onsite is Felicity – the food is outstanding. Her and Frank are wonderful hosts.
Rates range from $200 – $400 per night depending on room choice and season – breakfast (which is exceptional) is included. You can choose to have dinner there (which we recommend) for $55/person. Dinner is two courses and includes a glass of wine. They have beer and wine for purchase, but we opted to bring our own for a $10 corkage fee.
Our only complaints were minor (and wouldn’t keep us from staying here again):
- No internet and cell reception is sparse so tethering isn’t a real option
- We were glad to get there before dark, but it gets dark quite early and once it gets dark and because there is no internet, there isn’t really much else to do. There is a TV with DVD player in your room, but limited DVD selection (and who wants to watch TV anyways!) so it’d have been nice if there were some books/magazines/board games in the shared area. They were so sweet to offer us a torch and walking stick to go for a little night walk after dinner, but the wind was a bit too crazy for it.
- Perhaps it was because we’d come directly from staying at The Arts Series hotels in Melbourne whose beds are unnaturally comfortable, but the bed at Acquus Zinga wasn’t as comfy.