The Surf, Yamba

The Surf, Yamba

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For almost a century the Surf Hotel has occupied the site on Yamba’s beautiful southern headland.

Today, the new boutique hotel in Yamba, a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River, sits on possibly the best site in the area with wonderful views over the beach and further up the northern coast.

Design King Company was approached by the Mayne family more than eight years ago to help them develop the site to fully take advantage of the exceptional site.

With great foresight, the Mayne family recognized that Yamba would not remain a sleepy holiday town but would soon become a top-rated destination for the expanding regional travel market.

DKC’s approach was to design the hotel with that in mind by creating a standout building that is the first boutique hotel in the local area.

Design King Company was responsible for both the architectural, interior design, and the furnishings of the hotel, delivering a cohesive design aesthetic that enhanced the entire experience at this boutique hotel in Yamba.

The interiors team at DKC started with the premise that hotel guests enjoy an experience of the hotel that blended a relaxed beach style with a sophisticated Mediterranean coastal vibe.

The DKO design team wanted guests to feel comfortable walking from the beach and through the hotel barefoot, relishing the look and feel of the cool Italian terrazzo underfoot.

All of the levels are threaded together by the use of Moroccan Glazed breezeblocks.

These are not only a nod to Southern Mediterranean styling but also provide a beautiful sense of breeziness throughout the building.

Each room was designed carefully to create a sense of generous space matched with a real sense of comfort and delight in its natural and warm finishes.

Detailed timber joinery paired with grasscloth weave fabric created a neutral warm palette that set off the pale pink and green rooms on either level.

These colour-themed rooms are enhanced by the changing terrazzo flooring with alters from level to level ranging from deep emerald greens to delicious pinks and sandy tones.

Each room has its own generous balcony boasting the very cool outdoor dining settings and its own classic Mediterranean blue and white striped awnings that reinforce the sense of holiday, whilst creating shade and privacy.

Key pieces of bespoke timber furniture were designed by Jon King and were beautifully handmade by Brett Beattie of Solid by Nature.

Jon and Brett have worked together for many years creating unique pieces of timber furniture and this partnership brought together the wealth of their shared experience.

These key pieces were carefully designed in conjunction with the very detailed joinery package produced and manufactured by Mint Kitchens creating a very cohesive sense of unity in the space.

The bathrooms in each room were carefully designed with a touch of luxe and glamour.

The beautifully lit spaces reflect the glass-ceramic coloured tiles and enhance the Italian terrazzo.

Each bathroom has a sliding grass weave screen that slides back allowing light to filter in through to the bathroom whilst creating a lovely connection to the room.

The furnishings throughout the hotel rooms were each selected to help soften the coolness of the terrazzo flooring.

Soft, natural, and tactile they are in keeping with the casual beach culture is particularly Australian.

The rooftop level provides the guest with breathtaking views both up and down the incredible Northern coastline.

DKO’s aim with the rooftop was to create a sense of glamour and relaxed style.

A jewel-like tile-clad pool is an incredible spot to take in the remarkable views and enjoy a cocktail.

The striking yellow and white striped sunbeds set off the pale blue and white mosaic tiles of the pool.

Tait furniture’s outdoor settings on the Pippi Terrace are a perfect fit for this garden terrace which also overlooks the beautiful coastline.

Project Details

Project Size – 800 m2
Site Area – 520 m2
Building Levels – 3
Completion Date – 2022

Project Team

Architecture and Interior Design

Design King Company

Led by Jon King, Design King Company is an architectural design studio based in Paddington, Sydney. With over 20 years of experience, the practice continues to be committed to the founding principle of providing design excellence across all projects.


Partridge Engineers

With over 35 years’ experience, Partridge is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, providing services in the field of structural, civil, hydraulic, stormwater, remedial, forensic, and event engineering.

With branches in both New South Wales and Victoria, they operate nationally and abroad to deliver consistent outstanding solutions.


Brett Boardman

Brett is a well-established commercial and architectural photographer based in Sydney.

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