Scarborough Staycation

February 9, 2022

PhotographyBobby Bense/Helen Janneson Bense

EditingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationTurquoise Waters Retreat | Scarborough beach | Folk & Merchant

OutfitsOff Shoulder Adele Dress | Gretchen Crochet Crop | Harni Aurora Dress | Swim | Kimono (similar)

JewelryAnanda Soul | Embella

PicnicRugs | Cushions | Glassware | Table | Basket | Large floor cushions + matching rug

When a place holds a piece of your heart…this is definitely what Scarborough is for us. Our summer staycation at Turquoise Waters Retreat had a full circle feel. It’s where we first lived when we arrived in Perth 17 years ago. It’s where our daughter Jade was born. At home. In our little Scarborough apartment by the beach. I spent most of my pregnancy at the beach bodysurfing and it’s no wonder now, 16 years later, that our surfer girl Jade is out there in her element riding the waves.

We thoroughly lucked out with the timing of our stay. As we arrived the mercury rose to unbearable temperatures and we hit multiple heat records that week. Having that divine pool to cool down in was a godsend, especially for night swims. It was such a beautiful vision as the sun set, the pool lights came on reminding me of bioluminescence.

The coastal decor instantly transported us into holiday mode. And so did those outdoor hammocks. It’s the most relaxing spot to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning and a sunset cocktail.

We enjoyed each morning at the local beach, which just so happens to be our old local beach, riding the waves and catching up with our friends. One of the reasons why I LOVE a good staycation. You get holiday vibes and your friends as well.

Turquoise Waters Retreat is perfectly positioned for summer fun, with local beach markets, boutique shopping, and the cutest cafes within walking distance. A must visit is Folk and Merchant for their inspiring outdoor space and delicious vegan croissants. I’m so in love with their mantra – Live, Breathe, Dream + Create.

We had everything we needed, but the most important thing of all, was time together. The most treasured part of my life will always be my family.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


  • Bobby Bense

    How good is it to be in holiday and still catch up with all our friends?! Love this spot, and you.

    • Helen Janneson Bense

      Totally! If only we could bring our friends to the Maldives with us :) Love you too x

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