The moment you walk onto the property of this historic bed and breakfast, you know that you are somewhere quite special. As you enter the front door of the main house, you are greeted by a feast of sights, smells and the sound of serenity. The owners of Port D’Hiver have done an impeccable job of keeping the historic integrity of this sea side home. It is decorated and furnished with a classic elegance that makes you instantly feel at home. Nothing is stuffy or overly formal, only truly welcoming. The staff is equally as welcoming as they point out the perks of this amazing place. Fresh baked cookies and tea or coffee 24/7? Yes, please! Oh, and Happy Hour every evening complete with homemade treats and wine, if you wish.
As you are escorted to your room, the soothing sound of rushing water beckons you to the in ground spa. There are many nooks and crannies to in the inner courtyard of the inn where one could steal away with a good book and get lost for hour breathing in the heady perfume of the flowering jasmine or the bougainvillea.
First though, your room awaits you. The rooms at Port D’Hiver are true works of art. Each one is like a little pearl waiting to be discovered. We have stayed in many of the rooms over the years and not one has disappointed. In fact, we have a hard time choosing a favorite. The Carriage House is lovely with its views of the Atlantic and dramatic natural lighting that shines warmly off of the natural wood floors.
Crossing over a private footbridge brings you to The Mangrove Suite which feels very secluded and romantic. Plus, it has one of the most luxurious bathrooms we have ever seen. The beds in all of the rooms are cloud like, making snuggling and sleeping addictive. But not as addictive as the gourmet breakfast that awaits you each morning at the main house or on your private balcony. Caramel French Toast, Roasted Vegetable Egg Souffle, homemade carrot muffins...all made and served to perfection.
Melbourne Beach is a wonderful little town full of great options for dining, shopping and sight seeing. We chose to bring our bikes this time and enjoyed tooling around through the neighborhoods that border on the Indian River. At night, we enjoyed heading downtown to Meg O’Malley’s for some authentic Irish Guinness Pie and Bangers and Mash.