Fondly known as the ‘family friendly’ Hotel, The Dava in Mt Martha has travelled through time dating back to the 1920s with a rich history that helped shape the area. Times have changed and Debra Mar went down to explore this impressive modern Hotel that has just come onboard as a proud sponsor of RPP FM and The Breakfast Scoop radio program.
Not many local bistros and bars boast sweeping water views across Port Philip Bay, a deck big enough to host family gatherings to celebrate milestones, where friends meet for a great night out and party groups dance and listen to live music. The Dava Hotel on The Esplanade offers this and more.
The original site and building of The Dava Hotel was home to The Sisters of Charity, used as a boarding school for Padua Preparatory School for Boys in the 1920’s, then circa 1935 the Order sold it to John Ross who redeveloped the buildings as The Dava Lodge Hotel & Guest House. It included a 9 hole golf course and attracted casinoplay personalities and celebrities to it’s doorstep. Today, The Dava has come of age offering an authentic family atmosphere with good, honest food and service catering for all occasions and ages.
The entrance hall has a sense of familiarity and comfort which extends throughout the Hotel. The Bistro, with it’s spacious seating arrangement offers delicious food of modern Australian cuisine with delightful desserts. A special menu for Seniors and Children is available for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. The outdoor space on the lower deck is to be enjoyed on a balmy summers night with a refreshing glass of wine or a cup of coffee and cake during the day for a tête-à-tête with a friend.
The indoor/outdoor children’s playground will entertain your little ones providing a popular venue for children’s parties.
Wander up the winding staircase to The Dava Deck Bar where the view opens up to capture our magnificent bay. It’s the best place to take in sunsets, watch ships go by while relaxing with live music and entertainment and a cocktail or two!
The coziness of a large open fire place, a historical Coat of Arms plaque and shining grand piano in The Club Bar lends itself to a versatility space form a cocktail style events or just sit and chat in comfortable chairs in the colder months.
Functions Manager Nicole Peters said “There are great Party and Corporate Function Packages to suit all budgets and meal choices catering for 50 – 150 guests in specially designated areas for privacy and exclusiveness.”
Contact Functions Manager Nicole on 5975 1555 for further details.
Don’t take my word for it, visit The Dava Hotel, 614 The Esplanade, Mt Martha – open 7 days a week for an unforgettable experience that will have you coming back time and time again.
P: 5975 1555
Pete Smedley and Ange Robinson, presenters of The Breakfast Scoop airs every Thursday 6-9am on 98.7FM & 98.3FM Frankston. Ange herself is a high-acclaimed regular singer on The Dava Deck.
Pete, Ange and the RPP FM Management team thank The Dava Hotel for their support. Welcome to RPP FM – Your Connection on the Peninsula.
Words Debra Mar
Capture of image: Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Some of The Dava Hotel Key personnel assembled on The Dava Deck Bar L-R: Chef Ben Peters, Duty Manager Sarah Burger, Administrator Bronwyn Neal, Functions Manager Nicole Peters and Bistro Supervisor Justin Feldman.