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Christmas at The Calile

Hotel, James St

Imagine a Christmas – a Christmas where you can take time for yourself and appreciate your nearest and dearest. Now imagine that you don’t have to do any of the work (except decide what to eat and drink next). After a year of ups, downs and unknowns, this festive season is the time – the time to pause, to relax and to simply soak up the sun while someone else takes care of the kitchen…and makes the bed.

Christmas at The Calile promises this, along with opportunities for endless revelry in laid-back sunny surrounds – the choice is yours, do as little or as much as you please. Consider The Calile your Christmas hideaway, your yuletide home of summer downtime and festive treats.

Christmas traditions can be upheld – early morning gift unwrapping, the cricket on Boxing Day, even the retreat to a cool, dark room or suite for the obligatory afternoon food coma. Or, if a shady pool cabana is more your vibe, stay connected with loved ones near and far via complimentary WIFI.

If this sounds like a good time, that’s because it is. If you do choose to join The Calile family this Christmas, there are a few house details to keep in mind as below.

Please note, the service of liquor is permitted on Christmas Day only in conjunction with food orders across all venues including poolside.

Lobby Bar

On Christmas Day, Lobby Bar will serve guests staying at the hotel exclusively – join The Calile family and treat our restaurant like your dining room. We will serve an à la carte breakfast on Christmas morning, followed by an extra special five-course Christmas lunch prepared by Lobby Bar Head Chef, Andy Gunn (lunch bookings essential HERE). To wrap things up, and because lunch is large (like all good Christmas lunches), we will finish the day with small plates in the evening.


Hellenika will be closed on Christmas Day. However, they will be open all other public holidays including Boxing Day; New Year’s Eve until late (very late); and New Year’s Day with their DJ spinning tunes poolside to celebrate the first day of 2021.

Poolside Level 1

The poolside alfresco dining space will be open with an à la carte menu prepared by The Calile Chef, Adam Lyons, available for hotel guests only for breakfast, lunch and dinner (bookings recommended HERE). If a daybed is more your style, a tasty poolside menu will also be served from 7am – 6pm.

SK Steak & Oyster

SK Steak & Oyster will be closed from December 25 to 27 inclusive, as well as on January 1.

sAme sAme

sAme sAme will be closed from December 24 to 27 inclusive, as well as on January 1. With the beloved local taking a well-deserved break, spicy Thai feasts will be in high demand in 2021… it’s never too early to book a summer feast.

KAILO Medispa

Resident day spa KAILO will be closed on all three public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) – but don’t stress, we guarantee that settling in at The Calile will be enough to decompress in any case.

The Calile Gymnasium

The Calile Gymnasium will be open to all guests throughout the entire holiday period – there is no rest for some. Personal training is available, so if you would like to schedule some one-on-one training, we recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

James St

If you need a last-minute gift or are keen to venture beyond the hotel – our James Street neighbourhood is home to a mix of over 110 retailers and it rarely sleeps, yet over Christmas, some retailers take time off to spend with family. The doors of a few (not many) will be closed over the break. Visit to find out who is open and if in doubt always best to check directly with any special retailers on your list.


Key dates 

Christmas Day – Friday 25 December 

Lobby Bar: 7am – 6pm, hotel guests only. Bookings essential for lunch.

Level 1 Alfresco: 7am - 9.30pm, hotel guests only. Menu by The Calile (bookings advised).

Poolside dining: 7am – 6pm, hotel guests only. Menu by The Calile (bookings advised).

Hellenika: Closed

SK Steak & Oyster: Closed

sAme sAme: Closed

KAILO: Closed

The Calile Gymnasium: Hotel guests only


Boxing Day – Saturday 26 and Monday 28 December

Lobby Bar:  7am – 9pm

Hellenika: Open

SK Steak & Oyster: Closed 26th, open 28th

sAme sAme: Closed 26th, open 28th

KAILO: Closed

The Calile Gymnasium: Hotel guests only


New Year’s Eve – Thursday 31 December 

Lobby Bar: 7am ­– Late

Hellenika: Open

SK Steak & Oyster: Open

sAme sAme: Open


The Calile Gymnasium: Hotel guests only


New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January 

Lobby Bar:  7am ­– 9pm

Hellenika:  Open

SK Steak & Oyster: Closed

sAme sAme: Closed

KAILO: Closed

The Calile Gymnasium: Hotel guests only

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