As Summer is fast approaching and the weather is warming up, we felt it was necessary to get in on the action and heat things up in our own way. So, to start cultivating those good summer vibes we sat down with Author from Places We Swim, Caroline Clements, Bridget Bailey from Hotel Sorrento & our very own eCommerce Coordinator, Emily, to bring you some insight into their favourite places to swim, books to read and the inside scoop on some exciting things coming up! 


Bridget Bailey is the Head of Operations at Hotel Sorrento, as well as a local to the beautiful area - so when we tell you that you must check out her favourite place to swim, we mean it.

Where is your favourite place to swim on the Mornington Peninsula? 
Tideways Beach in Sorrento is a stunning, hidden gem. It’s a protected cove that is sheltered from the wind and has crystal clear water year-round. It also has a beautiful walk along the coastline, the Dorothy Houghton track, that connects you with the neighbouring beach. 

What can we expect from the new pool at Hotel Sorrento?
The hotel pool is going to be a buzz of activity, from morning yoga on the terrace to easy tunes and drinks in the afternoon by the poolside bar. North facing, it basks in sunlight all day and will no doubt become a favourite hangout location for guests.

What are you reading at the moment?
I have just finished Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, a heartfelt story about friendship. I am now about to start Storytellers by Leigh Sales. I love her reporting style, so am excited to get into it. 


Caroline Clements is the co-author of Places We Swim and a seeker of all the beaches, pools, waterfalls, and rockpools Australia has to offer. Basically, she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to finding the perfect place to paddle and Places We Swim serves as the perfect guide. 

Where did your love of swimming begin? 
At the beach in Victoria from a young age. I've always loved the water, and spent many summers soaking wet, playing Marco Polo and getting very pruny. But as an adult, I really reconnected with the water living in Sydney. It's so accessible every day here. 

If you could only swim in one place for the rest of time, where would it be? 
Probably Cabbage Tree Bay in Manly. There's an incredible underwater world and we swim there regularly - you can swim, snorkel, or just jump through some waves. It's safe and protected but often a bit of swell gets in around the edges. Otherwise, the Ningaloo Reef in WA. 

What are you reading at the moment? 
Yellowface by R.F Kuang, a satire about racial diversity publishing industry. It's the fictitious story of an author publishing someone else's manuscript as their own. 

EMILY - Handsel's eCommerce Coordinator

Emily is our eCommerce Coordinator here at Handsel and has recently relocated to Melbourne from sunny Sydney, so she is well versed in the art of beach swims. A lover of all things summer and sunshine related, she shares some exciting things coming up for Handsel this season.

Where is your favorite place to swim?
As a Northern Beaches native, I’ve been surrounded by beautiful beaches since I was born (Love you Sydney). Bilgola Beach will forever be my favorite place to swim. However, since moving to Melbourne I’ve had to say goodbye to being within walking distance of the beach and hello to the gorgeous community pools scattered around Melbourne’s North, with Fitzroy being my go-to in the warmer weather. 

What can we expect from Handsel this summer?
Summer is going to bring some epic things for Handsel, expect more giveaways, new books & some awesome new products (hint hint: the perfect summer rose). Thank us later. 

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m a sucker for a love story, or basically anything that's got a bit of sugar or relatability - so naturally I am now reading Seeing Other People by Diana Reed and so far, sooo good.