Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary with a significant other, taking that well-deserved time off work or are just looking for a little weekend extravagance for no other reason but indulgence, Australia has what it takes to not just cater to the most luxurious and decadent of demands, but wow you during every second of your trip. While big cities may have their own charm, once you’ve visited at least one of the places that earned their place on this list, you’ll wish you could stay forever.
First on the list definitely has to be one of Australia’s most iconic getaway destinations, Longitude 131°. The first feature that makes this place so magical and romantic are individual luxury tents that offer couples that privacy and seclusion they need to connect and unwind, complete with lavish king size beds and floor to ceiling windows that let your eyes feast on the gorgeous sunrise from the comfort of your bed. Once you decide to step outside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the kind of wilderness and rugged deserts that you’ll remember for as long as you live. If you do decide not to spend entire days in bed, there are wonderful planned activities to partake. Spend your time exploring the spirited land of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and soak up all the knowledge of Aboriginal history and culture. For those who are keener on simply unwinding and relishing the luxury, there is an outdoor swimming pool. When the evening comes and the sky bursts into a sea of stars, it’s time to pay a visit to the Dune House and wine and dine your beloved.
Pretty Beach House
Pretty Beach House is a luxury private guesthouse located ninety minutes north of Sydney. The opulent guesthouse is perfect for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life for a few days. The property spans a total of seven and a half acres and is located in the NSW Bouddi National Park. Guests can spend their days taking guided tours through the National Park or venture out on their own to see all of the Park’s beautiful sites. In addition to exploring the grounds, guests can also take pleasure in the dining and lounging areas. Pretty Beach House has a cocktail bar, wine cellar, a Day Spa, infinity pool, and a heated plunge pool. Additionally, Pretty Beach House boasts fantastic dining options. Many say that Stefano Manfredi’s dishes are the highlight of their trip.
An entirely different world, but only a ninety-minute drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains may just be the perfect weekend getaway destination. For a trip that’s grand from start to finish, splurge on an extravagant limousine LimosRus has to offer and pamper your significant other from the very beginning of your journey. When visiting Blue Mountains, you simply must stay at the Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse, one of the best glamping sites in the world. The treehouse provides you with the seclusion you desire, with its combination of rustic and lush interior, complete with a spa, kitchenette, Queen bed, a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows that make you feel one with the amazing Blue Mountains. If you ever decide to leave this perfect love nest and mix in with the rest of the world, when it comes to activities, this destination doesn’t disappoint. There are tours, hiking, horse riding, rock sport and cycling, and for those who love arts and crafts, there are galleries to visit, antiques to shop and even places where you can develop your artistic skills. A trip to the Blue Mountains wouldn’t be complete without Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley.
When your definition of luxury includes lush greenery, crystal clear streams, unmatched wildlife and ancient tropical rainforests, Daintree Rainforest should definitely be on your bucket-list. The Cassowary is therefore your resort of choice, as it’s nestled in a calm and enchantingly beautiful natural setting. Because of its elevated position, the resort offers a spectacular view of Mt. Demi and the majestic Thornton’s Peak in the heart of the Daintree. Impressive interior, an infinity pool, a library and games are an additional incentive, but the most alluring feature is that the resort only has five bedrooms, so peace and seclusion are guaranteed. From this resort, you can easily access all the attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage-listed rainforests, the Daintree National Park and also to enjoy the amenity of Port Douglas.
Lord Howe Island
When you’re not ready to settle for anything short of perfection, this island is the place to turn to. It may not be found in the dictionary as a synonym for perfection, but it definitely should be. The surroundings are inexplicably spectacular, and there are activities such as hiking, snorkeling and cannoning making this destination custom-made for adventure lovers. Capella Lodge is your luxurious safe heaven, what with all the stunning ocean and mountain views. As for the interior, there are rustic timber floors, sophisticated custom-made furniture and in-suite bar offers locally-sourced epicurean treats. The dining experience is absolutely to die for, and you can expect a contemporary Pacific-themed menu and superb ingredients. When you come back exhausted from your adventure hikes and cannoning, unwind and let the hands of the professionals rejuvenate you with a relaxing massage.
Just a two-hour ride from Sydney, but looking like an entirely different world, lies the magnificent Hunter Valley. Wine Country Villas are definitely your accommodation of choice, particularly if you’re a fan of luxury with minimalistic infusions. It’s secluded, made romantic by your own fireplace – simply put – it’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Of course, the additional incentive for all lovers of fine wines and supreme dining is the fact that Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine with over 150 premium wine producers, and 60 exquisite restaurants. You can take organized tours of wine cellars. For more adventurous types, there’s the option of hot-air balloon ride and even skydiving. Of course, for those whose tastes are a bit more low-key, there is golfing, organized scenic drives, and when it’s time for premium relaxation, go ahead and pamper yourself at one of the many day spas in the region.