Whilst it is true that a special moment can be shared witha lover almost anywhere, there are times when only the best will do. For some, a few days away in a deluxe holiday rental is the ticket, but if you want to go for service and pampering with style, here are some of our suggestions for the ultimate romantic weekend.
Australia is blessed with more than its fair share of stunning islands, from the stark splendour of Kangaroo Island, the lush forests and serene landscapes of Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island to the fabulous isles of Queensland and Western Australia. However, if you’re looking for romantic getaways in the sun with 5 star accommodation and service, it’s hard to go past the glorious Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Hamilton Island has long had a reputation for the finer things in life but the bar has been raised with the opening of the sublime Qualia luxury resort which combines the best that an exclusive hotel can offer with a stunning Great Barrier Reef location. Other top-notch romantic getaways in the Whitsundays include the wonderful Paradise Bay Eco Escape on South Long Island and the fabulously private Bedarra Island Resort on idyllic Bedarra Island which only accepts 32 guests at one time.
The Ultimate Luxury Lodge
If you’re looking for somewhere that will totally impress your beloved, it’s hard to go past the dramatic Southern Ocean Lodge that clings to the wind-ravaged coastline of remarkable Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Sleek designer lines frame the tempestuous landscape giving guests an exclusive view of this unique island from the comfort of a modern 5 star resort. In such a setting, passion is a given!
Blue Mountains Treat
For Sydney residents, one of the easiest weekend getaways is a short break in the Blue Mountains. Whilst places like Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath have always had plenty of boutique accommodation from luxury B&Bs to expensive hotels, there is now a very impressive new player in this tourism hotspot. The Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is an Emirates built luxury resort which has everything you’d expect of an exclusive hotel – beautiful rooms, superb cuisine and spa treatments to die for. Perfect for a romantic holiday away from the city.
Red Centre Wow Factor
The red heart of Australia has a timeless, austere beauty and there can’t be many better ways of experiencing its majesty than by booking a romantic escape to Longitude 131. This stunning Voyages resort makes other ‘glamping’ (luxury camping) holidays look shabby with a crescent extravagant tents positioned in the red dust to perfectly capture stunning view of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Truly magical!
Wining and Dining
A wonderful meal and a good bottle of wine are the basic ingredients of many romantic weekends. Add to that a luxurious room in boutique accommodation in one of Australia’s divine wineries, and you have the perfect short break. From the award winning Tower Lodge Hunter Valley Resort in NSW, to sophisticated The Louise Barossa Valley and the elegance of the Woodman Estate on the Mornington Peninsula you are truly spoilt for choice. Western Australia is particularly lucky with a number of luxury hotels and resorts springing up on wineries. One of the standouts is Cape Lodge Yallingup in the spectacular Margaret River which offers deluxe rooms, superior food and gourmet cooking classes as well as excellent wine.