When you think of a luxurious, romantic holiday - your mind automatically jumps to the standard waterfront villa in Bora Bora, beach pad in Santorini, or a hotel suite in Paris- with the Australian bushland probably the last place on your mind. But what many people don't realise, is Australia's New South Wales inculpates one of the most luxurious, serene resorts that's the exemplification of that "romantic getaway" you've been dreaming of.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a hidden oasis nestled in the Blue Mountains, and should be firmly pushed to number one on your honeymoon list or weekend away destination. Not only is the five-star hotel and the #1 resort in Australia is as romantic as it gets (without any sappy, corny vibes), but it's a holiday that is refreshingly unique, truly Australian, and captivating as it is relaxing.
Firstly, the destination is appealing as it's a location that comes without any annoying hassle. Just two hours out of Sydney, a windy and phone-reception free road leads you to a serene 7,000 acreage conservancy reserve in New South Wale's greater Blue Mountains. This means no ugly customs lines, no visas, no airport hassles and no jetlag. Instead, you're greeted by native kangaroos and wombats (fact: Wolgan Valley is home to the most wild wombats in the world) as you drive into the grand property, where the friendly and respectful staff will soon chauffer you to your private villa. And then your jaw really begins to drop.
The individual "villas" are inspired by traditional homesteads as Wolgan Valley put it - but that's being modest. The 33 free-standing villas include a private plunge pool with a deck, double-sided fireplace, luxurious bathroom with twin vanities, a grand shower with skylight, entertainment systems, separate lounge room, and a bed you could stay in for days. It's your very own glam country home topped with sweeping views of the majestic valley bushland. And this is just your room.
The villas are speckled amongst the luscious roaming greenland, where at the top of the hill you're greeted with the main homestead - home to the outdoor terrace, bar, walk-in wine cellar, charming library, private rooms and the Valley's award-winning restaurant. One of the resorts most reputable assets is the impressive Australian cuisine that you get to indulge in all holiday. In fact, the food is so exceptional, only hotel guests are allowed to dine in the ultra-exclusive restaurant. The cuisine is sourced 100% from local produce and altered seasonally - so you know you're guaranteed the freshest and utmost quality of food. There's a degustation dining option and à la carte menu, which are both paired with Australian wines. And you get to enjoy each dish while taking in the breathtaking cliff views from the grand dining room.
But what makes the hotel unlike anything else - is Wolgan Valley's true blue Australian authenticity. Country activities like horse riding through the valley (a highlight to see the extensiveness of the property), stargazing by a campfire, nocturnal wildlife watching and country four-wheel driving are all ways to submerge yourself in the Aussie bush life - but without sacrificing the luxury lifestyle.
And on that note, if you're more a relax-in-a-spa type of person, Wolgan Valley's fully equipped Only&Only Spa should be your next stop. Whether it is a full-body massage or a rejuvinating facial your treatment awaits you amidst a breathtaking country view. And for a hot day, chill by the state-of-the-art outdoor swimming pool or enjoy the gym, steam room, sauna, and tennis court facilities.
Starting at $2300 per night, you expect luxury at its finest. You are after all, only travelling within NSW. But this resort lives up to the hype and more so the price tag. It is a true haven of tranquillity, where the relaxation of country culture and the essense of an international five-star hotel is combined to form the holy grail of holidays.
For more information, visit oneandonlyresorts.com