We have the perfect spots for your next weekend escape!
Every once and a while we all need a break. Sometimes, a quick trip to the nail salon is just what the doctor ordered, but other times, a real romantic luxury weekend will help us find our zen again.
Gretchen Rubin, author of Better than Before, says that, “when we give ourselves treats, we feel energised, cared for and contented, which boosts our self-command – helping us to maintain our healthy habits”.
Whether it be a girls’ weekend or a romantic escape with your loved one, when we do get the chance to get away, sometimes all we want to do is to stay indoors, snuggle up in bed and enjoy a quiet and peaceful glass of wine (or two). As appealing as that may sound, it’s important to also ensure that we do go outside during our escapes even if it’s just for an hour to get some fresh air. It sounds simple and basic, but fresh air is more than just providing our lungs with oxygen. Fresh air brings more clarity to brain, helps with digestion, improves blood pressure and heart rate and purifies the blood.
Below is a list of some of our favourite luxury escapes that will not only relax and rejuvenate you, but will also encourage you to go outdoors, explore and truly be at peace before returning back to reality.
NEW SOUTH WALES: The Blue Mountains
You don’t need to travel far from the heart of Sydney for stunning and uninterrupted panoramas from every room. Only 90 minutes from Sydney, The Blue Mountains is the perfect weekend escape. With an indescribable backdrop, and multiple awards, the Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant is your perfect getaway location. Revitalize at the spa, treat yourself to top quality food and drinks and go for a walk and visit the Three Sisters. It’s just the perfect weekend escape.
QUEENSLAND: Heron Island
There’s a reason why Sir David Attenborough calls this place the most magical place on Earth. It’s not just another resort along the Great Barrier Reef, it’s the premier resort. With crystal clear waters that is home to sea creatures big and small, there’s room for those who want to swim, snorkel or dive as well as those who’d prefer to relax on the beach away from the crowds. Stay at the Heron Island Resort – there’s plenty of daily activities to make your stay magical, and better still, it’s only steps away from the whitest sand you’ve ever seen.
VICTORIA: Phillip Island
There’s nothing like Phillip Island. Tucked away in the heart of Victoria, not only can you watch hundreds of little penguins’ waddle to from the sea each day, but it’s renowned for its amazing fishing spots, sheltered swimming beaches and even for its Grand Prix Circuit – if motor sports are more your cup of tea. For your Phillip Island stay, the Silverwater Resort is the perfect place. Nestled in the heart of Phillip Island, each room is given an abundance of natural light and an endless amount of service and facilities.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The Kimberley
The Kimberley provides you the best of both worlds. Situated in Australia’s North-West, visitors are offered both crystal clear waters that are complimented with stunning Australian outback landscapes. Take a sunset camel ride in Broome, a scenic flight, or a cruise – the possibilities are endless. If you’re looking for an action packed yet relaxing luxurious weekend, stay at the Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa. Named the ‘Best Luxury Accommodation in WA’ in both 2010 and 2012, this resort reflects on the Kimberley’s unique beauty, culture and climate.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The Murray River
Built on a cliff top overlooking the Murray River, The Frames resort is made for couples. Take a sunset cruise on a gondola or take a wine tasting tour to some of South Australia’s best wineries. Visitors are also offered guided tours through the secluded creeks that showcase exquisite wildlife. It’s a private space and a luxury retreat that promises you’ll reconnect with your loved one and be at a complete relaxed state.
TASMAINIA: Great Oyster Bay
Just 1.5 north-east of Hobart, the Great Oyster Bay sports views of the rugged granite peaks of the islands in the Freycinet National Park. There are opportunities for sea kayaking, fishing, and dolphins and Australian fur seals can often be seen around the bay in winter as well. The Avalon Coastal Retreat, is the perfect place for your weekend getaway. Sporting stunning water views with an open plan living space, the resort also provides pre-prepared meals and is the perfect place for any wine connoisseur.
NOTHERN TERRITORY: Nitmiluk National Park
With your own crystal clear private waterfall, Nitmiluk National Park will not disappoint. For those looking for a more adventurous luxury getaway, this is the place for you. From canoeing, swimming and hiking, this National Park is filled with not only adventure but history and culture. Owned by the Indigenous Jawoyn people, you will be welcomed into their home as they share their dreamtime stories with you. With inclusive daily sunset drinks and tapas each evening on the pool deck, Cicada Lodge is the place to stay.
So next time you feel stressed and unsettled look into treating yourself to a luxury getaway. Grab your partner or group of friends and spend quality time together. But make sure you also head into the outdoors as well. You don’t necessarily have to go scuba diving if that’s not your thing, but even an hour walk along the beach will help you relax, rejuvenate and be refreshed.
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