Home to artisan provedores, local epicurean delights and rejuvenating spas, Daylesford and Macedon Spa Country in Victoria was recently declared Australia’s ‘Best Indulgent Escape’ by Lonely Planet, and continues to be a draw card destination for couples looking for a relaxing, remote and romantic getaway.
If soaking away the tension in one of the area’s mineral springs sounds too much like hard work, there’s always a roaring open fire to relax beside whilst sipping on the delightful local wines. And being surrounded by some of Victoria’s dramatic ranges, lakes and landscapes only adds to the spectacle of this wonderful retreat. So if you’re on the lookout for the ultimate romantic escape, why not unwind in the relaxation capital of Australia in your very own luxury property?
Here are some highlights from the View Retreats catalogue in Spa Country, Victoria;
Basking in nostalgia for a bygone era, this French-inspired, traditional weatherboard country house is an exquisitely furnished gem, overlooking Lake Daylesford. Striking the perfect balance between luxurious finishes and rustic character, the large open fireplaces warm the decadent reception areas and four beautiful bedrooms, while the traditional farmhouse kitchen (complete with AGA stove) is the heart of the property. Relax over a home cooked meal in the outdoor dining area on the verandah, and enjoy your own private vista from the large decked rooftop area.
From $410 per night for up to 8 guests…more
One of four exclusive villas at Blue Cliffs Retreat, the Gatsby Spa Studio is the ultimate in intimate and relaxing escapes. Renowned as Daylesford and Hepburn Springs most relaxing and romantic bed & breakfast destination, the retreat is set amongst Victoria’s picturesque native bush land. The Gatsby Spa Studio boasts a luxurious heated saltwater pool within its private decked area, and an outdoor seated space within the traditional gardens – the perfect backdrop for romantic al fresco dining. With your own wood fire, spa and massage therapists as well as a private chef on hand, the Gatsby Spa Studio is a wonderful setting for any couple looking to escape the daily grind and experience their own private romantic Daylesford escape.
From $345 per night for 2 guests…more
The epitome of elegance, the Macedon hideaway Mount Olive delivers a dose of Hollywood glamour to the Victorian countryside. With interiors that feel like they’ve been art directed for a magazine shoot, this chic property provides the ultimate in comfort for the discerning guest. A homely, large fireplace complements the open plan, impressive kitchen – inviting guests to dabble in a culinary adventure of their own after no doubt experiencing the local epicurean delights that the region is famous for. As the sun sets behind the surrounding ranges, the sprawling deck of Mount Olive’s outdoor seating area is the perfect spot to soak up the last of the sun’s rays – a truly unique villa that will provide a serene escape for couples and families alike.
From $310 per night for up to 4 guests…more
The internationally renowned Shizuka Ryokan offers a truly unique experience, and has been the subject of numerous features in lifestyle magazines and TV shows in both Australia and Japan. This luxurious spa is distinguished by its Japanese architecture and design, and offers guests a rare taste of traditional hospitality. A stay at Shizuka Ryokan provides the opportunity to sleep on futon bedding amongst tatami straw matting – the subtle aroma of which is a perfect reminder of Japan itself. Enjoying luxurious spa treatments within these zen surrounds, as well as the chance to indulge in the delicate and authentic cuisine, is a rare opportunity to experience Japanese tranquility, and will guarantee guests a truly holistic escape.
From $179 per night for 2 guests…more
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