After all the formalities of the big day, it’s time to set the stage for some serious romance. And for your honeymoon, the accommodation choices you’ll find around Australia are about as diverse as its geography. To make things easier for you, we’ve hand-picked six of the most outstanding luxury lodges and retreats in Australia. However varied their features may be, they all provide all-inclusive packages, world-class facilities and exceptional service so that all you really need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your first holiday as a married couple.
LOCATION: Yulara | GETTING THERE: 50 min flight from Alice Springs | RATES FROM: AUD$2,400 p/n
Unique holidays make for memorable experiences, and where better to have a honeymoon like no other but at Longitude 131. Positioned at the gateway of the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, it boasts a commanding view of the renowned Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the stunning Australian outback.
If you think the mere location of Longitude 131 is enough to awaken your senses, wait until you see what else it offers. A signature itinerary to discover the wilderness of the Red Centre. A magical walkthrough of the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru. Revitalisation of the body and mind at Red Ochre Spa. A taste of gourmet cuisine and selections from Australia’s fine wineries at the Dune House. And at night, a spellbinding retreat at the individually designed luxury tents or under the glittering canopy of stars. It’s no wonder why Longitude 131 is considered one of the country’s most iconic honeymoon lodges.
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LOCATION: Montrose | GETTING THERE: 50 min drive from Melbourne | RATES FROM: AUD$999 p/n
You need not travel for miles to enjoy a romantic tropical escape. Nestled in the foothills of the Dandenongs, less than an hour east of Melbourne, is a 5-star Asian-inspired oasis that combines a lush environment and superb leisure. The best part? Everything here is meant for just the two of you.
A pathway of Balinese lanterns lead down to a secluded lagoon, which features a private dining pavilion where you can enjoy fine dining with nature as the backdrop. On the edge of the lagoon is a lone Balinese-style villa with a romantic four-poster opium bed that boasts a spectacular view of the tropical forest and cascading waterfalls. The sunken bath with jade mosaic tiles, an Oriental-style lounge room, and the Spa de Marrakech add splendour to an already decadent holiday. Indeed, the experience at Balinese Retreat can be summed up in two words: “paradise found.”
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LOCATION: Maryvale | GETTING THERE: 2 hours 10 min drive from the Gold Coast | RATES FROM: AUD$1,299 p/n
A luxury retreat that takes you to new heights of romance and relaxation, literally and figuratively. Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge — situated 1,100 metres above sea level — has only ten opulent suites and two private lodges, ideal for couples and newlyweds seeking an intimate and serene escape.
At Spicers Peak Lodge, you can do as much or as little as you wish. Marvel at the beautiful outdoors, join a guided tour of Scenic Rim, hop on a helicopter to see a bird’s eye-view of the Great Dividing Range, or have a gourmet picnic amid the picturesque landscape. If you want to take it easy, dive into the cool outdoor infinity pool, experience sumptuous pampering at Spa Anise, or delight your taste buds with degustation menus and fine regional wines at the award-winning The Peak. Do one, some, or all; the choice is yours.
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LOCATION: Exmouth | GETTING THERE: 2 hour flight from Perth | RATES FROM: AUD$750 p/n
One wants wilderness; the other yearns for the ocean. Enjoy both during your honeymoon at Sal Salis, a secluded luxury beachside safari camp in the dunes of Cape Range National Park and on the shores of Ningaloo Reef.
Here, you can choose to stay in any of the 16 eco-luxe tents in the area, which, while without the usual hotel amenities, are designed to provide the highest level of comfort. The main focus of Sal Salis, however, is nature and its inhabitants. And these make for a truly distinctive honeymoon experience. Wake up to the sight of red kangaroos and wallaroos grazing in the dunes. Go on guided gorge walks. Swim with the whale sharks and humpback whales when the opportunity allows. End the day with mouth-watering chef-prepared meals and the best regional wines, while recapping your adventures at one of Australia’s best kept secrets.
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LOCATION: Lord Howe Island | GETTING THERE: 2 hour flight from Sydney | RATES FROM: AUD$1,500 p/n
A boutique accommodation resting above Lovers Bay — suffice to say that Capella Lodge truly provides the idyllic and perfect couple’s retreat. The stylish and chic architecture of this Lord Howe beach house is complemented by the captivating views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The nine elegant suites are also designed to mirror the pristine environment, employing a play of space and use of timber floors and basalt stone in the rooms and baths, while being fitted with contemporary amenities and bespoke furnishings.
The on-site facilities hold their own allure. Its restaurant has a regional approach to cuisine, serving a daily-changing Pacific-themed menu and select premium wines. The Capella Spa, meanwhile, offers signature rejuvenating and relaxation treatments. But probably the best thing to enjoy here is Lord Howe Island and its marine life, which you can explore by diving into the sea or joining a glass bottom boat tour.
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LOCATION: Gawler | GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Adelaide | RATES FROM: AUD$890 p/n
Once a 19th century sheep station and, more recently, the location of the TV series “McLeod’s Daughters,” this 225-acre property in the rolling countryside of Barossa Valley holds a wealth of history and charm. Its seven suites and the self-contained Stonemason’s Cottage echo the style of the original 1856 homestead. Indeed, a honeymoon here is like a trip back in time.
While Kingsford Homestead exudes an old world charm, you can still bask in modern-day pleasures here. World-class dishes can be savoured at the restaurant; the food prepared using only the freshest local ingredients. Wine tasting can be enjoyed in the stone cellar. Indulge in pampering spa treatments in your room. But the experience that beats them all: soaking in the al fresco bath situated in a secluded corner of the property, with a glass of champagne in hand. And yes, the freestanding tub can fit two.
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