Let a sense of calm wash over you as you enter the tranquil surrounds of Lon Retreat & Spa. This gorgeous luxury property is located on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, a place of unusually charming beauty that is less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. On one side is the vast blue ocean, and on the other the lush rolling hills. And at the heart of this property, surrounded by acres of farmlands, is seven individually designed suites and a heavenly day spa that are designed to reconnect you to nature: earth, land, and sea.
There’s no question that Lon Retreat is the newest gem on the Peninsula. Tucked away on a hilltop within 200 acres of family-owned farmlands, this luxurious hideaway embraces the Bellarine’s natural beauty and showcases it from every corner of the property. Seven magnificent suites, all uniquely designed, exude comfort and ease and help to set the tone of your getaway.
Once you step inside, you’ll understand why it’s hard to resist the temptation to just stay in. Each suite reflects the beauty of the natural surrounds and comes decked out in soothing colours like olives, tans, heather greys, and soft blues. Large picture windows frame views of the lighthouse, the verdant hills and ships passing by on the sparkling ocean.
Inside each suite is a plush king size bed covered in sumptuous linen and plump pillows, inviting you to catch up on some sleep or snuggle up in bed with your special someone. You’ll also find a selection of beautiful artwork, furniture, ceramics, and lighting that are handcrafted locally. And most of the rooms come with a kitchenette, hammock, and private courtyard where you can truly immerse in the amazing landscape of the Bellarine.
The suites are all named after a different cloud type: there’s Alto, Cumulus, Cirrus, Stratus, Pileus, Nimbus, and Arcus representing each room’s uniqueness and heavenly feel.
Lon’s other highlight is its beautiful onsite day spa. With access to warm mineral springs from beneath the estate, the spa and some of the guest suites are fed with this rejuvenating and therapeutic water. Here you can indulge in an array of wellness treatments inspired by the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. There are body treatments and massages, facials, and the spa’s signature mineral treatment, all of which can be enjoyed for a minimum of an hour. Later you can relax in the heated pool or the private gardens as you gaze out to the amazing views of Port Phillip Bay.
The retreat offers private beach access so you can spend your days strolling on the sand or splashing in the turquoise waters. Later, you can stretch your legs and wander through one of the many farm tracks, armed with a hamper, to find the perfect picnic spot. The location is also the perfect base to explore the local area which is known for its excellent food and wine and historic towns. In fact, it’s only a short drive in any direction to experience all that this beautiful region has to offer.
There’s a lot to look at and enjoy below the surface here as well. If you’re up for some underwater activity, why not go diving or snorkelling? You’ll discover that there is a huge variety of marine life in the waters of Port Phillip Bay. For the adrenaline junkie, head west of the lighthouse for some surfing. Or you can just always enjoy the views and the refreshing sound of the waves as they break the shore.
Aside from its luxurious spa and gorgeous accommodation, Lon Retreat offers a communal guest lounge with a fireplace that makes the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the company of other guests. For cooler evenings, the fire pit is where you can gather to savour the outdoors and the stars. There’s also a private art gallery onsite that showcases local art and photography and a kitchen garden that grows seasonal produce. And while there’s no restaurant here, guests can help themselves to local goodies available in the honesty bar.
With only seven lavish guest suites, Lon Retreat & Spa is the perfect place for a secluded getaway. It can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 16 adult guests, with one suite being able to house 4 people. Rates include access to the mineral pool as well as a delicious breakfast hamper supplied by Annie’s Kitchen.
If you can’t wait to get here, then you’ll be pleased to know that it’s only 90 minutes southwest of Melbourne via the M1 and Bellarine Highway. Or you can hire a car from Avalon Airport which is only 45 minutes away from Lon Retreat.