The stars align at the exquisite enclave of Paringa in South Australia where The Frames stands out as a luxurious retreat exquisitely tailored to put couples in the throes of bliss, relaxation, and romance.
It is here where the ultra-luxe property reinvented the cabin-on-a-cliff concept-by no means a small feat-but one that The Frames has pulled off successfully. This modern luxury retreat, sitting on top of a bluff that overlooks the mighty River Murray, was designed by architect Paul Pruszinski. He ingeniously thought of “framing” the magnificent river views, which gives the property a unique and elegant look.
The plush accommodation features three self-contained and private residences, each with its own style and ambience, and all presenting the perfect opportunity for couples to reconnect and rekindle romance. Here, both indoor and outdoor spaces were designed to ensure relaxation beyond all imaginings.
Guests can experience the charm of plush furnishings and local art in all three private retreats. Each retreat offers abundant natural light and comes furnished with king-size beds that have tilt function and even massage options.
Electric blinds ensure privacy and keep the glare out when watching a movie from the Smart TV, either from the bedroom or the lounge room. The modern gourmet kitchen is outfitted with top-end appliances, including a dishwasher and espresso machine, which complete the indoor living area.
But the indulgence doesn’t stop there. The retreats—Pastiche, Collage, and Montage—offer a haven for couples to revel in gracious touches and superior amenities. They get to enjoy al fresco dining in the outdoor kitchen equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a BBQ and bar refrigerator. Guests can stay connected through the Wireless Internet Access, and when they feel like they need an extra dose of pampering, in-house catering and massages can be arranged.
While The Frames’ private villas all have the same exceptional features mentioned above, they all differ.
The Pastiche, located on the northern side of the property, has the bedroom overlooking the river and a sunken spa-bath with a built-in waterfall element. The spacious accommodation’s superlative water features continue with its infra-red sauna, outdoor rain shower, and heated pool that opens up to spectacular views.
The Collage, meanwhile, was designed to be shared with another couple or two other friends for the perfect weekend getaway. The two rooms in Collage are identical, sporting the same divine beds and linen as well as having en suite baths. The rooms are separated by a hydrotherapy spa and sauna with a television on the wall.
The last of the retreats is The Montage, which sits in the middle of the first two accommodations. This retreat, like the others, does not skimp on comfort and luxury. In fact, both its indoor and outdoor spaces are equally as luxurious. There is an outdoor circular hydrotherapy spa, heated pool, and infra-red sauna that all offer magnificent views of the River Murray.
Going Out and About
Enticing and amazing as each boutique retreat is, the world outside awaits – and it does not disappoint. The Frames offers countless leisure, entertainment, and adventure opportunities outside its walls.
Just a short 5-minute stroll from The Frames are the shops and restaurants of Paringa, where guests can mingle with the locals. Couples can also go on a captivating sunset cruise down the river via The Frames’ very own gondola while sipping a delicious bubbly and nibbling on locally sourced cheese.
Taste the wonderful wines of the region from the nearby wineries, or savour the delectable Amazon Ale from Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery. After, enjoy a quiet, romantic stroll at Ruston’s Rose Garden, Australia’s largest rose garden housing about 4,000 varieties of the delicate and fragrant flower.
If spending more time at The Frames, the Backwater Secrets tour is highly recommended. The half-day excursion takes guests on a guided trip through the backwaters and creeks where the region’s wildlife and birdlife are on display. For a taste of the Australian outback, visit the Murray River National Park. Or check out the unforgettable Banrock Station, the historic Overland Corner Hotel, built in 1859, quaint antique stores, or set off on a canoeing or kayaking adventure of the Woolenook Wetlands.
Tours can be arranged with the hosts, Cathy and Rick Edmonds, who will prepare everything for guests arrival. This personal attention to guests and to details are just two of the reasons why people only have high raves for The Frames, and why they come back to stay again.
Indeed, The Frames has redefined everyone’s expectation of Riverland luxury and created a wonderland for the senses that enchants all who stay.