Embark on a journey into the lap of luxury with our lust-worthy wishlist of exceptional accommodations we’re dying to try this year. These destinations redefine opulence, offering a perfect blend of tranquillity and indulgence. From the secluded elegance of Osborn House in the Southern Highlands to the oceanfront opulence of Dovecote in Gerringong, each stay promises a unique and unforgettable experience.
An impeccably designed five-star luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the Southern Highlands, let your worry wash away at the secluded Osborn House. Boasting two seasonal dining options, a day spa, an indoor pool and wonderful grounds to explore, this is the luxury stay you go to when you want to retreat (or feel like you’re on an estate in the Cotswolds). With each room boasting its own unique feature, whether it’s a balcony, sunroom or glorious views of the national park, there are ample inviting spaces to sit down with a wine, a good book or a deck of cards.
Pretty Beach House
High on the escarpment above Pretty Beach in NSW and nestled into Bouddi National Park is Pretty Beach House. Providing spectacular luxury in a paradise of idyllic natural beauty, you truly won’t want to leave. With all your food and beverages delivered as you need it, whether you’re seeking cocktails and snacks by the pool, a glass of bubbles at the bar or a delicious seafood-forward dinner in the dining room, there’s no reason to leave your little sanctuary. Accommodating to pairs, each room boasts uninterrupted views, an open living space, day beds and luxurious amenities at every corner.
The ultimate family destination, Dovecote in Gerringong is luxury interior design at its best. Set on 150 acres of oceanfront farmland, the property features two immaculate and award-winning accommodation options, one of which was featured in the film The Invisible Man. The largest home, The Headland, sleeps eight and has many inclusions such as a heated pool, outdoor fire pit, beach access, fitness machines and of course stunning panoramic views. The Range sleeps four, ideally for a couple and two children, and is beautifully open, featuring an indoor fireplace, plunge pool, two decks and a deep freestanding bath.
If you’ve got a big group of adventure lovers, pack your skis and snowboards and head to Jimmy Doo in Crackenback. The ultimate entertainer’s snow lodge, sleeping 22 adults and up to 8 children, it’s the perfect group escape to the alpine. When you’re not carving down the mountain, explore the 270 acres of wilderness and enjoy outdoor features such as a hot tub, pizza oven, BBQ, fire pit, trampoline, playground and archery. Or retreat inside after a huge day and relax by the fireplace, watch a movie on the projector, or cook up a huge feast for your friends.
Creating a statement not only in the wedding space but in premium accommodation as well, we’d stay at all seven of Mona Farm’s guest houses if we could. Located within their award-winning gardens, surrounded by contemporary art and sculpture, the houses, sleeping from two to 18 guests, intend to blend old-world charm with new-world comforts. Making it so you don’t have to do a thing, include a dining element within your package and have a delicious three-course meal delivered to your house, prepared by the Farm’s in-house chef. A range of experiences from a farm tour to fly fishing is also available for guests to truly explore the magic of the estate.
Designed to be an incredibly memorable stay for several reasons, you need to add Jackalope Hotel in Mornington Peninsula to your next getaway wishlist. A destination for dining alone, the hotel is ideal for those who like to pair their weekends away with delicious dining experiences. A presentation of Mornington Peninsula and Australia’s finest produce, both the restaurants and cocktail bar are exquisitely unexpected in the best way. On top of that, guests can relax by the infinity pool overlooking the vineyard, book a spa treatment, visit their cellar door or explore the many artworks and installations.
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