When it comes to luxury, Australia, has numerous options to pamper. In our last few blogs we’ve been talking about hideaways within natural settings, boasting majestic views and exclusive hospitality. Our previous blog focused on luxury lodges located in Queensland.
This blog will discuss three luxury lodges in the state of New South Wales.
Located on world heritage listed Lord Howe Island is a pinnacle of luxury, Capella Lodge. Overlooking romantic Lovers Bay and at the foot of dramatically rising twin mountains, Capella Lodge represents luxury at its best. A short flight will take you to this real deal ‘treasure island’, a sub-tropical paradise perfectly preserved in time. A feeling of relaxed sophistication flows throughout ... alluring guests to enjoy a civilized island escape.
Capella Lodge offers just nine contemporary island-style suites that compliment Lord Howe Island’s pristine natural environment. The design is inspired by an authentic Australian beach house ... and apart from the stunning view, the suites offer chic furnishings and generous decks.
You can take mountain walks, relax on white-sandy beaches, or explore a riot of colors in the southernmost part of the coral reef. Whatever you do, Capella Lodge makes sure that you can enjoy it lavishly ... but, on a first-name basis.
Experience fine dining showcasing a bounty of local seafood and fresh farm produce to help make your stay an unforgettable experience.
Getting There: By Air: Being a secluded gateway, Lord Howe Island has limited flights - with Qantaslink being the exclusive carrier to the island. Most flights operate from Sydney, with weekend flights out of Brisbane, and a seasonal flight ex Port Macquarie.
Things to Remember: All flights to Lord Howe Island only allow 30 lbs luggage per person ... mind you, that's all you'll need.
Pretty Beach House
If you're looking for an epitome of relaxed luxury that combines fabulous food, a perfect balance of intimacy, privacy and personalized service in the heart of NSW's Bouddi National Park, then it’s got to be Pretty Beach House. Experience effortless and unforgettable sanctuary in this stunning coastal luxury lodge limited to just eight guests at a time in four exclusive pavilions.
Surrounded by glorious golden beaches and picturesque bays, Pretty Beach House offers hiking expeditions and complimentary mountain bikes, an open bar, unlimited wi-fi throughout the property and a special indigenous smoking ceremony. All dining during your stay is included as part of the hospitality.
De-stress in the day spa, dine on a luxurious private boat with authentic seasonal menus and enjoy the quintessentially Australian coastal views.
Getting There: By Air: From Sydney, Pretty Beach House can arrange helicopter transfers on request ... or you can take a stunning 30-minute seaplane transfer from Sydney's Rose Bay. Either way, take a camera!
By Ferry: Wagstaffe ferry service to Palm Beach is a favorite option to get to Pretty Beach House. If driving north from Sydney you can park at Palm Beach Wharf.
By Car: You can also reach there by car following the Pacific Highway less than two-hours north of Sydney.
Things to Remember: If traveling by ferry, car parking at Palm Beach Wharf can be a little difficult at peak times.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
With a number of accolades and awards Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers an ultimate experience of luxury and solace in its 7,000 acres property. The resort occupies just one percent of the property, featuring 40 individual suites, each with its own swimming pool. Its main homestead offers distinctive dining with fresh local produce and a Timeless Spa to re-energize.
[Our Previous Blog on Luxury Lodges Of Australia : Queensland]
Wolgan Valley is a carbon-neutral resort that has been recognized as an honoree of the Travel+Leisure Global Vision Awards for Sustainability and Conservation. It has also been awarded a coveted Banksia Award for heralding conservation based luxury in Australia. That’s not all. It's been named one of the 10 Best Luxury Hotels in the World, and recognized as one of the world’s most unique and stylish hotels and resorts by Mr & Mrs Smith. In fact, it’s the only Australian resort to make it to many top 10 lists. TripAdvisor’s 2016 Traveller’s Choice Awards named this ultra-luxury conservation resort as the #1 Hotel in Australia.
The seclusion of this place creates natural sanctuary where guests can experience breathtaking natural beauty and a haven of wildlife while soaking up the rich heritage of the region. You can spend your day enjoying a range of nature-based activities that include horse riding, wildlife spotting, four-wheel drives, nature walks, and interpretive tours.
Getting There: By Air: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a dramatic 45 minutes helicopter transfer from Sydney offering superb views of the Blue Mountains en route.
By Car: There are several recommended scenic drives from Sydney to Wolgan Valley that take approximately three hours.
Things to Remember: The resort’s daily tariff includes gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner ... and all non-alcoholic beverages.
In our next blog we’ll highlight luxury lodges in South Australia.