I know I do, and if there’s a chance to take off for a weekend for spa treatments, fine wine and wonderful food then I’m your gal!
So I thought today I’d pick 5 of our favourite luxury getaways in Western Australia and tell you a little about them.
Cape Lodge, Margaret River
What’s not to love about Cape Lodge? It exudes exclusivity, privacy and charm. If you have a special anniversary as we did above (25 years and counting) you’ll find that staff go the extra mile with gorgeous special touches.
The cottages and forest retreats (with spa baths) are at the end of a winding drive and set around manicured lawns and a dam. There’s a gorgeous swimming pool, and tennis courts. If you’re lucky enough to book The Residence then you’ll have a whole house to yourself along with your own one hole golf course too.
The main lodge is built in the Cape Dutch style and very discreet – expect high tea with muffins and classical music, and the restaurant overlooking the lake is one of the best in WA.
All in all Cape Lodge is a place to chill and relax in a stunning setting.
You can read more about Cape Lodge here: Cape Lodge Margaret River and 11 Great Things to Do In the Region, and more about The Residence here: Sensational Luxury Accommodation in Margaret River Region
Empire Retreat, Dunsborough
Another retreat reached by a winding road off Caves Road. You’ll meander past a lake where ducks and geese do roam.
In a forest setting the spa cottages are luxurious and spacious, each with it’s own outside shower too. The main building reeks of understated class and all around the property there are nooks and crannies to sit and daydream, plus a large outdoor jacuzzi where guests can find quiet spaces to contemplate life, the universe and everything.
There’s a Day Spa offering oh so lovely treatments on the premises.
You can read more about Empire Retreat, here: Pure Luxury at Empire Retreat. Beaches and Breweries Part 2
Windmills Break, Yallingup
Ahh when you walk into Windmills it’s the tropical feel that will blow you away, for beyond the classy club lounge with its feature fireplace is a garden full of palms and big leafy green plants, beyond which sits a sparkling blue swimming pool, an outside spa, and lovely lawns.
The Studios with their own kitchenettes are fabulous, and have spa baths, big screen TV’s and secluded gardens or patios – love the bird life too.
Read more about Windmills Break, here: 10 Great Things to Do around Yallingup and Where to Stay While You’re There
Forest Rise Eco Retreat, Margaret River
What I love about Forest Rise Eco Retreat is the feeling of being tucked away in a Hansel and Gretel forest setting, with nobody else around for miles and miles.
Inside the cottages the decor is not rustic at all – they are high ceiling’d and luxury personified. The enormous windows that soar in the spa bathroom make you aware of how much part of the forest you are.
Wood fires for winter, a patio in your own forest garden, and an outside bush shower complete the sylvan picture. Bicyles provided – great forest tracks to cycle and a tranquil lake to enjoy.
I wrote about Forest Rise when I updated the Western Australian chapter of the Fodors Travel Guide – Here’s what I thought:
Mantra Frangipani, Broome
From the cool of the south west to the heat of the tropical north, and you can’t get more tropical (think Balinese) than the exotic Mantra Frangipani near Cable Beach in Broome.
Two pools and beautiful landscaped grounds surround self catering cottages which are spacious and perfectly appointed.
Your outside Bali style shower will be a big feature of your stay here during the summer months, and you’ll enjoy chillaxing on day beds in the gardens.
All in all expect relaxed holidaying in a quietly elegant, upmarket setting.
I’ve written more about Broome and The Mantra Frangipani, here: Why Basking in a Bali Style Resort in Broome is Good For You
Places I’d love to go
Of course there are other luxury getaways in Western Australia, and you can be sure they’re on my list!
Maitraya Luxury Private Retreat. Why? Because I’ve peeped and seen how it sits so exclusively in a beautiful spot near Albany, tucked away with a wonderful view. Looking at the pics on the internet made me go: “Oh Wow!What a place to while away the weekend!”
The Outram in Perth. Why? Because its stylish, sophisticated and a little oh la la Parisian. Set in leafy West Perth, it’s close to cafes, culture and Kings Park.
El Questro Homestead. Why? Well, this is the ultimate in remote exclusivity and all sort of stars (including Nicole Kidman and Ben Elton have stayed here). My friend Jenny who writes the fabulous, A Taste of Travel blog, told me this: “After having finished a fabulous Kimberley cruise from Broome to Wyndham, we spent a night at Emma Gorge before departing from Kununurra. As we explored the El Questro area, we spied El Questro’s Homestead, perched proudly on top of the cliff overlooking the river. I knew that one day, I would love to return here!”
The Richardson Hotel & Spa. Why? Becuase it’s a boutique hotel that’s just too cool for it’s own good. Also in West Perth. It’s trendy and very hush hush elegant. Today search prices brought up $395 per night per room – not bad for that sort of luxury.
If you’d like to see another list of Luxury Getaways, then try the Top 10 Luxury Getaways via Tourism Western Australia.
Or visit Travel Photo Thursday where other bloggers narrate their travel tales too.
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