If you’re planning a couple’s trip Down Under then you’re going to need a suitably dreamy hotel to stay in, and we have just the answer. Check out our pick of Australia’s 7 most romantic hotels to top off your trip of a lifetime.
Rumour has it this is where Pippa Middleton (Mathews) stayed on her honeymoon and if that is the case, you know you are in for a treat. Located adjacent to Kakadu National Park, it is often compared to Africa’s Okavango Delta. Explore this huge buffalo station located to the west of Kakadu National Park on safari drives, river boating and air boating – all great fun enhanced by the company of passionate and knowledgeable wilderness guides. For honeymooners after a little romance, the new Kingfisher Suite offers in-room dining, with a camp table set up for an intimate candlelit dinner against the backdrop of the nocturnal bush orchestra! Or for the adventurous couple – perhaps spend a night in the recently opened Hide! After enjoying a beautiful chef-prepared three course dinner in the main lodge, head out to The Hide, spotlighting nocturnal floodplain wildlife on your way. Tune your senses to the sounds of the bush at night, listen for the call of a Barking Owl or the snort of a buffalo before slipping into your deluxe swag for a night in this private treehouse away from civilisation and the worries of the world. A 7:30am pick-up the next day has you back at the main lodge in-time for breakfast.
For more information please visit www.bamurruplains.com
Wix Squared (www.wixsquared.com, 020 3808 6383) offers a 7 night trip to Bamurru Plains, Australia, staying in the Kingfisher Suite, on a full board basis, including beverages from a select open bar from £2,800 per person. This cost also includes flights from Darwin in a single engine aircraft and a sleepout in The Hide one night.
International flights from UK start at £1,150 per person from London Heathrow to Darwin (via Kuala Lumpur) with Malaysian Airlines in economy class.
Capella Lodge is situated on Lord Howe – one of Australia’s under the radar island gems. Only a mere 10km long and 600km from the east coast, this island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with three quarters of it permanently preserved as a Marine Park and sub-tropical rainforest. Capella Lodge has views over the crescent beach, framed by jutting green hills. Couples can stay in one of the nine suites including the Lidbird Pavillion which is perfect for has a private plunge pool and a panoramic deck. With multiple decks, a lounge and open floor-to-ceiling windows, couples can constantly enjoy the spectacular views of this exclusive and secluded island.
For more information or to book, visit www.wexas.com or call them on 0207 838 5892.
Elements of Byron
New to the luxury Aussie hotel scene, Elements of Byron only opened last year but is definitely making its mark. With nearly 200 private beach villas dotted amidst 22 hectares of beachfront paradise who wouldn’t want to spend a romantic week or two soaking up the sun. And as an added bonus, it is only a 15 minute drive from Bryon Bay. Elements of Byron also includes a day spa, swanky luxury restaurant, cocktail bar, fire pit, private beach access and a 40-metre infinity lagoon pool. And if the paradise beach location hasn’t swayed you then perhaps the nature focused kudos will. Nearly 90% of the site has been preserved as natural bushland, wetland and sand dune. The littoral forest and natural lakes support a large number of native birds and other species so take your binoculars! The resort is committed to protecting the local area and this was paramount in the design of the villas and hotel facilities. They have also created walking trails and signature nature-based experiences that celebrate the uniqueness of its location.
For more information please visit www.elementsofbyron.com.au/en/
Inspired by the Latin term which means a “collection of deeper sensory experiences”, qualia is an adult-only exclusive world-class luxury resort, nestled into the secluded, northern tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. The luxury resort has a definitive style of understated elegance and quality, with 60 luxury pavilions overlooking the Coral Sea. Guests can dine beside Pebble Beach or escape to the sanctuary of the spa for a quintessential qualia treatment.
For more information please visit www.qualia.com.au
Pretty Beach House
Located on the tip of Bouddi Peninsula, Pretty Beach House is perched high on a forested escarpment, in the middle of Bouddi National Park. Couples can have a romantic start to the holiday and arrive by seaplane or the resort’s private boat – both providing different perspectives on the peninsula’s lush geography. The guesthouse comprises of four pavilions, each with a private balcony, pool and wood burning fireplaces – making them cosy, secluded and romantic hideaways. Couples can also explore the nearby surroundings with a freshly made picnic hamper by one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs – Stefano Manfredi, before partaking in a cooking or wine class with the onsite expert or simply relaxing with the flower-infused spa treatments.
For more information or to book, visit www.wexas.com/accommodation-offers/pretty-beach-house-138298 or call them on 0207 838 5892.
Southern Ocean Lodge
South Australia is home to Kangaroo Island, a haven of indigenous wildlife with its own unique Kangaroos, often referred to as a zoo without fences. The island is a romantic paradise lying just off the southern coast of South Australia with spectacular nature, wildlife, food and of course South Australian wine. Stay at Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge, a luxury hotel located in the secluded south-west corner. It enjoys a reputation as one of Australia’s finest five-star experiences for its fusion of modern architecture, superb dining and incredible clifftop location offering magnificent views. Additionally the lodge offers private touring to make sure you see all the wildlife (koalas, echidnas, native kangaroo species and wallabies) as well as experience highlights like walking with rangers among a sea lion colony in Seal Bay. Outstanding cuisine using local ingredients has also long been the hallmark of this luxury retreat. It offers a hugely popular Food Safari, hosted by much-loved chef Maggie Beer, who leads guests across the island, visiting the like of the Sheep Milk Dairy, Southrock Lamb, and the oyster farm at American River.
For more information please visit southernoceanlodge.com.au/
Just a stone’s throw from the ocean and set in idyllic isolation, Orpheus is very much a secret to the outside world, a magical and romantic destination. The ideal destination for those wanting an underwater adventure, Orpheus’ principal dive sites boast 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef with the local waters a fisherman’s playground and home to the most sought after reef fish species in the world. For an adventure on the surface couples can take the helm of a motorised dingy complete with gourmet picnic hamper and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe the luxury island.
For more information please visit www.orpheus.com.au