New South Wales has a lot to offer for those looking to get away from the hubbub of Sydney. Popular destinations for a relaxing getaway include the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, the Hunter Valley wine region, and Port Stephens. Whether you’re looking for a mountain hideaway where you’ll be surrounded by secluded and rugged landscapes or a seaside retreat where the waves can lull you to sleep, there’s a luxury escape waiting for you in New South Wales. We’ve curated some of the best accommodations where you can indulge during your holiday in Australia.
Only a quick drive from the town centre of Byron Bay, Crystalbrook Byron is a luxurious retreat situated in 45 acres of magical subtropical rainforest. Just a short walk from Tallow Beach, this luxury resort boasts a perfect blend of intuitive service and breathtaking natural surroundings. It is located only 2 hours from Brisbane, Queensland too, making it an easily accessible destination. The resort features luxurious contemporary rooms and suites, a pool, spa, fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant that offers a farm-to-table dining experience using locally sourced ingredients. Its location also provides easy access to a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, surfing, and horse riding. For those looking for a getaway close to both the rainforest and the sea, this is definitely a wonderful choice where you can indulge both in terms of relaxation and exploration.
Chalets at Blackheath
Being on a secluded mountainside getaway paints the picture of romance and relaxation and Chalets at Blackheath captures the magic of the Blue Mountains. Located atop one of the highest points of the Blue Mountains, Chalets at Blackheath offers breathtaking views of the surrounding eucalyptus forests, rugged sandstone formations, and ancient aboriginal sites. Each chalet is designed with a unique and modern almost cubist look, blending natural stone interiors with warm wooden floors and metal accents which create a perfect balance of rustic and contemporary design. Its location provides easy access to the many outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, but if you prefer to stay in the privacy of your luxury chalet or simply enjoy the view from your private deck, this getaway has a beautiful spot waiting for you.
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
A romantic and stylish getaway set upon one of the highest spots of Bangalow, 99 Acres Retreat is an invitation to relish the wide open spaces and beauty of the Byron Hinterland and beyond. A stylish base from which you can explore the region, the main guesthouse has 5 spacious rooms, but you can also choose any of the 4 villas for a more luxurious and private experience. All villas have furnished private decks and fully self-contained kitchens with everything you need for self-catering options. 99 Acres Bangalow Retreat is just an 8-minute walk from the charming and historic Bangalow village, and after a day of leisurely enjoying the town, you can take a relaxing dip in the outdoor pool while taking in 360-degree views of the surrounding villages. It’s the perfect spot for taking it slow and getting away from the hectic pace of the city.
Spicers Sangoma, Blue Mountains
An adults-only escape in the Blue Mountains, Spicers Sangoma offers an all-inclusive luxury experience where you can relax and indulge in any of its elegantly appointed suites. This eco-retreat offers guests an immersive South African-inspired experience and features five types of beautifully appointed suites. Each of the luxurious suites comes with deep soaking tubs and undisturbed views of the surrounding bushland. On-site, Restaurant Amara’s dining room draws its guests in with its generous bar, soft lighting, and leather-backed chairs that elevate the intimate and personalised degustation experience making it even more delightful.
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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
This secluded resort is located in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains and offers guests the opportunity to unwind in a beautiful natural setting. The resort features 40 individual villas, each with spacious living areas, cosy fireplaces, a private heated pool, and verandas where you can revel in the stunning views of the valley. Wolgan Dining Room captures the Australian warmth and the beauty of its cuisine with its seasonally inspired menus using local ingredients sourced from specialty farmers and producers to showcase the best of the region. Discover the beauty of its surroundings even more with experiences such as horseback riding or going on a four-wheel drive, or simply bask in starlight while accompanied by expert field guides who will make you see the night sky in a new light.
Spicers Guesthouse, Pokolbin
When it comes to laid-back luxury in a wine region setting, Spicers Guesthouse is one of the first hotels that comes to our mind. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, Spicers Guesthouse is a luxury boutique hotel that exudes a modern country farmhouse ambience. On-site, it features 45 beautifully appointed rooms, a restaurant serving modern Italian cuisine, an extensive bar, an outdoor pool, and beautiful sculptured gardens. It also has a standalone 4-bedroom cottage with an elegant natural palette combining white wood, stone, and timber accentuated by soft luxurious furniture and colours that draw inspiration from the Hunter Valley region. Signature experiences to make your stay even more luxurious include a wine tour, a helicopter tour over the region, and a private picnic overlooking the vineyards.
Anchorage Port Stephens, Corlette
If you’re a lover of the waterfront lifestyle, you’re going to enjoy a stay at Anchorage Port Stephens. Located in the picturesque town of Port Stephens, Anchorage Port Stephens has a range of generous suites where you can enjoy that Hamptons chic vibe. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, and day spa. Only an hour away from Newcastle and 2.5 hours away from Sydney, Anchorage Port Stephens is a chic adults-only getaway where you can relax in the infinity pool or experience restorative therapies at Spa Lucca. For us, we love the relaxed vibe at The Galley Kitchen and the selection of fine whiskies and wines at Moby’s Bar.
Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or explore the natural beauty of the area, New South Wales is an excellent choice for a luxury holiday.
Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a luxury travel agency offering a handpicked collection of the world’s best hotels, resorts and villas.
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