I think it's fair to say that none of us escape the routine of work and 'life' enough! So this year, let's all commit to treating ourselves that little bit more with time away from the laptop. Whether it's a simple camping trip in the great outdoors or a luxurious spa weekend, a little break from routine can be just what we need to regroup and refocus. Seeing as Valentine's Day is fast approaching, we thought a romantic-themed getaway special was in order! So take a browse of some of our favourite retreats below - and just take a look at the styling... impeccable!
PAPERBARK CAMP, NEW SOUTH WALESThey say: Conceived over a few sundowners on safari in Africa in the eighties, Paperbark Camp officially opened in 1999 after years of dreaming and planning by the owners, Jeremy & Irena Hutchings. With the help of their family and a dedicated team of staff, the camp remains a family operated business and continues to be at the forefront of ecotourism and luxury camping in Australia.
Just 2 ½ hrs drive south of Sydney near the pristine clear waters and white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, the camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy canvas accommodation and a peaceful bush setting, the perfect base from which to explore this nature lovers paradise.
DRIFT HOUSE, VICTORIAThey say: At Drift House we think Luxury is not about brand names, star ratings or dollars. It is an outcome of how we feel; a certain state of mind, an individual experience. We think it can be tactile, spiritual or emotional and sometimes all three, but is always influenced by our surroundings.We set out with a simple aim…to build the best accommodation in regional Victoria…and the result is Drift House.We think Drift House is a special place to stay. It does not represent 5 star opulence nor doily wrapped Victoriana. It is unique, individual and entirely bespoke. Striking external architecture combines with sumptuous and sensual interiors to create a feeling best described as sexy luxury.To some people Drift House is a boutique Hotel, to others a B&B and some a retreat. The label doesn’t really matter. Put simply it is a place to stay, relax, celebrate, unwind, love, laugh, drift and help you find your luxury.
QT SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALESThey say: With an eye for modern design whilst reflective of past, the 200 guest suites that make up the QT Sydney hotel have been carefully crafted within the historic Gowings and State theatre buildings. This boutique Sydney accommodation retains many of the buildings most distinctive features, such as the blend of Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate influenced architecture that form the dazzling exterior of the building.With a contemporary and, at times, quirky design, all guestrooms feature creature comforts such as luxurious bedding, free WiFi, walk-in showers and most guest suites also offer an indulgent oversized soaking tub.The lower levels of this truly designer Sydney Hotel, will retain a historical allure but be the home of Sydney’s hottest new bar Gilt Lounge and Robert Marchetti’s newest creation Gowings Bar & Grill.
LONGITUTE 131°, NORTHERN TERRITORY
They say: Longitude 131° is a transcendent experience of discovery, located in the spirited heart of Australia. Facing majestic Uluru, Longitude 131° commands spectacular views of the outback icon and World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Delve into the foundation of Anangu culture and explore this irresistible land and the stories of the traditional custodians. Luxurious and unfettered, Longitude 131° will make your senses come alive.
FLOP HOUSE, VICTORIA
They say: This former Harpsichord studio is now a Scandinavian-style retreat in the heart of Kyneton, country Victoria. Flop House displays works by local artists and designers, and exquisite textiles from around the world, our lovely loft is your ideal country escape.
Pick your own fresh produce in our large private garden, unwind with the fancy chooks or take a walk down by the river. We stock plenty of good reads for the escapists but, if you fancy staying connected, Wi-Fi and Apple TV are provided.
Why not let us pack you a picnic? With delicious local food and wines on offer, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is whether to leave the luxurious, king-sized bed. Maps, picnic baskets and bicycles are provided and we'll give you the best local tips for the latest events and hidden treasures to explore.
There you have it, your top five romantic getaways for this Valentine's Day!