By Freya Ensbey.
Nothing creates the mood for loving more than getting away for the weekend with that special someone to elope the routine of everyday life and indulge in a little one on one time. Paired with our top aphrodisiacs, sure to seduce, we have you covered on all bases this Valentine’s Day, so all you need to do is pack your bags, pick up your partner and enjoy a romantic escape together.
For a peaceful weekend getaway in Gippsland Lakes, take to Waterfront Retreat at Wattle Point. Sprawled across 20 acres of land, this spacious Forge Creek property boasts a collection of self-contained lodges surrounding the scenic waters of Lake Victoria. Each lodge contains a kitchen, log fires, comfortable lounge and dining areas as well as private BBQ areas, ensuring a comfortable stay for any couple. If you can make it out of the room, be sure to soak up the great outdoors and take the boat out from the private jetty or hand feed the kangaroos roaming around Wattle Point and play a game of tennis before plunging into the mineral spa.
For the more adventurous couple, escape to Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat, where rolling green hills and stunning World Heritage-listed national parks are only moments away. Positioned on Upper Crystal Creek, this award-winning hideaway boasts spectacular views from Mount Warning through to Springbrook Rainforest and is just a short drive from the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Use Hillcrest as a base to explore nearby hiking trails and picnic spots before returning to your room to unwind in the solar heated pool or treat yourself to a massage treatment. Offering luxurious timber-lined suites equipped with double spa baths, wake up to a country-style breakfast to start your day on the right foot.
Bali Hai | QLD
If you yearn for a luxurious tropical style break, look no further than Bali Hai in the magnificent Mossman Valley. Just a short drive from Port Douglas, Bali Hai offers a blissful getaway among tranquil rainforest surrounds. Life here is about defining luxury as you wade in your own private wet edge pool and look out to the Daintree Mountains, with not a soul to break your peace and privacy amidst the 80 acres that are solely yours. Day excursions can be arranged if you wish to explore the Mossman region, or opt to stay in and spoil yourselves with a range of indulgent couples spa treatments.
For absolute beachfront accommodation, it’s hard to surpass a stay at the Adelaide Luxury Beach House. Accommodating from two up to eleven guests, why not invite along a handful of your closest couple friends and enjoy the weekend together as a group? At the forefront to a range of seafront restaurants, shops and transport options, this three-storey stay offers all the essentials for comfort upon the beachfront with luxurious four poster bedding, a fully equipped kitchen, spa en suite and a balcony to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and magnificent ocean views. A welcoming gift of Barossa Valley sparkling wine, chocolates and aromatherapy candles will have you feeling relaxed upon your very first step in the door, providing the essentials to begin your romantic coastal stay.
Villa Howden | TAS
For a sophisticated weekend away, check into the prestigious Villa Howden on the South East coast of Tasmania. Amble through the landscaped garden and into the warm sandstone building to discover tasteful decor and antique furnishings creating an air of elegance complemented by the breathtaking natural scenery that can be seen from the large windows of the luxury suites. The peace and privacy of Villa Howden allows anyone seeking a romantic getaway to bask in the tranquility of this establishment. Guests can enjoy an included full breakfast before taking the time to wash any stress away in the indoor salt chlorinated pool, dabble on the grand piano in one of the many lounge areas, or spend the day exploring the length of the Huon Valley Trail.
Nestled on 40 acres of bushland overlooking the spectacular Stirling Range, Kendenup Lodge and Cottages feel a world away from everything. This boutique four and a half star accommodation is just 30 minutes from Albany and Denmark, with an abundance of nearby attractions such as bird watching, mountain climbing, restaurants, wineries and animal reserves. Choose from private en suite rooms in the Lodge, featuring a communal kitchen, lounge and BBQ area, or opt for a private escape in a self-contained cottage, all of which are warm and comfortably furnished. Among the facilities is a fine restaurant, licensed bar, spa and gym as well as the services of a private Chef and butler to create a truly indulgent and memorable stay.