There are many ways to explore a new city when you’re on holiday, but jumping from cafe, to bar, to restaurant can feel routine. The real magic happens when you completely change your surroundings.
Secluded nature retreats are a great way to step away from it all. We’ve compiled some of our favourites from Booking.com, from a rainforest in Queensland and an apartment looking over a Victorian vineyard, to a safari tent in the Northern Territory. Start applying for annual leave now.
Wildman’s Wilderness Lodge – NT The award-winning Wildman Wilderness Lodge is located in the breathtaking Mary River Wetlands region halfway between Darwin and the Kakadu National Park. Air-conditioned “habitats” and luxe safari tents have views of this stunning landscape, which includes billabongs, wetlands and wildlife. There’s a jaw-dropping outback sunset almost every day, and a bush-to-table gourmet experience awaits in the attached restaurant. If it’s all too much, take shelter from the Northern Territory’s sweltering heat in the lodge’s infinity pool.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat – QLD O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat overlooks the rainforests and mountains of tropical Lamington National Park in Queensland’s Gold Coast hinterland. There are no televisions or telephones in the retreat’s rooms, just beautiful forest, a lovely year-round climate and activities such as daily bird-watching tours, bushwalks, flying-fox adventures, wildlife encounters and a nightly glowworm tour to distract you. If you’re there to relax, there’s also an infinity pool, the Lost World day spa and the Canungra Vineyard nearby.
Polperro Villas – VIC Mornington Peninsula’s famous Red Hill wine region is home to the Polperro Winery and its accommodation, Polperro Villas. Each villa is spacious, with modern interiors and furnishings, an open fireplace, a spa bath and a private deck with views of the 25-acre Polperro vineyard. There’s a boutique yoga studio, and one apartment has a private sauna. Peaceful and secluded, the villas are a 10-minute drive from other wineries in the region.
The Frames – SA The Frames is three private cliff-top retreats in Renmark, South Australia. A three-hour drive west from Adelaide, or a 90-minute drive from Mildura, each retreat contains a private heated pool and spa that overlooks the serene Murray River. A private chef can prepare and serve you a three-course meal, or you can buy a barbeque pack and cook it in your private outdoor area.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat – NSW On the edge of New South Wales’s picturesque Blue Mountains is the luxurious Spicers Sangoma Retreat. With an emphasis on relaxation, it features sauna facilities, an infinity lap pool and rooms with magnificent, sweeping views of mountains and bushland. Choose between the luxury bush suite, the chief’s suite, or the tent suite (which has a chandelier, and is just as luxurious as the other options).
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