Even if you think Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday, unique only in its blatant commercialism, you can't fail to agree that a romantic weekend where the two of you relentlessly spoil each other is a good idea.
From spa weekends to simply stunning surroundings, we've gathered our pick of five of Australia's most romantic hotels. So, even if you're not planning on celebrating Valentine's Day, you could still sneak away for the weekend and enjoy one of these fantastically indulgent hotels. You know, just because.
In the beautiful Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne, is the iconic and luxurious Chateau Yering. This is the perfect space for a big event, or just a romantic, relaxing weekend for two. As well as the stunning building itself, there are stunning views of the Yarra Valley on offer and some utterly charming walks in the local greenery.
Australia's rugged southern coastline is picture perfect, and the Southern Ocean Lodge places you deep inside nature in order to experience it to its fullest. Luxury could be defined as a visit to this lodge, thanks to its astonishing views, terrace spa and baffling array of wildlife (seals, whales, koalas and much more). An unforgettable experience.
If not leaving the resort sounds like your kind of holiday then the Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island will be your kind of place. There's heaps to do here, including golf, spa treatments and even a cruise. The staff are incredibly attentive, taking care of your every need before you even ask and making sure you have a memorable stay. Oh, and did we mention it was voted the best resort in the world in 2012 by Conde Naste?
Quamby is a character-filled historic homestead just outside of Launceston. There are only nine rooms here, so you're guaranteed a touch of intimacy. This homestead, a former colonial cottage, is architecturally astounding. Enjoy champagne in the beautiful gardens, play golf, drink more wine and enjoy some delicious food all on the bounds of the homestead. If it's traditional charm you're after, look no further.
You want to relax, you say? Look no further than this multi-award winning resort located in a full two acres of gardens overlooking the simply breathtaking Blue Mountains National Park. Walking distance from the three sisters rock formation at Echo Point, this resort and spa is full of outdoor exploration on your doorstep, as well as fine dining, spa treatments and much more if you want to just stay in and indulge. Luxury.
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