After having been cooped up for so long and with international travel still only a distant memory, a romantic short break might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Treat yourself and your loved one; get away from the day to day slog and your own four walls.
Whether this is a weekend glamping it, a sleek city getaway, or getting pampered somewhere fancy, Victoria has many stunning places and spots to offer and here are our top tips for romantic and unique places to stay, with a few ideas of activities and dreamy spots thrown in for a memorable getaway. In no particular order:
Hidden in the spectacular rainforest of the Black Spur, in the mountains on the edge of Victoria’s famous Yarra Valley, is one of Australia’s leading boutique accommodation retreats and the ultimate secret hideaway for couples.
At Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, we provide a rare combination of genuine privacy, indulgent luxury and nature based experience in a secluded temperate rainforest setting
For a somewhat unique accommodation, head to the exclusive Mount Ophir Estate in Northern Victoria’s Rutherglen. What used to be a large vineyard and farm established in the 1890s has a rich history linking it to wealthy wine merchants in London; the wine produced here bore the royal seal of England. Nowadays, parts of the vineyard are being painstakingly restored, with the first wine expected to be produced in 2021. For your couple’s retreat, you have the choice to stay at the Gatehouse, the Residence, or the Tower. They are all amazing choices, but it is the historic French Tower that will take your getaway to the next level. Stylish interiors across three levels (you must be fit to stay there!), a marble bathroom and the luxurious bedroom on the top floor make this a really special experience.
Tucked away amongst trees on private land in the Hepburn Shire hills, this is glamping with all the bells and whistles. These tents are set up with everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel, and then some. Watch the stars from the plush pillows, reconnect with nature, relax, go for a hike, rug up by the firepit. Only a short drive from Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, you have lovely restaurants, wineries, day spas, art galleries and hiking trails at your tent door.
Why not live it up a little bit in the bright lights of Australia’s most cosmopolitan metropolis Melbourne? For a plush but intimate experience we recommend the Lindrum Hotel, a warm and welcoming oasis in the heart of the CBD. You’ll have your choice of extraordinary art galleries and museums, high-end shopping, famous eateries and bars as well as sports venues all within walking distance. Rooms are generous and the little touches like a turn-down service including tea and cookies will make your stay just that little bit extra special.
If you are looking for a dreamy hideaway, look no further than Cloud Nine, a cosy beach cottage nestled in Arthur’s Seat. Just a stone’s throw from the stunning beaches of McCrae and Dromana, Cloud Nine is all elegance with a retro-beach feel thrown into the mix and offers great outdoor spaces and spectacular views overlooking Port Phillip Bay. After a relaxing al fresco breakfast, you can venture out and make the most of all the wonderful places and treats the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.
This will be the ultimate vineyard escape with a difference! From the 7 meter tall sculpture of a jackalope – a giant horned jackrabbit, to the 50 meter infinity pool, the face and body treats at the spa, to the culinary highlights at Doot Doot Doot restaurant and it’s amazing pieces of art, Jackalope hotel will be a memorable experience from start to finish. Enjoy a stunning location in a stunning part of Victoria!
What a unique and utterly charming place! It consists of two parts, ‘the Mill’ and ‘the Carriage House’! Both houses replicate 19th century English buildings, and you can choose from rooms such as the Duchess’ Quarters or the King Arthur Suite. The gardens are stunning and provide a tranquil oasis. But what really sets this place apart is the great packages it offers. Its team here has been working closely with local suppliers, restaurants, and shops to create romantic and memorable moments and there will something special for all tastes.
It seems no detail has been missed to make your stay at Brooklands Farm an unforgettable one. The home itself has been magnificently renovated and offers all of the comforts you could possibly think of for a romantic weekend. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine, sumptuous dinners, or a free winery tour. Concierge services include breakfast hampers and beauty and pamper sessions. You’ll also have plenty to discover in the Goulburn Valley region. It is home to some of Australia’s award-winning wineries.
There’s a lot to like about Warrnambool at the tip of the Great Ocean Road. It oozes spirit, has beaches and vistas to die for and it has geothermal hot springs. The Deep Blue Hotel is Victoria’s first hot springs hotel. It’s a great place for relaxation and rejuvenation, dream and unwind, all in one place. Hot springs are known to increase blood circulation and can also help eliminate toxins from your body. If that is all a bit too hot for you, there’s also an indoor heated pool to enjoy or you can relax in the on-site day spa with one of the many treatments on offer. What’s there not to like, pampering at its finest!
The food and wine region of the Mornington Peninsula has so much to offer and the Lindenderry at Red Hill is the perfect base to explore it all from. Not only that, but this beautiful retreat also offers the perfect packages to make your stay exceptional. Check out their ‘Hot Springs Package’ or the ‘Overindulgence Package’, which includes your bottle of Mumm’s Champagne on arrival and a 3-course dinner with wine. You can even grab a blanket and a freshly prepared hamper for a dreamy vineyard picnic. If that doesn’t dial up the romance, we don’t know what will!
What can possibly be more romantic than watching the night sky and listening to the waves from your comfy bed? Get back to nature in style and wake up to the sound of the ocean on stunning Philips Island. There are a range of sites available, but the ones right on the beach, overlooking the sparkling waters and the white sandy beach at Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park are our favourite ones. Tents are set up before you arrive and are kitted out with a comfy bed, luxurious bedding, quilts, rugs and more. And whilst you are there, take a sunset stroll, go for a swim, or check out the many cafes in nearby Cowes or the famous Penguin Parade and Phillip Island Circuit.
Voted ‘best boutique hotel in Victoria’ the Adelphi is a unique, bold, and contemporary place, with a touch of quirkiness and a dose of intimacy. It’s not for everyone but will really be the icing on the cake for those who love design and art and have a sweet tooth! Its swanky Om Nom dessert-themed restaurant is the first of its kind. It’s also at a prime location, right in the heart of all that Melbourne has to offer, but it’s really the hotel that is the destination here for a romantic stay in Melbourne. Don’t forget to go for a dip in its iconic rooftop pool overlooking Flinders Lane!
For lovebirds looking for a few nights of luxury and seclusion, with nature right at their doorstep, a residence at the award winning Boroka Downs is the perfect getaway. Unwind in this serene setting, watch the roaming wildlife and the expanse of the night sky from a hammock, dine in or check out one of the fantastic eateries close by. This is getting back to nature in the lap of luxury.
You are spoilt for choice in Daylesford and surrounds, but Poet’s Lodge really is a magical place. Choose Old Jack’s Cottage or the Garden Loft for a private, more intimate stay. The main house on the other hand has the roaring fireplace and absolutely delightful communal spaces. You’ll fall for the charms of this 1850s Colonial home, that beautifully combines colonial charms with all the modern-day comforts.