Spa serenity, champagne dinners, heritage luxury or off-grid seclusion: whatever ‘romance’ means to you, these Australian escapes deliver in abundance.
For some, a romantic escape means five-star luxury, champagne breakfasts and poolside pampering. For others, it’s all about glorious solitude, unadulterated relaxation and windswept wonder. Then there are those who prefer gilded elegance and pastoral bliss over urban hideaways.
Whether you’re looking for a cosy sojourn to reconnect together or an extra-special escape to pop the big question, fulfil your every desire with our roundup of Australia’s Most Romantic Hotels.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Elysia Wellness Retreat, Hunter Valley
Jaw dropping valley views greet you on arrival at Elysia Wellness Retreat, a world-class haven of relaxation and healing amid picturesque wine country in the Hunter Valley. Just two hour’s drive from Sydney, this restorative refuge has reigned as THE place of reconnection for those looking to say farewell to stress. Elysia is at once intimate and charming but doesn’t skimp on modern perks. If it’s rebalance you want, there’s a reason this is one of Australia’s favourite retreats. Spend your days resetting your mind, body and soul with comforting yoga classes and tai chi, followed by ‘deep water running’ in the heated indoor pool, guided group walks through aromatic lavender and empowering workshops.
Laurina Estate, Darawank
For a true taste of Australian history, look no further than Laurina Estate, which reclines peacefully on six beautiful acres in the shadow of the North Coast mountainscape, on the edge of the Darawank. This adults-only private home is wildly romantic and sublimely comfortable, with all the opulent luxury of a glamorous boutique-hotel-meets-country-pile. Inside, a blend of traditional and contemporary – ‘country modern’ – are worth the journey alone, with romantic aesthetics that manage to be both cosy and elegant, natural and sophisticated. With an outdoor bathhouse overlooking the gardens, a romantic fire pit and swimming pool, plus alpacas to keep you company, you’ll want for little else.
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The Reef House, Palm Cove
Whether you’re a honeymooner or a couple looking for luxurious respite, the charming The Reef House Palm Cove feels worlds away from the minutiae of the everyday. Hidden beneath a lush grove of palm fronds and ancient paperbark trees, this colonial-style beach outpost exudes the tropical vibe that is the stuff of holiday dreams; from a beautiful pool area with heated spas (and adults-only pool) to the resort’s Brigadier’s Bar & Lounge – which is run on an honesty system. Of course, you’ll spend plenty of time exploring the nearby Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef or simply laying out on powdery sands of Palm Cove Beach, but don’t miss the resort’s complimentary activities including wine-tastings, beachfront yoga and use of and vintage-style cruiser bikes.
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Trinity Beach Palace, Trinity Beach
Right on Trinity Beach, the best stretch of secluded white sand on this part of tropical Far North Queensland, Trinity Beach Palace is one of the private estates that is spoken about in hushed tones by those who never want to let this secret get out. But those who do make it here discover an exclusive property set on a palm-swaying estate perched on the edge of the magnificent Coral Sea. There is a pool to laze in, driving range to swing at, gym and multiple living areas — as functional as they are luxurious. And then, of course, there are the sumptuous, individually decorated rooms and suites, where you may be tempted to lock yourselves away for the entirety of your stay: from exotic, African-inspired décor to plush velvet and freestanding bathtubs, each room offers the perfect bolthole for romance.
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Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula
It isn’t often you get to bob around in a 30-metre inﬁnity pool bordered by intoxicating rural acreage or dine beneath a glowing 10,000-globe chandelier, overlooking a stunning vista of terraced vineyards… with a series of innovative art installations surrounding you. It’s beautiful, whimsical and a little bit otherworldly– somewhat much like the hotel’s part-jackrabbit, part-antelope mythical namesake. It goes without saying Jackalope offers something special and extraordinary; the cellar door sublime, designer rooms flawless and accolades endless, but it is the dark-hued Doot Doot Doot restaurant that is the real drawcard — a place where you’ll fall as in love with what’s on the menu as much as where it’s sourced.
Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
Mount Lofty is a delicious mix of old and new. Dating back to 1852, this historic manor fast became the state’s premier address for lavish and infamous parties for Adelaide’s elite of the day. Today, while retaining its English-country-manor-feel, it is magnificently art deco. Features such as the three-chef-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, 1920s-inspired Arthur Waterhouse Lounge & Bar and Gate Keeper’s Day Spa, along with warm staff, intimate spaces, and indulgent rooms stay true to the refinement, elegance and opulence of yesteryear. This is quite literally one of Australia’s most romantic heritage hotels: it was ranked #3 in the ‘Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Australia’ in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice, Best of the Best Awards 2021.
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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra
Set within the grounds of Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium, Jamala Wildlife Lodge offers a romantic experience with a difference, as each of its three individually designed accommodation precincts promises its own unique wildlife experience. The uShaka Lodge, the owner’s former residence, boasts its own shark tank, while a glass wall is all that separates you from a pride of lions, a cheetah, tigers or a pair of Malayan sun bears in the Jungle Bungalows. The Giraffe Treehouses couldn’t be more romantic as they overlook the Molonglo River and a friendly herd of animals including resident giraffe, Skye. For a truly unforgettable experience, book the four-course dinner with champagne, where you may be joined by some special guests: white lions and hyenas.
Injidup Spa Retreat, Yallingup
Want to get a world away without leaving your creature comforts behind? This beach spa property in the heart of Margaret River wine country, just 40 minutes from Busselton, boasts just 10 luxurious, adults-only villas — ideal for those seeking solitude. Your very own light-filled slice of paradise, each of the villas comes with its own uninterrupted Indian Ocean views, private plunge pool and understated seaside style. Yallingup is the perfect launchpad for exploring the Margaret River region, where an abundance of wineries, chocolate producers and cheese factories await – that’s not to mention the spectacular beaches, underground limestone caves and gorgeous coastal Cape-to-Cape track, just waiting to be discovered.
Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley Coast
There’s something undeniably romantic about feeling isolated, like you’re on the edge of the far margins of the world. And at the 20-villa Berkeley River Lodge, perched on the coast of the Kimberley wilderness, you and your partner will feel as though you’re really out there. It’s only accessible by air or sea, so getting to your retreat is half the adventure. Banked with rugged cliffs, red dirt and secluded beaches, the far-flung lodge exudes a barefoot luxury-meets-glamping vibe. Each villa is a masterclass in remote luxury, featuring an open-air ensuite with a freestanding bathtub and a furnished veranda made for lazy evenings beneath the stars.
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