Whether it’s a dip in a secluded pool, or spa treatments together, we’ve come up with some of the best romantic getaways, which are sure to help you reconnect.
Aaron Parkhill was living in France when he conceived the idea of Campbell Point House, so it’s little wonder it (campbellpointhouse.com.au) looks like something plucked right out of the Loire Valley.
Overlooking Lake Connewarre in Leopold, the house was completed a decade ago as Parkhill’s family home. But one of his main objectives was to make sure it looked like a traditional manor, with all the character you’d expect comes with age. He’s done that in spades, even picking flooring in the kitchen made of French oak, which has little ‘dips’ in its design, to replicate the aged effect of a chateau. Despite thinking it would be their forever home, three years after moving in, the house proved too big, and Parkhill along with wife Meg Blackhall and their three young children moved out.
The property was then rented on weekends and used as a wedding venue (it was also used as a location for Masterchef) before they decided to turn it into a boutique luxury hotel in 2016.
It took two years to completely transform it from a stunning house into a high-end retreat, with the doors opening in October 2018.
Accommodation includes a four-bedroom ‘Hamptons’ style house by the tennis court, which sits right on the water’s edge, and two similarly styled three bedroom ‘apartments’ on either side of the main property.
In the main house are four large suites on the second level with a living space, ensuite and doors opening to views of the lake; but the pièce de résistance has to be the master suite on the third level – the perfect romantic escape. It’s discreetly hidden behind a teak door, up a narrow carpeted staircase. Inside are two walk-in robes either side of the bed, each the size of single bedrooms, a lounge area in front of a fireplace, the king bed, and huge bathroom. The entire suite is the size of your average Australian home at 220 square metres, and is the only suite on the third level.
The property proudly only accommodates 30 at any one time and there are multiple outdoor spaces where you can slip away and lay undisturbed gazing across the lake with your loved one.
If you do happen to pull yourself away, it’s well worth a visit to Merne at Lighthouse, a local restaurant twenty minutes down the road in Drysdale.
It’s as hidden away as Campbell Point House, down unsealed roads, but when you get there it has a homely feel with exceptional service.
The menu is a multi-grazing shared arrangement with dishes such as kingfish, burnt broccoli, celery and black lime; pork, apple, kumquat, walnut and radicchio; and to finish, tapioca pudding, coconut, banana, peanut and cheesecake ice cream – to name a few.
Take the advice from co-owner Caleb Fleet and make sure you go when there’s still some daylight left too, so you can soak up the vast views of olive groves, and in the distance, Port Phillip Bay.
Bawah Reserve (bawahreserve.com) is a luxury private island eco-retreat in the remote Anambas Archipelago, northeast of Singapore.
A previously uninhabited marine conservation area, there are six islands, three lagoons and 13 beaches. Arrival is via seaplane, and once on the island you can choose from 35 eco-designed luxury suites, all with either lagoon, or garden views.
With privacy and exclusivity the cornerstone of your stay, you can ensure you connect only with the natural surrounds – and each other.
The Shore Katathani (theshore.katathani.com) is an adult-only resort in a cove at Kata Noi Beach in Phuket, Thailand, overlooking the Andaman Sea. There are 81 villas with their own private infinity pools, sunken lounges and ocean views. But it’s the Seaview Pool Villa Romance villas, which have just opened this month, which are the best spot for romantics. Created specifically to enhance romance, there’s an extra spacious sun terrace, indoor private bath for two and a ‘love seat’ to enjoy the sunset over the Andaman Sea.
Just 90 minutes north of Sydney, Bouddi Peninsula is a nature lover’s paradise. Seven pristine beaches, bays and coastal walking trails surround the area, and among them, you will find Pretty Beach House (prettybeachhouse.com) where there are four private pavilions, with breathtaking views of the angophoras and eucalypts of Bouddi National Park and the surrounding bays.
Each pavilion has a unique vista of the landscape and features a private plunge pool, wood-burning fireplace and heated flooring. Plus, with access to the Bouddi spa, which uses pure Australian botanical products, this is a great place to reconnect with yourself, and each other.
Song Saa Private Island (songsaa.com) was the country’s first ethical coastal luxury resort when it opened its doors in 2012. Each of its 24 villas offer a private sanctuary with linen-draped canopy beds, up-cycled décor and repurposed furniture.
Tailored romantic packages are created specifically for couples who holiday here. Think private destination dining at sunset, a monk’s blessing, or renew your vows in a ceremony and setting sure to rekindle romance.
In Indian culture, the Taj Mahal is considered the symbol of eternal love, so a stay at India’s Oberoi Amarvilas (oberoihotels.com), located just 600 metres from Agra’s iconic marble-white monument, is the epitome of romance.
Here you can enjoy views of the historic monument from the comfort of your accommodation. During the day, enjoy a private spa and unwind by the pool, or go to the Taj by private golf buggy, and as the sun starts to recede, wrap up in a soft cotton robe, nestle into a silk armchair by your arched window and enjoy panoramic views of the hotel’s manicured gardens, cobalt blue pools and, of course, a Taj Mahal sunset.
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