04 September 2017
Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience, so choosing to honeymoon in Australia is a good way to avoid some of the additional stresses that come with international travel. Honeymooning in Australia allows you to avoid the jetlag, vaccinations, visas, and long flight time that often come with overseas holidays, so you can focus on having some time for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation.
A luxe hideaway where you can truly get away from it all is the ideal honeymoon choice for couples keen on blissing out in privacy. Here are some of Australia’s best luxury lodges for honeymooners:
Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island
A short flight from the east coast of Australia, petite Lord Howe Island is an idyllic honeymoon destination ideal for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. The highly acclaimed Capella Lodge is wedged between the ocean and the mountains, so offers privacy, seclusion and jaw-dropping views for honeymooners keen on finding some solace in nature. Reminiscent of a luxury beach house, the lodge features an open-plan restaurant, lounge and bar, Instagram-worthy horizon pool and day spa. The pristine, pollution-free environment of Lord Howe Island ensures swimming, snorkeling, diving and hiking are all popular activities – although lounging around with a good book also rates highly with guests!
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Located on Tasmania’s stunning East Coast, Saffire Freycinet is one of those places people find very hard to leave. Comprised of a series of award-winning luxury suites and pavilions featuring bespoke wood, leather furnishings and views of surrounding bushland and mountains, Saffire Freycinet makes the most of the natural world that surrounds it. Guests can choose to unwind in the day spa, head off in search of native wildlife on a guided hike through the Freycinet National Park or take a day trip to a nearby island via private boat. The restaurant and lounge bar provide astounding food and wine experiences that put a spotlight on Tasmania’s sought-after seafood, wine, beer and cheese. At Saffire Freycinet, everything is taken care of!
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Southern Ocean, the Southern Ocean Lodge boasts some of the best views in Australia. Guests can choose to rest in one of the 21 luxe suites fitted out with king beds, sunken lounges and day beds, kick back in the day spa for a pampering session, or sample local flavours at the in-house restaurant. Otherwise, getting out and about in nature is what this part of world is all about. With huge populations of native wildlife, impressive rock formations and long stretches of beach, South Australia’s wild paradise is the perfect place to revel in the beauty of nature. Foodie experiences are aplenty in Kangaroo Island also thanks to a small population of local producers doing incredible things with cheese, honey, wine, marron and more.
Lake House, Daylesford
Home to an award-winning spa, hatted restaurant, kitchen garden, library, bar and tennis courts, the Lake House is a refined country retreat nestled in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. Overlooking tranquil Lake Daylesford, this romantic hideaway is the perfect spot for food-loving couples to indulge in the fruits of the region. Whether dining at the in-house restaurant or heading into town to visit the cafes, bars, bistros and gastropubs, top notch food, wine and craft beer experiences are the name of the game in Daylesford. Art galleries, boutiques, antique shops and country markets add a creative flavour to the region if exploring is on the agenda. Otherwise, guests are free to retreat to the confines of the Lake House to sit by the open fire with a book, take a walk around the lake or be pampered in the Salus Spa.
El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
One of world’s most unique natural environments, the Kimberley is a quintessentially Australian honeymoon destination. Located within the rugged landscape of the Kimberley, the El Questro Homestead is a pocket of luxury hidden on 700,000 acres of land – a true gem in the rough. Featuring only nine suites, this high-end lodge is the ultimate base to launch into bush adventures. Birdwatching, guided walks, cruising and relaxing in natural thermal springs are all on the agenda for guests. Back at the lodge, gourmet food, feather topped beds and private verandas offer stunning views of this magical, ancient landscape. For a honeymoon with a difference, try El Questro Homestead.
Qualia, Hamilton Island
Synonymous with extravagance, Hamilton Island’s Qualia is considered one of world’s finest luxury stays. A five-star experience in every way, Qualia offers loved-up couples everything they could ever want from a honeymoon experience. Featuring 60 private pavilions landscaped into bushland, Qualia assures privacy and seclusion. Located within the Whitsunday Island group, beach walks, kayaking, sailing, swimming, snorkeling and diving are all on offer yet there are plenty of other activities and experiences for couples seeking downtime. A chardonnay vinotherapy massage provided by the onsite spa will soothe tension, while a session with the in-house naturopath will provide balance and a sense of wellbeing to stressed-out guests. No honeymoon would be complete without some serious foodie experiences, and the Long Pavilion delivers in the form of sumptuous seafood feasts matched with incredible water views. With all this on offer it’s no surprise Qualia is a favourite with the celebrity jet set.
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