8 romantic getaways worth dropping hints for | Staff picks
Whether you’re looking for a cheeky weekend away, want to take it one step further by popping the BIG question, or just simply plan to surprise your other half, these stunning getaways are perfect for any romantic occasion.
For guaranteed brownie points, read on!
Fact: it’s basically impossible to be in a rainforest and NOT feel relaxed. So a chilled out romantic escape at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, nestled away in the Tweed Valley between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast Hinterland, is a no-brainer. The private architect-designed luxury bungalows with floor-to-ceiling windows with lush rainforest views will help you get your nature on in no time.
Champagne on arrival? And a free mini-bar? Hell yes! If you enjoy resorts of the all-inclusive variety, it doesn’t get any better than the award-winning Saffire Freycinet. Your nightly rate covers meals (breakfast, THE best buffet lunch ever, evening canapés and a degustation dinner), beverages (yes that includes beer, wine, cider and more), and activities (think a cooking class, oyster farm visit, cocktail class and more).
With only 20 suites at the property, it’s very exclusive, luxurious and romantic. With a view like this, your day is already awesome.
If you really need to get away from it all, we can think of worse places than Ramada Eco Beach Resort, set among the pristine and untouched Kimberley region, just over an hour’s drive from Broome. Tick the box of memorability with this unique wilderness experience with the added bonus of eco-friendly accommodation.
The remoteness doesn’t mean you’ll get bored though with activities like kayaking, whale watching and even a romantic helicopter tour to a secluded beach with a picnic *swoon* available for additional cost. We reckon you’ll also love the dining options with the organic onsite gardens supplying 70% of the resort kitchen’s fresh produce needs.
If ‘adults-only’ resort is music to your ears, then La Vista Byron Bay might just be for you 😉 Featuring four stylish very private villas to snuggle up in nestled on the first ridge overlooking Byron Bay, you’re close enough to the action but far enough away not to be bothered by the hustle and bustle of town.
Be sure to read up on the best things to eat in Byron Bay before you go.
Less than two hours drive from Melbourne you’ll find Kudos Villas and Resort which offers nine luxury villas for you to choose from. Surrounded by bushland full of wildlife you’ll be a short distance from Hepburn Springs and Daylesford. Unashamedly romantic, you can relax together in the indulgent spa, soak up the breathtaking bush views, or sip champagne while watching flickering open fireplace from the luxurious love seat – uhh yes please! 😉
Little luxe touches like a Nespresso coffee machine, chocolates on arrival, breakfast supplies for your first morning and L’OCCITANE toiletries add the wow factor too.
6. The Frames
Built by a couple who couldn’t find what they wanted anywhere in Australia so they created it themselves, you know the attention to detail will be spot on. Set on a cliff-top overlooking the Murray River, The Frames offer three unique secluded retreats, each with their own sense of style and theme – contemporary, moody or nature – all of which feature their own outdoor area, heated pool and a spa, original artwork. The Frames also offer fine in-house dining prepared by their award-winning chefs – hellooo luxury!
Longitude 131 is a spectacular romantic getaway option. It’s the sort of memorable escape you’ll be talking about for years to come. Before you picture a luxe hotel room though, the accommodation is actually luxury tents! Each is named after Australian explorers or pioneers, each with breathtaking views of Uluru. You’ll be able to participate in tours with other guests or arrange for your own private tour. Ps. Wills and Kate stayed here on their recent trip to Australia 😉
8. Hotel Hotel
It’s so good, they had to say it twice 😉 For the couple who likes things with a stylish edge, it’s hard to go past Hotel Hotel. The stunning architectural design and quirky touches are an Instagrammer’s dream. Book ahead for dinner at the super popular onsite Monster Bar and Kitchen (the yabbie jaffle is practically famous) and cosy up afterwards by the fire with a cocktail or two.