clifftop at hepburn
Bypass the florist stores and send away the violins – recent research shows that a short break in regional Victoria is one of the most romantic things that partners can do for each other. Research conducted by Visit Victoria reveals that 73 per cent of Melburnians felt more connected to their partner, following their last trip to one of the state’s regions, while 41 per cent confessed to having a romantic moment with their significant other while travelling through the Victorian countryside. Here are some of the most idyllic places where romance is bound to blossom:
Clifftop at Hepburn
Clifftop at Hepburn is a romantic retreat that oozes luxury, wellbeing and exclusivity. Visitors can warm up by the fire and take in the panoramic clifftop views through the floor to ceiling windows. There is also the option to relax on the sunlit day bed, enjoy a private spa, and be pampered in the shiatsu massage chair. 203 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, Ph: 1300 112 114.
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Hidden away on the edge of the Yarra Valley is Woodlands Rainforest Retreat. Guests can find themselves in their own luxurious enclave of the rainforest, hidden from the outside world, alone together in peace. Surrounded by nature, guests can unwind to the trickle of Hermitage Creek and enjoy the native flora and fauna in this unique part of Victoria. 137 Manby Road, Narbethong, Ph: +61 3 5963 7150.
Flophouse offers luxurious local lodgings featuring chic Scandinavian design, quality linens and simple luxury. Visitors can choose a cottage with extras to suit their relationship style – from an infinity pool to a tennis court, to a private river frontage bath house, outdoor spa or wood fire. 60 Piper Street, Kyneton, Ph: 0438 160 671.
Keebles Country House
Keebles Country House in Clunes offers guests the chance to experience a traditional bed and breakfast escape in stunning surroundings. Each room features its own identity with quaint decor, and the property is fully decked out with a library, billiard room, three sitting rooms and two dining areas. The house itself, just like the township of Clunes, is rich in history. 114 Bailey Street, Clunes, Ph: + 61 3 5345 4011.
No detail has been overlooked in this beautifully renovated country retreat. Nestled among the orchards and vineyards of a working farm, guests of Brookland Farm can indulge in locally produced food, cuddle in front of an open fire and take in the surroundings in style and luxury. 141 Ruffy Road, Ruffy, Ph: +61 447 332 375.
Starhaven Retreat is a beautiful, award winning, luxury bed and breakfast in Indented Head over looking Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne. In addition to the sweeping views, it features a jet stream swim spa, rooftop terrace, games room, and a 15-seat theatre room. 13 Calimo Place Indented Head, Portarlington, Ph: + 61 3 5257 3163.
Werribee Mansion Hotel and Spa
Situated in the grounds of a noble 19th Century estate on 10 acres of formal English gardens, Werribee Mansion Hotel and Spa offers excellent guest service and luxurious rooms. Lovebirds can relax over a delicious meal and fine wine, indulge in a lavish spa treatment at one of Victoria’s most exclusive day spas, or simply wander through the expansive grounds. K Rd, Werribee, Ph: + 61 3 9731 4000.
Country Cottages at South Cathedral Farm
Set at the foot of Cathedral Peak, Country Cottages at South Cathedral Farm’s cottages have been built with a focus on luxury, charm and elegance. Guests can enjoy wandering about the farm and enjoy the gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, experience the local food and wine and share the sunset over the mountain ranges with kangaroos and a chorus of frogs and birds. 53 South Cathedral Lane, Buxton, Ph: + 61 401 976 224.
A perfect vineyard escape with only three villas hovering over the lake at Crittenden Estate, this is an oasis of modern luxury and tranquillity. Here guests can cozy up by the fire with a bottle of local Pinot and watch the rain sprinkle over the lake (or in summer relax on the deck in the sunshine). There’s the onsite Crittenden Wine Centre to allow a regional wine tasting experience and the award-winning Stillwater at Crittenden restaurant for dinner. In-room massages and spa treatments are also available. 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana, Ph: +61 400 339 995.
Appropriately, Clifftop is perched between sea and sky, offering guests views over the ever-changing waters of Smiths Beach, Pyramid Rock and Bass Strait on one side, and on the other, beautiful rolling farmland. Surrounded by native vegetation Clifftop not only offers magical scenic views, couples will be thrilled at the wildlife that makes its home in this beautiful spot. 1 Marlin Street, Smiths Beach, Phillip Island, Ph: +61 5952 1033.
Phillip Island Glamping
At Phillip Island Glamping, romantics can get back to nature in style on beautiful Phillip Island. Visitors book the site and arrive to a cosy, blissful retreat in a spacious bell tent, decked out with a range of luxurious accessories. Tents are set up prior to arrival, and can be positioned at a range of sites – some of which are (barely) a stone’s throw from the shoreline. firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by traditional nomadic Mongolian dwellings, Talo Retreat’s yurts feature a circular room set on a timber floor with canvas walls – all lined with Australian wool. The interiors feature a domed skylight allowing romance to blossom under the stars. For true relaxation the yurts also feature private outdoor spas and comfy hammocks. Each yurt is self-contained and fitted with electric wood fire heaters and reverse cycle air conditioning, and the private shower/toilet facilities are set off the balcony, enhancing the bush experience. 69A Dungula Way, Moama, Ph: + 61 3 5480 3031.
Located on a luscious landscaped 50-acre property, Tokemata Retreat has spectacular Murray River bushland views. Guests can recline in their private villa and take in the views, or, more active couples can take advantage of the onsite golf driving range, the tennis court, and solar heated swimming pool. 100 Cemetery Road, Cobram, Ph: +61 3 5873 5332.
Window on the Otways
Privacy is king at Window on the Otways, with studios set among 25 acres of secluded native forest. Studios all feature a two-person spa bath with private views out over the Otway National Park, a cosy wood fire with and the prerequisite fluffy bath towels and robes. 75 Sincocks Road, Pennyroyal, Ph: +61 417 574 617.
At Port Fairy’s Drifthouse, striking external architecture combines with sumptuous and sensual interiors to create a feeling that the owners describe as ‘sexy luxury’. Drifthouse also offers a romance package for couples, which includes complimentary wine and dinner at acclaimed Port Fairy restaurant, Fen. 98 Gipps Street, Port Fairy, Ph: + 5568 3309.
Villa Gusto offers luxurious accommodation, accompanied by sumptuous breakfasts, delicious local and imported wines and tasty morsels for visitors to try. The setting overlooks Mount Buffalo National Park, and there is an indulgent pool designed for true relaxation. For more active guests, Villa Gusto is located close to cycling, golf, walking, and fishing spots. 630 Buckland Valley Road, Porepunkah, Ph: + 5756 2000.