From an adults-only sanctuary on the Whitsunday Islands to old world charm in the NSW Southern Highlands, T Australia editors round up the best Valentine’s Day-worthy travel destinations for your next romantic getaway.
Old world charm and New York-style amenities in the Blue Mountains
Craving connection (and technological disconnection)? The idyllic Logan Brae Retreats offer private, experiential sanctuaries far from the fast-paced world. Set amidst the escarpments, valleys, rainforests, and waterfalls in Australia’s Blue Mountains, NSW, take your pick of four secluded luxury accommodations full of history, charm and slick New York-style amenities to unwind in style. Book within the month of February and receive 15 per cent using the code LOVE at the time of booking.
Love is all around in the NSW Southern Highlands
Who says romance is strictly for couples? Seymour House, nestled amidst an acre of established gardens in Moss Vale, NSW, is the ultimate retreat for groups or families. Built in the early 1900s, Seymour House is named for the businessman who owned the home in the 50s, Everest Seymour, and echoes his elegant and understated aesthetic. Furnished by owner Georgia Ashdown in a contemporary country style, the dual property estate heroes its period details such as high ceilings, ornate fireplaces and ledlight windows, and sleeps up to 16 people.
A honeymoon-ready oasis on the Apple Isle
Piermont Retreat was tailor-made for romance. Perched on the ocean’s edge in Swansea, Piermont’s residences are dotted along the water overlooking the cinematic Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s North East Coast. Less than an hour’s drive from the iconic Wine Glass Bay, book a weekend stay in one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or camp out for a week in a self-contained cottage. You don’t need to venture far for great food, either. Piermont’s on-site restaurant, Homestead, celebrates seasonal regional produce. And if you’re lacking cheese and wine supplies, duck into the venue’s cellar door and charge it to the room.
An adults-only retreat on the Whitsunday Islands
Mere steps from the Great Barrier Reef and Molle Islands National Park (or a six-minute helicopter transfer from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach) lies the adults-only haven Elysian Retreat. Check in and set the mood at one of the retreat’s 10 artfully appointed rooms (complete with a sprawling balcony and plush bathrobes). To amp up the romance, book a couples massage, treatment or facial at the on-site spa, grab a last-minute gift (we’re all guilty of forgetting a milestone calendar date) or reserve a table for two at the hotel’s zero waste beachfront restaurant. Elysian’s commitment to luxury extends beyond the amenities; it utilises 100% solar powered energy, harvested rainwater and reef safe sunscreen.