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Indulge in these top 10 luxury NSW getaways

By Pillinger

23rd August 2020

We live in a country where we don’t have to travel far to discover somewhere incredible – especially when the prospect of international travel seems still so far away. And, with statewide travel still looking ambiguous in places, we’re fortunate that New South Wales is full of bucket-list worthy destinations; filled with luxury accommodation options.

So, if you’re like us and dreaming of your next getaway, we’re here to help with a list of our top 10 luxury getaways in New South Wales:

1. Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains

Quay had a major revamp in 2018 which elevated the luxe factor of this exquisite restaurant. Offering point blank views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this world famous restaurant is headed by Chef Peter Gilmore offers 6 and 10 course set menus that offer a dining experience like no other.

Spicers Sangoma website

2. Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains

A three-hour drive from Sydney – or a 45 minute helicopter ride – and you’ll find yourself in one of NSW’s most exclusive, ultra-luxurious conservation-based resorts. Set within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, each villa has a private pool, fireplace, and is surrounded by the epic landscape of the nature reserve. Prepare to sit back with a glass of wine in hand, and watch the wildlife as you breathe in the fresh mountain air.

Emirates One & Only website

3. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe

* Capella lodge is reopening on 8th September 2020 with capacity in the New Year

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, nestled at the feet of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird on Lord Howe island, rests the Capella Lodge. A premium boutique accommodation that offers contemporary cuisine, first name service, relaxed sophistication, and intimate surroundings. It’s your chance to truly switch off and enjoy the Lord Howe experience in ultimate luxury.

Capella Lodge website

4. The Langham, Sydney

Paying homage to the heritage heart of The Rocks District in Sydney, The Langham presents old school sophistication throughout. From the plus seating area where you can enjoy a divine afternoon tea, to the plushly decorated, comfortable rooms and suites; each with a view of the harbour or city skylines.

The Langham website

5. Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay

If you’re looking for uniqueness and exclusivity, then look no further than Raes on Wategos. It’s the ultimate, opulent beachfront escape, with personalised service that’s there to indulge you in an idyllic beachfront setting. Enjoy the in-house Dining Room with a food and beverage menu filled with local produce; there’s also an extensive and delicious vegan menu to enjoy. For those looking for something lighter, the Cellar Bar has seafood and snacks in bite sized form to go with the curated beverage list.

Raes on Wategos Website

6. The Lily Pad, Palm Beach 

If seclusion is what you seek, then this full service floating villa is the answer. Enjoy a luxury isolated stay upon the Pittwater River, completely away from it all. It’s the ultimate houseboat – sustainable, innovative, and unique. Spend your time on a private beach, or enjoy a spa treatment on the verandah, then tuck into the world-class food paired with wine from the onboard wine cellar.

The Lily Pad website

7. Park Hyatt, Sydney

Situated across the harbour from the Sydney Opera House, you could get used to waking up to the view quite easily. Each guest room is residential in style and at least 40 square metres, so there’s lots of room to make yourself comfortable. You’ll also be in prime position to explore the laneways of the Rocks, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Park Hyatt website

8. The Anchorage, Port Stephens

Enjoy a breezy, hamptons style luxury getaway on the pristine shores of Port Stephens. With an absolute waterfront location, you have a choice of spacious rooms, mezzanine-style lofts, or an exclusive villa. Book yourself in for a treatment at the world-class Spa Lucca and enjoy the culinary delights from the two waterfront restaurants – The Wild Herring and The Galley Kitchen. There’s also the choice of a family or adult-only heated pool, so it’s perfect for any travelling party.

The Anchorage website

9. The Convent, Hunter Valley

* The hotel is open for reservations however due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can only book hotel rooms Weds – Sun.

This country escape to a grand manor house in the Hunter Valley is ideal for romantic getaways, family holidays, conference retreats, or just to indulge in a luxury stay. With 19 intimate guestrooms and suites to choose from, this boutique hotel offers a delightfully decadent accommodation.

The Convent website

10. Byng St Boutique Hotel, Orange

In the heart of Orange’s heritage precinct, is the Byng St Hotel which fits right into the homestead styles of the area. But then as you enter the building, the heritage-style facade gives way to modern architecture and fashionable interiors. It’s the ultimate destination for a short country break when you’ve had enough of the city but don’t want to let go of your creature comforts. Comforts like marble bathtubs, u-shaped lounges, embroidered robes and macarons delivered as a night time snack are there to make your stay as luxe as possible.

Byng St Boutique Hotel website