6 secluded getaways you’re going to want to keep to yourself
Posted by Casey Warrener on Friday, April 26, 2019
When we’re thinking about holidays, sometimes our top priority is just to get off the grid. There’s nothing like setting yourself apart from the crowd, turning down the volume and turning up the relaxation. We’ve traversed rough terrains to far-flung destinations to unearth the perfect quiet spots to unwind. Ready to disappear for a while? Then check out these six secluded getaways – you won’t want to share them with anyone.
Stowaway Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Complete and utter wilderness best describes Stowaway Kangaroo Island, where boutique finishes will lead you through your luxurious stay. These hideaways are self-contained, and their interiors take cues from the environment to which they’re situated on. Of course, enjoy the five-star bath, situated right near the hot tub, so bathing to and from is seamless. Scope the bushland outside, take a load off, and remember to simply relax.
Stonewell Cottages and Vineyard, South Australia
Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards offers a truly fairy tale setting, with an elegant lake welcoming you to the sweet and enchanted space. A rowboat welcomes you and your other, as ducks and geese join the scene. Choose from four romantic retreats, with various charms featured in each home – think sunken spas, secluded porches, wood fires and more. Plus, with the Barossa just a short trip away, your enchanted escape has become an indulgent one, too.
Mango Tree Cottage, New South Wales
In the lush hinterland near Byron Bay and Kingscliff is Mango Tree Cottage. Character and charm come by the bucketload at this cool two-bedroom cottage, but it is the peace and quiet that will really tempt travellers in search of a secluded stay. The cottage sits in the foothills behind Mooball National Park and can sleep up to six, making it a private place for families and groups in need of R&R. The master bedroom has an ensuite with a superbly situated bathtub, offering all soakers a view out across the lawns and garden. A second bedroom has two single beds, and two additional guests can rest easy on a convertible sofa bed in the sunroom. Embrace sunny mornings by taking breakfast on the roomy timber deck, or inch close to the slow-burning wood fireplace during winter. If you want to stay close to home during their stay, there is little to get in the way of finishing that book or working through a crossword – except for perhaps the odd visit by Billy and Emmy, the two resident alpacas.
Serengale Vineyard Retreat, Victoria
It would be easy to forget that Serengale Vineyard Retreat is only a 10-minute drive from Beechworth, one of Victoria’s most popular country destinations. It’s partly to do with the 14-acre property, which surrounds the five-bedroom house with bushland and wildlife. The other factor is that because this escape comes so well-stocked – breakfast hamper, coffee machine, board games and DVDs – that it is very easy to not venture too far beyond the property’s boundaries during your stay. Those definitely set on not leaving could even arrange a masseuse or tai chi practitioner to stop by for an in-home session. When you do feel like exploring however, wander across to the owner’s neighbouring Serengale Vineyard for a wine-tasting appointment. On your return to home base, sneak in a pre-dinner swim in the pool, or forage in the gardens for herbs, fruits and vegetables to use in your evening meal.
COAST HOUSE Tasmania, TasmaniaCOAST HOUSE Tasmania is located exactly where you would expect – on a stretch of coastline. This is no ordinary waterside perch however, and a stay here means having exclusive use of a 15-hectare estate on a private peninsula. This architect-designed beauty is just a one-hour drive from Hobart, and you’ll be welcomed with a fridge and freezer stocked with gourmet meals, fresh produce and other local treats. There is no other house or dwelling in sight, so you really will feel another world away. The house has two sumptuous queen bedrooms but don’t be surprised if you find yourself reluctant to share this piece of Tasmanian paradise. A collection of books, games and DVDs will keep you occupied in all weather, and if the temperature drops you can get cosy by the fireplace or soak in a steamy bath.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat, New South Wales
While you might have to share Spicers Sangoma Retreat with other guests, as far as secluded luxury lodges go this one ranks pretty highly. Tucked away in the Blue Mountains, this retreat offers a spectacular setting for recharging your batteries and signing off from social media for a day or two – except for when you post a selfie by the pool, that is. Of course, you could spend much of your stay holed up in your sumptuous suite. There are only five suites at the retreat, and each comes bedecked with stunning views, a king bed, bathtub and private deck. For the utmost in luxury, look to the Chiefs Suite: it spans two levels and has its own plunge pool plus kitchenette. Meals, including gourmet breakfasts, light lunches and multi-course dinners, are included in the rates and can be slotted in between sweat-sessions in the sauna, bush walks on nearby trails, or seasonal fruit picking.