The harbour city knows how to turn on romance, in the country, by the beach or high up in the misty mountains. It’s about escaping the hustle and bustle to find your own patch of secluded wilderness, all within a relaxing drive of the CBD. Let’s take a look at the romantic getaways Sydney offers, for star-struck lovers.
Romantic Getaways Sydney
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Perched on its own 7,000 acre conservancy of the Greater Blue Mountains, Emirates One & Only Resort is a luxurious slice of heaven on earth. Within it, you can go horse riding, enjoy nature walks, set off on a 4WD safari or relax at the spa. The eco-friendly suites house private pools, fireplaces and verandas, with valley views to die for. All that country air means you’ll work up an appetite for local produce, served in the elegant restaurants or the privacy of your suite.
Where: 2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley
Phone: (02) 9308 0550
Website: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
How would you like a Hampton’s-style getaway, without going all the way to the USA? Enjoy romantic getaways Sydney does best instead, at Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. It’s an adult-only retreat, in the beachside setting of the Bouddi Peninsula. Blues, driftwood and stripes set the scene in a range of cottages, suites and villas. Indulge your tastebuds with Italian cuisine at the award-winning restaurant, rewind at the spa or take a romantic stroll through 25 acres of native flora, lakes and trickling streams.
Where: 107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights
Phone: (02) 4349 7000
Website: Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa
Silk, organza, gardens and a grand country house are just what your need to revamp romance. Lilianfels sits in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park, so it’s the perfect base to discover the famous Three Sisters, wildlife and magical hikes. After a day of sightseeing, take a dip in one of two heated pools, play a game of tennis and experience fine dining at Darley’s Restaurant, complete with sweeping views of the Jamison Valley.
Where: 5-19 Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba
Phone: (02) 4780 1200
Website: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa
Jonah’s, Whale Beach
Join a long list of celebrities who’ve enjoyed the epic ocean views, at Jonah’s. In terms of romantic accommodation, Sydney-siders flock to the retreat, on the northern beaches. It’s the epitome of glamour, with a famed restaurant, clifftop garden and a pool to make you swoon. After a day of people-watching at Palm Beach, return to a limestone bathroom with spa, a king-size bed and your very own view of the Pacific, from the private balcony – so you can ponder the extensive wine list in style.
Where: 69 Binya Rd, Whale Beach
Phone: (02) 9974 5599
The Carrington Hotel
Steeped in history and surrounded by soaring mountains, a stay at the ‘Grand Old Lady’ of the west is what romantic getaways near Sydney are all about. The 19th century Carrington Hotel offers rooms for every budget, including the Joynton Smith Suite, with a claw foot bath, antique shower and four poster bed. Indulge in Grand High Tea on Sunday afternoons, sip on a cocktail at Champagne Charlies and be pampered at the Hamilton Day Spa.
Where: 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba
Phone: (02) 4782 1111
Website: The Carrington Hotel
Cedars Mount View
When you want to escape to wine country in the Hunter Valley, it simply makes sense to include a cabin, spa bath and fireplace. Cedars Mount View offers just the type of private haven you’re looking for, complete with romance packages for extra special occasions. Splash out on a Romantic Arrival Package, including wine, candles, a locally made chocolate platter and a Moroccan ceremonial milk bath with rose petals.
Where: 60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View
Phone: (02) 4990 9009
Website: Cedars Mount View
Lord Howe Island is a paradise that’s less than a two hour flight from Sydney. Ok, so you can’t drive, but it’s worth it. Crystal clear waters, pristine beaches and abundant marine life are on the doorstep of luxury accommodation, at Capella Lodge. High above a lagoon, with views of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, you’ll relax in light-filled suites with timber floors, basalt stone bathroom features and oversized rain showers. Swim in the horizon pool, lounge at the open-plan bar and dine with the sea breeze at the beach-house inspired restaurant.
Where: Lagoon Rd, Lord Howe Island
Phone: (02) 9918 4355
Website: Capella Lodge
Parklands Country Gardens
European-style romance lives in 28 acres of charming grounds, at Parklands Country Gardens. Grose Valley and Govetts Leap are nearby, for further explorations into nature. Choose a garden suite or loft room, with your own private entrance, raked ceilings, rain shower, bathrobes and slippers. With an Indulgence Package, you’ll get all the trappings, with breakfast, dinner, massages, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of sparkly.
Where: 132 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Phone: (02) 4787 7211
Website: Parklands Country Gardens
Bimbadeen Mountain Retreat
Admire relaxing views of the Watagan Mountains, from 55 acres of Australian bush land. Bimbadeen Mountain Retreat is a cosy base for exploring Pokolbin and Hunter Valley Wineries, for romantic getaways Sydney style. There’s a self-contained cottage with a romantic fireplace, or choose a suite with a hot tub for lazy nights’ in with a bottle of wine. Wake to the sound of birdsong and take a bush walk to spot native wildlife.
Where: 37 Moon View Rd, Mount View
Phone: (02) 4991 7484
Website: Bimbadeen Mountain Retreat
Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Named after the Zulu word for healer, Sangoma Retreat is the place to go for true reconnection with your loved one. Beautifully designed, individual suites make it easy. The Chief’s Suite spans two levels and you’ll enjoy your own private plunge pool. Or, how about the Tent Suite, with a free-standing bath overlooking the forest canopy? Then, there’s the infinity lap pool and sauna, all within the stunning surrounds of the Blue Mountains.
Where: 70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain
Phone: 1300 352 190
Website: Spicers Sangoma Retreat
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