5 October 2010 by Luke McCormick
Spicers Clovelly Estate
Spicers Clovelly Estate - one of the top luxury lodges of Australia - has a relaxed, natural style and sophisticated charm.
The classic Chanel-inspired interiors and finishings blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscapes and the property offers wide, expansive views across to the coast.
The property is a French-inspired piece of provençal style in the hinterland hills of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The clean design and chic interiors lend a level of elegance to the lodge; the discreet, personalised service, a warm touch.
Clovelly Estate is all about sophisticated charm. It is relaxed, not uptight at all and the Décor suits the surrounding landscapes and blends with views out to the coast.
Inside the stunning suites, double showers and spas ‘á chambre’ flow with fresh rainwater collected on site, while the heated marble floors provide the ultimate in comfort.
An extensive spa list at lodge’s Anise Day Spa offers body, facial and spa ‘rituals’, aromatherapy massage treatments, five-hour retreats and an in-room ‘Bath Butler’ experience for the ultimate indulgence - which includes champagne, chocolates, scented candles and bath milk or salts.
The lodge’s host, David, is very passionate and sincere about making every guest’s stay a memorable one and graciously gets involved at every stage, even serving guests breakfast on the gorgeous sun-soaked terrace.
Spicers Clovelly Estate has just ten luxurious suites - a combination of Estate Suites, Spa Suites and a Luxury Spa Suite - all featuring French furnishings, luxury linens, sitting areas and bay windows, slick LED TVs and iPod docking stations, as well as Bemboka blankets and Parker Morgan feather and down pillows. The retreat also benefits from brilliant communal relaxation and reading areas, which are a comfortable and welcome addition.
Spicers Clovelly Estate is around an hour north of Brisbane and with car hire courtesy of Hertz, who’s new Prestige Collection offers some of the finest cars available on the Australian car hire market, you’ll certainly arrive in style.
Spicer’s Clovelly Estate, 68 Balmoral Road, Montville, Queensland, Australia
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
To the south of Brisbane, in bohemian Byron Bay is another fantastic east coast resort - The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. The multi award-winning resort is located within 45 acres of coastal subtropical rainforest near Tallows Beach, just minutes from Byron township.
The highlight of The Byron is the web of elevated walkways weaving their way through the rainforest, which has been carefully regenerated and maintained by a dedicated team of management and staff in consultation with the local community. The resort has recently created peaceful self-guided rainforest walks along the timber boardwalks, which snake through the rainforest toward Lake Tallow, where uplifting quotes celebrate life and the local environment.
Complimentary daily yoga is a delight and takes place on the sun deck overlooking the infinity pool with resident ‘life extension’ specialist Sheldon. The resort also runs other activities, such as guided rainforest walks, local farmers’ market tours with the resort’s Head Chef, as well as having a poolside sauna, gym, tennis court
As Byron Bay is a Mecca of health and wellness in Australia it only stands to reason the onsite spa and wellness would be world-class. The spa team has recently launched their first signature treatment menu, created in partnership with iKOU and Pevonia Botanica, inspired by the surrounding rainforest flora and ocean influence.
The Byron’s relaxed atmosphere and idyllic setting help to create a unique experience, where the natural surroundings are very much the focus. The forest supports three endangered paperbark, rainforest and coastal pine ecosystems and over 90 bird species, as well as native black wallabies and Echidnas.
The resort has outstanding architecture and has achieved numerous awards, including Best Resort Accommodation in the Australian Travel and Tourism Awards for the past two years and the #2 Best Spa in Australia in the Luxury Travel Gold List Awards.
The resort has 92 one-bedroom suites (standard or superior). The superior suites feature eastern-inspired interiors and are supremely comfortable and airy, succeeding in bringing the external surroundings into the rooms themselves.
The Byron at Byron, 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia