Having reached the halfway point of the year, it is time for some much-needed rest and relaxation. The winter months also present the perfect opportunity to plan a romantic getaway and cosy up with someone special. With persisting border closures and uncertainty around travel, why not explore one of the many vacation spots closer to home? There are a number of romantic destinations within an hour of the Perth metro region which will make you feel a million miles away. These couples’ getaway locations are ideal for a few indulgent nights away from the city during the winter, complete with good food, drink and relaxation.
Home to world-class wineries, several breweries and distillers, gourmet artisanal food and handcrafted goods, the Swan Valley is perfect for an indulgent getaway. Located just 20 minutes from Perth this verdant region is home to 40 world-class wineries. Enjoy a warming glass of wine and decadent meal from one of the Valley’s finest restaurants or wineries this winter amongst the lush grapevines.
The Vines Resort
As the Swan Valley’s only true resort-style accommodation, The Vines Resort offers its guests a relaxed laid back country club atmosphere. Each room has a private balcony or courtyard overlooking either the rolling golf course, vineyard and gardens or out towards the expansive Darling Ranges.
The resort’s grounds feature a 36-hole championship golf course, a state-of-the-art mini-golf course and an on-site vineyard. The Vines is also home to an award-winning restaurant, Muscat’s, which offers an a la carte menu from Thursday – Saturday evenings as well as lunch on Sundays. Located in close proximity to a handful of wineries including Upper Reach, Faber Vineyard and Ugly Duckling guests have easy access to the heart of the Swan Valley, making this the ultimate basecamp for those wanting to explore the region.
The Vines is currently offering a winter getaway package perfect for couples looking for a romantic escape. Enjoy an overnight stay in a luxurious Resort King room followed by a full breakfast buffet the next morning at Muscat’s Restaurant as well as full access to the resort’s mini-golf course and facilities including tennis courts, squash court and gym.
The Swan Valley Retreat
In this fast-paced world we live in it is more important than ever to take time to slow down and reconnect with loved ones. The Swan Valley Retreat offers pure, unrivalled escapism to absorb the serenity of the landscape.
This adults-only retreat provides guests with generously sized suites that present the utmost comfort with uninterrupted views of the rural property. When not exploring the amazing Swan Valley restaurants, wineries and breweries surrounding the retreat, reinvigorate yourself in the relaxing day spa, take a hit on the tennis court or relax next to the open fire pit – perfect for cosy winter night. Guests are provided with a complimentary light breakfast and for those wanting to take it easy in the evenings, there are a range of grazing-style dinner options to choose from which will be delivered right to your door.
The Swan Valley Retreat has a special Couples Getaway package which offers 2 nights accommodation, a couples massage as well as a welcome grazing platter and bottle of champagne to greet you on arrival.
Mandurah, Western Australia’s largest regional city, boasts magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Originally named Mandjoogoordap, Mandurah means ‘meeting place of the heart’. Likened to a modern-day Venice, Mandurah is built on a series of canals, winding rivers and lakes making it the ideal destination for all waterfront activities. Located less than an hour south of Perth this holiday location is ideal for a romantic weekend away on the coast.
Seashells Mandurah Luxury Accommodation
With both the ocean and marina on its doorstep, Seashells Mandurah is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend away. This 4.5-star accommodation is located on the shore of Comet Bay and doorstep of Mandurah Ocean Marina. Guests can choose from a range of luxury apartments and beach villas all boasting breathtaking coastal views.
The resort has a number of facilities for guests to enjoy including a heated outdoor swimming pool with an infinity edge complimented by a separate spa. The adjoining poolside terrace is complete with an outdoor BBQ and grill and is the perfect spot for watching the sunset over the ocean with a glass of wine in hand.
The Sebel Mandurah
This modern 4-star hotel overlooks the waters of Mandjar Bay. With the option to choose from guestrooms, suites and self-contained apartments, each room is stylishly sophisticated and modern, featuring a fully-equipped kitchen, ensuite bathroom and separate living and dining area making this the perfect base whilst exploring Mandurah.
The Sebel forms part of the vibrant Mandurah Boardwalk offering direct access to the waterfront entertainment precinct with alfresco restaurants, cafes, theatres, museums, cruises and cinemas.
The calming atmosphere, picturesque scenery and breathtaking beaches of Rottnest Island make it a stunning destination for a weekend getaway at any time of year. Beat the summer crowds and enjoy a more serene side to the island exploring the secluded beaches, hiking and cycling trails and revel in a fine dining experience or rejuvenating spa treatment.
Island Couple’s Retreat
These private, beachfront suites are perfect for your next island getaway. Located on the banks of Longreach Bay this charming accommodation is ideally suited for couples wanting a romantic escape. Each room is equipped with a large day bed in the private courtyard as well as wine cooler and bar fridge for those wanting to enjoy a quiet drink on the balcony in the evening.
The bay is a 5-minute bus ride from the Main Settlement and in close proximity to Geordie Bay making it an easy spot from which to explore the whole of this picturesque island.
The newly opened Samphire Rottnest hotel takes prime position on Thomson Bay adjacent to the iconic Hotel Rottnest. The boutique accommodation features a restaurant, beach club, lagoon-like pools and native landscaped gardens. The rooms are styled with relaxed, coastal character and offer a number of in-room amenities.
This resort-style hotel is named after the native samphire plants which are found on the island within the natural A Class Reserve. Guests can choose to dine in the hotel’s Lontara restaurant with its menu inspired by the spice routes and stories surrounding the food culture of South-East Asia or enjoy an intimate fireside dinner with spectacular views over Thomson Bay.
The Avon Valley
Located an hour east of Perth, the Avon Valley is a patchwork of rolling green hills and historic country towns. The perfect destination for wandering lazily through boutique shops and museums, picnicking on the banks of the Avon River, hot air ballooning at dawn or taking in spectacular sites on a hike, the Avon Valley is ideal for a relaxing and romantic weekend stay.
Lavendale Farm is set against the backdrop of 64 hectares of sloping land on the banks of the Avon River. Each guest cottage has a private outdoor eating area and BBQ as well as an enclosed wood fire. For those looking for the true rural experience, guests are welcome to spend the day visiting and feeding the farm’s many animals. Enjoy a romantic walk along the riverbank and adjacent sandalwood plantation or simply relax and take in the peace of the countryside.
The farm is located a short 10-minute drive from the historic town of York, Western Australia’s oldest inland town. Dine at the town’s many restaurants or pubs or take a walk on one of the many trails to discover the rich history and picturesque scenery of the Avon Valley.
Chittering Heights is designed for romance. This picturesque destination is situated on 165 acres of land overlooking the Chittering Valley.
Relax in the private spa surrounded by magnificent gum trees and take in the breathtaking views of the valley whilst surrounded by the region’s native flora and fauna. The house is fully equipped with a jarrah bush kitchen, lounge room, fireplace and 3 viewing decks.
Wake up to the sun rising over the misty valley, stroll along the banks of Brockman River and enjoy crystal clear starry nights next to the fire. Chittering Heights is the perfect destination for your next romantic getaway.