Posted by: hightideholidays | January 23, 2012

Australia’s Top Five Couples Retreat

Almost every corner in Australia is a good vacation spot. However, if you’re here to spend some quality time with your special someone, you should prioritize these hidden pieces of paradise. With Valentine’s Day coming up, now’s the time to get in early and surprise your loved one with a little holiday treat. Check out some of our top couples destinations…

1. Byron Bay.

This is the perfect retreat for couples because it’s laidback and beautifully scenic. Your partner will love you for bringing him/her to Byron Bay’s pristine beaches. Spend time admiring a quiet afternoon at one of the vicinity’s cosy cafes overlooking the sea. Revive your senses strolling along the boardwalks in the stunning natural rainforest and reconnect with nature as you enjoy sunrise over Tallow Beach. Discover Natural Luxury at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

Set amongst a stunning 45 acre sub tropical rainforest, moments from Tallow Beach and only a short drive or cycle to the iconic Byron Bay township, life here is easy. This is a place to indulge, with nurturing spa treatments, daily yoga or simply relax on the wide open verandahs. With rainforest walks on endless timber boardwalks and luxuriously appointed one bedroom suites, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa provides a unique opportunity to experience natural luxury. Aaaahhhhh, we can almost hear the serenity just thinking about it!

2. Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

If you’re not much of a beach person, you may want to try Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain instead. Aside from the sprinkling of excellent spas in this area, the hiking trails are also quite impressive. You can choose anywhere from an affordable mountain lodge to a more luxurious resort. The area is known for its tranquillity. Set discreetly within this wilderness setting, this superb escape showcases the best Tasmania has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational locally produced food and wine, breathtaking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds. A variety of superb dining options are available, from casual to more formal. Be tempted by the delectable tastes of local Tasmanian cheeses over a glass of wine followed by a romantic dinner.

Around Cradle Mountain Lodge there are more than 20 walking trails that suit every fitness level. Imagine walking through towering forests with trees older than mankind. Discover animal and plant varieties found nowhere else on earth. You can trek mountains, explore trails on horseback or mountain bike and fly-fish or enjoy a Tasmanian wine and cheese tasting session – just some of the many activities on offer. And when its time to relax, guests can indulge in a therapeutic massage or sauna at the award winning Waldheim Alpine Spa – the perfect place to soak away tension and time – together.

3. Noosa, Queensland.

Noosa also tops the chart as one of Queensland’s prime couples’ retreats. The beaches seem untouched, and there are enough modern amenities in the area as well. It’s a place where you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a rustic life by the beach, and a luxurious shopping spree and restaurant hopping up and down Hastings Street.

For somewhere romantic to stay that’s located in one of the Queensland’s most prestigious holiday destinations on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, BreakFree French Quarter is the perfect accommodation choice situated right on Hastings Street.

BreakFree French Quarter is a 4 star resort featuring one and two bedroom apartments with spa baths in every room.. The French colonial façade of ochre washed walls and blue timber shutters creates a rustic charm to your holiday setting, with meandering pathways leading you past the pool, spas and bridges all of which are framed by beautiful gardens.

4. Port Douglas.

This is the closest gateway for you to stay in if you and your partner are planning to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Despite its proximity to one of the world’s greatest wonders, though, the port remains tranquil. It’s still one of the best honeymoon destinations in Australia.

Meridian is a new boutique contemporary resort that offers luxury accommodation with a selection of Studios and 1 Bedroom Apartments. Located close to the cosmopolitan restaurant strip of Macrossan Street, Four Mile Beach & Marina Mirage, it offers the perfect tropical location for couples that want to relax & unwind.

5. Hunter Valley

For some great food, wine and lovin’, get out to the famous Hunter Valley region in New South Wales. The Eaglereach Wilderness Resort offers couples the chance to reconnect in nature. Swim in the saltwater pool or Goonarook lagoon, discover the landscape and hire a buggy, or get puffed out with some mountain bike riding, a game of volleyball or tennis and walking tours. If you’re more into pampering, try a massage or a facial. There’s a wide variety of rainforest and bushwalks, yabbying sports fishing and kayaking.

Each lodge has a breathtaking mountaintop location with a superb view. Living and entertainment area, fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities should you choose to self cater. Hot turbo spa, barbecue, television/DVD, sound system and woodfire for winter. Bliss!

Of course Hightide Holidays offers members great holiday deals and packages. For more information please visit: or call us on 1300 769 765


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