19/03/2008 - 22:00

Business Class: Retreat to Injidup, rejuvinate

19/03/2008 - 22:00

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The newest luxury retreat in the South West will open its doors on the Easter weekend.

Business Class: Retreat to Injidup, rejuvinate

The newest luxury retreat in the South West will open its doors on the Easter weekend.

Developed by well-known Perth property consultant Ben Charnaud, Injidup Spa Retreat comprises 10 luxury villas in a secluded bush setting just 200 metres from Injidup Beach.

Each of the nine two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas, and the one-bedroom honeymoon suite, has its own private plunge pool, complete with extensive timber deck overlooking the ocean at Yallingup and Cape Leeuwin.

The Injidup retreat also includes a substantial central facility with club lounge, caretaker’s residence, reception, conference, dining area and gourmet kitchen.

The day spa offers three spa treatment areas – two single and one double suite.

The retreat is operated by MY Hotel, run by former owners of The Outram Hotel in West Perth, Malcolm and Pauline Tew.

MY Hotel also operates the newly opened Smiths Beach Resort, about seven kilometres from the Injidup Spa Retreat.

Both properties are members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, joining nearby Cape Lodge as the only Western Australian hotels to be included in the exclusive group.

Mr Tew said the remoteness and uniqueness of the property and its attention to detail would suit the expectations of guests familiar with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.

He said his experience at The Outram led him to believe the mature, experienced traveller was looking for a more independent travel experience, where they were in control of their own travel arrangements – provided assistance is on hand if needed.

“They’re now very confident to travel independently and don’t seek the manpower service they once did, and can look after themselves as long as you’ve got what they want and it meets expectations,” Mr Tew said.

“Our guests through Small Luxury Hotels are seeking remoteness and taking in the experience.” He said the villas’ heated floors and ethanol fires made the retreat an ideal winter getaway destination.

“We’re as good here in the winter months as in summer,” Mr Tew told Business Class.

Operating as a strata titled, shortstay holiday facility, all 10 villas were snapped up pretty quickly by buyers, at an average price of just more than $1.5 million.

Located in the heart of the Margaret River wine district on Cape Clairault Road in Yallingup, the property is surrounded by more than 1,200 hectares of rugged Leeuwin- Naturalist National Park.

Injidup is just under three and a half hours’ drive from Perth, and is renowned as one of the world’s best long board surf breaks.

And while its seclusion is part of its appeal, guests at Injidup Spa Retreat can take advantage of the restaurant, champagne bar and ‘wine deli’ located at the Smiths Beach Resort.

Conversely, Smiths Beach Resort guests are able to access the neighbouring property’s spa facilities.

In addition to the two coastal properties, MY Hotel is working on the development of a third luxury accommodation facility in the South West at Clairault Wines.

The proposed Clairault Estate Spa Resort is a vino spa and tourism concept which, its developers say, has been widely embraced throughout Europe and other international destinations.

The Tew’s hospitality arm, Jewel Hospitality, is currently working with Clairault owners, the Martin family, and architect Jean-Mic Perrine to develop the multi-million dollar resort.

The resort will be the first tourism facility to use the innovative ecodesign structures, or perrinepods, designed by Mr Perrine to optimise energy efficiency, while still being sophisticated and luxurious in its design.

The plan includes installing about 30 perrinepods on the property, with a combination of two-bedroom, twobathroom pods and one-bedroom, one-bathroom pods.

Other projects designed by the Mauritian-born architect in the Perth metropolitan area include the Box Building, The Next Building and The Colonnade in Subiaco.

The public consultation period for the proposal recently closed, and is now awaiting final council and environmental approvals before proceeding.

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