18/10/2005 - 22:00

The perfect pitch at luxury retreats

18/10/2005 - 22:00

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Need a break? Work taking over and your partner has just about had it? Here are a couple of special places that will help to restore peace and tranquillity in your life – at least for a few days.

Need a break? Work taking over and your partner has just about had it? Here are a couple of special places that will help to restore peace and tranquillity in your life – at least for a few days.

Many holiday destinations sprinkle the word ‘luxury’ throughout their promotional material but it’s a word that, upon closer inspection, is sometimes creatively interpreted.

Yallingup Luxury Retreat, however, is completely justified in incorporating the word luxury into its title.

Every corner, inside and out, oozes luxury and comfort. The stone and wooden materials used in the construction convey a warmth and naturalness from the outset. Original artworks adorn the walls and interesting knick-knacks placed thoughtfully lure the visitor on a gentle journey of discovery.

The attractive modern furnishings, the beautifully swathed king-size beds, the marble-embellished spa bathrooms and the reassuring glow from the rough-hewn limestone-bordered fireplaces promote an atmosphere of complete unadulterated opulence.

Outside, the calming trickle of artistic water features greets you as you arrive. The grounds are neatly manicured with meadow and bushland outlooks. Surrounding each villa are wooden decks and limestone walls providing interest, privacy and a natural place to unwind and reflect.

Another clever aspect is the placement of a separate studio villa adjacent to the fully appointed main one, which is completely unattached but accessible by a covered walkway making this the perfect venue for two couples to travel together without encroaching upon each other’s space.

Best of all is the impression of complete seclusion. It is hard to believe that a retreat located on Marrinup Road just off Caves Road could achieve such a feeling of isolation in the busy tourist district of Yallingup, but with clever design and thoughtful placement of villas that is exactly what has been achieved. In fact, while there, you do not have to see another person if you so choose.

In the self-catering villas, well-equipped kitchens incorporate all the mod cons and include ingredients for your first morning’s breakfast.

Otherwise, several top-class restaurants and wineries are located within a short driving distance. If you would prefer to stay in of an evening, a personal chef can be arranged to cook up a sumptuous four-course meal and, best of all, clean up afterwards.

For extra pampering, massage treatments and a range of beauty treatments by skilled local therapists are available by appointment and performed within the privacy of your own retreat.

Yallingup Luxury Retreat is definitely the place to get away from it all without forsaking the comforts of home. A studio garden pavilion costs $295 per couple per night and a deluxe garden pavilion with spa starts from $325 per couple per night.

Further afield, but certainly worth the extra effort getting there, is Chimes Spa Retreat. Situated on top of Mt Shadforth close to Denmark on the south coast – overlooking one of the best views in the state and with a well-established name for luxury and attention-to-detail – Chimes has an indisputable reputation as a top-class venue. The number of repeat visits by clients from around the world attests to that.

Described as a boutique guesthouse, it offers a host of extras that put it above the usual bed and breakfast, but with only 10 suites it lacks the hype of a resort hotel.

An attractive conservatory, where a gourmet breakfast is served each morning, then becomes a relaxing dayroom with a log fire, hot chocolate and beverages available for guests while they relax and drink in the breath-taking vista.

Built with romantic couples in mind, each guestroom is spacious and tastefully decorated but the piece de resistance is the spa. Each spa is nestled against a corner window with sweeping views over forests and meadows, and some have views to the Southern Ocean and Wilson Inlet in the distance.

Surrounded by candles and a colourful array of bath essences in shapely bottles, the mood of absolute sensual escape is complete.

Evening meals, lunches on weekends and coffees throughout the day are available within an easy walking distance at the excellent Observatory Restaurant. Chimes is also well-located to enjoy the other fine eateries located in the charming township of Denmark, the numerous art and craft galleries and the many superb wineries for which this area has become famous.

To add to the indulgence of your stay at Chimes, the recently established spa salon offers a host of treatment packages for the individual and the couple.

Scrubs, wraps, facials, vichy, massages, spa, flotation and steam treatments are a number of the components of the various packages offered.

This would be the perfect opportunity for you to try them out together and discover a level of relaxation you did not think possible. It is very likely that you will want to stay put and just luxuriate during your visit by taking advantage of this opportunity to indulge the body and still the mind. 

Tariffs for two including a fully cooked gourmet breakfast start at $230 for a queen room, $260 for a king room up to $355 for the best room in the house.

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