Sitting in heart of Wolgan Valley is one of Australia most ultra-luxury, conservation-based resort, the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. From the moment guests arrive at this stunning resort, via a private chauffeur car service, or by helicopter, enjoying a surreal aerial journey over Sydney and the Greater Blue Mountains, this heritage homestead offers its guests a unique blend of seclusion, native wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage all within ultra-luxurious resort.
Occupying just one per cent of the 7,000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the resort offers 40 suites each fitted with its own swimming pool, double-sided fireplace and private verandah, a main homestead that offers two dining outlets and one bar and a One&Only Spa. Guests can explore the area through a range of nature-based activities including wildlife safaris, nature walks, heritage tours, mountain biking and horse riding. Guests also have the opportunity to contribute to the protection of the valley and its wildlife with a hands-on contribution that may include tree-planting, wildlife surveys, testing water quality, habitat assessments etc with the in-house conservation team.
Our pick for Suite of the Week is the resort’s Federation-period inspired, 83 square meters, one-bedroom Heritage Suites suitable for single guests looking for relaxing retreat or couples on a romantic getaway. Constructed using wood and stone, the 36 free-standing villas offer a rustic ambience with views over Wolgan Valley. A stand-out feature in the villa is the central, double-sided fireplace made of local sandstone that separates the bedroom from the living area. The villa is furnished in warm, earthy tones, neutral linens and furniture crafted by local artisans. The luxurious bathroom features twin vanities, separate shower with skylight, bath with views of the valley and Sodashi bath products and IKOU bathroom amenities. The villa is also fitted with a temperature-controlled swimming pool (2.5 x 7 meters) with separate pool deck, a courtyard garden and private deck, a state-of-the-art entertainment system and Wi-Fi and thoughtful extras including binoculars and mountain bicycles.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is also the first hotel in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification by CarbonZero.
Cost: AUD 1,640 ($ 1,172)
Size: 83 square meter
Why should you splurge on it?
Set in the heart of the Blue Mountains region, the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offer the ultimate Australian bush experience to its guests. With the Wollemi National Park on one side and the Gardens of Stone National Park on the other, a stay at this heritage homestead offers guests a peek into the life of the early Australian settlers.
The resort also boasts of top honors including #1 hotel in Australia in Trip Advisor’s 2016 Traveller’s Choice Awards and #1 hotel the list of the country’s best 25 hotels and resorts, voted by Trip Advisor reviewers.
Where : Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley NSW 2790, Australia