First published on 13 Aug 2012. Updated on 24 Jan 2013.
Whether it’s a picnic on a secluded Whitsunday Beach or a romantic dinner for two under the stars, Hayman serves up a seriously sexy weekend away. The new beach villas are the toast of the island’s accommodation, but you’ll be just as well looked after in the pool wing rooms that are great value for money. Get there with Virgin Australia.
The star of Emirates’ luxury hotel portfolio, Wolgan Valley Resort near Lithgow, features oversized rooms with double fireplaces, regional New South Wales’ best day spa, and exceptional cuisine in the main homestead’s dining room – where local produce and wine from Mudgee and Orange steal the show. Wolgan Valley is a three-hour drive west of Sydney.
With overwater bungalows, freshly cooked seafood, private beaches, world-class diving and no kids, South Pacific escapes don’t get much more blissful than a holiday at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. While the overwater bungalows are the resort’s signature, the beach bungalows are the ones to book thanks to their plunge pools and direct access to golden sands. Fly Air Pacific and transfer by boat or chopper from Nadi.
Fancy a glass of champagne while watching the sun set over Uluru? That’s the most romantic way to experience Australia’s great landmark and you’ll get that at the luxury-tented Longitude 131°. After that glass or three, make sure you opt in for dining under the stars or on top of a dune. Fly Qantas to Uluru.
Perched on the clifftop at Uluwatu on the southern tip of Bali, Karma Kandara defines what a holiday should be like on this island. Think cocktails on the beach, swimming, snorkelling, great food and exceptional massages. Romance it up further by arranging a candle-lit dinner on the resort’s private beach. Fly Garuda Indonesia to Denpasar.