Yallingup Travel Guide
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In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K plans her Western Australia holiday. Enjoy.
I'm based in Perth, Western Australia, right now, and with a long weekend coming up in June I've been trying to decide where to head for a couple of days of R&R. Over here, people call the great wine-growing and gorgeous beach region south of Perth "down south", so down south it is. A place that sounds gorgeous--and unashamedly claims in its advertising "There is no finer escape in the South West"--is the Yallingup Luxury Retreat.
There are three choices for staying here: a studio garden pavilion, a deluxe garden pavilion with spa, and a luxury villa (which actually fits 4 comfortably). The deluxe garden pavilion sounds enough for me, especially as it features a wood fire (remember it's winter Down Under) and comes with a champagne breakfast hamper.
Word of mouth around the state is that this is a nice spot; we only found one registered web comment on this place, but it's a goodie:
The 2 bedroom bungalow that we stayed in was absolutely stunning (and new). Certainly the best accommodation I have stayed in while in Australia - Peppers, Four seasons etc.- and I am a hotel snob. I can still remember sipping red wine in front of a roaring real fire....I wish I was there now! Enjoy.
The other buzz point for me is the private chef: although you have to book a week in advance, if you do then a gourmet chef will come to your villa and prepare a perfect private dinner. Don't forget that Yallingup is in the middle of the Margaret River wine region, so you can have something fantastic to drink with your meal.
· Merribrook Retreat Western Australia [HotelChatter]