Zen Luxury at Injidup Spa Retreat
Located in an area of Margaret River called Yallingup, which means "Place of Love" in the local Aboriginal dialect, Injidup Spa Retreat is comprised of ten private villas (nine of which are two-bedroom) made for romance thanks to private decks and plunge pools (perfect for whale-watching in springtime), limestone fireplaces, and privacy blinds that you can open to take in the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean, or close for…whatever.
It also lies on the famous “Cape to Cape Track” between Naturaliste and Leeuwin, much of which is unspoiled national parkland. The other main draw is a spa that offers individually tailored treatments using locally made Sodashi products. The only drawback is that there’s no restaurant on the property, where rooms start at $850 AUD ($795 USD), so you have to fend for yourself food-wise after you’ve exhausted the complimentary gourmet hamper…or you can head on down the road to Injudup’s sister property, Smiths Beach Resort.
Something for Everyone at Smiths Beach Resort
Like its sister property, Injidup, Smiths Beach Resort is about modern design in a beachy-rural setting, though the beach in question is a little more accessible here than at Injidup. The rooms are also more moderately priced, starting at $220 ($205 USD) for a two-bedroom one-bath "Shack," and ranging up to $1000 ($930 USD) for a four-bedroom beach house. There’s a casual champagne and tapas bar called Bouzy on the property, as well as the gourmet Bathers Restaurant with its impressive list of local wines. Don’t feel like leaving your room after your spa treatment? Just pick up some to-go items from the Wine Deli Shop.
Family Fun at Quay West Bunker Bay
The most family-friendly, Quay West Bunker Bay is nestled on a calm beach on the northern coast of the Margaret River region…meaning you don’t have spectacular sunsets, but you do have some great swimming either at the beach or the elevated pool overlooking the eco-chic property. Rooms come in a variety of categories from Studio Villa ($213 USD) to Two-Bedroom Villa ($270 USD). Best of all, the restaurant is full service, meaning the kids can get take-out pizza, then the parents can come back after bedtime for more adult fare.
Country Gentility at Cape Lodge
Unlike its beachy neighbors, the Cape Lodge feels like a secluded English country retreat on 40 acres of parkland and vineyards (used to produce the resort’s own label of wine), with the guest rooms spread out over several buildings on the property. However, you can still get to the beach in five minutes…as well as to some of the area’s most famous wineries, like Vasse Felix, Cullen and Pierro. Rates for the Garden Rooms start at $475 AUD ($445 USD) while Forest Suites go for $675 ($630 USD)—and the huge spa jet tubs alone are worth the extra money.
Though the trails through the property are worth coming for, the main attraction is Chef Tony Howell’s restaurant on one of the hotel’s ponds. The menu changes every night, but if you take Chef Howell’s cooking class, you can get the recipes for everything you try.
Disclosure: Eric Rosen traveled to Perth courtesy of Tourism Western Australia.
Photos of the Smiths Beach Resort and Quay West Bunker Bay courtesy of the hotels.