Ready for a weekend winter getaway? Here are five utterly distinctive places to stay in Sydney’s rarefied Blue Mountains; accommodation so unique that it will blow your mind and make your long weekend. By Megan Arkinstall
1. For romantics – Eagle View Escape, Rydal
This stunning 40-hectare property has five boutique self-contained suites perfect for couples. Each of the Eagle View suites has views of the surrounding valley and/or lake, cosy gas log fires and spa baths; although self-contained, guests can order breakfast hampers and special dining packages including cheese and wine, and fondue for two… so there’s no reason to leave the comfort of your room. Wink, wink.
2. For design devotees – Angel Wing, Ganbenang
This stunning contemporary home is perched high on a hill, with breathtaking panoramic views of the valley. Ideal for a group of friends or a family, the four-bedroom house was designed by award-winning architect Peter Stutchbury: Angel Wing has an open-plan minimalistic design, floor-to-ceiling windows and skylight for natural lighting, and, to keep completely cosy on those cool mountain nights, an open fireplace, outdoor firepit and underfloor heating.
3. For adventurers – Love Cabins, Wollemi
Relive your childhood at Love Cabins, a collection of unique accommodation options set on 240 hectares of private bushland. Our two favourites are the (very grown-up) Treehouse, set high in the treetops and resplendent in natural woods, and the primitive-style Enchanted Cave, which is carved out of bedrock. Both have gorgeous views of the vast property, which is home to gorges, creeks, mountains and rainforests.
4. For nostalgics – Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath
Teetering on the edge of an escarpment, with breathtaking views of Megalong Valley, Hydro Majestic is the mountain’s most iconic stay. Reopening in 2014 after many years of abandonment, the historic hotel has (thankfully) been restored to its former glory of the Art Deco era. It’s well worth a nostalgic visit, even if only to enjoy high tea in the Wintergarden or a cocktail in the notorious Cat’s Alley.
Read the review: Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains – back to bygone glory?
5. For luxury lovers – Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Touted as one of the country’s most luxurious stays, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is located on more than 2800 private hectares of rugged and peaceful bushland, of which the Wolgan River cuts through. Managed by uber luxurious resort group One&Only, Wolgan Valley offers outstanding accommodation; its well-appointed freestanding villas all feature a fireplace, verandah and private pool (naturally). Not to mention extremely attentive staff, exceptional cuisine which, delightfully, is all inclusive, and a host of incredible activities such as archery and horse riding.