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Seven Luxury Escapes To Cure Back-To-Work Blues

February 21, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

As Aussies return to work to kick off 2017, the memory of summer holidays can start to fizzle, and keeping energy levels high can often be challenging. Indeed, the back-to-work blues can frustrate the best of us. Thankfully, a cheeky luxury getaway can work wonders and is the perfect remedy for weary employees. To help Aussies put an extra spring in their step, the travel experts have rounded up their top seven recommendations for a luxe getaway of quality R&R, with options to suit all budgets.

  1. Hervey Bay, QLD

For Aussies in search of a weekend by the water, Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast is as idyllic as it gets. With 40 kilometres of untouched beaches, a trip to Hervey is ideal for those wanting to idle on the shore and indulge in a good book. It’s also a 45 minute ferry ride from the infamous Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island, best known for its population of purebred dingoes. After a long day of wildlife spotting and soaking up the sun, Oceans Resort & Spa offers its guests a spectacular view of the Urangan Pier from its Bayswater Bistro and Bar, where one can satisfy their thirst with one of their many cocktails.

Where to stay: Stay in Urangan at Oceans Resort, starting from $209*

How to get there: Round-trip flights to Hervey Bay from $309**

  1. Blue Mountains, NSW

A short hour drive from Sydney makes the Blue Mountains the ultimate weekender. With panoramic views of NSW, quality restaurants and cafes, as well as a selection of walking trails to suit any fitness level. Sights like the infamous Three Sisters and Govetts Leap are breathtaking and an absolute must, meanwhile for a more laidback approach, luxurious accommodation options can be found at the Mountains’ historic Hydro Majestic Hotel which itself boasts impressive vistas. For pure relaxation, however, visitors to the Blue Mountains should check out Sparadise; located 30 minutes west of Katoomba, this traditional Japanese Bathhouse will help travellers find their zen well before the weekend is out.

Where to stay: Stay at The Hydro Majestic Hotel, starting from $296*

How to get there: Round-trip flights from Melbourne to Sydney from $162**

  1. Port Douglas, QLD

A stone’s throw from the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is  perfect for those wanting to get ‘down to earth’ and reconnect with nature. With an impressive selection of restaurants, day spas, and palm tree lined beaches, a weekend in Port Douglas will rejuvenate even the weariest of rat racers. Visitors to the tropical coastal town can spend the day meandering nearby rainforest trails or scuba diving the reef, before letting their hair down with a delectable seafood feast at one of Port’s many alfresco dining venues. There’s no looking past Bucci, which offers exotic Italian fare in a vibrant setting.

Where to stay: Stay at the Mandalay Luxury Beachfront Apartments, starting from $280*

How to get there: Round-trip flights to Cairns from $281**

  1. Margaret River, WA

Lovers of gourmet foods and fine wine should head straight to WA’s Margaret River region, which offers some of the country’s best paddock to plate experiences. Many of the vineyards have their own restaurants, like the popular Leeuwin Estate, which offers a seasonal menu featuring local delicacies from venison and asparagus, to cheese and berries. Yallingup, arguable Margaret River’s trendiest town, is a prime place to base oneself and offers sublime accommodation, including luxury villas with private outdoor showers.

Where to stay: Stay in Yallingup at Empire Spa Retreat, starting from $350*

How to get there: Round-trip flights to Perth from $416**

  1. Barossa Valley, SA

Much like Margaret River, South Australia’s Barossa Valley is synonymous with good wine and hidden gems. The Valley is only 60 kilometres out of Adelaide, making it an easy-to-access destination for a weekend visit. Travellers short on time should see (and sample!) as much as they can by locking in a day tour, encompassing a variety of wineries. Visitors to this SA beauty can exercise their drinking arm a little longer by staying on premises at one of the many vineyard resorts, such as the quaint Jacob’s Creek Retreat at Moorooroo Park.

Where to stay: Stay at Jacob’s Creek Retreat at Moorooroo Park, starting from $399*

How to get there: Round-trip flights to Adelaide from $229**

  1. Cradle Mountain, TAS

A trip to Van Diemen’s Land provides Aussies with some welcome relief from the mainland heat and there’s no better place to venture than Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. The rugged and lush park is home to mesmirising glacial lakes, ancient rainforests, alpine heaths and crisp, clean air that’ll have visitors breathing easy in no time. Several walks begin at Dove Lake and take in the stunning surrounds, including the summit of Cradle Mountain itself, and are a great way to get the endorphins going before a luxurious massage, facial or exfoliation scrub at the Waldheim Alpine Spa at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Where to stay: Stay at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, starting from $484*

How to get there: Round-trip flights to Devonport from $424**

  1. Queenstown, NZ

Travellers looking for something a little different should consider a flight across the Pacific to the Queenstown. Ski season may still be quite a few months away, but there’s much more to this Kiwi haven than snow. The city’s spectacular scenery is second to none – take in the mountain ranges, picturesque lakes and boutique wineries. Aussies wanting to indulge should opt for an exquisite degustation at Amisfield winery. We recommend opting for the wine pairing as the pinot noir is to die for.

Where to stay: Stay at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, starting from $436*

How to get there: Round-trip flights to Queenstown from $562**

Susan Lee, KAYAK Director of APAC, comments: “The beginning of a new year is always a busy time and returning to work can feel overwhelming for many Aussies. Getting out of town, if only for a weekend, is a great way to lift the spirits and come back feeling revived and positive. Whether it’s lazing in the sun or sipping on quality Australian wine, a two-day jaunt is all that’s necessary and it needn’t cost a fortune. By using KAYAK’s Explore Tool, weekend jetsetters can easily find a luxury destination that’ll fit within budget.”

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