Jackalope Hotels, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Jackalope Hotels in Mornington Peninsula, about an hour’s drive south of Melbourne Australia, is an architectural masterpiece set among a vineyard. Offering top notch food and services into the package, it’s a must-consider honeymoon destination if you are looking within Australia.
No expense has been spared in the incredible rooms at Jackalope. The marble interiors, statement furniture, jet fireplace and Japanese stone bathtub set the architectural scene. And outside the modern villas is the stunning natural beauty of the Australian Peninsula.
Naturally, the best part of staying at a working vineyard is access to a considerable amount of top quality wine including the Willow Creek Pinot Noir home label. Where there is good wine, good food follows and onsite cellar door restaurant the Rare Hare is all about share plates showcasing local produce. There really is no need to leave Jackalope but if you do, it’s in close proximity to many other Mornington Peninsula delights including the rugged Australia coast and the famous Peninsula Hot Springs & Spa.
Rae’s on Wategos, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Looking for an Australian honeymoon that has the perfect balance of secluded beach time along with bustling activity, restaurants and top-notch shopping? Rae’s on Wategos in Byron Bay, Australia may be the best spot for you. Perched right on top of the gorgeous Wategos Beach break Rae’s has a beach view like no other. The white-washed luxury hotel has been a symbol of sophisticated beach chic in Byron Bay for decades and it doesn’t disappoint, especially when you factor in the giant four poster beds and sunken baths in each room into the mix.
Sunset cocktails overlooking the beach at Rae’s are a must, as is heading down to the beach for an early morning dip, followed by a stroll to the famous Byron Lighthouse for some honeymoon snaps to treasure. The biggest bonus? The new Rae’s Dining Room is headed up by Melbourne Chef Jason Barratt of Attica-renown, taking dining to the next level. Spanner crab spaghetti, oysters, or fresh sourdough with cultured butter; Enjoy it all in post-wedding bliss!
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge, sitting atop a rugged cliff top on Kangaroo Island and a short 30 minute flight from Adelaide Australia, is the ultimate eco-luxe coast resort. The rooms boast floor to ceiling windows with amazing coast and forest views and the limestone floors and huge outdoor terraces add to the feeling of expansive feeling of being among the coastal wilderness in Australia.
What is most incredible about Kangaroo Island is the access to a huge variety of the wildlife in Australia up close and personal. Friendly kangaroos hop along the beach, koalas hang in trees along the nature walks, seals inhabit the southern tip of the Island in a conservation park and echidnas and goannas are often spotted. Despite the beautiful isolation, Kangaroo Island is also a bona fide gourmet destination with super fresh oysters and freshwater crayfish year round. And to go with it is the Island’s own small-batch gin and vodka distiller., Kangaroo Island Spirits.
Wolgan Valley, Hunter Valley, New South Wales Australia
Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley has been the scene of a number of celebrity weddings and honeymoons due to its discreet luxury, stunning beauty and exceptional food and wine. Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster had their wedding here and and it was named in the Top 10 best luxury hotels in the world by Mr & Mrs Smith.
The 40 hotel villas are set among over 700 acres of beautiful valley and each hotel room includes a private luxury pool to enjoy while star-gazing in the clear night sky. Wolgan Valley is a 3 hour drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains region or fly in by helicopter for the full aerial experience over the property. Pure romantic bliss.
Longitude 131, Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
The red ochres and blazing sunsets of Uluru make it one of the most memorable destinations for an Australian honeymoon stay out there, but luxury retreat Longitude 131 takes an Uluru visit to a whole new level. Sitting at the gateway of Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131 is known for its luxury tents, with no expense spared including huge bathtubs with uninterrupted views of the red rock.
The wow factor comes in the form of outdoor dining pods where honeymoon guests can sit and eat Michelin-starred meals as the golden view fades to black night sky filled with stars. By day there is also an onsite hotel tour guide around who can offer in depth knowledge of the location to provide memorable tours of the National Park.
Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia
Who needs the Maldives? If your honeymoon wish list reads sun, clear blue water, luxury and cocktails, then One & Only Hayman Island could be the luxury honeymoon destination of your dreams. Nestled into the top end of the Whitsundays, this private island close to the great barrier reef requires an arrival worthy of a Bond hero: by speedboat or helicopter.
The glamour keeps rolling from there with beachside villas equipped with a plunge pool, deck chairs, marble bathrooms and an extensive in-room dining menu. When you’re ready to come out, guests can explore the Great Barrier Reef by air, indulge in luxury spa treatments, visit seven incredible restaurants dotted around the resort or snack on tapas and cocktails by the pool. A romantic honeymoon near the reef isn't complete without an incredible daily breakfast buffet and Hayman Island has one fit for royalty filled with espresso coffee, fluffy eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice and indulgent pastries.
The Lake House, Daylesford, Victoria Australia
Like a picture-perfect scene straight out of a beautiful English countryside postcard, The Lake House, in Daylesford was made for romantic occasions. Sitting right on the water, the boutique hotel has won numerous awards for it’s brilliant food, service and attention to detail.
One of the most blissful activities is a nature walk around the lake in the gorgeous countryside scenery or a relaxing stroll through the Daylesford High Street with all its charming shops and cafes. If you’re a gourmet couple, prepare to be excited because this regional foodie mecca also has a 38 acre farm, orchards and olive groves and its very own cooking school. Yum!