Five romantic getaways close to Sydney that you’ll absolutely love
If you’re on the hunt for a romantic getaway close to Sydney that’s filled with laidback luxury, you’ll want to add Bangalay Villas in Shoalhaven Heads to your list. Just two hours south of Sydney, this is a beautiful accommodation close to the beach and national park, but more importantly, it has cosy, modern villas that are perfect for you and your loved one to enjoy doing as little or as much as you’d like.
Start your morning right with their daily gourmet hamper and head on over to the Bangalay Dining Restaurant for your morning coffee. Then, it’s time to tune into your inner romantic with a relaxing couples massage in the comfort of your villa.
From there, Bangalay can also provide a chef-prepared gourmet picnic for you to enjoy by the beach. Expect a selection of fine cheese, charcuterie, sourdough bread, lavosh and a bottle of wine from the South Coast’s renowned local winery; Coolangatta Estate.
If however, you’d prefer to enjoy the comfort of your villa, why not take Bangalay’s offer to bring you a 3-course chef-prepared meal straight to your doorstep? Light some candles, put some relaxing music on and enjoy a private dining experience that’ll be sure to make your loved one feel special.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat
If your idea of a romantic getaway close to Sydney involves a destination that is all-inclusive and secluded; look no further than the African-inspired bush suites at Spicers Sangoma Retreat.
Strikingly similar to the accommodation you’d find in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, this is the place to take your loved one if you appreciate fine dining, stunning bushland views and the opportunity to switch off and be present.
Start your romantic weekend with their Spring Getaway package; a two-night stay “maker” experience, where you and your partner will be taught by one of their on-site chef’s how to prepare kombucha, pickled vegetables and bake fresh, warm bread.
From there, you and your partner can enjoy their Prestige wine, cheese and chocolate experience; where you’ll sample 6 of their most excellent wines as you enjoy learning about their origin and what makes them unique.
It doesn’t stop there; as part of your stay at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, you can expect chef-prepared meals and beverages, a complimentary minibar and an a la carte breakfast that is best enjoyed overlooking their infinity pool.
70 Grandview Ln, Bowen Mountain NSW
1300 352 190
Taylor Made Escapes
If you’re looking to escape the ordinary while gaining major brownie points with your loved one, it’s time you put an overnight yacht experience with Taylor Made Escapes, on your list.
Set amongst the pristine waters of Pittwater, their cosy, French cabin yachts give you the perfect excuse to holiday close to home, whilst making you feel miles away.
Start your luxurious yacht experience by tucking into one of Taylor Made’s gourmet platters for lunch; ranging from a selection of charcuterie, cheese, fresh seafood, fruits and tasty Turkish bread. Then it’s time to open a bottle of Moet, Veuve or Jansz; one of the many additional offerings Taylor Made Escapes provides you with during your stay.
If you’ve chosen the 90-minute sail option (we highly recommend you do) get ready to wow your partner with a beautiful private sail around the relaxing waters of Palm Beach and its surrounds.
Top the day off with a romantic dinner at Barrenjoey House; a heritage, beach house style restaurant close to where your French yacht is moored. Feast on their crab toast with butter and chives or their incredible saffron-infused lobster ravioli before it’s time to head back for a relaxing night’s sleep aboard.
Wonderlust Tip: Have friends that would like to join you? Lucky for you, they’ve got three cabins on board, so if you and your partner would like some company, you can invite a few of your other couple friends to join you.
Blackbird Byron Bay
Technically Byron Bay isn’t close to Sydney but hey- it’s still in NSW, and it’s worth the road trip when you’ll be staying in one of Blackbird’s rustic, eclectic pavilions in the Byron Bay Hinterland.
Start your romantic getaway with a glass of French sparkling wine and gourmet cheese, paired with olives and fine chocolates; all complimentary upon arrival. Then, it’s time to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by their magnesium pool, overlooking the rolling hinterland views and ocean.
If you’re in the mood for a detox, pop on into Blackbird’s infrared sauna to relax and unwind before experiencing their Serene Celebration for Two; a hot stone couples massage in the comfort of your pavilion. Let the hot stones do their magic by heating your tired muscles as you enjoy the serenity of Blackbird’s soul-infused location.
It doesn’t stop there, the real beauty of this Palm Springs-inspired oasis is more than it’s seclusion and mixture of rustic-chic slash modernism decor; it’s the personal touches that make you feel like you’re in a desert paradise- minus the sand.
From nightly turndown service to your very own 24-hour personal concierge, we can’t decide what’s better; the fact that the owner prepares brekky for you in the morning, or the knowledge that you’re staying in a place that was once a creative space for rockstars.
Wonderlust Tip: If you’re after a spa experience during your stay at Blackbird, be sure to book in advance as they can book up months ahead of time.
Pretty Beach House
A romantic getaway close to Sydney doesn’t get much better than a two-night stay at Bells at Killcare’s sister accommodation; Pretty Beach House.
More than a pretty face; pun intended, the Luxury Lodges of Australia property is located in Bouddi National Park; less than a two-hour drive north from Sydney.
Stay in one of four luxurious, nature-inspired pavilions for two adults-only, and if you’re in the mood to impress, you can choose to arrive by seaplane or helicopter for an instant “wow factor.” If you’re close by, you can opt to drive your car, or they’ll organise door-to-door luxury transfers for you.
Start your all-inclusive, Pretty Beach House getaway with a delicious lunch followed by a relaxing couples massage in their onsite day spa; Bouddi Spa.
From there, enjoy canapes and cocktails around the fire before it’s time to enjoy a romantic degustation for two in the spectacular main dining room. If you’re celebrating something special, let the team create a luxurious al-fresco dining experience by the infinity pool, complete with lanterns and views extending to the bay.
The next day, after an incredible a la carte breakfast, join a once in a lifetime experience by signing up to their VIP Private Pearl Farm Tour.
Starting with a cruise, this is where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the rare Australian Akoya Pearl while paying a visit to a pearl farm’s private pearl seeding shed. Here, you’ll experience a live pearl harvest demonstration and learn everything pearl-related.
Conclude your pearl farm tour with the return to Pretty Beach House to enjoy champagne and oysters where you’ll have the option to purchase pearl jewellery directly from the source.