Lying in a hammock on the balcony of a treehouse on stilts, overlooking the rainforest, listening to the birds, and the soft lap of the river below… it’s one of those moments you never forget. A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Silky Oaks Lodge is an eco lodge and spa that promises ‘tranquility in the rainforest’ – and it delivers.
It’s usually a good omen when your taxi goes down a really, really long drive, and you’re met with a smile and a glass of champagne. So it begins at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, an eco-retreat in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales that has just six suites and an all-inclusive policy.
It’s night-time when we arrive at the Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay, grateful to sink into a comfortable bed after a long flight to Sydney from the UK. So it’s only when the sun comes up and I bounce out of bed and throw open the curtains, that I see that a beautiful setting we’re in.
A former tea merchant’s warehouse and then billiards hall tucked away at the quiet end of Flinders Street may not perhaps conjure up images of the perfect home for a boutique luxury hotel, yet The Hotel Lindrum far from playing down such humble beginnings, positively embraces it.