From dinner under a canopy of stars to relaxing couples massages, every retreat on this list offers outstanding experiences, spectacular locations and plenty of privacy to make your Australian honeymoon all you dream it could be. Whatever your preference — quiet pampering or outback adventures — these incredible retreats offer something for everyone.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Secluded and ultra luxurious, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers an indulgent escape surrounded by the magnificence of Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Each of the 40 gorgeous villas here feature spectacular mountain views, providing the perfect backdrop for relaxing on the expansive veranda or in the private heated pool.
After a day of nature and wildlife tours, horseback riding, or biking through Wolgan Valley, you can unwind with therapeutic treatments at the beautiful day spa. Later, you can savour the exquisite offerings of The Wolgan Dining Room or The Country Kitchen, including delicious local meats and cheeses, artisanal bread, and fresh salads.
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort – The Whitsundays, Queensland
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is a private island retreat in the breathtaking Whitsundays in Queensland, Australia. Here you can revel in luxe island living in one of the luxurious rooms, suites, or villas that all feature panoramic seascapes or garden views. During your stay, you can enjoy a host of romantic activities, from private picnics on a secluded beach to diving along the Great Barrier Reef.
Discover the flavours of Queensland in one of Hayman’s five dining venues. Then transform your mind and body with a healing massage or balancing yoga sessions in the resort’s wellness centre. Or spend the afternoon watching the sunset over the famous Whitsunday Islands as you enjoy dinner or a quiet stroll on the beach.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat – Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Make your honeymoon extra special with a stay at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, an all-inclusive destination embraced by the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Expect lush bushland and African-themed suites, each designed with its own personality, offering privacy and an intimate escape that couples love.
Relish your holiday together in the infinity pool overlooking the valley, then indulge in a couples massage while you relax to the sound of the nearby waterfall. There is a bar and restaurant onsite where you can savour a sophisticated 5-course meal paired with exceptional local wines.
Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Set on the scrub-covered dunes of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, on the edge of a rugged sea cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge puts you in a world of your own. Each day here brings you closer to the honeymoon of your dreams and new wonders to discover, from the infinity-edge plunge pool, destination spa, and wine cellar to the sand and surf of Hanson Bay just a short walk away.
Calming, contemporary interiors and rates that are inclusive of all food & drinks ensure a restful and romantic stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. The 21 luxe suites are intimate and come with bespoke furnishings, a sunken lounge, plush beds, glass-walled ensuites, and a spectacular outdoor terrace that looks out to breathtaking views of the great Southern Ocean.
El Questro Homestead – The Kimberleys, Western Australia
A luxurious all-inclusive retreat on the edge of Chamberlain Gorge in The Kimberleys, El Questro Homestead is the ultimate getaway for couples in Western Australia. The 9 luxurious suites here are designed to flow seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. Each provides arresting views from the wrap-around verandas, a fabulous outdoor bathroom for two and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
El Questro offers all-inclusive rates and plenty of adventures to engage in with your partner. Explore on foot, by boat, by helicopter, or on horseback. Or take it down a notch and chill out by the pool or savour the exquisite offerings of the Homestead from breakfast on the veranda to dinner under the stars.
Longitude 131° – Red Centre, Northern Territory
Set in Australia’s Red Centre, Longitude 131 features luxury tented cabins with expansive decks and lavish beds, surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the desert, and breathtaking views of Uluru. This safari-style retreat come with plenty of inclusions and convenient amenities, such as all meals, an open bar, signature experiences, an in-room iPad, free gourmet mini-bar with premium Australian wines, Wi-Fi access and airport transfers.
Lovebirds should definitely experience the Uluru and Kata Tjuta guided tours included with your stay, then get whisked to a secret location to dine under the stars at Table 131. You can also reserve a private dinner atop a dune or retreat to Spa Kinara for a revitalising massage. And, of course, you can always soak up the scenery in the pool, with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Escape to a private island retreat on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at Lizard Island Resort. Featuring 24 private beaches and 40 villas, this is the perfect sun-drenched getaway for couples on their honeymoon. Experience the magnificence of the Reef together via snorkelling or diving. Dine on the beach, under the stars, or at the Saltwater Restaurant. Better still, pack a gourmet picnic basket and head to one of the private beaches for some quiet time.
Lizard Island’s beautiful villas features commanding sea views and direct access to the white sandy beach. Plunge pools, large ensuites with tubs, and lavish furnishing are the norm here, as well as superlative service of course. Rates include all meals, daily sunset champagne and canapes, and use of kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment.
The Louise – Barossa Valley, South Australia
In its idyllic setting among lush vineyards of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, The Louise is a luxury retreat that blends the best of nature, wine, and food. After a day of savouring the best vintages and gourmet offerings from the region, return to the property in time for dinner for two at the award-winning Appellation or a refreshing dip in the infinity-edged pool.
Later, you can retreat to one of only 15 luxury suites that come fitted with all the mod cons and a large ensuite with a spa tub for two. There is a terrace overlooking the vineyards that makes the perfect spot for an evening glass of wine while watching the sunset.
Silky Oaks Lodge – Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
Surrounded by the Daintree Rainforest in far north Queensland is Silky Oaks Lodge, a luxury rainforest retreat that is a favourite with couples. The lodge’s rooms and suites, dressed in natural tones with rich timber floors and furniture, feature hammocks and private verandas which overlook the lush rainforest or the river.
Couples looking for an immersive experience can go on a guided rainforest walk, visit nearby Port Douglas and stroll the quaint streets and shops, or dive along Great Barrier Reef. For something more laid back, you can partake in a yoga session, book a couple’s massage at the spa, or dine amongst the trees at the Treehouse Restaurant.
Cape Lodge – Margaret River, Western Australia
Experience an unforgettable honeymoon at Cape Lodge in Western Australia. This private country house in the renowned Margaret River region features 22 luxurious rooms and a separate 5-bedroom private residence. All are spacious and feature king sized beds, high vaulted ceilings, spectacular views, and en suite bathrooms for the ultimate in comfort.
Forty acres of lush forest, lake, and gardens surround this secluded luxury lodge. Choose to spend your day on the beach, hiking the forest trails, playing golf, or canoeing on the Margaret River. Alternatively, head straight to the spa in the Main Lodge for a full body massage or facial. Then end the day relishing some French-influenced country fare made from delicious fresh local produce and seafood.
There is no question that Australia offers some incredible options for an unforgettable honeymoon. However, figuring out which one of these amazing properties you’re going to visit on your honeymoon will definitely be the hardest choice yet.
Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a boutique travel agency featuring handpicked, luxury accommodation across Australia & New Zealand.