There’s nothing quite like being whisked away to luxury digs where the signature dish is your lover and dessert is, um, well I’m sure you can conjure up some scenarios. Crown Towers, Como The Treasury and Margaret River’s Cape Lodge are obvious choices, but why not go for gold and head to a remote pocket of our huge state where no-one will mind your cries of glory.
Esperance Chalet Village, Esperance
Esperance’s isolation already appeals to those craving an uninhibited frolic on its pristine world-class beaches. This cluster of rustic chalets holds no airs and its recent refurbishment has taken care of all those creature comforts; promising countless opportunities to take care of each other. With plush bedding, contemporary décor, flat screen TVs, well-equipped kitchens and reverse cycle air-conditioning, you’re well placed to explore with your partner-in-crime the ridiculously beautiful scenery, plus several secret enclaves within a lusty moan. With salty limbs entwined, choose between the spacious two-bedroom abodes or cosy A-Frame chalets nestled alongside Bandy River.
Mile End Glamping, Yelverton
While bathed in moonbeams, snuggle up in a domed cocoon within 144 acres of seclusion. The very definition of glamping, there most certainly won’t be any sleeping on the ground for glamorous romantics. The private bathroom features a rain shower, but if that seems too predictable, the hot tub on the deck provides alternative soaking options. The four-poster bed facing the paddock is a reminder that another world exists beyond your heavenly utopia. At some point, your appetite may beckon and if you hadn’t planned ahead with supplies, order a hamper or summon your personal chef to whip up a treat while the in-house masseuse works their magic. Its unlikely gourmands are likely to be ill-prepared on the food front with likes of The Larder, Berry Farm, Margaret River Venison Farm, Providore, Gabriel Chocolate, Yallingup Woodfired Bread and the Margaret River Dairy Company close enough to temporarily lure you away.
Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park
For an authentically Australian outback experience, get back to nature at Karijini Eco Retreat. Set within Karijini National Park and owned by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, you can spread your love of the environment with safari tents made from recycled materials and with limited power, you’re guaranteed to smoulder within the romantic glow. There is a range of sleeping options, but the deluxe eco-tents with private en-suites, quality bedding, stylish décor and decks make for a star-studded experience. The onsite Australian-inspired restaurant offers outback flavours including barbeque nights, gourmet dishes such as lamb shank and red desert-dusted salmon, or hot takeaway meals savoured on your deck; undoubtedly chaperoned by red kangaroos shyly observing in the distance. Located 1400km north of Perth and 80km north-east of Tom Price, the isolation is glorious especially with the juxtaposition of lush streams, waterfalls, pools and ferns against the burnt ochres and faded scrub greens sure to woo your honey. Not to mention those plunging gorges millions of years old guaranteed to evoke at least one “Hey gorgeous” pun.
Revel in your lover’s reflection in the luminous lake overlooked from the balcony of your architecturally designed chalet. Given its discreet location, and with only the forest playing witness to your shenanigans, forbidden love is indulged at Silkwood. Featuring king sized beds, double spa baths and gas fireplaces; the open plan design promises further vantage points to adore your sweetheart. The onsite restaurant boasting seasonal meaty, seafood and garden delights, may take the pressure off feeling obliged to use the fully equipped kitchen unless you’ve got lucky using the supplied fishing gear and stocked lake. Organised foodies will have already mapped the Great Southern’s offerings such as black truffles, yabbies, lamb, berries, fruit and nuts. No need to plan ahead for wine as Silkwood cellar is within staggering distance.
Peppermint Lane Lodge
The adults-only and discrete cottages mightn’t be the place for children, but they’re certainly a wonderful spot to make a baby. A retreat in every sense of the word, there are few distractions from the real world: only luxurious linens, bespoke handcrafted furnishings, private decks, block out blinds, kangaroos bouncing by, rare red-tailed cockatoos and Daisy, the property’s beautiful Border-Collie cross Kelpie. Situated in the Ferguson Valley, where the hills seem to slip into the Indian Ocean, many zoom past the turn-off on the highway about an hour north of Margaret River. Let them, leaving more wine, food, art, adventure, wildlife, romance and a few thousand gnomes at the nearby Gnomesville, for you and your lover to relish.
Glamourous beachside mansions and wilderness escapes in unforgettable locations…could Private Properties be any more romantic? Many offer multiple living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms in different configurations as well as tennis courts and pools for exertions beyond the boudoir. They range from sleek contemporary designs to pre-loved wooden bungalows, many with coastal, vineyard and bush views, and others in incredible garden settings. Massages, romantic dining experiences, housekeeping, itineraries, yoga and possibly even the odd kangaroo are available upon request.