Australia is blessed with some of the most spectacular rainforest in the world, and a fantastic place to find it (plus super-dreamy rainforest accommodation) is New South Wales. If you’re looking to spoil someone, book yourselves a stay at one of these charming escapes.
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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is sheer, unashamed OTT romance. Bordered on three sides by World Heritage National Park, this secluded hideaway in the Tweed Valley (10 minutes’ drive south of the Queensland border) centres around three very important elements: privacy, comfort and luxury. Base yourselves in one of the 10 architect-designed bungalows with double spa baths and floor-to-ceiling windows, or treat yourselves to Crystal Creek’s ultra-glam Luxury Rainforest Lodge with a fireplace and private pool. Whichever option you choose, a stay here will be truly unforgettable when you arrange a romantic candlelit dinner in your petal-strewn home-away-from-home, with Moët on ice and a table set with fresh roses.
If you’re looking to go all-out, venture off the mainland and retreat to Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island (two hours’ flight from Sydney). A premium boutique escape, Capella commands picture-perfect views of bright blue ocean and towering emerald mountains, making it a paradise for couples. Each a perfect vantage point to take it all in, the lodge’s accommodation options (expect luxe suites and lofts here) are tucked away in gorgeous tropical rainforest. Relax on your private deck and listen to the sound of swaying palms, admire the views from a mirror-like plunge pool or celebrate the occasion with an amazing meal at Capella’s restaurant. Showcasing the very best in modern-Australian cuisine, the restaurant alone is worth the plane trip.
The Byron at Byron
Byron Bay may be mostly known for its coastal spots, but a little further inland you’ll come across beautiful rainforest. Featuring the best of both worlds, The Byron at Byron is a luxury tropical resort and spa surrounded by dense greenery, yet still minutes away from the sands and cafés of Main Beach. Hidden in its palm-filled gardens, stylish bungalows decked out with private balconies, day lounges, gallery kitchens and spacious dining areas offer a very comfortable place to relax. After wandering into town, take part in a complimentary yoga class, enjoy a meal at the resort’s open-air restaurant or take a dip in the infinity pool, fringed with leafy gardens.
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