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Top 8 luxury winter experiences and escapes

by RedBalloon

Whether you want to escape the cold temperatures for a tropical climate, have an indulgent weekend away or share in an amazing experience with someone special, here are some inspiring ideas that combine luxury with stunning locations.

Castle in Stirling
Live like Royalty in your very own castle

Always felt that you deserved your own castle? (Of course, you do!) Treat yourself to a romantic escape in South Australia. During this decadent experience, you’ll enjoy a night in the Observatory Suite complete with a sunken spa. Your four-course dinner will be served in your suite at your chosen time. The next day after a delicious breakfast, you’ll be taken in a BMW 7 series for a day visiting regional wineries such as Charles Melton, Mountadam and Rockford. This is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.

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Hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley
Take in the breathtaking views from a hot air balloon

Soak up the best of what the Yarra Valley has to offer from the ground to the sky. While staying at the award-winning deluxe spa resort you’ll indulge in a three-course dinner for two, wake up to a buffet breakfast, and enjoy a hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Then wind down in the evening with a bottle of wine from the region while looking out to the rolling hills from your private balcony. It’s the ultimate romantic and relaxing weekend away.

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Yacht sailing at sunset on Long Island
Escape to an exclusive Eco Retreat

For those who don’t love the cold, it’s time to chase the sun north and escape to Queensland. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxurious mini-break, you can’t go past two night at the Elysian Retreat. You’ll have your every need catered for while you relax and unwind and enjoy the views from your oceanfront villa.

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Mt Lofty House at sunset
Retreat to the Adelaide Hills

You’ll want for nothing with this all-inclusive romantic getaway including a couples spa treatment. While it’s just 15 minutes away from Adelaide’s CBD, you’ll feel miles away from civilisation as you take in the panoramic views of the Piccadilly Valley.

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Watch the sunset from a heated mineral pool

Let the waters rich in minerals soothe and rejuvenate your body while you take in the tranquil surrounds. The Bath House features over 20 globally-inspired bathing experiences from a heated thermal mineral pool on a hilltop with stunning 360-degree views of the Mornington Peninsula,  a massaging mineral shower, Turkish steam bath or cold plunge pool for an instant refresh. Then after a morning of R&R it’s time to enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast.

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Byron Bay Hinterland
Enjoy a hinterland escape with breakfast and bubbles

Most people head to the beach in Byron Bay, but the surrounding countryside is just as beautiful and well worth exploring. On this two-night getaway, you’ll get breathtaking views of the hinterland and ocean while you relax in your luxury room, or bathe in the magnesium mineral pool.

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Cheese board and wine in front of the fireplace
Indulge in a luxury Tasmanian escape

Tassie is the perfect place to escape to during winter. Indulge in two nights at Woodbridge on the Derwent. Prepare to experience five-star luxury in one of Australia’s oldest historic houses. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

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Relax and unwind in the rainforest

Experience the Tweed Valley like never before with this glorious rainforest retreat. This is the perfect place to escape the daily grind and reconnect with one another. Switch off your phone and cosy up in front of the fireplace with a bottle of wine. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, get back in touch with nature on one of the beautiful walking tracks.

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