Top 8 luxury winter experiences and escapes

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.

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.

>> Ballooning weekend getaway with dinner, Yarra Valley, VIC

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.

>> Hot Springs and breakfast experiences for 2, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Wine and dine like a celebrity

For a romantic and indulgent winter experience that pulls out all the stops, hop on a scenic helicopter flight to take in the view of Melbourne city to the stunning Yarra Valley wine region before landing for your delicious three course lunch with matched wines. Choose from rustic Italian cuisine at Winery De Bortoli's Locale Restaurant or modern Australian cuisine from Oakridge Estate, both with outstanding views of their respective estates. It's wining and dining at its best.

>> Helicopter flight to Yarra Valley with winery lunch for 2, Yarra Valley, VIC

Enjoy your slice of paradise

Like the sound of a tropical getaway? Retreat from reality with a stay at the luxury Marriott Resort and Spa in Surfers Paradise. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art spa, swim in the saltwater lagoon and laze around in your own private cabana with a book and a steady stream of mocktails. And when you’re done with the hotel scene you can swap it for the buzzing bar scene located just a short walk from the resort.

>> Marriott Resort getaway with breakfast for 2 nights, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Go glamping in Bruny Island

If you’re going to go camping this is the way to do it. Spend three amazing days exploring Bruny Island while staying in a luxurious tent with king-size bed and dining on Tasmania’s finest food. Be guided on spectacular coastal walks to explore all corners of this amazing island including oyster lease where you can help yourself to as many oysters as you like, straight out of the water! This experience also includes a trip on Rob Pennicott’s award winning Bruny Island Cruise (voted Best Attraction in Australia 2012, 14 & 15) where you may spot a few seals, dolphins, whales and albatrosses.

>> Three day Bruny Island luxury getaway, Hobart, TAS

Head to the Hunter Valley for the weekend

Get warm this winter with a bottle of red and get cosy in your timber cathedral ceiling room in the stunning Hunter Valley wine region. Take advantage of the resort's facilities, including barbecue, pool, spa, tennis court and walking tracks. The resort is conveniently located within walking distance of three local award-winning wineries - Scarborough Wines, Keith Tulloch Wines and Thomas Wines, and a short drive from The Vintage Golf Club and Hunter Valley Gardens.

>> Hunter Valley winery indulgence getaway for 2 nights, Hunter Valley, NSW

The ultimate mini-escape on a secluded island

Head to Lizard Island for a luxury escape that has it all. Enjoy a day of pampering at the award-winning Azure spa followed by a picnic on a secluded beach. Take a 50-minute boat ride to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling or scuba diving to explore the coral gardens and brightly-coloured tropical fish. And when it comes to food, Osprey's Restaurant serves up a daily menu of the finest local produce and freshest seafood. You’ll be as happy as a lizard in the sun!

>> Lizard Island Resort escape with meals for 3 nights, Lizard Island, Tropical North Queensland

Swap the hustle and bustle for a relaxing Balinese getaway

This romantic retreat is an exclusive private hideaway making it the perfect romantic getaway for two. Relaxation and indulgence is high on the list with the inclusion of an hour long massage for you and your partner all set in peaceful leafy surrounds. Come dinner time, a world of delicious flavours await care of a Thai banquet. Located only 45 minutes from Melbourne, this little piece of paradise is only a short drive away...

>> Balinese getaway with tasting menu and massages, Montrose VIC

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