10 Most Beautiful Accommodation in the Blue Mountains
It doesn’t get fresher than the air in the Blue Mountains. Crisp air aside, the misty mountains are known for their rugged beauty and charming villages. Just a couple of hours out of Sydney, the area is a natural, cultural and dining destination rolled into one, thanks to its lush, World Heritage-listed National Park, grand, colonial homes, boutique galleries, antique shops, and farm-to-table foodie scene.
On your next getaway, stay somewhere that’s as beautiful as its Blue Mountains backdrop. These are our accommodation picks.
Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges
With a daffodil-dotted lake, 28 acres of immaculate gardens, and a Hamptons-style décor, Parklands is a charming choice for your Blue Mountains stay. The suites have pillowy-soft beds, gas fireplaces and rainforest showers. There’s a day spa and dining room on-site for breakfast (usually featuring freshly laid eggs by the resident hens), and the staff will point you in the right direction for dinner.
132 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
It was always iconic, but following a multi-million-dollar renovation, the Hydro Majestic is more opulent than ever. The high tea, held in the Wintergarden, is legendary thanks to its panoramic views over Megalong Valley, and that’s just the beginning. The hotel pays homage to a bygone era, with grand ballrooms, a tea salon, and heritage-style rooms.
52-58 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath
Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse
If you ask us, the novelty of treehouses never really fades. For a truly memorable stay, you can sleep in one perched atop 600 acres of Blue Mountains wilderness. With room for two people, the Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse has floor-to-ceiling windows, and a kitchenette, balcony, queen bed, fireplace, and spa to soak in while admiring the Mount Tomah Valley.
Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, NSW
Emirates Only & Only Wolgan Valley
Set on 7,000 acres of wildlife reserve, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a secluded and truly breathtaking resort. There are 40 sumptuous suites, each with a private pool, stone fireplace, four-poster bed, spa bathroom and terrace. When you’re not blissing out in your villa, you can explore the property with guided nature walks and horse rides, or indulge in a spa treatment.
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley
A 10-minute stroll from Echo Point, this two-bedroom cottage is an Art Deco delight. No detail has been missed, from the ballerina lamps and vintage prints to the checkered bathroom tiles and 1920s dining table. The self-contained property has a fully equipped kitchen, double spa bath and gas log fireplace, and guests can also call on the in-house chef and massage therapists.
Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Lilianfels Resort & Spa
A two-minute stroll from the Three Sisters, Lilianfels has gorgeous views over the Jamison Valley. The country house resort is cosy yet grand, with a Victorian-era lounge (which serves high tea), library, day spa, billiards room, swimming pool and crackling fireplaces. It also has a one-hatted restaurant, Darleys, whose degustation may just be the highlight of your trip.
5-19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
On the cusp of the Jamison Valley, the Fairmont is a sprawling estate complete with manicured gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and restaurants. If you’ve been before, it’s worth another visit: the Ubika Day Spa has just opened, and the pond will be turned into an ice-rink from April to October. The resort offers yoga classes on weekend mornings.
1 Sublime Point Road, Leura
Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Sitting pretty on the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this African-inspired eco-retreat is an hour from Sydney, but may as well be a world away. The adults-only resort has eight suites, all of which feature wraparound balconies, freestanding tubs, and striking furnishings. Along with stylish rooms, the retreat has an infinity pool, restaurant, and 10 acres of greenery.
70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain
Nestled in a eucalyptus forest, Angel Wing is a gorgeous property near the Jenolan Caves. The winner of the 2014 Architecture Award, the home sleeps up to eight people, and features underfloor heating, a garden deck, fire pit, and BBQ facilities. After waking up to the mountains, use the house as a base to explore the nearby caverns and hiking trails.
Jenolan Caves Road, Ganbenang
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