Retreat to Romance – Boutique Short Breaks

Bannisters Pavilion

The newest boutique hotel on the south coast, Bannisters Pavilion, is located 800 metres from big sister hotel, Bannisters by the Sea and is only 100 metres from the pristine sands of Mollymook Beach. Featuring 35 on-trend, beautifully appointed rooms, including 33 standard suites and two stunning penthouses, this super-stylish retreat is for city-dwellers looking for a relaxing, intimate getaway.

A soaring, atrium-style lobby sets the tone on arrival, while the spectacular suspended rooftop pool bar and grill, on the top floor, add to the cruisy vibe. Embracing tapas-style dining, the menu offers a mix of Mediterranean, southern Californian and Mexican flavours, and the bar offers a great selection of craft and house beers and wines. April is food month at the hotel, so it’s worth visiting the website to check out upcoming events.


Several tempting packages are on offer including the unique “Learn to Surf with Pam Burridge”, “Mini Seachange”, and the terrific “Over the Moon Babymoon” package. A “Stay three nights, pay two nights” package is available until the end of August 2016.


  • 33 standard rooms
  • Two penthouses
  • Massive sun deck with sun lounges
  • Rooftop pool bar and grill
  • Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant
  • Pinnacle Day Spa

Noonaweena – Your Own Private World

Noonaweena is a unique and inspiring bed & breakfast nestled high on the ridge of Yengo National Park, with majestic views across the valley below. Although the secluded 100-acre property is just an hour from Sydney, you will sense the peaceful ambience as soon as you arrive. The nature retreat combines untouched Australian bushland with stylish architecture and luxurious facilities. Indulge in the outdoor spa and enjoy a Friday evening sunset through to a lazy Sunday afternoon, in either Treetops executive suite or the two bedroom Boronia Cottage.


  • Alfresco BBQ area
  • Tennis court
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Luxury accommodation with bathroom/en suite
  • Air conditioning
  • Wireless internet
  • Audiovisual entertainment system
  • Bush and waterfall walking tracks
  • Spa

Rates (per couple)

Two nights’ accommodation, plus gourmet, organic, local breakfast basket – $481 weekend, $459 midweek. See the website for luxurious spa packages

Cabins in the Clouds

Escape to tranquillity at Cabins in the Clouds – a romantic retreat for couples, located on the crest of Mt George. The charming and secluded Jabiru, Peta and Wonga spa cabins are nestled in a private garden with abundant native bird life, offering sweeping valley views to Barrington Tops and Tallarook.

Unwind in your outdoor spa, indulge in a massage or spa treatment in the comfort of your cabin, or have a hit of tennis. Wander over to the outdoor arbour with your chosen bottle in hand and take in the breathtaking mountain views.

Enjoy the surrounding natural bushland on local bushwalks, or just stay in the seclusion of your cabin and bask in the peaceful surrounds. It’s also only a 50-minute drive to Hunter Valley vineyards, and there are quaint historic towns and an olive grove nearby. Complement your special getaway with the “Romance Retreat” package, which is perfect for honeymoons, mini-moons and other memorable occasions.

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