Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is owned by Emirates, which means you already know you are in for something special, something luxurious and something expensive!
Driving up the long winding driveway, you eventually reach the hidden valley at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, named Wolgan Valley. Dotted along one side of the valley is Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, one of the most mesmerisingly relaxing and luxurious experiences of my life.
When we arrived at the grand foyer to check-in, the service is second to none. The staff are just so helpful, kind and welcoming. After sorting out the usual bits when checking into a resort, we were led to the room.
WOW. Wow wow wow. The resort is impressive enough as it is just to look at from the outside, but when we arrived to our Heritage Suite (one of 3 levels), we were blown away the second the front door swung open. The huge 201 square metre freestanding suite, constructed from wood and stone materials and designed in Federation-style. Each of the suites have a private aspect, with stunning views of the valley beyond.
The standout feature for me is the private pool, which has it’s own deck surrounded by a garden of native plants and shrubs, and a spacious verandah just off it. The pool can be completely made indoors, or outdoors by folding back the glass bi-fold doors that surround the pool. You can even control the temperature of the 4 x 7m pool. There is a huge courtyard garden to soak up the peace and serenity of the surrounding environment.
My suite is just stunning. Simply stunning. A double-sided fireplace, in the lounge room/main bedroom which romantically warms up the whole place. Both bedrooms with king-sized beds, both with en-suites and a his and hers vanity area. For the ladies, the walk-in dressing room is super impressive. The decor is perfection – it’s warm, calming and exudes class and sophistication.
Parked outside the front door are our very own mountain bikes, to ride around the resort or down any of the stunning tracks surrounding the property. To feel part of the nature that surrounds, there’s also binoculars available in the suite.
All of these wonderful luxuries are with the usual ones like LCD TV, DVD player and sound system, air-conditioning, 24-hour room service, and laundry/dry-cleaning service.
Meals are included, The Country Kitchen is where I ducked off between meals for light meals and snacks. Located downstairs, it’s more casual and informal which I enjoyed. I also went here a couple of times for lunch instead of the main dining room. Wolgan Dining Room is the place to eat for breakfast and dinner. The dinner menu changes per season, I was there for the Winter menu and make particular mention about the Cowra lamb rump with roasted vegetables. Absolutely beautiful. Breakfast is the perfect spread of fresh fruits, pastries and other favourites. The wine list? The best I’ve seen in a long long time.
There was so much to do, you can enjoy the huge communal pool, but it was abit too cold for that, it’s still beautiful to look at. You can hang out at the bar, use the spa and fitness facilities, take there horses on your own private tour through the countryside, nature walks, mountain biking or simply nothing.
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa focus on attention to detail. Everything is taken care of, nothing is left for you to think about. Everything is of the best quality. Nothing is missed, even down to paying the bill when you check out – presented with a Mont Blanc gold plated pen in a pouch to sign your credit card bill.
This environmentally friendly, architecturally designed resort is honestly one of the finest experiences I’ve had in a very long time.
For around $1300 per person, per night, it’s well worth every cent.