Longing to live the high life? Ascend from the world of mere mortals to Spicers Peak Lodge, a summit-set haven in rustic Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Within easy reach of Brisbane, this mountain retreat offers gourmet dining, outdoor pursuits, spa pampering and vineyard-hopping in Australia’s Granite Belt wine region.
Style Luxe modern chalet
Setting Peak plateau
Why this week? Enjoy the drier, sun-filled days of Queensland’s autumn with Smith’s exclusive Intimate Indulgence offer for stays in a Lodge or Spa Suite until 31 May 2013. Included on the deal’s long list of romantic extras is a champagne and cheese plate on arrival, pre-dinner canapés by the fire, a five-course degustation dinner, a couples one-hour massage treatment, a one-hour guided bush walk and a seductive mountain peak sunset tour with more bubbly and cheese.
Our favourite bits At award-winning Spicers Peak Lodge Restaurant, chef Frank Meijer creates a triumphant tasting menu with wow factor to rival the awe-inspiring views. If the country air brings on a craving for alfresco dining, request a posh picnic hamper to go, complete with gourmet locally-sourced food and silver service. Alongside the cosy lounge of the grand main lodge, a fully-stocked complimentary bar awaits for an après-spa tipple. Call on the sommelier to pick out the perfect bottle of Granite Belt wine for sharing on the terrace, where you can watch Scottish Highland cattle grazing among kangaroos and rock wallabies.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Mrs Smith is keen for a walk so we set out on one of the many paths that run off the clearing and down into the valleys below. Within minutes we can’t see or hear anything man-made and stomping through semi-tropical rainforest blows out the last of the cobwebs. We get closer to nature again for lunch with a picnic of cheeses, salads and fruits packed by the kitchen and delivered in a handy backpack that has the pleasant side-effect of making us look like competent hikers. Later that night a Jacuzzi next to the infinity pool and a glass of champagne under the southern stars put a perfect full-stop to our quasi-active day.’
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