In the mood for a little romance? Well, you’ve come to the right place. From windswept beaches to forest hideaways and charming country towns with a taste for the gourmet – the near reaches of Melbourne offer a host of secluded spots to escape with someone special.
Sometimes, you don’t need to go far to escape. Indeed, one of Melbourne’s most romantic getaways is right in the thick of it all. The epitome of elegance, The Windsor specialises in the kind of old-world charm that’s increasingly hard to find in this busy modern world. Dabble in some afternoon tea or simply hole up in your deluxe room and sip on something sparkling – the choice is yours.
111 Spring Street, Melbourne
An intimate coastal escape set on the pristine Mornington Peninsula, Big Blue Backyard is a secluded hideaway for couples that comes with either a beach, dune or bush setting. Delightfully indulgent, here you can while away your time with opulent features like a private outdoor spa bath, rain shower, safari-inspired ‘bush kitchen’ and an inviting king-size bed – complete with the plushest bedding you’ve ever laid hands on.
56 Paradise Drive, St Andrews Beach
One of the grandest hotels in the country is located an easy half hour drive from the city; to step into Werribee Mansion is to soak up the romance and history of times gone by. Heritage-listed and effortlessly glamorous, here you can wrap up in robes and indulge in a daylong spa session. Or, simply lounge around your boutique accommodation with champagne on ice. Naturally.
K Road, Werribee
The name says it all. Tucked away in the hills behind the Great Ocean Road, Otway Escapes Love Shack is your own little private slice of bushland paradise. Set on a raised veranda with expansive views (sunrise is worth the early wake up – even if only viewed from bed), this intimate holiday home comes complete with a Japanese Plunge Bath, the perfect spot to while away an evening.
310 Pennyroyal-Wymbooliel Road, Pennyroyal
A secluded farm stay, custom made for cozy nights in – best paired with a glass of wine and a roaring fire – Cortes Cottage is a lovingly renovated weatherboard in the lush King Valley. A rainfall showerhead and a claw-foot tub along with a record player in the lounge room set the mood for a slow weekend full of down time – all complemented by the occasional winery trip.
235 Schlapps Road, Gapsted
For creative couples who like their romance with a side of culture, Art Series – The Blackman is a city stay with a twist. Named after and inspired by the iconic Australian artist, the boutique interiors are sure to spark your creativity, while the sparkling city skyline comes alive at night for a truly breathtaking view. With plush signature bedding and room service just a call away, prepare to be impressed.
452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Nothing spells romance quite like a forest hideaway. And the delightfully intimate Kurrajong Retreat is nothing short of magical. A luxurious one-bedroom villa set on 2 hectares of lush private grounds, at this peaceful getaway you’ll find only nature and the resident kangaroos as company. With nearby Hepburn Springs providing all you need in the way of entertainment – all that’s left to do is soak it all in.
Hepburn Springs, Daylesford
Rustic and remote, Mt Ida Cabin is a luxurious reimagining of the classic Australian shed complete with breathtaking mountain views and a secluded bush setting. Perfect for the more adventurous of lovers, this off the grid beauty offers floor to ceiling windows from which to view those spectacular country sunsets beside the roaring log fire – best paired with a bottle of local red.
401 Northern Highway, Heathcote
A luxury spa stay steeped in romance; the deluxe Kudos Villas have been designed as the ultimate private retreat for couples looking for a little one on one time. Set in charming Hepburn Springs, each of the architecturally designed villas is fitted with dreamy touches such as a roaring fireplace and sunken candlelit spa bath. Not to mention boutique chocolates and drinks on arrival.
Hepburn Springs, Daylesford
There’s magic in the air at the Dandenong Ranges, and nowhere is sweeter than Olinda. A charming mountain town that’s beloved by artists and writers alike, this auspicious setting is home to Como Cottages. A beautiful heritage bed and breakfast complete with a roaring fire and lush gardens, this intimate setting is just the place to hole up for the weekend and revel in the romance.
1465 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda