Experts in stylish stays for canny couples, Mr & Mrs Smith have curated a hotlist of boutique boudoirs currently available on Valentine’s Day – whether they’re seduced by rustic country retreats or beachside bliss, there’s romance guaranteed for all tastes and budgets.
And for those who hate the whole idea of Valentine’s Day don’t worry: Mr & Mrs Smith have tips for you, too…
For gourmet lovers
A runner up in the Smith Hotel Awards, Lakehouse in Daylesford is a gastronome’s dream that showcases the finest local produce in the region. Not enough? Take a seat on the terrace and admire the serene vista. If you prefer seaside chic, try Bells at Kilcare on the central coast and admire Stefano Manfredi’s homely Italian fare.
For value-hunting Valentines
We always knew QT was there for us when we needed a break. But this time it’s an emergency – and guess what – they’ve done it again. Escape for a sunshine getaway to QT Gold Coast where pop art goes beachy and a DIY lemonade kit in each room ensures you’re in the summer groove. What are you waiting for? With rooms from just $234.00 a night, it’s time to hit the surf.
For city-slick culture-seekers
Artists and creatives live it up at happening hotspot The Cullen in boutique-bustling Prahran, which sees guest rooms littered with loud and lively prints and murals painted by enfant terrible Adam Cullen. And don’t forget about those soft-as-butter beds! If you prefer your city escape with a touch of glam, look no further than The Establishment in Sydney. Grab a drink at the hotel bar, which at one hundred and fifty feet is the city’s longest and most impressive, before tucking into dreamy dumplings at super stylish Mr Wong.
For the outdoorsy type
If you’re looking for extreme thrills and spills (walking, watersports and slopes make up the big three), the natural surrounds of Queenstown will get you and your Valentine excited. Be wowed by Eichardt’s Private Hotel’s super-chic interiors and no-holds barred luxe – and with a famously fabulous bar (which has bagged more awards than we’ve had hot dinners), treat yourself to world-class wines to sooth those muscles.
A slower pace may be more your thing, and that’s cool too. Huka Lodge, a renovated 1920s hunting lodge set on the banks of Lake Taupo knows a thing or two about romance. Offering everything from in-room spa treatments to fly and trout fishing, cooking lessons, horse treks and heli trips – you’ll never want to leave.
For anti-Valentine party people
Not keen on the roses, chocolates and massages? Don a pair of waders, chuck on the fishing hat and head to the oyster farm to sample some of the most delicious oysters you’ve tasted. Saffire on the curving Coles Bay coastline of Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula is the perfect escape without being too mushy. Oh, and beware of the snakes…in the grass, silly!
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