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Empire Spa Retreat
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   1958 Caves Road, Yallingup, Western Australia 6282, Australia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Yallingup B&B and Inns
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Special Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

I can’t say enough excellent things about the Staff at Empire Spa Retreat and the venue itself. I booked a villa at the Retreat for the purpose of setting the scene for a romantic proposal to my girlfriend.

The Retreat is well off the main road which is important because there is no road noise to disturb the peace and quiet during a stay. The Villa was well appointed and the space inside was bright, cheerful and the outdoor shower was a hit. Along with the other communal facilities like the Jacuzzi, main dining area and kitchen were clean and tidy day & night during our 2 night stay. The muffins were a nice touch also.

Staff – In a word …. Great!!! … From the team cleaning the rooms, to the chief and those assisting , to the team looking after the tidiness of the grounds and of course the Spa team, where all just wonderful . However there is always one who stands out among all the wonderful staff and that person was Catlin. She helped put things together for us and my girlfriend was none the wiser right up until the proposal … Catlin – thank you, thank you!

In short the Empire has a lot to offer and is located well to other attractions and the beaches. Get out Petra Olive Oil Estate and their Friday Night Pizza deal by chief‘s Grieg and Juliet Olsen who were our chiefs for our special night. And finally a big thank you to Sabine and David our musicians.

Thank you to ALL from our hearts !

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

My husband and I spent a wonderful relaxing week at Empire Retreat in Dunsborough, WA. The beautiful wooden homestead and its attached suites are situated amongst the Australian bush with an outdoors decking where one can watch the passing local wildlife. The complex also provides a fantastic spa centre where one can be pampered from facials to massages. The breakfast each day was all local fare, varied, interesting and deliciously prepared by Andrea who has lived and worked in the region for many years. The owners have made their own wine which was very enjoyable and it was a wonderful way to pass the evening sitting in the deck chairs in the sculptured garden. Local excursions can be made daily to Busselton, Margaret River, Yallinyup or the nearby crystal clean beaches, all within a short drive of each other. The local restaurants are casual and up market. But if you decide to stay in then one would not blame you, as the kitchen facilities are available to guests if they want to put their Jamie Oliver skills to the test. While the food is cooking on the BBQ there may also be time for a relax in the outdoor spar with a glass of bubbly! The outdoor shower which comes with the suites was a wonderful experience with solar heated water. The resort is tastefully decorated and the staff go out of their way to be friendly and helpful. It is a great place to relax, unwind and get in touch with yourself and nature. You shouldn’t miss it!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Stayed with my wife over xmas. Was a nice stay.

The rooms tick all the right boxes (well, we were in the little chalet rooms which are like self contained houses).

Outdoor shower is always a fav of mine...check. Nice tub, jacuzzi style if you like the jets. Minibar fridge and kitchen sink and microwave with some cutlery and plates should you opt to be eating in (smart - you can then sit on your back patio and watch the sunset while drinking your tasty Margaret River wines). Fireplace - although it was warm when we were there but would be a nice touch in the winter months.

My wife used the spa twice and can vouch for it being a good experience - but book early or if you put it off your menu of selections will start to get limited.

Staff was nice and we scored a very nice late checkout (as we had a midnight flight out of Perth) - that enabled us to un around that last day and do more shopping. Much appreciated.

Free wireless internet in your room - thank you Empire for not nickel and diming us!

Nespresso coffee maker in room with a couple free capsules a day - nice touch (not a 'proper' espresso but it does the job in a pinch).

Breakfasts were ok - I gather they used to be a lot more extensive. The catch here, hope you like eggs as the cooked breakfast was 5 versions of egg recipes - 2 omelettes, 1 fried version, 1 feta cheese on toast version and one poached option. There is yogurt and meusli however.

Good location just outside Dunsborough for picking up supplies although you can hear a bit of the road noise as it is in the valley by the main road (Caves) - tip; spend as little time on Caves as you can and drive the back roads. No one down here drives the speed limit on that road and you can't pass.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We just returned from a four night stay at Empire Spa Retreat, and would definitely recommend it. It is a really nicely designed property, with great interiors (if you like the style, you can go to the Empire shop in Dunsborough and buy some furniture for yourself!).

We stayed in Room 6, which is within the main building, upstairs. I believe it is the cheapest room that they have, and our only slightly negative feedback relates to that. The bathroom and toilet are not to the standard we expected for this price (we were paying Peak Season prices of $330 per night). They are fine; clean, tidy and of decent size - it's just that you expect a new (within last 3 years) renovation that would match the rest of the property, and the impression from the Web site.

But don't let this deter you, it was only a minor item in an otherwise lovely property!

The breakfasts are fantastic, and served in a great light-filled room overlooking the trees, olive plantation and vineyard. The staff are very friendly, and other guests too.

Would definitely recommend Empire Spa Retreat - but maybe splash for the more expensive rooms if you are a bathroom snob.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I booked Empire for New Year and we loved it. We were upgraded to a luxury villa which was amazing and so peaceful with beautiful views out over the Estate. We lounged around in the farmhouse and most of the time we never saw another person. It was almost too quiet! :) Breakfast was delicious and the kitchen is incredibly well stocked with all the utensils you would need to cook your own lunch and supper, including a big BBQ. Our room had an outdoor shower which we didn't manage to use but I'm sure it would be lovely. We did use the spa bath though and that was so nice! We played pool in the billiards room, relaxed in the lounge, read books on our day bed and enjoyed afternoon tea each day which was lovely homemade muffins. Sadly the spa was fully booked but we'd love to try it if we go back again. Empire is definitely not cheap and it's a real treat for most I'm sure but if it's pure relaxation and comfort that you're after then this is your place!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, UK
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011 via mobile

We have been to Empire many times now and were very happy to return. The gardens and sense of calm and tranquility remain the greatest attractions. It is the perfect place to try to forget the stresses of work. There are fewer special services that you might wish for at this price (in fact there are hardly any) and the options at breakfast seem to have shrunk dramatically but overall it remains a great choice for anyone trying to find a restful break near the sea.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

We were given two nights here as a gift.This is a place perfect to unwind, rejuvenate and reconnect with someone special. The rooms are clean and beautifully kept in a gorgeous surrounding.The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. If you are considering getting a spa treatment you have to book in prior as they tend to get busy.The location is great to venture out to explore the area.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Empire Spa Retreat

Address: 1958 Caves Road, Yallingup, Western Australia 6282, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Yallingup
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Yallingup
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Empire Spa Retreat 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to a world of luxury and seclusion like no other…Empire Spa Retreat is nestled within 265 acres of tranquil undulating pastures, undisturbed bushland and the Empire Estate vineyard. With 10 spacious, stylishly appointed suites, this luxury hosted accommodation ensures complete sanctuary from the frenetic pace of urban life. During your stay immerse yourself in the indulgence of Empire Spa. This state-of-the-art, purpose built spa is designed to pamper your body and soul. ... more   less 
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