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Reviewed February 10, 2007

WOW! How do you put something into words that leaves you in awe and speechless? Let me try....

We had seen it on the internet and thought it looked very impressive. Booking directly with the property was easy and a few days before we arrived we received our code for our room. (There is no formal check-in or check-out).

Upon opening the door we were greeted by a chill out music cd already playing and a sweet smelling aroma.
When we stepped right in....I didn't know what to look at first!. The room was so modern and funky with all sorts of cool gadgets (you can buy almost everything in the room!). A blackboard with a welcoming message was a nice touch. A funky bean bag, a groovy teddy bear, fresh flowers and candles were things I've never seen in other hotels before.

A visit from one of the owners, Nici, was warm and welcoming. She popped in to say hello and dropped off our breakfast for the next morning - juices, breads/croissants/6 eggs, mushrooms, muesli, fresh fruit with a rice custard. And the next night she topped up the eggs, brought more bread/crossants, fruit with a cinnimon shredded coconut sauce, and salmon and more juices! Delicious!

The bathroom is gorgeously modern with a heated floor (must be in winter as I didn't notice it). Great aesop brand bathroom products. Lots of bath products to have a lovely relaxing soak :)

The $395 we paid per night was absolutely worth it. I have never experienced the tranquility and peacefulness I found whilst sitting on our deck eating cheese and crackers with a cold beer watching a storm off in the far distance.

The fresh country air, the lovely hosts, the funky zen-like living space of the room has been enough to make the decision that I HAVE to return again, hopefully soon!

I cannot recommend this place enough!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Ryleeh
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Reviewed January 30, 2007

Seeing as there aren't any reviews for Tonic yet I know my review is going to be fairly long - there are just so many good things to say. Hopefully more people will leave some too as it deserves it!!

I stayed at Tonic for two nights with my boyfriend just after New Year this year. After five nights in Sydney it was just what we needed - peace and quiet while still incredibly stylish and luxurious.

It was about 2 hours drive out of Sydney and very easy to get to with Sat Nav. Once you're there it's in a great location to visit the local wineries.

The 8 rooms are built into blocks of about two or three (with one 'apartment') and all face the same direction to make the most of the sunlight. This also means they are all very private. All the rooms have one way glass so even if one of your neigbours walks nearby they can't see in.

They have an amazing concept there which is beautifully modern but comfortable rooms, full of things that you would love to take home. When we walked in we were just jumping from one bit to another say "look at this" before realising that you could buy pretty much anything you wanted in the room if you liked - from the gorgeous furry slippers to the cushions or even the bed. It's not in your face though, just a really cool added extra. Fluffy towels, quality bathroom products, the lovely nic nacks and the welcome message on the giant chalkboard really topped it off.

One of the best bits for us though was the simplicity. There is a mini kitchen in the corridor with a fully stocked fridge. The ingredients for a breakfast of smoked salmon and eggs or chorizo sausage and tomato with bread are delivered to your fridge the evening before when they see you're out. Just what you need on a long holiday of restaurants and too many buffet breakfasts!

There is a small but perfectly formed pool next to a lovely communal 'house' with everything you'd need for a night in - videos, games, snacks, music, exercise balls - I could go on. The pool is not used that frequently because everone is off exploring the Valley so if you want a dip you're likly to have it to yourself!

The owners used to travel a lot and visited lots of hotels so it's the type of place where they really understand your needs. There's no 'check in' or 'check out' process, you just type in a pin code enter your room (although they are more than just rooms really with great bath & wetrooms) and then the owners just pop by and see you later. It's a refreshing change from the palava you get at most places! They also booked us in for dinner at two restaurants while we were there which was very helpful as places get very booked up quickly!

Overall Tonic is a fantastic, unique place to stay and I would completely recommend it!

Stayed: January 2007
9  Thank Tatler
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Reviewed June 18, 2011
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  • Stayed: June 2011
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