It's hard to imagine that this hotel could live up to its price tag. How could service be that good, or the rooms that nice, or the location that special? This hotel delivers on every front. It is more than a hotel or a resort, it's an experience where right from the time they pick you up from the gatehouse to take you on a personal tour to the time you seamlessly check out they've thought of every detail to make it the best experience.
I went expecting having lots of time to 'do nothing' but there was a surprising amount to do and I left after two nights wishing I had more time to explore as well as relax. We were there during 40 degree days and we made lots of use of the private pool, but the whole time we couldn't help but think how nice it would be to be there in winter and enjoy the double sided fireplace. More disconcerting was that we left the 'once in a life' time experience already planning our next trip back.
Food and Wine: The food was excellent. The worst part about it was that you can sustain eating it! Some dishes are better than others but there is a very high standard. A highlight was the share plate at lunch which we were fortunate to have the head chef come out and explain where each item was locally sourced from. The cheese room was as amazing as we expected. The included wines are all nice ($15-18) bottles sourced from hunter / mudgee and orange regions. The beers are australian mainstream and only ok, like James Squire and James Boag... would have been nice to have Little Creatures or some more boutique beers.
Staff: The staff were the best I've encountered in any hotel experience. Some were exceptional, looking after your every need was intuitive to them, it wasn't a case of asking them to do something because they'd already offered. Some of the restaurant waitresses weren't quite as professional as the front desk / field guides etc. but were always friendly. The staff are surprisingly loyal to the emirate brand and appear to have a great sense of pride, love and respect for the project. Special mention to Sean and Derek who were amazing.
Location: It's easy to forget how beautiful Australia is when you live here, but the Wolgan Valley is a special part of it. The location is stunning, being surrounded by beauty on all sides is special. The site offers lots of areas to explore and experience as well. For those who can afford it I'm sure the helicopter is a great way to get there but the drive is really lovely and easy (about 3 hours).
Rooms: The attention to detail in the rooms was astounding, there are so many commissioned pieces of furniture and small architectural details to appreciate. Federation architecture isn't my choice but its entirely appropriate in this context of a farmstead and they are so true to the style its impressive. In the 2 nights we were there I still didn't feel like I had enough time in my room to fully appreciate it. The pool is an absolute highlight, some how the water was always the perfect temperature. The pool would benefit from large places to sit in the pool. The bed was large with nice sheets and the bathroom and bath were almost as big as the huge WIW.
Hotel: Like the rooms the attention to detail is beautiful. So many great spaces reveal themselves with great use of light, framed views, soft furnishings and art. The main pool is nice but a little small and the seats around it were hotly in demand. The layout does mean certain rooms are a fair walk from the main building and when its 42 degrees like when we were there walking isn't much fun.
Activities: There is a surprising amount to do. We did the tour of the 1832 homestead which was interesting but probably longer than it needed to be at close to an hour. The wildlife tour which was great - a highlight was seeing an albino wallaroo, literally a white 'kangaroo'. My favourite thing we did was taking our mountain bikes for a ride up to the Platypus Deck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers the rare opportunity to experience true luxury in a spectacular Australian bush setting. The property borders the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness region, just 190kms from Sydney. Nestled between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. The resort itself occupies just two percent of the total land area of 7,000 acres and its design, reminiscent of traditional rural Australian homesteads, reflects a timeless appeal and a natural sense of place in the vast and dramatic landscape of the Wolgan Valley. The 40 individual suites each have their own private deck and indoor / outdoor swimming pool. The main homestead offers distinctive dining, luxury facilities and the stand-alone Timeless Spa features six double treatment rooms, and a range of signature treatments. The seclusion of Wolgan Valley creates a natural sanctuary where guests can relax and explore in unsurpassed luxurious comfort. This is the quintessential luxury Australian bush experience - a unique blend of wildlife, dramatic natural beauty, conservation, heritage in a spectacular Australian bush setting, which can be explored through a range of activities including four wheel drives, heritage tours, wildlife spotting and horse riding. All meals are included in the tariff with a strong focus on regional and seasonal produce, and where possible organic ingredients are used. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a member of One&Only Resorts and Luxury Lodges of Australia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wolgan Valley Resort And Spa
- Wolgan Valley Hotel Blue Mountains