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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wolgan Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
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“Visonary”
Reviewed November 20, 2009

Wolgan Valley is a visonary project that just happens to be a top-end resort as well. We visited Wolgan valley on a hot November weekend. 4 glorious days of bushwalking, mountain biking, horseriding and gourmet food.

We had been attracted to the resort by its location, particularly proximity to the national parks, and by its emphasis on outdoor pursuits with an end-of-day haven of luxury. We were not disappointed.

From the moment of arriving (when a mountain bike was fully kitted, and ready to go, and a massage appointment available soon after), everything went pretty much like clockwork.

We are fairly independent travellers, and don't generally enjoy being herded around with lots of other guests on group activiites. Wolgan offered us the choice - and we did mix it up a bit to good effect.

Day 1 - arrival at about 4pm. Quick mountain bike ride, massage at spa, and dinner.
Day 2 -
Independently, we were able to go into the nearby national part, for a 9km walk to the GlowWorm tunnel - a fantastic walk, and highly recommended. Just make sure you have a torch, plenty of water, at least a schematic map (some turnings/intersections are not signposted), and if you are inclined to sore knees, a hiking stick to brace the descents. We were dropped off at the entrance to the park, given a radio so we could summon help (if needed) and our return transport when ready. Packed lunches of gourmet sandwiches, thermos tea and delciious biscuits were provided. It was a grand day out. We cleaned up and jointed the wildlife tour for a drive around the property and opportunities to see wallaroos, eastern grey kangaroos, wombats and countless birds. All finishing up with champagne and canapes at a scenic lookout.
Day 3
The following day, we headed out for a mountain-bike/hiking experience, again without guides. We rode our mountain bikes to a designated point on the property, then hiked cross-country as far as the land was passable. We then descended into the creekbed for much joyous splashing. It was a fiercely hot day, and the creek was so crystal clear and delicious that we decided to wade all the way back to our bikes. Again, food, drinks and radio were supplied for our safety and convenience.
Day 4 -
Horseriding. We are both able to ride, but a bit rusty. We passed muster (barely) under the stern eye of the riding guides, who perform a basic skills assessment. the horse I was given was just a delight, and had all the characteristics I had discussed when I described the things I like. It was a skilful bit of matching. The ride took us cross-country through fairly steep terrain. The staff are exteremly safety conscious, and this will be frustrating for some people who are accustomed to a more gung-ho approach. I appreciated it, but observed that the staff seemed uncertain about the assessment. This is not surprising when the initial assessment took place in a 15m round yard, with no ability to do more than walk. It think it will be better for all when the new stables and exercise yard are finally open, and horses, riders and guides can get to know one another a bit before heading out. Definitely not for beginners.

Overall, an action-packed few days, which returned us to our real lives recharged and refreshed, if a bit sore!

We are looking forward to returning and seeing the conservation vision realised. It is going to be amazing. the price-bracket means we won't be quite regulars, but it is definitely on our list of "special treat" weekends.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2009

My partner and I traveled from Sydney for a long and luxurious weekend and this place is heaven.
The drive took three hours along the Bells Line of Road, beautiful views as you wind your way through the Blue Mountains. It had been suggested that out four wheel drive would be more appropriate than our low slung European sports car, very good advice as the last part of the road isn't sealed.
We were welcomed with smiles and sincerity, nothing was too much trouble and the attention to detail was unbelievable. The interior designer needs to be applauded. The food was fantastic, better than many "hatted" restaurants we have dined in around the country. The suite was amazing, luxurious, large but comfortable, with there own heated pool and the fire place added character. The bed is the best ever, I am seriously thinking of buying one.
The activities are great and varied, living in Sydney we had lost appreciation for the Australian bush with it beautiful colours, flaura and fauna. The field guides were relaxed and very knowledgeable.
We have traveled widely throughout the world and believe the spa to be one of the best we have ever experienced.
We love how they use so much from the region rather than implanting something which inst sincere to the place.
The worst thing was having to leave. We are already planning other trips with friends over the next six months.
We are so pleased to have found this gem in our own back yard - a resort that competes on the highest of international levels - we cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2009

I have recently had the pleasure of staying here for 3 days and yes, it is pricey but is well worth the money. The homestead and cabins are beautifully designed in timber and stone to cleverly complement the peaceful surrounds. Every little detail has been carefully thought out from the artwork on the walls, using found objects from the land, to the modern country style furnishings. The general feel is contemporary, but the natural materials lend a very warm and luxurious feel to your stay. Every room is spacious especially the bathroom with a fabulous skylit shower and roomy bath that overlooks the valley. The gas fireplace turns on with the flick of a switch and even the balcony is enclosed with fly mesh so you can sit outside without being disturbed by the flies. The pool is temperature controlled too so you can take a dip early or late at night even in colder weather. The staff, while young, are very friendly and always professional. Nothing is too much trouble and they are always attentive to your needs, going out of the way to make sure you are happy. We also went on a horse ride and although my husband and I are both beginners, after a quick assessment to determine if we were comfortable and could control a horse (a necessity), we were out in the fields going up and down hills and riding through creeks. Although we were only walking (no galloping for us!) this ride far surpassed any other trail ride I had done before because we were not just blindly following another horse in front of us and it also offered another perspective of the amazing mountains and wildlife. The wildlife tour was also very interesting; from our field guide, we learnt about the area, the animals and how the resort came about. It finished with some champagne and delicious canapes from the kitchen. The food is also superb, and is certainly en par with a 3 hat restaurant in Sydney. Every meal we had was imaginative without being too fussy, focusing on the local produce. The chef personally introduced himself as did the hotel manager, both genuinely interested in whether we were enjoying our stay. I'm not sure why the writers on the forum have felt the need to bring this resort down without even trying it for themselves. This seems very unfair to the staff who are trying so hard to create a world class resort. I thought the website was well presented but the resort exceeded my expectations and you can see why it is the price it is. The only recommendations I would have are to have some umbrellas by the pool area for those very hot days and perhaps a designated desk where you can organise the nature activities rather than discussing them over meal times.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Address: 2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley, New South Wales 2790, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Wolgan Valley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wolgan Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley 5*
Number of rooms: 40
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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