It is really hard to compare lodgings sometimes - why give this one that extra star and not another, which might be more luxurious, better appointed or have every service area covered? Sometimes it's out of sheer gratitude, and that's the case here. We had a really hard time finding good accommodation in Western Australia. We love travel and maybe are a little picky about the quality of hotels, food and amusements. In addition, the fact that we have children does not mean we want to stay in Butlins. We have been continually surprised that in Australia, a laid-back country by repute, many of the best hotels and resorts exclude children. We were left with few options, so we seized on the Yallingup Luxury Retreat as it sounded like the only place in all of the Margaret River region which remotely fit the bill. What a delight! We were at first disconcerted with the lack of obvious staffing, but everything happened, everything worked, the rooms were serviced. The grounds and buildings are extremely nice. The villas/cabins were modern and rustic all at once, with excellent use made of wood, glass, steel and stone in the design, fitting in beautifully with the surrounds. The kitchen/dining/living area was enormous and beautiful, as was the master suite. Bathrooms excellent. I loved the cheeky, sophisticated, sexy art, although that is of course a very subjective thing. Our children stayed in the neighbouring villa, which was separated only by a deck and breezeway (with a pretty water feature) from our own. They absolutely loved it. The villas are surrounded by attractive landscaping and decking giving away gracefully to nature a certain distance away. You were able to sit on the terrace and watch kangaroos, all manner of birds and other wildlife whilst having your morning coffee or evening glass of local wine. Activities and services can be arranged by consulting the menu in the villa and ringing to book. We had a delightful Tasmanian chef in one evening to make us a meal, which was really wonderful and a great memory for the kids. There are plenty of things for the whole family to do in the area, including beaches, walks and a local maze. Recommend the art gallery/cafe next door for lunch. The food was high standard, and I bought some beautiful handmade jewellery from the shop. All on all, this was so much better than we had reason to expect for family accommodation in the region that I have given it full marks. Thank you, you saved our holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Yallingup Luxury Retreat Hotel Yallingup
- Yallingup Luxury Retreat Margaret River Region