I had proposed to my now fiancee on the day we arrived at Alure so to say we were in good spirits even before we got there was an understatement. Driving down the dirt road on a pitch black night with torrential rain was a bit dicey but when the 'tent' pulled into the path of my headlights we knew we were home. We walked through the door to rose petals, ethanol eco fire and tea candles set amongst the luxurious furnishings of our 'tent' and the first thing my fiancee wanted to do was take photos (much to my mirth :-) ) to show people how beautiful it was. The spa outside is massive and kept to a nice 38C and is totally private, in the open air allowing some star gazing in style. On our first night we took up the offer of a private chef for the night which wasn't cheap but was well worth it with 6 courses of 5 star food (the spatchcock and the duck spring rolls were our favourites). If you want to cook yourself, the kitchen is fully decked out with quality scanpan and the coffee machine is a Delonghi which makes our home coffee machine jealous! The morning hampers for breakfast are great; if you get up early enough take your breakfast out on the front deck and watch the wallabies before they skip off into the brush for the day (and if you're in the mood for a hearty breakfast do the hot breakfast hamper - all local produce, and you can't go past the fresh eggs and sausages!). The attention to detail (L'Occitane products, fully stocked fridge) and the warmth from Marion and Ruth (they even made the trip down to the tent with a bandaid when my fiancee talked about a blister from her new shoes) makes this our new favourite home away from home. Can't wait until our anniversary next year. Side note: Don't be scared off by the price, it's well worth the little extra!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alure Stanthorpe - Escape to the home of the world's most romantic and luxurious self contained tent accommodation! Alure also has two other modern, secluded, studio style villas for couples who want to indulge in a sublime, romantic retreat and experience the ultimate in sophisticated, self-catering accommodation. Take in the magnificent views from the comfort of the sumptuous lounge, unwind in front of a crackling fire, or end the day stargazing while soaking in your private heated spa - the perfect escape. ... more less
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