I had heard much about the Chateau Elan international reputation over the years, so I was very excited at the prospect of staying at their Australian operation in the Hunter Valley. From the moment we arrived, we were not disappointed. The accommodation was elegant; the service from start to finish was superb and surprisingly friendly (which is so unusual for most Australian destinations) and overall we felt very comfortable - like we'd been there before.
The general Manager of the whole operation, Joe Spagnolo made a point of introducing himself and made us feel particularly welcome. It's no wonder the service across the board is so good, with him leading the way. What a nice guy.
Food was very good. The best steaks anywhere. Breakfast offered incredible variety to satisfy all of us.
We played a few rounds of golf at the adjoining Vintage Golf Course and the pro shop staff could not have done anything more to make us enjoy our games. When I made a subtle mention about the golf cart we were in feeling a little under-powered, they immediately drove a another one out to meet us on course to swap over. They gave us tips on how best to manage the tremendously challenging course and had everything ready to go for us with our clubs and carts from the previous day's game. What a wonderful experience and we can't wait to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chateau Elan at The Vintage is Australia's finest golf and spa resort. Located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, Chateau Elan offers luxury retreats for up to 200 guests.The Spa at Chateau Elan has 17 treatment rooms and a vast range of specialised treatments available. Guests can choose from 3 types of luxury accommodation - Spa Suites, One bed bedroom self-contained Villas and King Rooms. The hotel overlooks the fairways of the Greg Norman-designed course Vintage golf course. Chateau Elan is 2 hour drive north of Sydney. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Elan Hunter Valley Hotel Rothbury
- Chateau Elan Hunter Valley Greater Newcastle/Rothbury