Whether it’s time out from a busy lifestyle, a weekend away or a two-week honeymoon, there’s always something special about taking some time out with your significant other.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding couple-worthy vacations in Australia, with everything on offer from beachside apartments to outback camping. But if you’re looking for a little luxury – or a lot of luxury – you can’t go past Australia’s most romantic hotel stays!
Australia’s most romantic hotel stays
QT Sydney is built for lovers. Rooms are furnished with deep, earthy reds, floor-length drapes and fur throws – all of which scream romantic evening in – and the bathrooms feature duo shower heads to get things a little hot and steamy in more ways than one. The mini-bar even has a stash of condoms in case you didn’t come prepared.
Paperback Camp, Jervis Bay
Located three hours north of Sydney, Paperback Camp in Jervis Bay takes ‘glamping’ to a whole new level. It’s the perfect place for the couple that can’t decide between the wilderness and creature comforts. Surrounded by bush, the King Deluxe is the ultimate romantic camping experience. It features a freestanding bath and an outdoor bush shower that is big enough for two. By night, light the candles and enjoy an intimate dinner and a sneaky smooch by candlelight.
Australia’s most romantic hotel stays
Qualia, Hamilton Island
If pristine beaches and breathing oceans views are your idea of a romantic getaway, book yourself and your lover into the high-end qualia resort on Hamilton Island. With private decks to sun yourself on, endless views across the Coral Sea, five-star restaurants within walking distance and unparalleled privacy, this resort should be on every couple’s to-do list. There’s a reason it’s been nominated for just about every travel award under the sun, including TripAdvisor 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards - Most Romantic Hotel in Australia.
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
With beaches, sunshine and endless restaurants and activities, Queensland’s Gold Coast is already a hot destination for lovers. Couple that with the lush furnishings, wall-to-floor windows and couple-sized spa baths in the Palazzo Versace’s luxury suites and you have a romantic holiday that will leave you feeling like celebrities. You can spend your days relaxing by the pool and indulge in some couples-inspired spa packages, and there are dozens of ways – such as early morning hot-air balloon jaunts and champagne breakfasts on the beach – to ramp up the romance factor during your time on the Gold Coast.
El Questro, Kimberly Region, WA
If you’re planning to take your Australian holiday to the west coast, the El Questro is a must to add to your list! Situated in the rugged and beautiful Kimberly region, El Questro is for couples that like a little adventure with their luxury. The delightfully soft King bed faces a wall of glass, giving you uninterrupted views of your incredible surroundings, and the spa baths and garden showers allow you surprising privacy – which is lucky, because you’re probably going to need it.
Bedarra Island Resort, Queensland
Bedarra Island Resort, situated off the coast of Mission Beach in far north Queensland, around 140km from Cairns, is the kind of place you’ll never want to leave. Boasting just eight completely secluded villas, which are scattered throughout 45 hectares of lush rainforest, each pod of luxurious accommodation offers unique furnishings and views, ensuring it becomes the perfect romantic getaway for you and your loved one to reset and relax. The Point villa is by far the most luxurious, with a plunge pool, outdoor shower, sun bed and incredible views of Hernandia Bay, and there are plenty of romantic ways to enjoy yourself when you’re not in your room – such as a candlelit dinner for two on your own private beach, or a gourmet hamper picnic to be taken after a quick boat road to one of the nearby deserted islands.