Australia Day Special: Review of Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

In celebration of Australia Day, Amanda reviews one of her favourite spots in New South Wales, Emirates’ Wolgan Valley resort and spa.
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley NSW australia
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley
Hidden away in the Blue Mountains region, about a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, is this amazing conservation resort managed by Emirates: Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. It is one of the best ways to experience the Australian bush (sightings of wild wallabies are pretty much guaranteed) without having to forgo any of the luxuries of the city. And, as all meals and many of the resort’s activities are inclusive with the room rate, you can relax and forget about getting the cheque after dining, giving the resort almost a homestay feel.

The Rooms
There are 36 one-bedroom federation-style “heritage suites” on the property, and I loved that these were all free-standing, for added privacy. All of the suites are a comfortable 83 square metres and come with a private indoor pool (temperature adjustable), a fireplace, a gorgeous King-size four poster bed and a verandah to enjoy the magnificent views of the Wolgan Valley landscape. I also really liked the classic federation details, from the stained glass and timber right down to the light switches in the bedroom.
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
Federation-style facade
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
Private verandah
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
The room decor felt warm and cosy, home away from home!
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia pool swimming
Private indoor pool
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
Lucky suite number 40! Each of the suites has its own unique name.
The Activities
We managed to cram quite a few activities in our two night stay, including a horse trail ride, a morning bike ride, a guided nature drive in a 4x4, a cooking demonstration and a spa session at Wolgan Valley’s Timeless Spa. I highly recommend the outdoor activities, and especially loved the opportunities to get close to the wallabies and wallaroos which seem abundant in the valley. We even saw a wombat!
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia horse back riding
Embarking on a horse trail ride
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
There are trails on the property which will lead you to this historical farmstead
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
Looking back at the resort
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia
Surrounded by beautiful views
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia veggie patch
Veggie patch
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia campfire pit
Campfire pit
"Heritage Suites" at Wolgan Valley nsw australia outdoor oven
Outdoor oven
I love the combination of sandstone, timber and corrugated iron roof.
A gorgeous old tree.
Ducks
Wallaby or Wallaroo? 
More wallabies / wallaroos
Wombat
The elusive albino wallaby - spotted!
While spa treatments are not included in the list of complimentary activities, we opted to indulge (especially needed after the horse-riding and cycling). The treatments at the Timeless Spa feature Sodashi products, which are 100% chemical-free, and a nice fit with the eco-friendly, conservation nature of the resort.
The Dining Options
The Country Kitchen is the more casual restaurant offering at Wolgan Valley, but the quality of the food I experienced here was first class. The standout dish of the entire stay for me was the prawn and leek risotto – perfection on a plate.
country kitchen Wolgan Valley nsw australia prawn and leek risotto
My favourite dish: prawn and leek risotto
The more formal restaurant is the Wolgan Valley Dining Room, but with the exposed timber beams and high ceilings, candlelight and sandstone fireplace, it still feels very warm and inviting. Being managed by Emirates, I had expected the food, service and ambience to be of a high standard, and I can’t fault anything during my stay.
Wolgan Valley Dining Room nsw australia restaurant
Dinner setting


And, of course there's always in-room dining. We chose this option one morning when we were too lazy to stroll to the Dining Room.
Breakfast in bed!
Verdict
We stayed for two nights and I enjoyed every minute of it. With the beautifully and luxuriously appointed suites, the gorgeous views, the wildlife, the wonderful food and plenty of activities, I don't think I can be blamed for not wanting to leave.
Overall, a luxurious five-star nature retreat, perfect for a weekend away from Sydney.
  1. Note there there is no mobile phone reception at Wolgan Valley (which I viewed as a great feature). For those who can’t do without their technology, the resort does provide complimentary wireless internet.
  2. There is an albino wallaby on the property, and you will probably spot him if you opt for one of the nature walks or a 4x4 drive.
  3. All of the suites come equipped with mountain bikes. I highly recommend taking these for a spin; it's way better than walking and you never know what kind of wildlife you might see.
xx Amanda

amanda@lslookbook

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