WA is home to some of Australia’s most indulgent retreats and experiences, allowing you to enjoy paradise with privacy, pampering and maybe some pearls? Here’s our W ‘A’ list of luxury experiences:
• Luxurious retreats. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities who really want to get away from it all. The Kimberley’s Berkeley River Lodge, accessible only by boat or plane, is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most indulgent adventures – offering luxurious rooms with 180-degree panoramas of the turquoise Timor Sea and the rugged Berkeley River. Also in the Kimberley, you can relax in a suite at El Questro Homestead overlooking Chamberlain Gorge and dine on a private clifftop under a canopy of stars. On the coast, Broome’s Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa has suites themed around famous Australian artists, with private plunge pools and butler service. In the State’s South West, Margaret River’s Injidup Spa Retreat’s private pools overlook the Indian Ocean, and the award-winning Cape Lodge boutique hotel has hosted the likes of musician Sting and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.
• Cruise or fly the Kimberley. Experience the pristine waters of a true wilderness area in style on a Kimberley luxury cruise or scenic flight. Small cruisers such as True North, Kimberley Quest and Great Escape can meander through secluded gorges that aren’t accessible to larger vessels, passing towering red cliffs and pockets of rainforest. You’ll observe rare wildlife and ancient Aboriginal rock art, swim in crystal-clear pools and shower under dramatic waterfalls. After feasting on quality food and wine – which could include freshly caught seafood – you’ll relax in the comfort of your own suite. Short on time? The Kimberley is simply spectacular from the air. Operators such as HeliSpirit and Kimberley Air will take you on a soaring safari like no other, with the option to land and explore remote paradises like Cape Leveque and Mitchell Falls.
• Exquisite jewels. WA’s mineral and marine wealth shines bright in the form of world-renowned Kimberley diamonds – including the elusive pink diamond – as well as Broome’s South Sea pearls and Kalgoorlie gold. In Perth, shop for pearls and diamonds on King and Hay Streets in the city, or Rokeby Road in Subiaco. Broome’s Dampier Terrace is home to pearl showrooms including Kailis, Allure, Paspaley, Cygnet Bay and Willie Creek Pearls – you can also go behind the scenes and explore the town’s fascinating pearl industry. In the east Kimberley outback town of Kununurra, step inside Kimberley Fine Diamonds to marvel at exquisite pink and natural diamonds, and the master jewellers at work.
• Wine and dine like a star. WA has the perfect ingredients for world-class food and wine experiences – top international talent combined with fresh local produce like Manjimup’s rare black truffles, Pemberton marron, Broome pearl meat, Rottnest Island crayfish, Exmouth prawns and, of course, the State’s famous wines. Perth’s dining scene continues to flourish and Hearth, which recently opened at The Ritz-Carlton, boldly interprets the classic Australian barbecue. Acclaimed WA Executive Chef Jed Gerrard takes guests on a gourmet journey that celebrates local culture and traditions, showcasing the finest and freshest produce from the region’s farmers, fisherman and artisans. Hotel bar Songbird is Perth’s newest hotspot for sunset drinks, which include cocktails with a focus on native Australian botanicals. You’ll also find unique dining experiences across the city at Guy Grossi’s Garum at the Westin, David Thompson’s Long Chim and the multi-award-winning Wildflower at the State Buildings, and Nobu, Rockpool, Silks and Bistro Guillaume at Crown.
• Be pampered in Perth. Perth’s newest hotel offering, The Ritz-Carlton, overlooks the sparkling Swan River and is the brand’s first return to Australia in 10 years, while COMO The Treasury continues to impress with its exclusive offerings, occupying the top floors of the immaculately restored State Buildings in the heart of the city. Crown Perth has added to its Burswood riverfront precinct with the luxury Crown Towers, where accommodation options include a top-floor deluxe villa with butler service and panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The Westin opened in Perth’s revitalised East End, comprising 368 rooms, an infinity pool, Bodhi J Wellness Spa and signature restaurants.
• Eco-retreat ‘glamping’. Enjoy the tranquillity of stress-free camping at safari or cabin-style wilderness accommodation with personalised service. After exploring the pristine natural landscapes with an expert guide, you can relax with fine linens on king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and gourmet produce prepared by your chef. Kimberley Coastal Camp, Faraway Bay Bush Camp, Ramada Eco Beach Broome, Sal Salis at Ningaloo Reef, Olio Bello lakeside bungalows, Karijini Eco Retreat, El Questro’s Emma Gorge Resort, Kooljaman, Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge and Home Valley Station are just some of the options. Most recently, Rottnest Island welcomed the opening of Discovery Rottnest Island – environmentally-conscious accommodation, nestled behind the dunes of Pinky Beach. The resort comprises 86 low impact glamping tents of varying sizes and styles.
• Walking to luxury. With some of the best walking tracks in the world, Walk into Luxury offers visitors to WA’s South West the chance to walk the famous Cape to Cape Track and the Bibbulmun Track in style and comfort. A member of the Great Walks of Australia group, the walks combine the best of nature with gourmet food and wine, and luxury accommodation such as the Parry Beach Breaks, Cape Howe Cottages, Cape Lodge, Pullman Bunker Bay and Injidup Spa Retreat.