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Destination: Lilianfels Resort & Spa.

If you are looking for an eco-luxury getaway from the smog infested city; a idyllic secluded spot where you can unwind and rejuvenate your senses, then Lilianfels Resort & Spa is the place for you.

Lilianfels is an elegant boutique hotel located in Katoomba, which is nestled in the glorious World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The luxury resort and spa is situated just five minutes walk from Echo Point Lookout, where you can view the famous monolithic structure The Three Sisters and the breath taking Jamison Valley. Whether its a holiday that is designed for a wedding celebration, a weekend with the girls or a family getaway, Lilianfels offers its guests a wide range of accommodation packages, a Day Spa, fine dining in award winning restaurants, High Tea, and a choice of indoor and outdoor activities like snooker, tennis, mountain biking, or reading a book in their Pine Forest.

Lilianfels has always ranked very high on my bucket list of places to stay at in Sydney, and when one of my friends suggested we book it for our girls’ getaway, I was so excited. As we drove into the driveway, I had the feeling that this holiday was going to be a weekend to remember. We were greeted by the historic homestead that overlooked a beautifully manicured garden and a massive infinity swimming pool. As we entered the stylish foyer, with its black and white tiled floor, and crystal chandelier, we were given a warm welcome by Lilianfel’s friendly staff.

The concierge was very attentive: our bags were delivered straight to our room; we were provided with detailed information about dining options and the hotel’s facilities, and as parking was restricted, for an extra $15 dollars, we purchased valet parking. I felt like a Hollywood star!

Accommodation

Our room of choice was the Deluxe Twin Resort View Room with two Queen size beds. The decor was fresh and inviting; with soft white eiderdowns and green trimmings, pale green Victorian style drapes over the beds, Wedgwood wallpaper, and a water colour collection of native birds on the walls. Our room was located on the second floor, but presented a disappointing view, and if there were any notable views to be seen, they were mostly obscured by foliage. But this was just a mere infringement upon the quality of the accommodation, as the bed was very comfortable, and the bath was the biggest I have ever seen in a hotel room. Lilianfels also offers its guests the use of high quality natural skin care products (Appelles), which can also be purchased in the Blue Mountains Boutique, located in the foyer.

Tailor Your Stay Package.

We also purchased some add on package options such as: a platter of chocolate dipped strawberries for two, and a platter of seasonal fruit or selected cheeses for two (which we were able to extend to our party of three). The freshness and quality of the strawberries dipped in rich decadent chocolate and the range of cheeses are definitely worth sampling.

Lilianfels offers a wide range of holiday packages that can be tailored to your specific needs or desires. Here are a list of their add on package options:

Complimentary daily newspaper
Use of our Gym, Pool and Day Spa facilities
Package Options Available;
3 course dinner at Darley’s Restaurant or Echoes Restaurant
Deluxe high tea in our Lounge
Bushwalking picnic hamper

60min aroma relax massage
90min volcanic stone massage
Boutique of 6 or 12 long stem red roses
Selection of deluxe handmade Blue Mountains chocolates
Platter of chocolate dipped strawberries for two
Bottle of Pol Roger NV French Champagne
Bottle of Janzs Brut NV Australian sparkling wine
Platter of seasonal fruit or selected cheeses for two

The Breakfast Bar @The Orangery.

One of the highlights for me was the breakfast @ The Orangery. Lilianfels boasts that its breakfast “is  renowned as one of the best in the region”, and I heartily agree. The buffet breakfast includes perfectly cooked bacon, sausages, mushrooms, and tomatoes. And the pièce de résistance , you can have your eggs made to order. A selection of fresh juices, fruit, bread and pastries are also available. Although filtered coffee is offered as part of the buffet breakfast, I recommend purchasing a cappuccino or a flat white for an additional charge.

Cocktails and Dinner in The Lounge.

After a full day of exploring the gift shops in Katoomba and then walking along some of the bush tracks near Echo Point, we were looking forward to sampling some of Lilianfel’s dining options. Although our budget did not allow for the award-winning Darley’s or Echoes restaurant, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food and wine in The Lounge – an informal cafe style eatery that overlooks the lounge seating area. The ambiance was created by soft yellow lighting, the low murmur of the other diners, the occasional clink of well-filled glasses, and a pianist playing an elegant grand piano.

Before our dinner, we relaxed in some of the plush armchairs in front of a cosy fireplace, and enjoyed some pre-dinner drinks from The Lounge Bar, my choice was a classic cocktail – a Martini. The food was simple, but delicious. I ordered the Great Southern double lamb cutlet with a port wine jus, and my choice of wine was a Optimiste Shiraz from the Mudgee region.

I absolutely enjoyed my Lilianfel’s getaway with the girls – it was more than just a holiday, it was a holistic and memorable experience.

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