Explore the Margaret River’s most luxurious accommodation

By Lachlan Probyn,

Rolling vineyards, a rugged coastline, and a premium offering of wines – what’s not to love about the Margaret River? Tucked away in Australia’s south west corner, the Margaret River is the ideal place to spend the weekend.

Whether you’re a keen surfer or more of a wine aficionado, the region is certain to deliver as far as leisure activities go. It is also home to several luxury accommodation options. So go on, grab your favourite blend of Shiraz and settle into one of these beautiful hotels for the weekend.

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

While many people head to the Margaret River for its wineries, its picturesque coastline is also worth a visit. You can experience all this with a stay at the luxurious Pullman Bunker Bay Resort.

Positioned on the beachfront, the resort offers bungalow-style villas which feature outdoor courtyards and direct beach access via boardwalks.

If you like gourmet food as much as luxury accommodation, you’ll be pleased to know the in-house restaurant, Other Side of the Moon, serves delicious modern Australian cuisine. Dishes use fresh seasonal produce, including Manjimup truffle and Channyridge olive oil.

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Empire Retreat & Spa

Are you looking for an A-list kind of experience for your next visit to the Margaret River? If so, Empire Retreat & Spa has your name written all over it. This five-star, adult’s only retreat is situated in Yallingup, amidst landscaped gardens and native bushland.

Housed in a stone and timber farmhouse, you can be treated to original features including high ceilings and open fireplaces. In keeping with the classic style, subdued lighting and soft colours are featured throughout.

If you’re in need of total relaxation for the weekend, we suggest heading to in-house Empire Spa. Here you can experience large stone baths, a steam room, and rainforest shower suites. Our pick is the Radiance Package, which includes an exfoliation and wrap, a facial, and a massage.

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Cape Lodge

If you plan to visit one – or many – of the local wineries, Cape Lodge is your ideal port of call. This five-star boutique hotel is within easy reach of some of the region’s most famous wineries including Vasse Felix and Moss Wood.

But it’s not just the location that Cape Lodge trumps. Rooms and suites are decked out in a classic style, blending modern furnishings with printed cushions and linens.

Food options are also abundant here, with in-house Cape Lodge Lakeside Restaurant serving quality grub using all home-grown produce. The wine list is equally impressive, featuring current and back vintages from many of the local wineries. If you want to return home with a new set of culinary skills, why not attend one of the onsite cooking classes which are taught by Executive Chef Michael Elfwing?

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Hidden Valley Forest Retreat

With a name like Hidden Valley Forest Retreat, it comes as no surprise that this place is all about luxury seclusion at its best. The retreat offers a range of cabins which are dotted throughout the woods, giving you maximum privacy. Whichever option you choose, hosts Tim and Lily will ensure you have an enjoyable stay from start to finish.

The cabins reflect a state-of-the-art design, all the while blending into the natural environment. Our favourite is the Stone Stable which comes with a courtyard featuring a private outdoor spa – how could you say no? As far as food options go, breakfast baskets can be requested prior to your stay, with Full English and Continental options available. Otherwise you can hire one of the retreat’s personal chefs, who will come directly to your villa and prepare a set menu.

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Injidup Spa Retreat

Injidup Spa Retreat can be best described as a slice of beachfront luxury in the heart of the Margaret River. This intimate retreat offers one and two-bedroom villas which feature their own plunge pools and decked terraces.

The décor resonates with a French style, offering crisp tones alongside antique furnishings and artworks. Wood-panelled walls give way to stone floors, while large opening sliding doors welcome in the surrounding environment.

Start your morning with one of the breakfast hampers which can be delivered directly to your villa, then head to the in-house spa for a heavenly massage. Thanks to the retreat’s prime location, you can be on the sands of Injidup Beach within minutes.

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