Much of my trip to Western Australia last week actually took place in the Margaret River, a region about three hours southwest of Perth that is world-renowned for fine wines and monster surf breaks. This week on HotelChatter, I wrote about four of the luxury resorts in the area that I got the chance to tour...between wine-tastings, spa treatments and canoe trips, that is.
I got to stay in two spectacular resorts. The first was the ten-villa Injidup Spa Retreat, where I had my own private two-bedroom villa with a private sun deck and plunge pool from which I could watch whales frolicking in the surf below the rocky coastal cliffs. The second was the Cape Lodge, which was one of the first luxury resorts in the area, and which is also home to Chef Tony Howell's magnificent restaurant, where the gourmet menu changes every night.
I also chose to include two other resorts in the roundup where we spent a little time in the evenings. Smiths Beach is Injidup's sister property, though it is larger and has rooms in several categories starting at a much lower price. We ate dinner at the Bathers Restaurant there one evening while staying at nearby Injidup. The other resort I included was the Quay West Bunker Bay, which is in the northern part of Margaret River on a sheltered little beach. Its architecture uses indigenous elements like the red stones of the area, and the deep swimming pool has a gorgeous view of the ocean.
To read more about the particulars at each resort, take a look at my post here: http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2009/11/17/2031/7327/hotels/Luxury_Abounds_Down_Under_At_These_Four_Resorts_Near_Perth