Thorngrove Manor Hotel – Adelaide, South Australia 🇦🇺

 

With its distinctive creative architecture, captivating style and contemporary influence, Thorngrove Manor, a recipient of many awards, is one of the world’s outstanding unique hotels.

The romantic castle inspired towers and fantasy turrets are clues to its artistic and flamboyant interiors. Antiques, exquisitely crafted rooms and furniture, winding staircases, friezes, stencilled designs and artworks exploit the extraordinarily diverse and idiosyncratic room shapes to create an escapist’s dream.

Imaginative decor renders every room a masterpiece. There is no more ingenious fusion of the contemporary and the baroque anywhere. Enjoy meticulous attention to detail. Every modern facility has been discreetly woven into this romantic wonderland. Privacy is absolute; you may never see the other guests. The discreet personalised dining and comfort levels surpass all five star ratings. Romantics – Thorngrove Manor could be journey’s end!

Situated 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre, in South Australia’s oldest wine region, Thorngrove Manor Hotel, is an idyllic romantic retreat, providing for experiential day trips to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley. A scenic marked walking trail winds its way to the nearby village of Stirling.

Accommodations

Thorngrove is the quintessential idyllic romantic escape for couples. An engaging, magical and enchanting iconic 5 star work of architectural art. Individually located and uniquely private accommodation catering for personal selection, with privately sited dedicated entries. Inspired timeless , idiosyncratic design with a sense of wonder. Exquisitely crafted, creative surroundings provide engaging experiences for the soul and spirit; providing a journey beyond the destination. The dynamic and artistic interior reflects rare craftsmanship, featuring selected antiques and the finest bespoke furniture, along with modern amenities. Suites are distinguished by their totally private locations, individual character, configuration and style.

Dining

With centuries of tradition, this wonderful afternoon ritual owes its origins to  Anna, the 7th  Duchess  of Bedford.  A time to share, to celebrate and reconnect.

The ultimate private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2, features an extensive selection of traditional loose leaf teas, single origin coffees, plus delicious  herbal alternatives.

Enjoy tiered plates  brimming with finely cut and rolled cucumber and dill, watercress and salmon, and chicken waldorf sandwich selections, the tiniest hand made savoury pastries and delicacies, exquisite hot & cold savoury delights along with delicate French inspired pastries.

Melt in your mouth French petit fours, mille feuille,  signature fresh cream cakes,  and light fluffy scones  are served  with organic preserves.

Romantic country inspired Portmeirion Botanic Garden china and antique C18th and C19th hallmarked sterling silver pieces  and the finest Italian linen will be used for service.

Adelaide, Australia 🇦🇺

Sophisticated, cultured, neat-casual − the self-image Adelaide projects, a nod to the days of free colonisation without the ‘penal colony’ taint. Adelaidians may remind you of their convict-free status, but the stuffy, affluent origins of the ‘City of Churches’ did more to inhibit development than promote it. Bogged down in the old-school doldrums and painfully short on charisma, this was a pious, introspective place.

But these days things are different. Multicultural flavours infuse Adelaide’s restaurants; there’s a pumping arts and live-music scene; and the city’s festival calendar has vanquished dull Saturday nights. There are still plenty of church spires here, but they’re hopelessly outnumbered by pubs and a growing number of hip bars tucked away in lanes.

Just down the tram tracks is beachy Glenelg: Adelaide with its guard down and boardshorts up. Nearby Port Adelaide is slowly gentrifying but remains a raffish harbour ‘hood with buckets of soul.

South Australia 🇦🇺

Escape the frenzy of Australia’s east coast with a few days in gracious, relaxed South Australia, voted by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel as one of the Top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017.

The driest state on the planet’s driest inhabited continent, South Australia beats the heat by celebrating life’s finer things: fine landscapes, fine festivals, fine food, and (…OK, forget the other three) fine wine.

It’s true – almost everywhere you go in SA you’ll find cellar doors vying for your attention. Succumb to temptation in SA’s famous wine regions: the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. But don’t miss Kangaroo Island’s wildlife and seafood; big-sky, wild-west landscapes on the Yorke and Eyre peninsulas; the photogenic Flinders Ranges; the fertile terrain around the snaking Murray River; and the craggy limestone coast and caves in the beach-strewn southeast.

Australia 🇦🇺

Australia is a wild and beautiful place, a land whose colour palette of red outback sands and Technicolor reefs frames sophisticated cities and soulful Indigenous stories.

Hip Cities

Most Australians live along the coast, and most of these folks live in cities – 89% of Australians, in fact. It follows that cities here are a lot of fun. Sydney is the glamorous poster child with world-class beaches and an otherwise glorious setting. Melbourne is all arts, alleyways and a stellar food scene. Brisbane is a subtropical town on the way up, Adelaide has festive grace and pubby poise. Boomtown Perth breathes West Coast optimism and Canberra showcases so many cultural treasures, while the tropical northern frontier town of Darwin, and the chilly southern sandstone city of Hobart, couldn’t be more different.

Wild Lands & Wildlife

Australia is an extraordinarily beautiful place, as rich in rainforest (from Far North Queensland to far-south Tasmania) as it is in remote rocky outcrops like Uluru, Kakadu and the Kimberleys. The coastline, too, beset as it is with islands and deserted shores, is wild and wonderful. Animating these splendid places is wildlife like nowhere else on the planet, a place of kangaroos and crocodiles, of wombats and wallabies, platypus, crocodiles, dingoes and so much more. Tracking these, and Australia’s 700-plus bird species, is enough to unearth your inner David Attenborough, even if you didn’t until now know you had one.

Epicurean Delights

Australia plates up a multicultural fusion of European techniques and fresh Pacific-rim ingredients – aka ‘Mod Oz’ (Modern Australian). Seafood plays a starring role − from succulent Moreton Bay bugs to delicate King George whiting. Of course, beer in hand, you’ll still find beef, lamb and chicken at Aussie barbecues. Don’t drink beer? Australian wines are world-beaters: punchy Barossa Valley shiraz, Hunter Valley semillon and cool-climate Tasmanian sauvignon blanc. Tasmania produces outstanding whisky too. Need a caffeine hit? You’ll find cafes everywhere, coffee machines in petrol stations, and baristas in downtown coffee carts.

The Open Road

There’s a lot of tarmac across this wide brown land. From Margaret River to Cooktown, Jabiru to Dover, the best way to appreciate Australia is to hit the road. Car hire is relatively affordable, road conditions are generally good, and beyond the big cities traffic fades away. If you’re driving a campervan, you’ll find well-appointed caravan parks in most sizable towns. If you’re feeling adventurous, hire a 4WD and go off-road: Australia’s national parks and secluded corners are custom-made for camping trips down the dirt road and classic desert tracks from Birdsville to Cape York have adventure written all over them.

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Thorngrove Manor

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Shangri-La Hotel – Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺

 

One of the most famous sights in the world greets you as you awake from the soothing comforts of your luxurious bed. The stunning Opera House glows a pearlescent white against the blue of the sky and the sea, while the Harbour Bridge stands majestically for all to see. The city is a palette of exuberant colours, all vying for your attention. Such is the spectacle from your room at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

Nightfall perspective of Sydney Harbour

You walk the narrow, winding streets and discover Sydney’s vibrant history, and pick up interesting items at the quaint shops along the way. Eventually, you find yourself at the famous Queen Victoria Building. Delicate stained glass cast incandescent sunrays on the building’s two masterpieces – the Royal Clock and the Great Australian Clock – which amaze you with their intricate craftsmanship.

In need of respite after a long day, you return to the hotel with a spa treatment in mind. A private suite awaits you at CHI, The Spa, where you feel the tensions release and the aches wash away as you enter an undivided paradise.

The luxurious spa treatment ends just in time for dinner. You pick Altitude Restaurantfrom the plethora of dining choices in the hotel. Aside from an impressive night view, the restaurant delights you with a spectacular parade of thoughtfully crafted dishes, giving you the ultimate sensory satisfaction. Sipping the last bit of red wine, you recline in your seat and admire the city beneath you.

Let the moon illuminate the night sky as you experience the endless enchantment of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

Dining

Relish the warm ambience and choice cuisines from some of the best restaurants in Sydney, Australia.

At the all-day dining restaurant, Café Mix, expect an international dining experience from the establishment’s exquisite buffet spread. Be mesmerized by the most outstanding harbour views as you savour Australia’s finest food at Altitude Restaurant.

Lobby Lounge serves as a popular spot for meeting and casual socializing. Cocktails, fruit juices, soft drinks and light snacks are available all day.

The Spa

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, offers a Health Club with a fully equipped gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sundeck.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, is honoured to offer CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. CHI treatments are inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa boasts the most luxurious private spa suites in Sydney. This serene space enables you to indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalize your spirit.

Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺

After Dark

After a lazy Saturday at the beach, urbane Sydneysiders have a disco nap, hit the showers and head out again. There’s always a new restaurant to try, undercover bar to hunt down, hip band to check out, sports team to shout at, show to see or crazy party to attend. The city’s pretensions to glamour are well balanced by a casualness that means a cool T-shirt and a tidy pair of jeans will get you in most places. But if you want to dress up and show off, there’s plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbour.

On the Wild Side

National parks ring the city and penetrate right into its heart. Large chunks of the harbour are still edged with bush, while parks cut their way through the skyscrapers and suburbs. Consequently, native critters turn up in the most surprising places. Clouds of flying foxes pass overhead at twilight and spend the night rustling around in suburban fig trees, oversized spiders stake out the corners of lounge-room walls, possums rattle over the roofs of terrace houses, and sulphur-crested cockatoos screech from the railings of urban balconies. At times Sydney’s concrete jungle seems more like an actual one – and doesn’t that just make it all the more exciting?

Show Pony

Brash is the word that inevitably gets bandied around when it comes to describing the Harbour City, and let’s face it, compared to its Australian sister cities, Sydney is loud, uncompromising and in your face. Fireworks displays are more dazzling here, heels are higher, bodies more buffed, contact sports more brutal, starlets shinier, drag queens glitzier and chefs more adventurous. Australia’s best musos, foodies, actors, stockbrokers, models, writers and architects flock to the city to make their mark, and the effect is dazzling: a hyperenergetic, ambitious marketplace of the soul, where anything goes and everything usually does.

Making a Splash

Defined just as much by its rugged Pacific coastline as its exquisite harbour, Sydney relies on its coastal setting to replenish its reserves of charm; venture too far away from the water and the charm suddenly evaporates. Jump on a ferry and Sydney’s your oyster – the harbour prises the city’s two halves far enough apart to reveal an abundance of pearls. On the coast, Australia ends abruptly in sheer walls of sandstone punctuated by arcs of golden sand. In summer they’re covered with bronzed bodies making the most of a climate that encourages outdoor socialising, exercising, flirting and fun.

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