Need To Know
12, all suites.
11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $474.79 (AU$545), excluding tax at 10 per cent. ⓘ
Standard rates include breakfast and canapés. All-inclusive rates cover à la carte breakfast, two-course lunch or gourmet picnic hamper, tea, canapés and a seven-course tasting dinner with matching wines, select wines, beers and spirits, and free minibar.
We love the inviting lounge in the grand main lodge, with its high ceilings, stunning grey stone fireplace, smart art and curios. Soak up panoramic views of peak-dotted ranges from the terrace, where you can also spy the local herd of Scottish Highland cattle grazing alongide kangaroos and rock wallabies.
At the hotel
Lounge, viewing deck, library with books and DVDs, billiards room, spa, tennis court, mountain bikes, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Lather toiletries. All ground-floor Suites feature open fireplaces and wooden decks. Private Lodges also offer Nespresso coffee machines; the Two-bedroom Private Lodge sports a kitchenette and outdoor spa tub, too.
Our favourite rooms
Tough one: five of the seven Lodge Suites sport stone fireplaces for cosy canoodling. Spa fiends should bag one of the Spa Suites in the main lodge, which sport spa baths as well as luxe extras such as a bottle of champagne. For added privacy, hightail it to the One-bedroom Private Lodge, secluded among eucalyptus trees on the edge of the escarpment with jaw-dropping valley views. The private spa bath, lounge room with toasty fireplace, Nespresso machine and bottle of bubbly should make for a hot date.
Step through the glass doors of the lounge onto the terrace and you'll find a spacious deck-fringed infinity pool. Relax on a sunlounger, float in the refreshing water or just ogle friendly kangaroos or wallabies waltzing by.
Hiking boots for bushwalking by day; high heels for fireside cocktails by night. Bring layers as the crisp mountain air can get cool come winter.
The hotel is non-smoking. For active types, Spicers Peak Lodge offers private guided walks around the area's many tracks and trails, or team a visit with a few nights under glam canvas at tented sister property Spicers Canopy nearby.
Spicers Peak Lodge is an adults-only retreat, unless you take over the whole property exclusively.
Solar panels, rainwater tanks, recycling and eco-friendly toiletries are just some of the hotel's environmental initiatives. Cuisine is green, too, with lashings of local, seasonal, organic produce, including honey produced on-site and a kitchen garden. Boxes are salvaged for a local crayfish nursery and leftovers are fed to the chooks.