Nestled in the foothills of the Wolgan Valley in the Greater Blue Mountain area of NSW, Australia, the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is proof that sustainability and luxury can coexist in the most magical of ways.
But first, one must get there… Although it’s fewer than 200 kilometres from Sydney, the One & Only truly feels a world away. Proof of its remote location is that phone coverage is sparse, but the upside of this is that it’s possible to truly switch off and relax.
And that’s not difficult to do. Each villa has its own private pool with sweeping, uninterrupted views over the valley, views that are echoed from the spa’s luxurious treatment rooms. The on-site restaurant – complete with a locally sourced wine list – means you never need to venture too far.
When you’re ready to explore, however, horse-riding and wildlife safaris are among the outdoor activities on offer. Always pack an extra layer – it can get chilly here.
“There are so many idyllic activities to try at the resort, says Armstrong. Bike-riding and taking guided nature walks are a great way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the place, while also learning more about the local wildlife. Taking a picnic basket out to the valley is something every guest must do at least once during their stay.”
LUMIRA founder Almira Armstrong has been a guest at Wolgan Valley on numerous occasions and has been so inspired by its beauty that she’s created two exclusive scents for the resort. The newest has just launched: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley 02. Whereas the original scent took its cues from the hotel’s vast bush setting, with notes of eucalyptus and woods, the second is more intimate, drawing on the private gardens that surround the villas. With jasmine and peony bursting from the mid-notes, and fresh citrus in the top layer, this is an undeniably uplifting scent that celebrates the great Australian outdoors during summertime.
The One&Only may seem a different world but thanks to the power of scent, it’s possible to be transported there in an instant.
Written by Michelle Bateman