The Yarra Valley, one hour or so from Melbourne's CBD, is always a good idea. Especially so in spring, after much rain has provided many shades of vibrant greens, pink and white cherry blossoms and vineyards ready to provide ideal conditions for autumn's wine harvest.
If you are looking for an unforgettable stay in luxury accommodation and surroundings in this very popular area, then look no further than Balgownie Vineyard Resort and Spa.
Arriving from the Melba Highway, the first impression of the resort is an architecturally modern and interesting building surrounded by vines. There is a double take when you see a sculpture of kangaroos in the grounds and then realise they are not actually moving. Your worries and everyday pressures start to melt away and a sense of calm and peace ensues on arrival at the resort.
Plentiful parking and a small, intimate reception area with friendly, smiling faces reconfirms your sense of well-being from the time you arrive, to the time you reluctantly leave.There are a number of accommodation options available, from standard queen size rooms to one bedroom suites. There are also rooms with disabled access available. The popular and highly recommended one bedroom suites have a large living area with a dining/working table, a separate bedroom with plenty of cupboard space and a small kitchenette with coffee and tea facilities and a fridge.
Stunning views over the valley can be admired from the private balcony, perhaps sipping a pre-dinner drink or an early morning coffee. And if views from the balcony leave you wanting for more, there is always the shower/spa bath!! A full length glass wall allows you to view the valley and surrounding hills as you are washing your cares away or luxuriating in the spa bath with a glass of something soothing. Of course, there is a curtain for privacy if you don't want people in the living area to see you. Soft, fluffy bathrobes after the bath invite lounging on the sofa or on the bed while watching TV or reading.
The resort offers a large number of activities that can be done on site. There is an indoor heated swimming pool, gym and day spa area. Facials, massages and other treatments will make you feel relaxed, calm and pampered. For more energetic outdoor activities there is a segway trail, bulls-eye golf, archery and bump-it balls. The main activities of the Yarra Valley, the wineries, food tasting and buying places such as the Yarra Valley Dairy and theYarra Valley Chocolaterie are only a short distance away. Healesville Sanctuary , for an up close and personal encounter with Australian native animals, is 20 minutes away.
Balgownie Resort is well suited for corporate and private events. Weddings and family celebrations are popular due to the venue itself, the large grounds surrounding the resort, the lovely hill vistas covered with vines and the luxurious accommodation possibilities. Beautiful rose bushes and cherry blossoms around the resort add ready-made decorations for memorable photos, depending on the time of year, of course. Rae's Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and in winter and on cool days the lounge area with fireplace is very inviting to sit, read or sip one of the Balgownie Estate wines on offer.
The lounge area is very inviting for a pre or post dinner drink