There's nothing quite like a weekend away with a loved one. The chance to throw off the shackles of everyday life, leave your troubles waiting for you at home and enjoy the freedom that can only come from a holiday.
Of course we all dream of travelling to Europe, America, the Bahamas, but if this trip isn't quite within your reach yet, getting out of the house and experiencing a little luxury will still do wonders.
Situated on Main Street in the iconic heritage listed German town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, The Manna of Hahndorf offers something special.
With rooms ranging from the smaller Superior Rooms (starting at $150 per night) for those a little more budget conscious, to the relaxing Indulgence Spa Suites (starting at $225 per night) tucked away at the back of the property, The Manna of Hahndorf offers you that chance to escape and forget the real world.
My husband and I have stayed at The Manna of Hahndorf several times and have found all rooms to be clean, well furnished, comfortable and near new.
This time we decided to indulge ourselves a little further and stay in one of the individually decorated Indulgence Spa Suites. Situated at the back of the property, these rooms offer that little something extra. The rooms are nicely decorated with a two person spa and a reasonable sized shower complete with heat lamps and individual heating in each room. The features aren't spectacular, but clean, well maintained and comfortable.
Upon arrival friendly staff check you in and advise where you can park (my tip, write down your car registration number if you don't know it as they will ask to ensure other cars are not filling up the small car park at the rear of the property).
The view isn't anything to write home about; a view of the trees at the back of the car park and the small creek running between them. However screening and the thick leaves of the trees make up for the lack of view, allowing privacy on the small balcony.
The Manna is more of a motel than a hotel and therefore reception is only available between the hours of 7am and 7:30pm, although emergency contact details are in all rooms.
Room service is not available but menus for the affiliated The Haus across the road are in the room and numbers to call and make a reservation are available.
The Haus serves a range of delicious meals for breakfast lunch and tea. The prices are a little expensive but the atmosphere is nice. Reservations are strongly encouraged as tables fill up fast.
If you're looking for something a little more low key, the nearby Mustard Seed restaurant, which serves mainly Indian food, is well within walking distance and offers delicious curries at a reasonable price. Take away is available if you want a nice meal in the comfort of your room.
If you feel the need to sample German food while in the correct setting, the local pubs along Main Street offer traditional German food and the atmosphere is lively and fun.
Whether the rain is coming down, blanketing the Adelaide Hills in a mysterious fog, the sun is burning down on the hot footpaths, or the leaves are changing colour and falling to the ground, The Manna feels like a break regardless of the time of year.