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Sometimes you need to wine and dine, other times you need to wine and unwind.

If you love tasting your way through new and exciting wineries, but you also love nothing more than unwinding at an invigorating day spa, you can now enjoy the best of both worlds all thanks to our selection of the best winery spas across New South Wales.

We’ll explore two of the states most reputable wine regions, plus we’ve taken a spin (or should we say sip) at an up-and-coming wine region hitting the south coast. So pack your bags and get ready to wine and unwind.

Chateau Elan, Hunter Valley

Prepare to be treated like a king or queen. Just 10 minutes from Hunter Valleys’ epicentre, one visit to Chateau Elan will surely have you tantalised. With an 18-hole golf course as its backdrop, Chateau Elan embraces the beauty of its surroundings in everything from their award-winning restaurant, The Legends Grill Restaurant, to their luxurious wine lounge. Home to one of the largest private spa facilities in the heart of this world-famous wine region, The Spa encapsulates relaxation, rejuvenation and recuperation within the 17 treatment rooms. Better yet,  be sure to explore the relaxing Hydro Lounge and Deck area with two luxurious outdoor jacuzzis. Indulge in the Milk and Honey Ritual ($335), a premium body exfoliation, followed by a honey melt wrap, an exotic oil scalp treatment, a warm milk bath and finally, a relaxation massage.


Chateau Elan – Vintage Dr, Rothbury, NSW 2320


Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa, Southern Highlands

There’s no denying that we love the Southern Highlands, and no visit to this expansive wine region is complete without a visit to Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa. This five-star hotel is found on an extraordinary garden bed featuring meticulous lush greenery, thriving florals and bewitching pathways leading explorers to nooks of the garden that will become their very own oasis. Inside, Milton Park prides itself on the luxurious exclusive rooms that encapsulate the essence and beauty of the Southern Highlands. For ultimate relaxation, we recommend a visit to The Wellness Spa, one of Australia’s top 10 spas. Featuring six private treatment suites, an indoor heated pool, steam room & sauna and a relaxation lounge. Sipped on a little too much wine? We recommend the Detox Package ($360) complete with a foot bath, organic green tea salt therapy exfoliation and a scalp mud treatment over three luxurious hours.


Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa – 200 Horderns Rd, Bowral, NSW 2576


Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley

Just under 20 minutes from Hunter Valley’s centre, Spicers Vineyard Estate is nestled amongst rolling vineyards and Australia’s charismatic bushland. Over its incredible eight-acre vineyard, this boutique five-star retreat features 12 luxurious guest rooms – each with their own fireplace and mesmerising view of Pokolbin. If deciding between the Vineyard’s House, King Spa Rooms or Luxury Spa Suites proves to be difficult, make your way to Spa Anise to unwind. With a range of rituals, massages, facials and even personally-curated experiences, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Unsure of what to choose? The Spa Serenity ($225) will transport you to a state of relaxation starting with a hydrating facial and finishing with a scalp and body aromatherapy massage. Don’t want to leave Spicers Vineyard Estate? Well, there’s no need to because they’re home to chef-hatted Restaurant Botanica which features a flawless modern Australian cuisine.


Spicers Vineyards Estate – 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320


Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook

Nestled amongst the rocky shoreline of Bannisters Point, Bannisters by the Sea incorporates a delightful mix of coastal luxury and relaxation. Think, a boutique retreat located in the heart of Mollymook featuring luxury, terrace and courtyard terraces, exceptional drinking and dining options and surrounded by some of the most tantalizing, untouched wineries including Cupitt’s Estate and Bawley Vale Estate. Just 10-minutes north of Ulladulla’s heart, your weekend or week-long escape will be transformed into a memorable one thanks to Bannisters. Bannisters Day Spa overlooks the ocean and offers a range of therapeutic options to enjoy. While you’re there, treat yourself to the 60-minute Bright Skin Facial ($180) followed by Bannisters’ speciality, the Hot Stone Massage ($230) where you’ll be able to soothe and release tension from the body.


Bannisters by the Sea – 191 Mitchell Pde, Mollymook Beach, NSW 2539


Needing some more inspiration? Check out our travel guides to the Hunter Valley and Southern Highlands.

Editor’s note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted facial products from Chateau Elan. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership.

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