Fireplace, Spa, Rainforest, Romance
by Tracey Winning, April 2014
As winter approaches I can almost hear the fireplace crackling and taste those melting marshmallows scorched by hot red flames. Romantic self-contained accommodation near Brisbane with fireplaces and spas suddenly becomes the sought after elixir in a world full of couples. After all, what could be dreamier than warming yourself in front of a hot fire after getting up close and personal in a spa bath out in the rainforest? Not much.
Sexy, sleek, beautiful architecturally designed accommodation catering to your every romantic fantasy awaits your company. Since we're so spoilt for choice these days, why not take advantage of it?
If you're looking for a romantic weekend getaway, look no further, because here are the very best self-contained cottage style accommodation options with fireplaces and spa baths or hot tubs, all within a two hour drive of Brisbane CBD. Winter has never looked this good.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
I got married at this beautiful retreat in a setting unlike any other. Staff lit pole candles beside a 400 year old Blue Quandong Fig, and scattered rose petals on the rainforest floor, while the crystal clear creek gushed in the background. Only very small weddings can be catered for as it is a very private retreat with self-contained cottages dotted throughout the beautiful rainforest.
With differing levels of accommodation, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat aims to find the perfect getaway for everyone. Their luxury mountain-view lodges are created just for two with your own private solar heated plunge pool on the front deck complete with gorgeous mountain views. Containing a double marble bath, double sided fireplace, French oak floors and floor to ceiling windows, the mountain-view lodge option is fully self-contained and totally private.
I had the pleasure of staying in a Glass Terrace Bungalow called Satinash. I chose it for the 'to-die-for' views of the mountains and rainforest from the balcony, bedroom, and oh, just everywhere. With a huge spa bath, lovely fireplace, outdoor rainforest shower, and glass all round, it was difficult to leave. Crystal Creek aimed to bring the outside in with the Glass Terraces, and have certainly achieved that.
Guests have the option of ordering a package with scrumptious breakfast, lunch and hot dinner hampers all provided.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is located at 201 Booka Road, Upper Crystal Creek
Warning: looking at their website and seeing the comfy hammocks strung up to trees above the rushing creek in the forest may cause hyperventilation for those who want a relaxation experience like no other.