04 January 2013

Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa: The Best Romantic Getaway in QLD


View of the Hinterland from Ruffles Infinity Pool
I’m sitting on the front porch of our garden villa at Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa as I write this. The sun is covered by clouds this morning but the temperature is just right. There is a gentle breeze flowing through and I hear nothing but the sound of Sakatas and Ecalyptus leaves swaying from side to side. With only a few private villas here, it’s easy to forget there are other guests. 
Tucked away in Queensland’s pristine bushland, the resort is perched high in the Hinterland overlooking the Gold Coast. The view alone will capture your heart and is even better from the infinity pool, decked out with a complete bar. Avid birdwatchers will love spotting the eagles, showing off as they glide above the bushes.

The restaurant is a foodie’s dream. Having won Best Restaurant in a Resort 2012, the gourmet meals definitely live up to its accolades. Start the day with the a la carte breakfast menu, sourced from fresh local produce. For lunch, venture to nearby wineries for a selection of fine cheeses and fudge (Jaffa fudge is my favourite). Retreat back to the resort for dinner and savour entrees like Smoked Ocean Trout Chowder with Salted Pork and Twice Baked Witches Chase Blue Cheese and Mushroom Souffle. For main, opt for the Pan Seared Duck Breast. 

Built with rich timbers, the villas combine luxury with a country feel. Ask for villa three for total seclusion with a stunning view. High ceilings, a spacious porch with panoramic views of the hinterland and Gold Coast are a few things to expect. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning units but even in the height of summer, a cool breeze flows through the room. 

Side View of Pool and Villas
Resort in Highlights:
  • Ruffles Lodge and Spa is for Adults only, perfect for a romantic weekend or week away
  • Spa packages start from $125+
  • Happy hour goes from 5-6pm daily
  • Owners Jan and John visit the resort often, do say hello. They are lovely.
  • Deception, the new film starring Cuba Gooding Jr was shot here!
  • Spot the two Alpacas on your drive up, they are fascinating to observe
Alpacas at Peppers Ruffles Spa & Lodge 

Getting to the resort: Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa is a short 45minute drive from Brisbane. Follow the M1. Google maps will take you there. 

Disclosure: All opinions in this review are independent. 

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