Take me to the river
Luxury accommodation, fine Margaret River wine and daily in-villa canapés sound too good to be true, however West Australian business Walk Into Luxury offers all this and more.
It is said that golf ruins a good walk, well with the Walk Into Luxury experience there is no small round ball in site just stunning vistas and post walk experiences that allow you to relax, rejuvenate and retreat.
As the name suggests, Walk into Luxury offers all-inclusive walk packages with post-walk massages, daily in-villa canapés and fine wines, exclusive dining and wine tasting experiences at renowned wineries and restaurants, and a host of other inclusions. Luxury accommodation is also included, with stays at up to four award winning resorts and boutique retreats. These include Small Luxury Hotels Of the World members Smiths Beach Resort and Injidup Spa Retreat, as well as local favourites Pullman Resort Bunker Bay and Losari Retreat.
Who would have thought a walking experience could be so luxurious? Yet here are just a few of the treats you can expect from Walk Into Luxury:
- Exclusive Leeuwin Estate four course lunch with matching Art Series wines (7 night walk) or lunch with wines at award winning Wills Domain (4 night walk) - private pool or spa villas at ultra luxe accommodation, including two Small Luxury Hotels of the World - private in-villa chef experience fea
turing a top local chef - spa treatment at award winning
Injidup Spa or Vie Spa - 6 course tasting menu with matching local wines at Studio Gallery and Bistro (whose chef, Malcolm Chow, is of Vue de Monde fame) - daily in villa canapés and Margaret
River wines and boutique beers - best local produce used in gourmet
walk snack packs - private wine tasting at Lamonts.
If you are worried you are being a little too decadent, Walk Into Luxury donates 5% profit from each and every walk to local WA charities.
“We are keen to be a part of the community we operate in and to do our bit to support the region. We think guests appreciate having a portion of their travel dollar going back into the area they have enjoyed as well,” says owner and director Nikki King.
And if you are worried that your walk might be affecting this beautiful environment in some way, the ‘leave no trace’ principles of bush walking have been instigated.
“Walk Into Luxury limits guest numbers to ensure we do not overuse the track,” King says. “We source all food and beverages for our walks locally to reduce our carbon footprint, and we provide guests reusable water bladders and containers to minimise the use of plastic. We are also a Friend of the Cape to Cape Track, which is a group that helps preserve the track for future generations.”
The Cape to Cape Track is a spectac-
ular section of coastline running from Cape Naturaliste (near Yallingup) past Margaret River to Cape Leeuwin in the south west corner of Western Australia. National Geographic has voted it as one of Australia’s top ten tracks. Along the track, walkers experience everything from pristine beaches, limestone cliffs and granite boulders to coastal bush land and the majestic Boranup Karri forest.
Walk into Luxury has partnered with some of the best local operators to ensure each aspect of its ultra-luxe walks is top notch and 100% local. Food in particular is a standout. Exclusive tasting menus with matching wines at premier Margaret River wineries and restaurants – including Leeuwin Estate, Wills Domain and The Studio Bistro – are a standard inclusion. So is a private in-villa chef experience, which provides guests on the 5 and 8 day walks a chance to meet (and be served by) a top local chef. The gourmet hampers provided for guests to enjoy on and off the track are yet another opportunity to taste the first-rate produce the region is known for, with all products being 100% local.
“We are proud to support many great local restaurants, wineries and other businesses that provide top quality products. This also means our guests get to taste the freshest local produce and sample the Margaret River region’s best throughout their walk,” Nikki says.
These are exclusive, private tours, not general walking tours.
“Our walks are designed as private experiences to be enjoyed at your own pace and without the crowds,” Nikki says. “Private guides are available or guests can elect to walk self-guided with all maps, safety gear and a monitored GPS device provided by the Walk into Luxury team.
Travel writer Fleur Bainger experienced the walk and the post walk luxury. She wrote in Australian Traveller magazine: “I sink into the leather couch in our air-conditioned, ocean-facing villa before spying its plunge pool: moments later I’m in. The fridge is filled with canapés and local wines, plus alcohol-free grape juice by Voyager Estate. A breakfast hamper is on the bench and fluffy white towels beckon. Motivation to leave this haven is found only in the lure of a multi-course dinner at nearby The Studio Gallery; the chef there lists Vue de Monde and Tetsuya’s on his CV. The restful evening more than prepares us for the following day’s hike through a karri thicket of white toothpick trunks that rise up to 60 metres high. And there’s the promise of a relaxing massage chaser.”
The experience meets the demands of the walker and those seeking the perfect moments of relaxation.
Walk into Luxury offers a very different product to other Australian walks. They are private experiences for guests to enjoy with friends or loved ones; they are not walks set in the typical tour group format. Luxury accommodation is included at hand-selected resorts. The packages offer holistic experiences in food, wine, accommodation and of course walking. The price is all-inclusive and different packages offer different experiences. And did we mention that private jet transfers are also available from Perth to Margaret River along with luxury transfer options? If that isn’t enough, you can experience the region by air on your helicopter ride. This is a spectacular luxury experience and offers something very different from what you may have experienced before. www.walkintoluxury.com.au.