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.

Business First - - CONTENTS - by Jonathan Jack­son

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.

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