GREAT LUX­URY ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Luxury - MICHELLE ROWE

Wine and re­cline: The Man­sion Ho­tel & Spa at Wer­ribee Park in Vic­to­ria is the base for an in­dul­gent es­cape that in­cludes wine-tast­ing at Shad­ow­fax Win­ery, en­try to the his­toric Wer­ribee Man­sion and ac­com­mo­da­tion in a Her­itage Room with room-ser­vice break­fast be­fore a late check­out. The $239-a-night, twin-share tar­iff rep­re­sents a 40 per cent sav­ing on the full rate. More: 1300 887 979 (quote ‘‘Win­ter Sleep- in Pack­age’’); wo­tif. com/ hotelW77200. Style coun­sel: Deluxe digs, in­clud­ing an ex­clu­sive two-bed­room river­front villa with pri­vate pool and deck, are avail­able at the new Sala Lanna Chi­ang Mai, from just 2800 baht ($98) a room a night. The bou­tique prop­erty in north­ern Thai­land of­fers in-room spa ex­pe­ri­ences, in­door and out­door river­side din­ing, rooftop pool and sky bar with 360-de­gree views of the Ping River. More: salalanna.com. Groom ser­vice: The award-win­ning spa at Man­darin Ori­en­tal Paris has in­tro­duced Gen­tle­man Es­sen­tials, a col­lec­tion of men’s treat­ments us­ing prod­ucts from groom­ing spe­cial­ist The Re­fin­ery by Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates. Sooth­ing eye treat­ments from

($ 128); fa­cials and body treat­ments from j240; and fit­ness coach­ing with a per­sonal trainer from More: man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/paris. Cul­ture club: Re­ceive two tick­ets to the land­mark Syd­ney Mod­erns ex­hibi- tion at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of a So Cul­tural pack­age at the Sof­i­tel Syd­ney Went­worth be­tween July 6 and Oc­to­ber 7. The deal in­cludes en­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is de­voted to Syd­ney’s mod­ernist artists work­ing be­tween the two world wars, one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion and full buffet break­fast for two. From $265 a cou­ple. More: sof­i­tel­syd­ney.com.au. Well, well, well: Un­wind and in­dulge in one of three sig­na­ture well­ness pro­grams avail­able at Alila Vil­las Soori on Bali’s west coast from Septem­ber 17 to 23. One, three and five-day per­son­alised pro­grams are avail­able, in­clud­ing spa treat­ments, yoga, pri­vate heal­ing and cleans­ing ses­sions, breath­ing and med­i­ta­tion classes and healthy meals. From $US500 ($542) a per­son a day. More: alila­ho­tels.com/soori. Lights fan­tas­tic: Take in the spec­tac­u­lar north­ern lights as part of an ex­clu­sive Fol­low the Lights tour of Nor­way and Fin­nish La­p­land. The 14-day Ben­tours trip de­parts Ber­gen, Nor­way, on Fe­bru­ary 5 and in­cludes a sev­en­day Hur­tigruten voy­age along the coun­try’s dra­matic fjords. Other high­lights in­clude a husky sa­fari, an overnight stay in a heated glass igloo and a visit to Ro­vaniemi, which is one of the coun­try’s best ski­ing spots. Pack­ages from $4695 a per­son twin-share. More: ben­tours.com.au. High times: Treat your­self amid stylish sur­rounds in Melbourne with M Gallery Col­lec­tion mem­ber Ho­tel Lin­drum’s new high tea ser­vice, which in­cludes del­i­cate rib­bon sand­wiches, scones, pe­tite pas­tries, macarons and cakes, plus a glass of Moet & Chan­don on ar­rival. From $55 a per­son. More: hotellindrum.com.au. Va va vroom: Ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of driv­ing a very fast sports car in Vic­to­ria’s Yarra Val­ley on a Bal­go­wnie Es­tate Vine­yard Re­sort & Spa Per­son­alised Fer­rari Event Pack­age, avail­able from Septem­ber 14 to Oc­to­ber 4 (see P6). There’s an op­por­tu­nity to drive three mod­els of the sports car, plus an overnight stay and three-course din­ner for two. From $ 1990 a cou­ple. More: bal­go­wn­ieestate.com.au.

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