Spicers Retreats: A Luxurious Gift
At an altitude of 1,100 metres above sea level, the quiet night sky is full of excitement. Kangaroos leap past the windows in twos and threes while insects hum songs and the stars icker in the night sky. Felicity Sharwood, General Manager of the Retreats says, “There is no extravagant architecture here. Simply relaxed and private, it is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world. This is luxury resort, which is unique to Australia and different from luxury resorts in Europe, America and Asia!” 位於海拔千尺高的遼闊原野，交織在銀河之間的星空忽明忽暗，這裡宛如不知塵世的星球，只見袋鼠三兩成群躍過窗前，還有蟲聲鳥鳴環繞，「沒有金碧輝煌的建築， 沒有迎來送往的客服人員，寧靜遠離塵囂的世外桃源，有別於歐美或亞洲，這就是澳洲式的奢華度假村！」Spicers Retreats度假村總經理說道。
Spicers Retreats was officially established in 2010. The retreat is nestled in the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park, 120 kilometres to the west of Brisbane. Undisturbed by humans and the outside world, many endangered animal and plant species inhabit the rainforests here. “After this piece of land was bought, the owners soon went on to buy more land nearby. Although it appears to be an expansion of the resort, it’s better to say that it’s for the protection of the environment from deforestation,” says General Manager Felicity Sharwood.
The resort is situated on top of the hill and accommodates only 26 guests at a time. Much of the area is private land where you can walk, hike or mountain bike through the forest track. At night, peace and mystery fills the space while stars dot the sky. Meanwhile the faint glow from the mountain lodge attracts kangaroos and other wild native animals that seem curious to know who the guests are for the night.
Spicers Retreats is people’s ideal choice for weddings, family gatherings or small luxury business functions. The tranquillity, the wine and the cuisine are major drawcards.” --Felicity Sharwood, General Manager
Spicers retreats 度假村 2010 年正式對外開放，它在布里斯班以西120公里處，依偎在世界地理保護遺蹟的國家公園 Main Range 的懷抱。千萬年來在溫帶雨林的環繞下，數百種瀕臨絕種的動植物在此棲息。最大的特點是：與世隔絕，沒有人煙。
「屋主將此處買下後，很快就買下更多附近的土地，與其說是拓展度假村，不如說是為了更好的保護大自然不受墾荒之苦。」 度假村總經理 Felicity Sharwood 說道。
Spicers Retreats 就是一座典型的 澳式豪華莊園，「宏偉大氣的磚房建築，開放式的客廳、餐廳、酒吧和娛樂空間，提供家的感覺。天冷時在火爐邊看書、聊天，餐廳內隨時供應咖啡點心；天好時，在草地上野餐，享受露天溫水浴，夜裡圍坐篝火，品酒品美食。」Felicity 說。
「Spicers Retreats 是婚禮，私人家庭聚會或小型奢華商業會議的首選，寧靜不受打擾的環境，美酒佳餚… 」 Felicity 說:「很多人來此度蜜月，更熱門的是很多孕婦來此放鬆心情，享受自然」。
Spicers Retreats is a typical Australian-style luxury manor, “The elegant brick and wood architecture, the open-plan living room, dining room, bar and entertainment spaces make you feel at home. When it’s cold, you can read and chatter by the fireside with coffee and snacks always accessible from the restaurant. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy a picnic on the lawn, a spa on the deck, sit around the campfire at night, or enjoy a nice meal with wine,” says Felicity.
“Spicers Retreats is people’s ideal choice for weddings, family gatherings or small luxury business functions. The tranquillity, the wine and the cuisine are major drawcards,” Felicity said, “Many couples come here for their honeymoon and it has become a very popular destination to relax and be connected to nature for mothers-tobe.”
Here, it is easy to lose yourself in the wilderness of the mountains, and it is especially easy to lose yourself in delectable food and wine!