Spicers Re­treats: A Lux­u­ri­ous Gift

Vision Magazine - - Contents - TEXT BY JERLIN LIN


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。

度假村在山丘之巔,只能同時容納 26位外來客。日間能在國家公園內登山、健行或騎越野單車,一到夜晚,滿目是毫無燈火的黑色野嶺,飛禽與風聲為寂靜營造出神秘感,和繁星點點的夜空遙相呼應。自然的曠野中,只有客房映出的微弱輝光,讓袋鼠和野生動物好奇的來一探究竟。分不清誰是主、誰是客。

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!

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