Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Blue Mountains

Posted on January 27, 2011 | Hotels2 Comments

Styled in ultramodern luxury in the Australian Blue Mountains, the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is symbolically a canyon-sized park of sun-endowed escarpments, opulent amenities, and soothing comforts. Not leaving a single expanse in the area by stretching more than 4,000 acres of immaculate wilds, this genuine forest retreat is famous for its excellent spa as well as personal villas featuring own swimming pools. This is an ideal location for those who look forward to vacation away from the hustle-bustle of crowded town retreats. It well set in nature and gives the guests a stress free environment which blends into the surroundings.


There are a total of 40 suites that are of mainly three types: one-bedroom Heritage ones, Wollemi Suites of two bedrooms, and the Wolgan Suite of three bedrooms. No matter which suite you choose, all of them feature spacious lounge areas, walk-in robes, personal swimming pools, bathroom with vistas, custom-made AH Beard king-size beds, fly-screened verandahs, and a complete touch of remoteness. Their recently contemporary pick is Federation-style bungalows that feature a scene of stained-glass door panels paired with natural fabrics, timber, stone, and leather and reside modestly in an extended, non-vista line.

If you were to ask me for the best suite in the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, I would say the Heritage Suite 17 or 41, which is tucked purposely at the end for optimum seclusion. You can also go for the Wollemi or Wolgan Suites that are perched atop the hill and are a bit nearer to the lodge. Choose among these if you are looking for more seclusion and great wildlife-watching chances in the sloping dock at the resort’s rear side.

A showpiece in any of rooms is a chic tome dedicated to the adventures of Charles Darwin in Australia. Look for the page that narrates about his two excursions of 19th century in the Wolgan Valley Resort. Just use that offered magnifying glass so that you can totally admire the legendary illustrations of the book as well as the binoculars to know the poetry.

Within the suites, you can expect flat screen TV, coffee maker, DVD/CD players, binoculars, movies on demand, private swimming pool, and iPod dock and preloaded iPod.


In the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, there are facilities such as the DVD/CD library, gym, spa, sauna, steam room, tennis court, mountain bikes, business centre, and Internet. If at all you are tired of daily soaking into your own room pool, think of lounging more decently at the wonderfully landscaped warm pool outside at the Lodge.


Eating at the Wolgan Valley Resort is genuinely a panoramic event, which feature seasonally, local, specific, and organic produce along with the local wines that are many as the vistas. In the big, barn-like homestead resides the main Wolgan Dining Room, while the Country Kitchen that is comparatively cozier stays downstairs. The décor here is of an antipodean club featuring modern twist: Pepsyian barrel chairs, – leather banquettes, furnishings in sandstone and timber, and smartly recycled items such as wrought-iron washing mangles.

Obviously, a dress code is followed here, which includes color-coordinated aubergines and olives. If you want to enjoy on the best table, ensure that you book any one of the central fireplaces or the one at the bar end’s window in the Dining Room. However, if the season is summer, I would suggest dinning outside on the verandah. For dinner, you have only option that is the Dining Room opened until 10 pm as The Country Kitchen shuts down at 6 pm. Room service is available for 24 hours, but for a surcharge of AUD 12 per person per order. With this service, you can order any of the seasonal, regional items.


Rates for the double rooms start from 1,560 AUD involving 10 percent tax, a la carte as well as continental buffet, dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room, lunch in the Country Kitchen, all non-alcoholic drinks, meals, and two on-site nature activities daily per person. In addition, you can also access the gym, sauna, the main pool, and steam room; while the spa services, minibar, premium alcohol, and room service are chargeable.


The Wolgan Valley Resort is an eco-friendly one and is the country’s first conservation-based luxury hotel that has planted thousands of indigenous trees around.

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