By Michelle KARAMAN-JONES
It could be the tinkling water features dotted around the property. Maybe it’s the sweeping lawns of the golf course or the subtle fragrance from the day spa floating on the breeze.
It’s probably all that combined which made The Sebel Hawkesbury Resort & Spa a perfect getaway venue for my husband and I to escape from our busy life.
The location is an instant winner: on the edge of the historic town of Windsor at the foothills of the world-famous Blue Mountains.
Just an easy 45 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD and 60 minutes from Sydney airport, its close enough for a spontaneous romantic rendezvous, girls getaway, corporate retreat or wedding party. Book a mid-week stay for total tranquillity.
Entering the driveway of the only 4.5-star hotel in the Hawkesbury & Nepean region, we immediately nestled into the embrace of luxury.
With white leather lounges, the pristine lobby sets the tone: light, bright and airy with an ever-present sense of quiet and serenity.
Actually, there’s white everywhere. Goodness knows how they manage it but everything is spotless, from the crisp bed linen in the 105 rooms and suites to the highest corners of the numerous arched corridors indoors and out, which is just as well given the number of bridal gowns which sweep through them.
Set within 8 hacters of manicured, landscaped gardens, The Sebel Hawkesbury Resort & Spa has been built around the historic barracks and is now a series of buildings connected by indoor and outdoor covered corridors.
It has eight formal and five informal meeting spaces, a kiddies playground, an indoor heated pool and several dining options including the light-filled Gazebo Restaurant with huge breakfast buffet, the formal Harvest Restaurant and Barracks Bar for casual drinks, light lunch or snack and a game of snooker.
For those seeking to stay on top of their physical game, there is a gym with spa/sauna and aerobic and weights exercise equipment; two floodlit tennis courts; an on-site 9-hole golf course and 18-hole championship course next door.
Wander the rose-lined paths and come across the quaint 100-seat chapel, a perfect place for heavenly nuptials.
The ultimate bliss is a visit to the Villa Thalgo Day Spa. With 16 treatment rooms, an indoor heated pool, six-lap hydrotherapy exercise station, steam room, two hydrotherapy spa rooms, a couples room, blitz shower, a Vichy shower room, indoor and outdoor relaxation area and a host of half-day, full-day and even multi-day programs using the famous French Thalgo marine product line, it is a holiday destination in itself.
The only Village Thalgo Day Spa in Australia, it is the largest day spa in Western Sydney yet feels comfortingly intimate.
A visit to The Sebel Hawkesbury Resort & Spa is luxury travelling at its best – without the hassle of a long-haul flight.
The Sebel Hawkesbury Resort & Spa is located at Hawkesbury Valley Way (Richmond Rd), Windsor.