Where do I begin about the Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley? It’s consistently voted the best hotel in Australia, by critics and travellers both domestic and international. Yet, so many people have not heard of it until recently.
Here is my 4 part comprehensive review of this super expensive, super lux hotel.
LOCATION: 4.5 OUT OF 5
Wolgan Valley is located on the Great Dividing Range, within the World Heritaged-listed Blue Mountains. It’s approximately 2 and half hours away from Sydney centre, and it’s an easy scenic drive. We learnt through the resort guide that the 7000 acre resort was purchased by Emirates for 40 million dollars. It was originally a massive farm, which has now been converted to a conservation zone by the resort.
The Wolgan Valley is a true valley, in a massive scale, approximately 26 km long and 7 km wide. There are dramatic steep cliffs on either end, which was a quite a surprise as you drive through flat farm land before the valley suddenly opens up.
There are a few scattered small signs for the resort on the drive there, otherwise I was mostly following my GPS. It’s all very confusing actually. We drove through mostly tiny roads and farmland before this small gate that says Wolgan Valley. Nothing on the way there prepared us for what we were about to experience.
We then drove through a short gravel road to a parking lot where the security takes your name and provides you with some water and cold towel as you wait in a cute little waiting room.
Within 5 minutes a Wolgan Valley Land Rover arrives and our luggage are picked up from our car and we are off into the resort. It’s another 5 minutes drive on relatively rough road and 2 river crossings before we arrive at the actual resort. The resort was quite a sight after a hour of driving on dry land. We see rows of large wooden villas on the lower plane and a massive wooden main homestead on the upper slope.
We are guided into the main homestead and offered some champagne. The check-in didn’t involve any formalities, in fact I didn’t even need to sign anything. Drink in hand, I was immediately shown around the resort. The first glimpse of the vistas from the deck of the homestead took my breath away, it was a view I’ll remember for a very long time.
ROOM: 5 OUT OF 5
A little golf buggy took us to our villa, which is only a 2 minute walk, but the buggy is there if you need it. The villa was stunning mix of rustic australiana and luxury. The tones are warm, earthy with soft natural material everywhere. There is a central double sided fireplace made from huge local sandstones, which is used as a divider between the bedroom and the living room. The 4 pillar bed is massive and so comfy, probably the best bed I’ve ever been on. The bathroom has an enormous bath, a shower with a skylight and twin vanities. There is also a walk-in closet is that is the size of a normal hotel room.
There is an enclosed deck areas with views to the plain, and a large dining table for room service. Little touches around the room such as the binoculars, the ipad, the super-soft wool shawl and the painting that hides the TV all makes the room a little bit more luxurious.
There is an entire cabinet filled with goodies such as fancy tea, chips and sweets. The minibar was packed with a large variety of yummy drinks. All included in my rates.
The huge private indoor/outdoor pool is just awesome. I must have swam close to half a dozen times during the first day and just gazed out the view. Photos of the pool doesn’t do it justice.
There are also 2 easy to ride mountain bikes are out the front, but you can always call a buggy to take you anywhere in the resort.
There are also 2 and 3 bedroom villas around the resort, which looked even more amazing with even bigger private pools. Stunning!