The Bellarine Peninsula is set to welcome a stunning new hilltop retreat, opening just in time for that post-winter coastal escape you've already been plotting.
Boasting a majestic piece of Point Lonsdale real estate, complete with 360-degree views of the bay, Lon Retreat and Spa is the latest incarnation of luxury accomodation Lonsdale Views. It'll open its doors this October, following a huge, 18-month transformation of the 200-acre family-owned property.
The luxury retreat features seven sanctuary-like suites, each one decked out differently to mirror a particular aspect of the surrounding landscape. Expect earthy, natural tones throughout, with most of the furniture, ceramics, artwork and lighting sourced or crafted locally.
As well as the plush rooms, Lon boasts its own private beach access, a guest lounge with an open fire and views across the ocean, a private art gallery showcasing local works, and an indoor heated pool fed by mineral water. You'll also find nature walks spread all across the property, if some fresh air and leg stretching is on the agenda.
And, while there's no restaurant on site, guests can still indulge in a swag of local goodies, thanks to the honesty bar and a 'Makers and Growers Pantry', showing off top Bellarine produce.
Room rates at Lon Retreat and Spa will start at around $360 per night, with a two-night minimum stay. The price includes access to the pool and a hamper full of breakfast treats courtesy of Annie's Kitchen in nearby Barwon Heads.
Lon Retreat and Spa will open from October 5, at 25 Gill Road, Point Lonsdale — an hour-and-a-half's drive from Melbourne's CBD.