WITH the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival just around the corner, a romantic escape to the Hunter Valley would provide the perfect weekend away to wind down with your new-found love or partner.

After the lights of the party dim, and the glitter washes off, the region is the perfect place to head to for some peace, quiet and relaxation. Located about two-and-a-half-hour drive north west of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is known for its captivating views and its lush, evergreen atmosphere. A weekend away will satisfy your senses and re-energise you.Star Observer MREC_300x250_5

From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, aHunter Valley getaway offers you and your partner a taste of the good life. Australia’s most visited wine region – known for its semillion, shiraz, and increasingly, chardonnay – is home to more than 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors as well as fantastic restaurants and bistros.

Some of the country’s best wines are produced in the Hunter Valley, with many of the famous labels offering cellar door tasting experiences and vineyard tours. The most popular way to explore the region is to book a guided tour to ensure they don’t miss any of the various attractions or rich viticulture throughout the area. Visitors can even cycle with ease between vineyards.

Whether you prefer to indulge in some world-class wine, unwind at one of the many day spas, or hit a couple of putts at the world class golf courses, romantic hot air balloon rides, the Hunter Valley offers many pleasurable activities for its visitors to enjoy. There are also countless specialty shops, local events, gardens and art galleries that you and your partner could also enjoy if you wanted to do something different.

Accommodation in the Hunter Valley is made perfect for you and your partner at the Spicers Vineyards Estate which is located on its own private vineyard in Pokolbin. The intimate five-star retreat is focused on personal service and gourmet indulgence, providing ultimate comfort. Relaxation is assured with all eight king spa suites featuring views across the vineyard and out onto the Brokeback Mountain Ranges, a large, comfy king size bed, en-suite spa, lounge area with open fireplace, full buffet breakfast daily, plasma TV, DVD/CD player, and reverse cycle air-conditioning.

Packages are designed to encompass the essence of a gourmetHunter Valley retreat, so awaiting you in your suite is a complimentary arrival mini bar, complete with local bubbles. One of the many highlights of your stay will most certainly be a dinner experience for you and your partner in the retreat’s renowned Botanica restaurant. Facilities at the Spicers Vineyards Estate include a full-size tennis court, outdoor pool and spa in a natural bush setting, nine hole garden putt putt golf course, guest lounge and boardroom, free Wi-Fi, and an extensive DVD library.

Located in Pokolbin of the Hunter Valley, Spicers Vineyards Estate is situated in one of the most desirable and most popular wine tourism regions. The Hunter Valley is definitely a jewel that brings together all things fine and tasteful for you and your partner to enjoy at the height of a busy Mardi Gras week.

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DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION: Two nights accommodation at the five-star Spicers Vineyard Estate in a king spa room. Full buffet breakfast daily breakfast daily. $495 per person

Located on its own private Hunter Valley vineyard, Spicers Vineyards Estate is an intimate retreat focused on personal service and gourmet indulgence. The king spa suite features a view across the vineyard and out to the mountain ranges, a comfortable king size bed, ensuite spa, lounge area with open fireplace, TV, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. Packages include a complimentary arrival mini bar complete with local bubbles, and a dinner experience in the Botanica restaurant. Use of outdoor facilities are also included, as well as free wireless Internet connection, and an extensive DVD library.

TRAVEL: Now until March 31, 2016

ADD: Picnic amongst the vines with Audrey Wilkinson from an extra $55 per person. Add: Seafood and semillon with Audrey Wilkinson from an extra $65 per person.

DEAL NUMBER: 3663052

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