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Travelcall Blog, 13 June 2023

Embrace Vs Escape Winter At These Short Haul Havens

As winter approaches, the question is: will you embrace the season, or escape to sun-soaked destinations? Below, discover close-to-home hotels that cater to both desires, with availability over the coming months.

For those welcoming winter, enjoy open fireplaces, cosy cuisine, and warming wines at properties in Queenstown, the Mornington Peninsula, and the Adelaide Hills. If you prefer to escape the cold, bask in sunshine a little longer in Bali, the Gold Coast, Fiji, and the Whitsundays.

The choice is yours. Contact your Travelcall Advisor to arrange a perfect mid-year getaway.



Rug up and discover these enchanting wintery properties...


Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Matakauri Lodge beckons travellers seeking a winter escape like no other. As you step into the warmth of the lodge, a crackling fireplace greets you, casting a mesmerizing glow that instantly embraces you in its comforting ambience. Indulge in the ultimate cozy retreat as you settle into one of their luxurious suites, adorned with plush furnishings and breathtaking views of the winter wonderland outside.

Prepare your taste buds for an extraordinary culinary journey at the lodge's renowned restaurant. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, their talented chefs create exquisite dishes that warm the soul and tantalize the senses. From hearty soups to succulent roasts, every bite is a celebration of winter flavours. Beyond the lodge, adventure awaits. Explore the stunning landscapes with thrilling activities such as heli-skiing, snowshoeing, or a scenic helicopter ride over the majestic Southern Alps. Embrace the crisp mountain air and the adrenaline rush that comes with conquering the slopes.

Matakauri Lodge is a sanctuary where winter is celebrated in all its glory. It is a place where warmth and indulgence meet the beauty of nature, creating an unforgettable winter experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula

Escape to Jackalope Hotel in the picturesque Mornington Peninsula for a serene winter retreat. Experience refined luxury amidst contemporary elegance, creating the perfect setting for an unforgettable getaway. Unwind in the cozy comfort of luxurious rooms and suites, designed as havens of relaxation, complete with crackling fireplaces and panoramic winter views.

Indulge in an extraordinary culinary journey at the esteemed restaurant, where locally sourced ingredients inspire exquisite dishes. Delight in the artful blend of flavours while immersing yourself in a sophisticated ambience that enhances every dining moment.

Venture beyond the hotel to explore the enchanting Mornington Peninsula. Discover vineyards, wander serene trails, or pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments. Embrace the tranquil beauty of the season and immerse yourself in the captivating serenity that Jackalope Hotel offers during the winter months.


Sequoia Lodge, Adelaide Hills

Discover a serene winter escape at Sequoia Lodge, nestled in the breathtaking Mount Lofty region of the Adelaide Hills. This beautiful retreat offers a sanctuary of tranquility, where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the winter season. With its warm and inviting ambience, Sequoia Lodge is the perfect destination for a cozy and rejuvenating winter getaway.

Unwind in the comfort of the lodge's charming rooms and suites, thoughtfully designed to provide a haven of relaxation. Embrace the cosy allure of crackling fireplaces while enjoying the sweeping winter views of the picturesque Adelaide Hills, creating a soothing atmosphere to unwind and find solace.

Indulge in the flavours of the region at the lodge's renowned restaurant, where the bounty of local wineries inspires exquisite seasonal dishes. Delight your taste buds with the artful blend of flavours, immersing yourself in a culinary journey that celebrates the richness of the Adelaide Hills' winemaking heritage.

Explore the wonders of the Adelaide Hills as winter unfolds. Discover the region's renowned wineries, where you can sample world-class wines and immerse yourself in the beauty of vineyards adorned with winter foliage. Embrace the tranquility of the season and immerse yourself in the captivating serenity that Sequoia Lodge offers during the winter months.



Savour the sunshine a little longer...


Capella Ubud, Bali

Escape to Capella Ubud and bask in the warmth of an extended summer. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Ubud, this captivating retreat offers a tranquil sanctuary to savour the sunshine a little longer. With luxurious accommodations and enchanting surroundings, Capella Ubud is the perfect destination to unwind and create lasting memories.

Indulge in the charm of elegant rooms and suites designed for ultimate relaxation. Sunlight filters through the windows, casting a golden glow on the tastefully curated interiors, enveloping you in serenity.

Delight in culinary treasures that celebrate the flavours of Ubud. From farm-to-table delicacies to tropical fruits, each dish is a tantalizing symphony of flavours that invites you to savour the essence of the region. Pair your meal with refreshing cocktails, immersing yourself in the sun-kissed ambience.

Beyond the lodge, Ubud beckons with natural beauty and cultural treasures. Explore vibrant markets, immerse yourself in lush rice terraces, or embark on invigorating outdoor adventures amidst stunning scenery. Embrace the opportunity to extend your summer and cherish the magical moments at Capella Ubud.


The Langham, Gold Coast

Experience the ultimate sunshine retreat at The Langham, Gold Coast, where coastal serenity awaits. Situated in a picturesque setting, this captivating haven allows you to extend your summer and revel in the golden rays a little longer. With luxurious accommodations and breathtaking surroundings, The Langham, Gold Coast offers the perfect escape to unwind and create cherished memories.

Indulge in the elegance of the hotel's exquisite rooms and suites, meticulously designed for your utmost relaxation. Let the warm sunlight filter through the windows, casting a radiant glow upon the thoughtfully appointed interiors, creating a serene ambience for your stay.

Savour exceptional culinary delights that showcase the region's finest flavours at the hotel's esteemed restaurant. From delectable coastal cuisine to tantalizing tropical fruits, each dish is a culinary masterpiece that invites you to fully experience the essence of the Gold Coast.

Beyond the hotel, the Gold Coast beckons with its pristine beaches and exciting attractions. Explore the shimmering coastline, soak up the sun on sandy shores, or embark on thrilling water adventures. Embrace the opportunity to extend your sunshine retreat and treasure the unforgettable moments at The Langham, Gold Coast.


Six Senses, Fiji

Picture yourself on a secluded island paradise, where crystal-clear turquoise waters meet pristine white sand beaches. At Six Senses Fiji, you can extend your summer and immerse yourself in pure tropical bliss. Nestled amidst lush greenery and surrounded by the azure South Pacific Ocean, this luxurious haven invites you to relax, rejuvenate, and create cherished memories. Indulge in the art of island living with Six Senses Fiji's exquisite accommodations, each thoughtfully designed to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Wake up to breathtaking ocean views, feel the gentle sea breeze caress your skin, and let the warmth of the sun envelop you as you unwind in your private sanctuary. From spacious villas to stunning residences, every detail has been carefully crafted to provide an unparalleled level of comfort and tranquility. As you extend your summer, immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled experiences, and let the friendly Fijian hospitality leave an indelible mark on your heart.


InterContinental Hayman Island, Whitsundays

Arriving on this tropical oasis is a breathtaking experience. InterContinental Hayman Island, just a short seaplane or helicopter ride from Queensland's coast, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches. It is a sanctuary of refined indulgence that exceeds the expectations of discerning travellers.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort awaits, seamlessly blending lavish accommodations with stunning surroundings. From your elegantly appointed suite, awaken to panoramic ocean views and the gentle caress of the sea breeze. Every detail has been meticulously curated for your utmost comfort and tranquility.

Embark on awe-inspiring adventures as you explore this captivating paradise. Dive into the vibrant underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef during a snorkelling expedition. Set sail on a luxury yacht, discovering secluded coves and hidden beaches. Find solace in the rhythm of the ocean on a thrilling kayaking journey.

Savour gastronomic delights crafted by world-class chefs, and rejuvenate your body and soul at the resort's exclusive spa. The attentive service of InterContinental Hayman Island Resort ensures that your every need is met, leaving you with treasured memories.


Feeling inspired?

Reach out to one of our Travelcall Luxury Travel Advisors to discuss today!

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