Combine luxury retreats, glamourous day spas and top regional dining, with the ruggedly handsome Shoalhaven region and you have all the ingredients for an indulgent escape. Charter a private yacht to a white sand beach, spend the night glamping in tranquil bushland or enjoy dinner at a celebrity chef’s restaurant.
At the acclaimed Bannisters by the Sea boutique hotel in Mollymook, enjoy stunning coastal views from a private terrace suite. This beachside hideaway is also home to Rick Stein's award-winning restaurant and a fabulous day spa, where you can be pampered with an organic facial or hot stone massage. Nearby, sister property Bannisters Pavilion is chic and modern, with a jaw-dropping rooftop pool.
Explore the Shoalhaven region’s famous waterways in style on a private yacht charter with Discover Jervis Bay Luxury Sailing. Spend a half or full day on a stylish 38-foot catamaran, spotting dolphins, swimming in secluded bays and stopping for a champagne lunch at a private beach.
Paperbark Camp offers ultra-luxe safari tents surrounded by serene bushland, just a five-minute drive from the white sands of Jervis Bay. Spot kangaroos from the shower in the open-air ensuite, stargaze from your private deck and dine among the treetops in the acclaimed Gunyah restaurant.
The secluded Mt Hay Retreat has five luxurious lodges set on 360 acres of rolling green hills in nearby Berry. Farther inland, the lush hinterland of the Kangaroo Valley is the setting for a range of lovely self-contained country cottages. Blue Gums Cottage boasts spectacular views of the lake and escarpment.
At Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages and Spa Retreat, stay in gorgeous self-contained cottages, each with their own virtual butler service that recommends activities based on the day’s weather. You can also enjoy spa treatments or take the retreat’s classic MG for a drive through the scenic countryside.
The Shoalhaven is home to some of the South Coast's top restaurants. Book a table at Cupitt’s Estate Restaurant in Ulladulla for a seasonal set menu or Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook for expertly-prepared local seafood. Small Town Food and Wine in Milton and South on Albany in Berry are other top dining experiences.