As you guys know, I got married in March this year. Instead of going on a proper honeymoon, my husband and I chose to take a short Mini-moon in Sydney and the Blue Mountains (which kinda happened accidentally).
After spending a couple of nights at the Meriton Suites, North Sydney, we weren’t quite ready to go home. My new husband did some Googling and by the time we checked out, he had booked us into the Parklands in Blackheath for four more days.
The Parklands was located about an hour and a half drive away from Sydney, nestled in the Blue Mountains – and what a location!
It was basically a row of cute little cottages set on this sprawling property. We felt like we had been transported to a whole new secluded universe that the two of us could share together.
The Parklands offers two types of rooms – Garden Suites downstairs and loft rooms upstairs. We chose to stay in one of the Loft Rooms because they felt a little bit more private and intimate.
The room was so gorgeously comfortable – from the bed to the sofa to the little day bed – you just felt like you were in a real retreat. Once we had the fire place cranked up we could just cuddle up and watch some movies and enjoy the quiet that comes post-wedding.
The room comes with lots of ammenities – a super comfy king bed (which inspired us to get ourselves our own king bed), TV, fireplace, free WiFi, tea and coffee, and the fireplace. I loved the bathroom and wish I had actually taken pictures in there – it was spacious and featured a beautiful double shower. It also came with Appelles amenities which smelled glorious. My husband’s favourite features were the bathrobes and slippers, ’cause y’know, nothing says luxury more than a fluffy robe.
The only room-service we tried was to order a cheese board. We had already bought ourselves some drinks from the local Woolies and the selection of cheese sounded delicious – and it was! It took a lot of will power not to order a second cheese board. I mean, look at this beauty!
The beauty of room was really just a reflection of this whole place. The main lodge which contained the reception, spa and restaurant was beautiful – clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated.
I loved walking around and finding quirky pieces that made the place feel unique. It had a pleasant ambience about it.
We chose to include the breakfast option and I highly recommend it! For just an extra $23 per morning, we were treated to a made-to-order breakfast item, like poached eggs with salmon and mushroom on toast, or pancakes, as well as a buffet of fruits, cereals, breads, spreads, pastries, juices and cheeses.
Let me just say – we totally made use of every cent of that breakfast inclusion. Each item we devoured was delicious. We ate the biggest, sweetest figs I’ve ever tasted! And, of course, we were served with all the coffee our little hearts desired.
Since we were always the first to arrive to breakfast, we got to have some lovely chats with the staff and chefs. They learned what we liked and always delivered – even remembering our coffee orders.
Of course, we even had our favourite little breakfast spot right by the window.
We took lovely strolls on the property in the mornings, checking out the ducks and other wildlife out for breakfast.
All in all a stunning, quiet, secluded property.
The service was absolutely spectacular. We arrived pretty late at night and despite reception being closed, it wasn’t very long before we were checked in and able to get a great night’s sleep. All of the staff we encountered were so lovely. I just can’t speak highly enough about their kindness. They all knew our names, they learned our preferences and they did everything they could to make us feel welcomed and… special.
Things to do in the Blue Mountains
If you’re staying in the Blue Mountains you have to check out Scenic World. For $39 per adult, Scenic World provides access to a cableway, skyway, railway and walkway providing you with 360 degree, intimate views of the Katoomba falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley. I have to say, the 2.4 km walkway wasn’t a difficult walk, but in the heat and post-wedding exhaustion, it made me very tired. However, it’s a beautiful walkway and well worth the effort.
In case you need any more tempting, here’s a view from the Cableway:
Hubbs wasn’t quite done with the walking so we took a stroll through the Blue Mountains National Park as well. There, you have more intimate access to the Three Sisters through the Three Sisters Walk.
Basically, there’s no shortage of walks you can do – we did far too many to list here. Check out the Blue Mountains bushwalking link here to find a walk to suit your fitness level and tastes. There are also many, many beautiful lookouts. Govetts Leap Lookout and Evans Lookout get honourable mentions for being so close to the Parklands.
We also went to the Rhododendron Gardens which was recommended to us. It might just have been the time of year that we went… but it was boring, empty and totally flowerless. We were told it’s stunning so maybe give it a try (and let me know how you go!).
Even just driving around the region was fun. We found ourselves coming across beautiful lookouts and walking trails as we drove around. We got to take cool pictures like these:
All in all we had a lovely, romantic time away in the Blue Mountains. We both found it to be a therapeutic way to de-stress and pretend like the stress of the wedding never happened.
We both would highly recommend the Parklands to doting lovebirds as part of a short getaway – for either a short mini-moon or weekend away. It’s also great for those wanting to spend some time hiking in the Blue Mountains and wanting somewhere comfortable to unwind.
P.S – This was not a sponsored post, we just really loved our stay!