The enchantment begins as soon as you set foot on the estate, which is shaded by groves of stately magnolias and jacarandas. The main lodge houses The Long Apron, a Chef Hat restaurant that consistently ranks amongst Australia’s top dining establishments. Guests can take lessons from head chef Cameron Matthews at the state-of-the-art cooking school located at the nearby Spicers Tamarind Retreat, or let Cameron’s team do the hard work and simply order a flavourful meal from the tasting menu.
The 16 suites at Spicers Clovelly Estate are très chic, with premium bed linen, plush armchairs, gleaming marble ensuite bathrooms, heated floors and towel rails. All have air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is also a 3-bedroom French-inspired cottage perfect for small groups or families featuring a lounge area, kitchen and heated plunge pool. The classy, sophisticated décor carries through to the main lodge and spa, the latter which offers a range of therapies and treatments in large, marble and timber-panelled rooms.
When you aren’t lounging around on the estate grounds or visiting the creative villages of the hinterland, venture out to the Sunshine Coast. Known for its superb beaches and friendly, laid-back towns, you’ll find so much to see and do. Shop for souvenirs on eclectic Hastings Street in Noosa, participate in a surf lesson or look for koalas in Noosa National Park. You’ll also be in the vicinity of Australia Zoo, founded by Steve Irwin, better known as the Crocodile Hunter.