travel journalaustralasiaaustraliawolgan valley Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage Hidden deep in the sanctuary of the eucalyptus-cloaked Blue Mountains, nature meets luxury at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.
by Eibhlis Gale Coleman

Situated in 2,832 hectares of conservation land, discover the sheer splendour of Australia and immerse yourself in plentiful native flora and fauna. Awarded Silver status by the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program in 2019, guests can be confident of a sustainable and ethical natural encounter. A quality addition to the One&Only Resorts luxury portfolio, the Resort offers an exclusive step into the iconic Blue Mountains National Park.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

Comprised of homestead-inspired private villas, visitors can rejuvenate in complete privacy and tranquillity. Each villa boasts a private pool and veranda with views over the surrounding mountains and valley. Enjoy included gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner – spotting kangaroos over breakfast pastries from your veranda with complimentary 24/7 room service.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

Opt from the one-bedroom Heritage villa, two-bedroom Wollemi villa, and the three-bedroom Wolgan villa to best suit your visit requirements. The 410 square-metre Wolgan villa features a master bedroom complete with a king-sized four-poster bed with two further king-sized beds or king singles. With each bedroom offering a private bathroom and valley views, take group stays without compromising space or privacy. Have a social evening in the warmth of the rustic living area fireplace, or take a dip in your temperature-controlled pool to escape the midday sun – luxury group travel has never looked finer.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

The One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort’s ‘freestanding villa’ design ensures ultimate luxury and an exclusive opportunity to reconnect in privacy with nature. The villa designs promote both connection and respect for natural surroundings – with each abode featuring an outdoor water tank to maximise sustainability by re-using rainwater for onsite irrigation. The rainwater irrigation system supports the Resort’s garden production of seasonal produce, an aspect of the in-house culinary experience Head Chef James Viles is massively passionate about upholding.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

The Resort’s signature restaurant, The Wolgan Dining Room, offers ’quintessential Australian warmth’ and ‘seasonal creations’ in equal doses. Located in the Main Homestead, the restaurant draws ingredients from the Resort’s garden, local farmers’ markets, and sustainable regional producers. Savour ‘wild caught barramundi from East Arnhem’ or ‘250g Rangers Valley scotch fillet’ without question as all meals included in guest accommodation packages. Open for breakfast and dinner; visitors should dine on the exterior veranda to overlook the dramatic cliffs of the valley.

For an afternoon dining experience, guests can visit the Country Kitchen – serving ‘relaxed three-course lunches and moreish midday snacks’ with culinary twists on classic Australian dishes. Sample bowls of ‘hawkesbury river school prawns’ or a ‘tuna and avocado bowl’ while relaxing into a more casual dining experience. If you are pursuing a drink or two, the Resort’s in-house Valley Bar and Terrace offers a handpicked assortment of fine tipples.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

Think intimate fireplace cocktails by evening and craft beers by day, as guests are treated to a sun-soaked scenic deck and elegant interior furnishings. True to the Resort’s dedication to guest experience, guests can also enjoy live acoustic entertainment, tasting sessions in the bar’s walk-in cellar, and exclusively crafted Wolgan Gin.

Drawing yourself away from James Viles’ culinary delights is a little sweeter, thanks to the Resort’s private conservation land, which offers the perfect chance to explore local bushland. One&Only provides bush walks, bike hire, and horse treks – allowing exploration in your style of choice.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

Fitness-conscious guests will also enjoy complimentary access to two outdoor tennis courts, alongside a fully equipped gym complete with LCD touch-screen machines. The Resort offers both private and group yoga classes, with all guests receiving additional Pilates membership for Fluidform for the duration of their stay. Custom Pilates workouts are accessible to guests from the comfort of their villa, with each abode equipped with quality equipment for private exercise.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

For a rejuvenation-focused wellness experience, visit the One&Only Spa for ‘results-driven beauty treatments’ and luxury facilities. Featuring six treatment rooms with individual soaking tubs, One&Only spares no expense providing the ultimate spa experience. Boasting both hot and cold outdoor pools, guests can follow up a relaxing swim with the steam room and ‘restorative’ sauna. Treat yourself to a little extra indulgence and book in for a spa treatment with the Resort’s expert-trained therapists.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

The One&Only Spa offers a variety of treatments, including facials, body therapies, and signature packages. Enjoy both experience and benefit, with options such as the two-hour Wholeness treatment. The Wholeness treatment includes a ‘healing bathing ritual to stimulate circulation’ and tension alleviating massage – relieving the guest of stress and fatigue as they unwind in the expert care of the One&Only therapists. The wide range of quality treatments guarantees a perfect individual experience, with therapists happy to guide you through spa options.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a blend of wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage

A precious blend of nature and luxury, the One&Only is a serene conservation escape – only a three-hour drive from the iconic metropolitan hub of Sydney. Its paramount promotion of sustainability complements the Resort’s unwavering attention to guest privacy and experience. The One&Only Wolgan Valley is the perfect answer for any guest looking for the epitome of five-star luxury.

For more information visit oneandonlyresorts.com/wolgan-valley

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Eibhlis Gale Coleman is a passionate traveller having explored a number of premier destinations in Europe, North Africa, South East Asia, and Australia. She is a freelance writer at Royist and is currently exploring creative ideas for new-age travellers in the luxury sector.