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Alure Stanthorpe
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Stanthorpe
Certificate of Excellence
Caloundra, Australia
1 review
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“Didn't want to leave!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

My partner and I spent three nights at Alure Boutique Villas and had a fabulous time from start to finish. The villa was fantastic, extremely well-equipped with a wonderful feeling of both luxury and homeliness at the same time. The log fire was awesome, as was the hot tub on the back deck and they both caused some difficult decisions. Should we drink wine curled up in front of the fire, or lying back in the tub watching the stars? The villa was very private and the only other 'guests' we noticed were the beautiful family of kangaroos that appeared each morning just outside our window. We have already recommended staying here to a number of our friends and we definitely intend to return. Thank you Alure, you definitely took the sting out of turning 40!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

My husband and I recently spent two nights at Allure Boutique at Stanthorpe and cannot even begin to describe the beautiful time we had away from the pace of everyday life and kiddies, enjoying the peace and tranquility this secluded, luxurious place had to offer. We chose the romantic package so upon arrival our tent awaited us with a breathtaking atmosphere, not to mention the bubbly and chocolate coated strawberries that completed the package. Also included in this was a breakfast hamper which included enough food for us to have not only for breakfast but lunch also adding a little to it, just for variety more than anything. We were treated to freshly baked bread for our stay. The tent, which was visible a tent only from the outside was luxury plus, sparkling clean, has all the facilities of a self contained apartment and so relaxing we did not want to go and explore but preferred just to stay in and enjoy and peaceful and secluded environment, including the heated outdoor spa. So therapeutic! The hosts were delightfully friendly and helpful and we will be telling all our friends about our incredible discovery. Rob and Sue

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

My wife and I have travelled to the Granite Belt region many, many times over the past dozen years as the wine sector has evolved from one centered around a group of long entrenched Italian apple & stone fruit grower families who made the same fortifieds & brutal dry reds for 50 years - to an emerging scene of new talent, new generations and new varietals. An exciting new wine TAFE/Uni/restaurant has given the place some real backbone and industry cred for the first time - but the lack lustre dining scene and random accommodation still holds the place back.
We've tried motels, pubs, homestays and B&Bs finding the former old and tired and the latter prententious and comparatively expensive with other destinations.
A few years ago the historic Braeside homestead - about 20 mins south of Stanthorpe - offered B&B as well as two fitted cottages which was first-world superb accommodation by any comparative measure. It was unparalled in food, hosting and visitation experience for the region, however the property sold and this Granite Belt highlight became the preserve of the new private owners.
Alure borders almost on the too far out of town it is an inconvenience. You have to self-drive anywhere as there is apparently only one or two taxis in the whole district which makes enjoying dinner and the wines less so, if you have to stay safe to drive back to your digs.
Each of the two free-standing Alure villas comprise one large room with the ensuite off to the side, are quite well appointed and pretty comfortable although the noise of the fridge coming on and off at night can be disturbing, until I figured turning it off at bedtime and back on first thing fixed that.
An included bottle of local wine is a welcome touch and helps dull the premium room rate. The breakfast hamper is a bit ho-hum, although the proper espresso machine is welcome - as opposed to one of those daft Clooney pod things that seem omni-present. It might have been better if the piano landed on the inventor from Nestle who thinks coffee concentrate any kind of legitimate alternative to ground fresh beans.
In the last two years Alure has added a third villa although it has a floppy roof and joins the growing fad with the stupidest tag of glamping. We chose not to stay in it so cannot critique it specifically with the questioniong view why would you want canvas instead of proper roof for that sort of money? From the outside it looks like the roof blew off in a storm and the SES came round and put up a taupaulin to keep the inside dry. If you want a tent go stay in the local caravan park for $15 as self-titled glamping is such a broad & loose description you need to make lots of enquiry as to what is under the roof.
Anyway.... Alure borders on expensive for what you get - but so as we have found is all the accommodation in our varied stays in the immediate area - but Alure is reliably clean, modern, quite comfortable and well appointed although we always laugh at the single tiny piece of soap provided. Since the last time we stayed the owners have ratcheted their prices up to the point where they fell off our value radar and after quite a few stays with them over the past 3 years our quest for resumes. Obviously we haven't tried everywhere but will press on & keep Tripadvisor posted until we tire of chasing interesting wine experiences.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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AlureBoutiqueVillas, Owner at Alure Stanthorpe, responded to this review, 2 March 2013
Your version of Alure and the Granite Belt leaves us puzzled and disappointed. We have clarified some of your points below:

• The Granite Belt has a great range of accommodation with styles and budgets suitable for the majority of visitors to the region. Also, the restaurants (many award winning) in the region, rival city based ones. Varias, Patty’s on McGregor, Cellar Door Café, Shiraz, Vineyard Café and Barrelroom Café all provide beautiful meals. A special thank you for the divine (out of this world) chocolate brownies from Chef Drew that gave us sustenance whilst writing this response.

• Alure is a luxury couple’s only destination where guests enjoy the peace and privacy of our 50 acre property, which is only 5 minutes drive from Stanthorpe town.

• We have found the service provided by Stanthorpe Cabs to be reliable and excellent for our guests. Stanthorpe Cabs also have maxi taxis and limousines.

• We have never had anyone complain about the fridges. Frankly, we have found them to be very quiet. If we had any noise concerns, we would have replaced them immediately.

• As a special ‘thank you’ to repeat guests, we offer complimentary options. A bottle of Granite Belt wine is one of the options. On your last stay you were given a quality bottle of red, to the value of $45.

• Our breakfast provisions are quite generous and where possible local produce is used. It consists of:
o Freshly baked loaf of bread – guest choice of variety
o Croissants
o Cereal & muesli
o Yoghurt with Bramble Patch berry compote
o Biscotti from Barrelroom Café
o Sutton’s apple juice
o Milk – guest choice of variety
o Butter
o Variety of Bramble Patch jams

Of course, we are more than happy to provide extra supplies at no charge if guests require them.

• We’re glad you enjoyed the automatic coffee machine with freshly roasted (local) Summit coffee beans. They make beautiful coffee. No offense to the people who enjoy their coffee pod machines.

• Our luxury tent is enjoyed by many guests and is the World’s most romantic and luxurious self contained tent. As you have stated, you did not stay in it and therefore you are not in a position to criticise it. If people like camping with a king sized four poster bed, full kitchen, ensuite, fireplace, ducted air-conditioning, 50” plasma and heated outdoor spa, they are likely to love staying in our tent. Accurate photos are available both on our website and on Tripadvisor. Clearly there is no SES tarp being used.

• We provide (expensive and exclusive) L’Occitane toiletries. Included is: shampoo, conditioner, shower cap, (larger than usual) soap AND shower gel. We would have happily supplied you with more if you had asked.

• Our pricing increased by $20 since your last stay in June last year. In the last 18 months we have upgraded/installed 3 brand new spas to provide our guests the luxury they are entitled to expect. As you would appreciate, the running costs for the spas alone are substantial.

In Summary:

You have stayed at Alure 4 times since 2010 and you attempted to stay a week ago with us for a 5th time. The lovely 'Braeside' was still trading during most of your stays with us.

At check-in, we advise all of our guests in writing and verbally to let us know if there are any issues. This is so we can rectify them, rather than having guests leaving disappointed. On your last stay, you did not complain and appeared happy. The only reason you chose not to stay a 5th time, was the $20 increase. We offered the villa to you for the same price as your last stay, but you said you had made other arrangements. We then wished you both all the best
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We had a lovely four days in Stanthorpe, staying at Alure. It really is a proper tent - you even get the flapping tent sound effects! But the similarities with "normal" camping stops there - everything at Alure is luxurious, sparkling clean and invites relaxation, without the need to lift even a little finger. It's true pampering!
We got some great tips on wineries to visit, and also enjoyed several hikes in nearby Girraween National Park, a great place for nature lovers.
The breakfast basket was lovely - our only gripe was the Nestlé yoghurts, maybe some of the lovely locally-produced yoghurts we have sampled whilst travelling in Australia could be something to consider instead? The bread and croissants were delicious, and we particularly loved the local apple juice. The coffee machine produced amazing coffee.
We hearily recommend Alure to anyone looking for a totally relaxing getaway in a stunning setting - watching the wallabies at sunset with a glass of wine is quite therapeutic!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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AlureBoutiqueVillas, Owner at Alure Stanthorpe, responded to this review, 2 March 2013
Thanks! We hope you got some great wildlife photos from all your adventures on the Alure property and at Girraween National Park. A flock of yellow tailed black cockatoos dropped by the other day and we were thinking of you.

Our guests are really important to us and we enjoy being here as much or as little as we're needed.

During your stay it was quite wet and blowy from the post tropical cyclone 'low'. Due to its size (56m2), the tent held up remarkably well. However, it is a tent and there will be a bit of movement when it's windy. That's part of its attraction for a lot of guests.

Glad you enjoyed the breakfast basket. Sadly, there isn't any Granite Belt yoghurt...yet. Not from lack of asking by us, that's for certain! lol When it's available we'll have it in the breakfast baskets in a heartbeat.

Thanks for mentioning the coffee. We use Summit Coffee beans and it's freshly roasted for us.

We may need to take your doctor's advice and sit with a glass of wine and watch the wallabies. They really are lovely!

Hope to see you next time you're on the Granite Belt!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2013

My husband and I stayed at Alure over the Australia Day long weekend, and we were extremely impressed by the luxurious villa and tranquil setting. Stanthorpe itself is also a fantastic place to visit- Marion organized a Filipos wine tour for us on our first day, where we visited half a dozen wineries with a delicious two course lunch included.
In addition, on our final day at Alure, when we were unable to return to Brisbane due to flood waters, Marion went out of her way to let us stay an additional night gratis, and by giving us frequent updates as to which routes we're likely to open and when!
I would definitely recommend Alure.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank travelbugoxford
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AlureBoutiqueVillas, Owner at Alure Stanthorpe, responded to this review, 2 March 2013
Oh, thank you! All our guests are special and our 'flooded in' guests hold an extra special place in our hearts. We believe it's important to take extra care at these often emotional and stressful times. Because of this, we don't charge guests for accommodation when they are flooded in. It's our contribution. Thanks for mentioning Filippo's Tours. They do a great job and we always get rave reviews from guests.

Hopefully we'll see you next time you're in the region.

Regards

Ruth and Marion
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

We are not campers but the luxury tent with its exquisite interiors, spectacular outdoor spa & modern cons really caught our eye on the Alure website so we booked for 3 nights over the Australia Day long weekend. We arrived & the "our beautiful tent" accommodation" and the location, the surroundings, the fresh breakfast produce & all the little extra's surpassed all our expectations. It rained and blew a gale the whole weekend but we were cozy and bunkered down in absolute luxury! Due to flooding over that long weekend we were unable get back home to Brisbane as the roads & bridges in Warwick had been cut. Marion was just amazing & kept us up to date with road reports etc, when we knew we wouldn't be going anywhere Marion offered us complimentary accommodation in our beautiful tent until we could head off safely on our journey back home a day or so later. Rain, hail or shine we will be back to enjoy another blissful stay at Alure....

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

Everything was great and Marion was so helpful booking things like reasturants, massages and cabs for us. The reasturant that she recommended was perfect and the food was excellent! So thanks to all those people in Stanthorpe that made our weekend so great!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Alure Stanthorpe
Address: 280 Mt Tully Rd, Stanthorpe, Queensland 4380, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Stanthorpe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Stanthorpe
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Hotel Class:5 star — Alure Stanthorpe 5*
Number of rooms: 3
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Alure Stanthorpe - Escape to the home of the world's most romantic and luxurious self contained tent accommodation! Alure also has two other modern, secluded, studio style villas for couples who want to indulge in a sublime, romantic retreat and experience the ultimate in sophisticated, self-catering accommodation. Take in the magnificent views from the comfort of the sumptuous lounge, unwind in front of a crackling fire, or end the day stargazing while soaking in your private heated spa - the perfect escape. ... more   less 
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