It's a fine line sometimes to take a property or experience to the next level and Spicers Peak is almost at that "excellent" level. Perhaps I am however not comparing like with like and doing Spicers an injustice.
In Australia Southern Ocean Lodge, Safire Lodge and Bamarru Plains I would rate as excellent - but they also cost almost double what Spicers charges! However 3 meals a day, open bars and all excursions are included (and some transfers)! These 3 properties have also been very special experiences.
Spicers was an overnight break with a 7 course degustation dinner with matched wines without doubt the highlight. The room was more that comfortable without being "special" - perhaps the wheel-chair accessibility of our room (room 2) had some effect - more practical than "special" - I'm not sure. A very comfortable bed, flat screen TV (No Foxtel), beautiful fireplace and sun-drenched balcony were all very pleasant - complimentary WiFi a bonus! The public areas were spacious and welcoming while the lost horizon pool extremely inviting.
The staff who dealt with us were excellent - very well-trained and attentive without being in any way obsequious.
The 7 course degustation dinner was outstanding - a wonderful balance of flavours and styles with the size of portions and the timing of delivery spot on! The matched wines were a very good addition to accompany the meal.
I would have preferred to be charged extra to have ALL drinks and perhaps even excursions included - perhaps that price point is not the market that's being targeted but it would certainly add to the experience from my perspective.
Overall I look forward to an excuse to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a unique blend of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and spectacular settings, Spicers Peak Lodge is an intimate destination for those who want a peaceful escape with all the perks. Overlooking the Great Dividing Range and Main Range National Park, this secluded, mountain-top retreat is the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia and just two hours' drive from Brisbane. But with the stunning views and rolling mists, it feels a world away from everyday life. It's relaxation, beauty, service, cuisine and luxury - all elevated to new standards. ... more less
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