The Vines Resort and Country Club
Hotel in Perth
Arriving at Novotel Vines Resort is to instantly arrive on holiday. As soon as I turn into the drive, my shoulders drop, my mind slows.
There is just something relaxing about it. Maybe it is the golfers languidly leaning on their bags for a chat. Or perhaps it is the families splashing and laughing in the pool. Or could it be the fact that this is the end of the road and there are no other buildings in site, just miles and miles of greenery.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that my room has a balcony big enough for a large family, with views out over the golf course and the resort’s very own vines. I sit here immediately, enjoying the proper coffee and macaroons provided in the room, watching the sun dip down over the fairways.
All is quiet, despite there being other rooms all around me, and I have enough space to have stayed for a week. My room has a vast bed, a separate seating area, a desk and a sideboard with fridge and kettle. Off the bedroom is a separate dressing area where I can set up my case on the stand, well out of the way. And the bathroom is immense, with a toilet shut away in one corner, a large shower cubicle and a spa bath with shutters that can be opened out onto the main room – presumably so you can see the TV and the view from the window.
But I couldn’t get too settled, I had dinner reservations at the on-site restaurant Muscats. During the day this glass-fronted room has fine views out over the golf course but at night it’s a cosy space in which to enjoy some truly fabulous seafood. I start with the oysters, prepared with tomato and chilli, and then move on to the fish of the day – barramundi with a courgette flower, salmon mousse and potatoes. I wash it all down with Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (known as an SBS in these parts), which is just one of many local wines on offer. In fact the whole wine list is Australian, with the exception of one Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – and why not when the wines are this good?
I order a Vasse Felix Cane Cut Semillon to go with my dessert, a pavlova with passion fruit fool, which proves the perfect ending, and sends me back to my room with a waddle.
Fortunately there is plenty of space back in my room to work it off and I feel completely at home making tea, settling on the sofa, checking out the nighttime view from the balcony. Having room to move about in makes all the difference, I find, and I could forget I am in a hotel room rather than a self-contained apartment.
The next morning I return to Muscats for breakfast and must remind myself that I am not, in fact, on holiday. I must leave today sadly and so I take my time to soak it all in – the golfers teeing off outside, the beautiful Swan Valley views in every direction, the feeling that the real world has been left far, far behind.
Emirates run five services a day from Heathrow and three daily from London Gatwick to Dubai, all offering connections to Perth. Economy flights to Perth from London via Dubai are available for as little as £942.09 return. Book at www.emirates.com
Helen Ochyra is a freelance travel writer and editor based in London
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Services||Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Golf|
Resort Rooms; Superior Resort Rooms; Resort King Spa Room; Deluxe Spa Suite; Executive Suites; 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments.
Last updated on 23-06-2013