Need to know
10 suites, including two villas.
11am, but may be flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $191.43 (AU$268), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a Continental breakfast buffet. Rates don't include a credit-card surcharge of 3.2 per cent for American Express a stay – this will be charged at the hotel.
If you like something you see at the hotel, you'll find it at Empire's homeware stores (www.worldofempire.com) across Australia and online.
At the hotel
12-acre wine estate and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, air-conditioning, minibar, Elissa Coleman robes, Salus bath products and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
The open-plan Luxury Villas are our pick, thanks to their sunken lounge area, open fireplace and private courtyard with outdoor shower. These, and the Deluxe Balcony Suites, are connected to the main lodge by a timber boardwalk; Loft Suites occupy the first floor of the farmhouse; and the Courtyard Suite is on ground level.
Slink into Empire Spa for a seductive range of treatments, including a three-hour Opulence session that will have you scrubbed, rubbed and soaked into submission.
Luxe loungewear for reclining post-spa, a sarong or surf wear for beach hopping, and a copy of James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion for seeking out the region's best drops.
Three-night minimum stay over Easter; four-night minimum booking over Christmas. All rooms are non-smoking.
18s-and-over only at this couples retreat - leave the children at home.