Need to know
11, including 10 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $222.65 (AU$308), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include à la carte breakfast (highlights include roasted wild mushroom with goat’s curd, and rye pancakes with burnt banana).
Staff can arrange cookery classes at Spicers Clovelly Estate’s sister property: Spicers Tamarind Retreat. You’ll be taught by expert chefs in a state-of-the-art cooking school, overlooking tropical gardens in the heart of the rainforest. Pick from four-hour Saturday sessions from 10am to 2pm (AU$165 a person, including apron, lunch and wine), or two-hour Sunday classes held on the third Sunday of the month, from 6pm–8pm (AU$45 a person, including tastings).
At the hotel
Lake-view deck; rainforest walk; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, kettle.
Our favourite rooms
The Estate Rooms are lovely, but for just a little bit more dollar, you can opt for a Spa Suite and enjoy relaxing soaks in a spa tub big enough for two. If you’re celebrating something special – even if that’s just life itself – book the Luxury Spa Suite, which has lashings of space, including tempting window seats in the bedroom and a cosy, separate living area.
Water-babies can splash around in the peaceful pool, tucked away in the grounds and accessed through metal gates.
There’s a snug little treatment room with marble and timber flooring, a large corner spa and a private courtyard. If you want to spend the day being rubbed and scrubbed in all-bells-and-whistles wellness-luxury, ask staff to arrange transfers to Spicers’ sister spa hotel, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, which is just a 10-minute drive away.
Leave plenty of space in your suitcase for Eumundi Market acquisitions.
One of the Estate Rooms is suitable for wheelchair-users, as are the communal lounge and restaurant; there’s also an accessible bathroom.
Families must book the French Cottage (the other sleeping quarters are for adults only). Babysitting can be arranged ($150 for the first three hours; $30 an hour after that).