Blue Mountains, Australia

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Rates from (ex tax)$873.64

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD1,199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Game reserve-inspired glam

Setting

Foothills of the Blue Mountains

Just a 70-minute drive from Sydney, African-inspired Spicers Sangoma Retreat hotel is a stylish spot to escape from the city. With just five romantic rooms, striking furniture imported from Cape Town and a cool pool, this chic sanctuary is ideal for unwinding in the bush: enjoy home-from-home comforts, including delicious dining and massage treats.

Smith Extra

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A handmade beeswax candle and AU$50 spa credit per stay

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight suites.

Check–Out

11am. Check in is from 2pm, but we welcome guests to arrive from 12pm to enjoy lunch on arrival.

Rates

Double rooms from $872.46 (AU$1,090), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD1,199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

2 night minimum stay for Friday & Saturday. All rates are full-board.

Also

We love the intriguing coffee-table books; and the art on display blends David Hockney works with eye-catching vintage photos of African tribesmen. The elegant furniture and accessories were mostly imported from South Africa, but suit the Australian bush setting to a tee.

Hotel closed

Tuesdays & Wednesdays are reserved for groups & conferences

At the hotel

Lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, CD player (Chief's Suite only), Bose sound system, free minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, Appelles toiletries. The Chief's Suite also has a plunge pool.

Our favourite rooms

All eight super-spacious suites on this 10-hectare, purpose-built property are beautiful, light and airy, with huge freestanding Philippe Starck tubs and wraparound balconies for soaking up bush scenes. Opt for the Escarpment suite: there's a marshmallow-soft king-size bed; a bath tub with sweeping forest views; and an expansive, wood-clad terrace – complete with a cocoon-like day-bed.

Poolside

Soak up stunning views of the bush from the supermodel-beautiful infinity pool which dominates the communal outdoor area, a sleekly slender solar-heated affair ideal for lazy laps. Crisp white loungers and umbrellas line the surrounding lawn, with lanterns for a romantic touch at night.

Packing tips

While you may harbour fantasies of hearty bush walks, most guests can't resist the lure of just chilling out chez Sangoma.

Also

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Blue Mountains.

Children

Sangoma is an adults-only retreat, but children 15 and older are welcome to tag along with their parents.

Eco‐friendly

Spicers Sangoma Retreat is very green, serving mainly locally sourced, organic, seasonal food, much of it grown on site. LED lights and solar-heating rule, with excess electricity pumped back into the grid. The hotel collects its own water and recycles it back into the garden, as well as recycling other waste and using eco-friendly cleaning products. The building has also been designed to environmentally approved standards.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Hurricane lamps, sculptural flower displays and smartly selected tunes keep the mood romantic wherever you dine, but if you fancy a private table outdoors with your partner just ask.

Dress Code

Avoid animal prints unless you want to camouflage with the cushions; casual country threads are fine, but feel free to glam up for Saturday night.

Hotel restaurant

The modern-yet-rustic dining room is usually set up for couples, as is the leafy terrace (on full view through floor-to-ceiling windows). Chef Sam Hardinge whips up delicious, globe-spanning cuisine that's always healthy, locally sourced and largely organic. The menu changes every two to three months, depending on what's in season; make sure you swing by for dinner, and try the four-course tasting menu.

Hotel bar

An extensive wine list is up for grabs in the dining area, alongside beers and the usual spirit suspects (vodka, gin and whiskey). Guests come together before dinner for drinks and have the chance to socialise as much or little as they like. 

 
 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8.30am to 10.30am; lunch is from 12.30pm to 3.30pm; canapés and apéritifs are served in Guest Lounge from 6pm to 6.30pm, followed by dinner until 8.30pm.

Room service

In-room dining can be arranged on request. The complimentary minibar comes well stocked with biscuits, handmade chocolates, teas, coffee, bottled water and a variety of alcoholic & non-alcholic beverages (these can be tailored to your liking).

Location

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Address
Spicers Sangoma Retreat
70 Grandview Lane
Bowen Mountain
2753
Bowen Mountain
Australia

Planes

Fly into Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (www.sydneyairport.com.au), about 75 kilometres from Sangoma, which offers multiple international and domestic flight options.

Trains

RailCorp (www.railcorp.info) operates trains from Sydney to Richmond station; then it's just a 15-minute (seven-kilometre) taxi ride to the hotel.

Automobiles

From Sydney Airport, it's a 90-minute (or 75-kilometre) drive to Sangoma or around 70 minutes from the CBD. Pick up a hire-car at the airport or in town. There's free on-site parking at the retreat; from there, your bags can be transported by trailer or quad bike to your room.

Other

If you'd prefer to chopper in, there's helicopter access at a neighbouring property.

Worth getting out of bed for

Although the Blue Mountains area is famous for its national parks, bushwalking trails, valley and escarpment views, and wildlife sightings, it's hard to tear yourself away from tranquil Sangoma. The infinity pool is a major draw, and you can spy kingfishers and other birdlife from your balcony. During the week, therapeutic massages are offered at extra cost – try the Sangoma Signature Kahuna, which combines traditional healing and ancient Shaman rituals. 

If you do feel like getting out and about, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens is a popular trip, or take in the famous Three Sisters rock formations and hazy-blue vistas from Echo Point look-out at main town Katoomba. The nearby hamlets of Leura, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath are worth a visit, with antique shops and cafés to plunder. Horse-riding, canyoning, abseiling and other extreme sports are also yours for the taking.

Local restaurants

For hearty, home-made fare and fine-dining, head to cosy heritage cottage Lochiel House (+61 (0)2 4567 7754) at 1,259 Bells Line of Road in Kurrajong Heights. From Thursday to Saturday, swing by for brunch, afternoon tea or nose-to-tail, modern Euro-influenced cuisine in the evening. 

Local bars

In Bilpin, sip or sup at Bilpin Afire (+61 (0)2 4567 0335), at 2,488 Bells Line of Road, a good spot for a casual drink, lunch or dinner. With most of its produce sourced from local growers and a mean wood-fired oven and char-grill, you won't leave hungry. There's a strong Australasian wine list at the bar, and local beers and ciders on tap.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

We have an incurable crush on Spicers Sangoma Retreat, an African-inspired boutique den hidden in the foothills of Australia’s Blue Mountains, and the most spoiling crashpad in this neck of the Bush. Sydney escapees can unwind in one of the staggeringly beautiful suites: all have forest views and ethnic decor – we particularly love the Escarpment Suite with its romance-igniting wood-burning stove in the centre of the room. 

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