Need to know
21, including two suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $475.00, excluding tax at 12.125 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $26.00 per booking on check-out.
Rates include a light breakfast, usually granola, fruit, a baked option like banana bread and something savoury like eggs. Everything in the breakfast is either grown at the hotel or comes from a farm nearby.
Every retreat has a custom-made program that will include activities like yoga, meditation, wellness talks and farming classes.
The Dutchess closes from time to time, but the dates aren’t set in stone. Call our Smith24 team for the most up-to-date availability.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar; tea and coffee kit; free bottled water; Aesop and Prncpls bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We’re fans of the King Suite Inn Rooms, which have a cosy living room, bathrooms with a clawfoot bath tub and a walk-in shower, and views of the biodynamic farm and rolling hills beyond.
The spa has three treatment rooms and two individual box saunas. In keeping with the hotel’s focus on wellness and holism, the therapists provide a wide range of treatments, including Swedish massage, reflexology, energy healing and craniosacral therapy sessions (book your pampering sessions in advance). There’s also a studio space used for classes, which are specially curated for each weekend – they might include yoga, meditation, chi gong or sound healing experiences.
The hotel is refreshingly tech light (there are no TVs, for instance), so bring that book you’ve been meaning to read.
All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible. Some of the guest rooms have adapted bathrooms, too.
All ages are welcome, but the hotel isn’t designed with children in mind. There’s only one cot available, so be sure to request it well in advance of arrival. Babysitting is available from $30 an hour; two days’ notice is needed when booking.
All of the produce used in the restaurant is either grown on site or sourced from local farms. The fruit and vegetables are organic, and the meat is always free range.