Wake up to birdsong and lakeside views from one of the most comfortable beds you’ll find in the region. Alas, don’t lie in for too long; there’s breakfast to be had. A stroll across the lawn, past the pool and down the rose lined path and you’ll have a hard time keeping your eyes on the food when the tranquil lakeside view is across the table.
Today will be a feast for all of the senses, so make sure your camera’s battery is charged and you are ready to be wowed. First up, it’s some artistic engagement at Leeuwin Estate. One of the regions founding wineries, Leeuwin Estate is as famed for its cultural connections as it is for its wine. The Leeuwin Concert is an annual event that has seen performers and guests visit from all over the world; from Ray Charles through to Shirley Bassey, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sting and Carole King. Drive down the undulating driveway and you’ll arrive in time to enjoy a Leeuwin Immersion Experience. If the drive has worked up an appetite, you’ll replenish stores with a light morning tea before heading off with your guide. Get set to learn more about the philosophy of the wine making during a behind the scenes tour of the winery. You’ll also enjoy the artistic legacy of the Estate in the Art Series gallery which is filled with some of Australia’s most recognised artists. Finish up with a Wine and Food flight of five iconic Leeuwin Estate Art Series wines, served with perfectly matched canapés. At this point, the next step is dependent on your definition of luxury. Foodies can stay and enjoy a long lunch, while outdoorsy types might prefer to crack on if appetites are sated.
Next up, take in the majestic canopy of karri trees that make Boranup Forest one of the most magical places down south. Head back onto Caves Road and you’ll know when you reach the forest: just wait until your breath is taken away at that turn in the road. If you’re equipped with the enthusiasm and attire for a bike ride, this afternoon is perfect for an E-Bike ride though the natural beauty of the bush. You’ll enjoy the ride without the hard work thanks to local providers such as Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours, Due South, and Dirty Detours.
Alternatively, if you’re keen to stick to strolling (or you decided to stay on for a longer lunch), simply get out of the car for a relaxing walk amongst the trees. Guaranteed you’ll leave with a plenty of clean air circulating through your body and a deep sense of appreciation for the splendour of mother nature.
Head back through Margaret River for dinner at one of the luxe choices such as Miki’s Open Kitchen for some tempura delights, or try Settlers Tavern for a more casual feed and be spoilt for choice on the drinks front with Western Australia’s best wine list. If you want to bunker down back home; head straight back up to Cape Lodge and order room service. What could be more decadent than dinner in a dressing gown? Ok, maybe a helicopter trip to the beach might be able to top a dressed-down dinner. Scenic Helicopters can pick you up and whisk you off for a romantic and secluded beachside picnic if romance is the name of the game.