Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Ever wanted to escape for a romantic Gourmet Getaway.  A “no fuss” mini break with wine, pampering and lots of rest a relaxation.

Crown Plaza Hunter Valley Entrance

Crown Plaza Hunter Valley Entrance

I have just the location! The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is a short 2 1/2 hour drive from Sydney and is situated on the Hunter Valley wine trail.

Winding our way along the Crowne Plaza driveway we find ourselves taking in the view over the 18 hole golf course.  We watched golfers tee off, and buggies scooting along the paths. We were immediately lulled into holiday mode.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Golf Course

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Golf Course

The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is set over a 130 hectares. This sprawling estate is picturesque and private and even includes large 2 and 3 bedroom self contained villas.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Villas

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Villas

At reception I was lured into the bar area by the fireplace.  (At least that’s what I told hubby…).  It may have also had a little to do with the local Hunter Valley wine list.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Bar Area

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Bar Area

Although it wasn’t particularly cold I took a seat in the comfy lounge nearest to the fire.  I love the ambiance a fireplace gives a room.  It’s just so cosy!

Crowne Plaza Cocktail Bar

Crowne Plaza Cocktail Bar

I told Mr GG we would be back for cocktails this evening and he agreed.  Just minutes into our getaway we have completely relaxed.

Check in was swift and before we knew it we’re opening the door to our King Spa Suite.  This was our home for the night!

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley -King Spa Suite

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley -King Spa Suite

With luggage deposited and some time before dinner we decided to have a look around the grounds.

Crowne Pool Area from the Bar Area

Crowne Pool Area from the Bar Area

The pool looked so blue and inviting. I was told that it is heated to 26 degrees but that was not enough to make me pull out the bathers.

Crowne Hunter Valley Pool

Crowne Hunter Valley Pool

In Summer the pool and spa area would be  ideal with the kids.  The pool backs on to an outdoor entertainment area with table tennis, pool tables and the Lovedale Brewery.

Yes I said brewery not bar!

Lovedale Brewery

Lovedale Brewery

Lovedale Brewery is located at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and is also owned by the Schwartz family.  The brewery has recently won a gold medal at the Australian & International Beer Awards for their Lager.

There a 6 beers available from the brewery, all of which are on tap. Tasting paddles which include all six are available.

The Lovedale Brewery Bus

The Lovedale Brewery Bus

I told you there was something for everyone here!

So ladies if you are thinking the boys have found their ultimate “mancave” you are absolutely correct.

Tea Tree Spa - Pedicure Room

Tea Tree Spa – Pedicure Room

I imagine that while Mr GG was off playing a  round of golf, or watching beer ferment I would be free to visit the “Tea Tree Day Spa.” The day spa has 13 treatment rooms, both double and single.  There were so many luxurious pampering packages on offer.

Tea Tree Massage Rooms

Tea Tree Massage Rooms

The rooms are so quiet and serene you could be forgiven for forgetting where you are.

Parents will know that a relaxing or romantic getaway is harder to secure once you have children.  At the Crowne Plaza the kids are so well catered for it would be easy to have a relaxing holiday with the kids.

2 bd Villa Crown Plaza Hunter

2 Bdm Villa Crown Plaza Hunter

A romantic getaway with kids? I know it seems unlikely, but with large, modern 2 & 3 bedroom self contained villa’s available there is plenty of room for everyone.

2bdm Villa Bedroom

2bdm Villa Bedroom

The bedrooms are spacious and there is a dining room, large lounge room, en suite and bathroom.

2Bdm Villa Lounge

2Bdm Villa Lounge

…but best of all is the kids club!

Water Dragon Kids Club

Water Dragon Kids Club

Families can enjoy the complimentary, fully supervised Water Dragons Kids Club for children aged 3-12 years old.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Merry go round

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Merry-Go-Round

Take a look at this!

I am sure Water Dragons Kids Club is the ultimate kids club! I guarantee the kids will be booking themselves into the free sessions.

Kids Club Train - Crowne Plaza

Kids Club Train – Crowne Plaza

Each day the kids club train goes around the Crowne Plaza Resort and stops at the little train stops to collect the kids.

Crowne Kids Club Train

Crowne Kids Club Train

Even the teenagers are catered for with a Teenagers Retreat.  This is an unsupervised lounge with televisions and video games.  It makes a place for the teenagers to “socialise” with their personal electronic devices.

Happy children equals happy parents! So with the kids begging to go to kids club, the adults are free to play!

Wine tours are available at the doorstep, and Hot Air Balloons can land on the Crowne Plaza helipad to collect guests! I would have loved to book a Hot Air Balloon ride but unfortunately the weather was not going to allow a flight.

Crowne Plaza 24 hr Gym

Crowne Plaza 24 hr Gym

There really is something for everyone at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.  I know I will come back with the family. Golf and a brewery for hubby, spa and wine tours for me, water dragons kids club for the little ones, and a teenagers retreat. Perfect!

The Crowne Plaza is also hosting the 2nd Hunter Valley Wine Festival on Saturday 11th October 2014.  This is an indulgent day sampling a range of the region’s finest wines, food, beer and cider. I will be updating readers with a complete story on the planned events.

Make sure you save the date.

Take a look at this little Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley teaser below …

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Drive,
Lovedale, NSW, 2325
 
Gourmet Getaways would like to thank the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for their generosity in hosting this stay. As always the opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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Comments

  1. I want to be an adult and kid at the same time seeing what they offer. Though the massage and gym areas are appealing, the trains and merry-go-round are equally inviting. At least for me! 🙂

  2. We have stayed here before and it’s really lovely. Was also winter time when we visited and enjoyed many Hunter reds in front of that fireplace!

  3. Wow Julie what a lovely getaway for you, it looks like a perfect place to stay!

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  4. Hehe I still remember you telling me that saying that happy kids equals happy parents! 😀

  5. How nice to find a spot that is great for the entire family! 🙂

  6. Oh how I would love to visit this wonderful place.
    Have a wonderful day Julie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. This looks like a wonderful place to have a break indeed Julie- wish I were there!

  8. I have a special love for Hunter Valley – definitely need to try staying at this beautiful hotel 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  9. That Tea Tree Day Spa looks like just what I need right now. We haven’t been to the Hunter Valley for a while and will definitely keep this in mind when we head up there soon. The pool and rooms look great!! 🙂

  10. How did you know Julie? It’s just what I need rigth now 😉

  11. What a relaxing winter break you had. This place looks like a lovely place to stay – will have to keep it in mind for when we visit the HV

  12. Looks like the perfect spot for a family holiday!

  13. What a great place for a vacation escape!

  14. Oh my jealousy has just gone through the roof!!! I’ve stayed at a couple of Crowne Plaza’s before but never the Hinter Valley one. They are always gorgeous!!! xx

  15. It makes great sense that Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is in Lovedale—what is not to love about this mini getaway to mani-pedis, luxurious rooms, golf and perks for the kidlets!

  16. Book me straight in!! There are so few places that suit teenagers as well as younger kids, and that work well for mum and dad too. Packing my bags…

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