Facing the dramatic Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, the Fairmont Resort and Spa is already ahead of the game by being in one of the best locations in the world.
Thanks to a $10 million renovation a few years back, the resort itself, which is now part of Accor’s exclusive MGallery collection, is looking pretty schmick as well.
Checking in & Beyond
Grand is the word that comes to mind when arriving at The Fairmont Resort & Spa, from the tree-lined road that leads up to the resort, to the tall, charming entrance which has the feel of a deluxe European ski chalet.
As soon I entered, my eyes were drawn to the huge triangular window that looks out the across the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.
Check-in was fast, efficient and done with a smile and a few friendly questions about my visit. On the way to my room, I passed a large aquarium wall and cozy bar area with plush sofas. A lot of thought has gone into refurbishing this resort.
I am lucky enough to be staying in a Deluxe Room with a balcony on level four. My first impression was just how spacious the room was. There was plenty of room to move around – or even set up your yoga mat – between the comfortable king-size bed, generous arm chair, and mini bar.
Again, the room had a European ski resort feel with its light hardwood finishes and high chalet ceilings. The auburn and ruby colour scheme adds warmth and character to the room, making me feel relaxed and at home.
The bathroom was spacious and has a large bath. I have no complaints, but it’s definitely not a modern design.
Great additions to the room included a Nespresso machine, lots of tea bags, a kettle and fast free wi-fi.
Food & Beverage
Jamison’s Restaurant where the buffet breakfast is hosted each morning overlooks the stunning Jamison Valley, ensuring you start the day inspired and thankful to be in the gorgeous Blue Mountains.
For me, the best point of difference about this buffet was the fact you could make your own fresh juices. Best of all the fruit and vegetables are already sliced up for guests, with our only job choosing from the delicious selection and popping it into the juicer.
Everything you could want for breakfast was on offer from fresh fruits, yoghurt, toasts and cereals right through to a full English style breakfast with all the trimmings. An egg station was also on hand with everything cooked to order.
I didn’t get to eat any other meals at the hotel during my stay, however, Embers Fireside dining, which also boasts Jamison Valley views, is open daily for lunch and dinner.
The Eucalypt Restaurant, however, was closed for renovations during my visit.
Facilities and Services
Did someone say facilities? This is one aspect this resort could never fall short on.
For the adults, there’s the oh so divine, brand new two-storey Ubika day spa with 16 treatment rooms. All treatments are performed using organic products from Blue Mountains skin care brand iKOU.
The day spa also features a Vichy Shower room, a Zen room to relax pre and post treatment in front of a fireplace, a yoga room, gymnasium and beauty salon.
Now, for the kids where do, I begin. Perhaps with the ice skating rink that’s currently being built for a 2020 opening or with the existing KidsZone games rooms. Yes, there are multiple rooms full of fun activities for kids of all ages, including a mirror maze and ball pit.
The resort also has two pools (one indoor one outdoor), a spa, sauna, tennis courts, a cinema and a golf club attached. No one is getting bored on a stay here.
There are also event and conferencing areas available.
One night here was not nearly enough to take advantage of all that The Fairmont offers. I would love to stay several days in the heart of winter, soaking up the sauna, day spa and cosy, chalet-like feel of this resort overlooking the Jamison Valley.
Fairmont Resort & Spa 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura.
222 boutique style rooms and suites
Rates start from $167 a night.
See more here.
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