Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WHERE I WANT TO BE: Lake House, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

A waterfront retreat in southern Australia's spa country, this boutique hotel promises blissful relaxation and gourmet dining.
Mineral springs are plentiful around Lake House's hometown - and at the Salus Day Spa of this bucolic getaway, you're enjoying their restorative waters in a tree-house tub. On the shores of picturesque Lake Daylesford, its 33 rooms and suites tucked into six acres of gardens, the hotel is built to give you space and seclusion.

That's especially true of the Waterfront Suites, which guests enter via a bridge spanning a fern gully. These generous lodgings have balconies overlooking the lake and lagoon, and their amenities include a bar, dual showers, and dual spa baths. Like the hotel's other rooms and suites, they're close to walking trails that lead around the lake and into nearby Wombat State Forest.