The Luxe List 2010, Australia: Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Lithgow

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first property outside the U.A.E. brings a slice of  Dubai-style extravagance to the Australian backcountry. Surrounded by craggy escarpments and rolling bushland, the resort crouches amid a private nature reserve near the Greater Blue Mountains of New South Wales, three hours’ drive from Sydney. Most of the 40 suites occupy timber-and-stone guest cottages inspired by early Australian homesteads, and come with handcrafted furniture, plunge pools, fireplaces, and verandas. Activities range from wildlife safaris to horseback riding, after which you can refuel on sophisticated fare prepared with fresh organic produce from local farms

61-2/6350-1800; emirateshotelsresorts.com; doubles from US$1,860

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