Rob & Mike
Hotel Review: Spicers Peak Lodge Retreat
Updated: Feb 17, 2021
In this review we are taking you to somewhere truly special, Spicers Peak Lodge Retreat is located in rural Maryvale approx 2.5hrs west of The Gold Coast in South East Queensland. The retreat is luxurious and exclusive yet relaxed and laid back at the same time. With only 10 suites and 2 private lodges you are assured privacy and exceptional service from the staff, we stayed 2 nights at the retreat in one of their private lodges and were sad to leave, especially due to the personal service provided by the staff it felt like we were saying goodbye to family and friends at the end of our stay.
There are a couple of ways to get to Spicers Peak Lodge Retreat the most common of which is to self drive by car although it should be mentioned the roads in to the property are best suited for SUV's or 4WD vehicles. The other options which can be arranged by the resort is either private vehicle transfer from Brisbane or the Gold Coast or helicopter transfer from either Brisbane or The Gold Coast. As we live on the Gold Coast we drove ourselves to the lodge.
We stayed in one of the retreats Private Lodges which was perched on the side of the plateau overlooking the north western valleys and ranges, it features a separate kitchen/living area with fireplace and bedroom area with an infinity edge spa on the outdoor deck so you can relax with a glass of bubbles at sunset. The outdoor area has a lounge, bean bag and a table and chairs and is where we ate breakfast in the mornings. On arrival there was a bottle of red wine waiting for us as well as a fully stocked mini bar stocked with our preferred drinks and snacks including gluten free beer (if you email the retreat prior to your visit they are able to cater to most dietary requirements). The large bathroom has twin vanities, heated floor, a large shower with views over the valley. There is also a separate toilet and shower adjacent to the kitchen/living area. Appelles toileteries are provided in both bathrooms.
We found the customer service exceptional and up there with the best we have received in all of our worldwide travels, everything requested was happily provided by the team who are professional yet relaxed and calm in everything they do which assures you of a calm and relaxing stay. We could not rave more about the staff from the management, reception and wait staff through to the chef who provided us with amazing meals 3 times a day.
Restaurants & Bars
The lodge has a restaurant and an adjacent bar with a large welcoming fireplace. All meals and alcoholic drinks are included in the room rate with the exception of top shelf wines which are at additional cost. Due to Covid-19 restrictions Dinner is served in two seatings at 6pm and 7:30pm, Breakfast is served from 8-10am with room delivery available and lunch from 12-2pm, all dietary requirements were catered for with all meals being made gluten free for us and also having almond milk available in our private lodge for morning coffee. The lodge even went out of their way to source gluten free beer specially for us which was stocked in the main bar and in our private lodge mini bar. The food was exceptional and of a very high standard with lots of fresh seafood and beef on the menu which is sourced from local beef and aquaculture farms, the food style was modern Australian with an Asian influence with a focus on local fresh produce and was served with paired Australian wines. The staff even did a special birthday surprise for us at dessert which was lovely. We opted for breakfast delivery during our stay so we could enjoy our private view.
The retreat has many walks available which range from gentle to more advanced climbs, with so few guests at the retreat you rarely run in to anyone else on your walks which makes you feel like your in your own private paradise. We did several walks and saw kangaroos, wallabies and koalas and came across a wombat burrow. They also have mountain bikes that you can use on two downhill trails with complimentary pick up at the bottom of the hill so you don't have to ride back uphill. The lodge will even arrange a picnic lunch for you at one of the many plateau look outs if you want a romantic lunch. There is also a day spa offering a range of treatments which need to be booked prior to your stay, we booked massages and were very happy with the massage and the service received. The lodge also has a main pool, tennis court and billiard room so there is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.
We cant stress how much we loved our stay at Spicers Peak Lodge Retreat, not only is it one of the most beautiful places you can stay in rural Australia but the exceptional service provided by the staff puts it up there as one of the best retreats on mainland Australia. We will definitely be back again one day soon and we hope you will consider them next time you want to stay somewhere special, just make sure you book ahead as due to the exclusiveness of the retreat you often need to book 12 months or more in advance to get in.
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About The Author
Rob has been passionate about cruise ship holidays and exploring the world since the first cruise he went on when he was only seven years old. Since then Rob who is a Photographer and his partner Mike of 18 years have travelled the world on over 25 cruises with over 10 different cruise lines visiting every continent across the globe as well as many remote tropical islands along the way. In addition to cruise holidays they enjoy relaxing at beach side holiday resorts and first/business class air travel as well as transcontinental rail journeys. Between them both Robert and Michael have worked out the best way to maximise frequent flyer reward points allowing them to travel first/business class at economy class prices or in some cases travelling first/business class for free.