Luxe NSW Babymoon
All of a sudden, the entrance appears but it's no regular driveway – in a few short meters you're transported from suburban ordinariness to unbelievable luxury. The car park is a auto enthusiast's dream. Our humble Ford looks very shabby alongside the impressive array of Porsche's, Range Rovers, Audi's, Lamborghini's and even a few Ferrari's.
By Kerry Warren, For The Australian Women's Weekly
Bells at Killcare
The approach to Bells at Killcare is so unassuming we had to check our directions several times. It seemed as though we were driving deeper into pleasant Central Coast suburbia, not drawing closer to one of NSW's best boutique hotels.
All of a sudden, the entrance appears but it's no regular driveway – in a few short metres you're transported from suburban ordinariness to unbelievable luxury. The car park is a auto enthusiast's dream. Our humble Ford looks very shabby alongside the impressive array of Porsches, Range Rovers, Audis, Lamborghinis and even a few Ferraris.
Despite our woefully inadequate wheels, our welcome from the front desk staff could not have been warmer and our cottage, a short drive away, is incredible.
Set over two storeys it features a fully-stocked kitchen, lounge area with gas fire, two bathrooms, a king-sized bedroom and two balconies – all decked out in an appealing Hamptons style.
A cottage at Bells at Killcare.
A king-sized bed graces the master room.
The overstuffed couches in front of the fire are awfully tempting but we've got a spa appointment that can't be missed.
The spa is located up by the restaurant and is calming from the moment you walk in the door.
We're whisked into a private changing area to strip off and replace our clothes with soft robes, slippers and some very attractive disposable underwear then it's upstairs to the couples' massage room.
My masseuse is pregnant too, so I couldn't feel more confident in her ability to soothe my aches and pains without accidentally sending me into premature labour – something my mother has warned me about ad nauseam for weeks.
It's an intensely relaxing experience – lying alongside my partner in complete silence as your body is pleasantly rubbed into tranquillity.
At one point I can hear my husband snoring a little bit – and I can't really blame him, such is the complete relaxation.
When our 60 minutes are up, we're ushered downstairs for some of the spa's signature tea, which we sip in silence, too blissed-out to speak.
Putting our regular clothes back on feels wrong so we swap them for robes again the minute we get back to our cottage.
The afternoon passes very pleasantly after that, reclined in front of the fire as the rain falls gently outside. All of a sudden, hours have passed and we're nearly late for our dinner reservations.
The prospect of dining at Bells at Killcare Restaurant & Bar had excited us for weeks and it doesn't disappoint. The dining room is stunning, the wait staff faultless and the menu such that you could dine here every night for a week and still not sample everything that took your fancy.
We opt for the five-course degustation, the highlight of which is the spaghettini with ragu of rabbit tomato and basil and the roast grass-fed wagyu beef sirloin with wild mushrooms, pickled radish and red wine sauce. The grilled king prawns and calamari with cauliflower puree, wood sorrel and roast garlic is also delectable.
After dinner, we choose a DVD from the selection in the reception and head back to our supremely comfortable bed for the most romantic and restful night we've had in months, maybe even years.
By the next morning, our stomachs have emptied themselves sufficiently to demand breakfast and we're happy to oblige.
We love breakfast, specifically bacon and eggs, so it's a mark of how excellent Bells' continental offering is that we didn't even feel the need to order the cooked option.
From an array of house-made pastries and breads with gourmet jams to yoghurt with rhubarb compete and bircher muesli, we can't stuff enough in, let alone make room for anything fried or scrambled.
Pleasantly full once again, we check out and head back home to Sydney, dreaming of the culinary delights the past 24 hours have held.
Bells at Killcare's Babymoon Indulgence Package includes:
- One nights' accommodation for two
- Full hot breakfast for two
- A three-course dinner for two
- A 60-minute couples Kodo massage
From: $890 (King Spa Suite)