Hepburn Spa Pavilions

Main Road, Hepburn Springs, Vic
phone: (03) 5348 4422
web: hepburnspapavilions.com.au

Deep in spa territory, the Pavilions offers a relaxed, eco-friendly hideaway that is a gentle walk from Hepburn Springs' iconic bathhouse with its therapeutic blend of mineral waters, beauty treatments and massages.

Two separate self-contained two-storey villas, Horizon and Saffron, await. Each ground floor incorporates two private luxury bedrooms - each with its own two-person Hydro Spa - with timber louvred windows that look out onto bush and garden views, while the second floor, with its cathedral ceilings, creates a generous, light-filled space with access to an outdoor terrace.

Take advantage of all the mod cons (notably, on chilly nights, the gas log fire, TV and DVD) in the open-plan kitchen and dining area. Since Hepburn Springs sits right on the edge of Wombat State Forest, the location is ideal for bushwalking.

Also, drop in on Italy's oldest building in Australia, the Old Macaroni Factory (62 Main Road; 03 5348 4345; macaronifactory.com.au) with its embedded Lucini's Historic Pasta Cafe and Bar.

Cost: $670 a double a weekend (two night minimum stay) in one bedroom; $870 a weekend for four people in two bedrooms.

Distance: 115km (1 1/2 hours' drive) north-west of Melbourne.

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