Western Australia's Margaret River area has a Mediterranean climate, a wonderful coastline and rows of grapevines and olive trees. It is one of Australia's most relaxing holiday places, with plenty of good accommodation and excellent food and wine.
Caves Road is home to some of Australia's best wine and if you venture along a red dirt track off the road you will be delighted by Moondance, the ultimate holiday escape. Conde Nast selected it as one of 2005's hot new hotels!
Moondance is a five-star luxury boutique retreat of just eight double suites, beautifully decorated with Jim Thompson Thai silks and original artwork. Each has a private deck, spa bath with garden view, power shower, flat-screen television, DVD and high-speed Internet access.
Jarrah timber and select weathered telegraph poles take the outdoors in and fireplaces made of local stone give public areas a welcoming ambience.
The main lodge houses reception, lounge, dining room and cocktail area.
It's all on 13 hectares of natural bush, gardens and orchards and masses of lavender, the ideal setting for a range of wellness experiences to nurture mind, body and soul. Treatments include Grape Healing and Naturopathy and you can enjoy a massage in the loft or on the day bed in your suite.
Lunch and dinner are prepared on the barbecue. Harvest Moon Restaurant's executive chef Saul Atkinson creates culinary delights every Saturday night using produce from Moondance's orchard and herb garden and local olives, cheese, bread and seafood.
There are plenty of exciting activities not far from Moondance, such as whale and dolphin-watching cruises, wine tours and the Yallingup Caves.