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New South Wales romantic escapes include spa hotels, glamping pods and beachside villas.

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There's nothing like a weekend away, just the two of you, to help rediscover that first-met feeling. And whether you're after a Sydney staycation, a tucked away couples retreat or a seaside escape, there's plenty of options in New South Wales that will tick all of your boxes.

Here are a few of our favourite accommodations for romantic getaways in New South Wales where love is most certainly in the air.

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Our picks for romantic getaways in New South Wales

Block Eight Hunter Valley.

1. Block Eight, Hunter Valley

If your idea of a romantic escape is relaxing on the deck of a secluded Hunter Valley vineyard, Block Eight is the place for you. Set within a 100-acre property are 5 self-contained villas – all of which are couples-only. Bliss? We think so.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Wine tours and a farm of orphaned and abandoned farm animals. Wallabies and kangaroos also roam the property.
  • Why do we love it? Book a package (see below) and you'll receive six bottles of wine, a daily breakfast, afternoon tea and snacks.

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Ridge Retreat, Mollymook.

2. The Ridge Retreat, Mollymook

Located ideally where the bush meets the sea, this boutique property is a couple's hideout that's a stone's throw from quiet bushlands and sun-kissed beaches.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: 15-metre magnesium mineral heated infinity pool, views of eucalypt forest, guest lounge with wood fire for cooler months.
  • Why do we love it? Comprised of only three ensuite bedrooms with king and queen beds this feels as though it's your own private residence.

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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat.

3. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, Far North Coast

With floor-to-ceiling windows, a rainforest setting, bathtubs made for two and hammocks laid above babbling brooks, you won't have to do much else to impress your loved one at this hideaway.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Rose petals, candles and bottles of wine can be organised for your room, as can couples massages either together or one after each other.
  • Why do we love it? Book a picnic pack to take with you on a forest walk or to the property's orchard. Make it a night-time treat at the creek to catch a glimpse of the local glow-worms.

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4. Jonah's Whale Beach, Sydney

Found on Sydney's quieter northern beaches, this peaceful beachside retreat is perfect for those who don't want to travel too far from Sydney's city centre.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Ocean views, onsite spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, in-room spa bath, private balcony, walk-in shower, his and hers bathrobes, seafood dinners.
  • Why do we love it? Enjoy dinner at the hotel's award-winning restaurant before taking a sunset stroll along Whale Beach.

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5. Spicers Vineyards Estate, Hunter Valley

If you know your Chardonnay from your Semillon and your Shiraz from your Merlot, or simply want to learn a little more about one of New South Wales' premier wine regions, consider staying in one of these luxury suites.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Open fireplace, surrounded by vineyards, luxury spa suites with a rain shower, spa bathtub and in-room treatments available.
  • Why do we love it? Restaurant Botanica, the onsite dining room, changes its menu daily to make use of the fresh produce picked from the garden that very morning.

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6. Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney

Centrally located in Sydney's CBD, this luxury hotel is within walking distance to all of the city's top attractions. For that extra wow factor, you can arrange to have champagne and strawberries waiting in your room on arrival.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: In-house spa, sauna and beauty centre, 24-hour room service, indoor swimming pool, bathtub for 2.
  • Why do we love it? There's always an offer to be found on the website whether it be a romantic package or complimentary breakfast in bed.

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7. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa, Blue Mountains

Whether you're looking for a base to explore the surrounding waterfalls and hiking trails or a scenic spot to simply relax, a deluxe double room in Lilianfels will suit you just fine.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Jacuzzi, indoor pool, spa centre, rooftop terrace, open fireplace, 24-hour room service, couples massage treatments.
  • Why do we love it? You won't get sick of watching the sunset over Jamison Valley from the rooftop bar.

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8. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

Get back to basics without forfeiting any modern luxuries with this secluded glamping spot set just a couple of kilometres from Jervis Bay.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Romantic features: Spa bath, walking trails, stargazing, massage and beauty treatments available by appointment, private deck.
  • Why do we love it? Take on the Paperbark Challenge and jump in a canoe to Huskisson, packing a picnic to enjoy on the banks of Currambene Creek.

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9. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney

Explore the bright lights of the city or spend your time exploring this relaxed sandy enclave. Rooms are designed to reflect their environment with a beach house vibe, perfect for the laid-back couple.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Panoramic views of Watson's Bay, private terrace, marble ensuite bathroom.
  • Why do we love it? Watson's Bay is a lively neighbourhood and there's always something going on. From Lunar New Year celebrations to The Bay Soiree, check out what events are happening during your stay.

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10. Sofitel, Sydney

Originating in Paris, Sofitel has started to bring a touch of French finesse to upmarket hotels around the world, with its signature hotel in Darling Harbour being no different. Choose from 1 of over 600 opulent rooms and suites, complete with only the best of French interior design.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Infinity pool, poolside bar, massage and beauty centre, onsite champagne bar.
  • Why do we love it? Stay on a Saturday to enjoy high tea a la francaise including the likes of pistachio-filled choux buns and chocolate madeleines. Order a glass of bubbly on the side for that extra bit of pizazz.

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11. Peppers Manor House, Southern Highlands

If you love a bit of old-world charm, this early 20th-century country manor set in the depths of the Southern Highlands might just be a bit of you. If you need to jump on a flight, it conveniently sits around a 90-minute drive from both Sydney and Canberra.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Swimming pool, billiards table, badminton court, croquet field, open fireplace, estate views.
  • Why do we love it? Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, order something from the Katers Grazing Menu to enjoy cheese platters and more from the comfort of the pool.

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12. Pretty Beach House, Central Coast

Made up of four luxury and private pavilions, you'll be one of just eight guests when you stay in this ultra-luxurious retreat near Pretty Beach. Cleverly designed, these individual pockets of heaven will leave you feeling like the only ones on Bouddi Peninsula.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Private infinity pool, champagne on arrival, couples spa treatments, highly-rated dining room, open sandstone fireplace, wine cellar, poolside pizza oven.
  • Why do we love it? If you manage to peel yourself off the sun bed, the staff can organise guided walks and tours around the Bouddi National Park where you'll discover sandstone cliffs and secluded beaches.

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Where should I stay in New South Wales for a romantic escape?

With cosmopolitan cities, tranquil countryside and sweeping bays, New South Wales has it all. Here are some of the most loved-up spots in the state:

  • Jervis Bay. If you're hoping to spend as much time as possible on the beach, Jervis Bay should be your go-to. And, what a beach it is. Stay at Paperbark Camp
  • The Blue Mountains. A UNESCO-listed world heritage site laden with bushwalks and hidden waterfalls, there is no better place to discover the beauty of the New South Wales countryside. Stay at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa
  • Hunter Valley. Wine, cheese and well… wine. Hunter Valley is laden with vineyards and your stay is likely to involve sampling produce from a good number of them. Stay at Block Eight or Spicers Vineyards Estate
  • Southern Highlands. Another gastronomical delight in New South Wales, take a short break to the Southern Highlands to try unique cool-climate wines, discover picture-perfect valleys and admire colourful gardens. Stay at Peppers Manor House
  • Lord Howe Island. If a splurge is what you're after, Lord Howe Island is it – and technically in New South Wales. This Pacific paradise limits island guests to just 400 at a time. You'll need a few days off over the weekend, but it's well worth it. Stay at Pinetrees Lodge
  • Byron Hinterland. While Byron is known for its beautiful beaches, travel just a few kilometres inland and you'll find tranquil rolling hills that produce the area's fresh produce. Stay at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
  • Mollymook: The south coast of NSW is blessed with pristine beaches and a laid-back vibe that's absolutely contagious. Stay at The Ridge Retreat

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