Beautiful Simplicity

By Luke Hughes

Set by the ocean on a private hilltop oasis on over 200 acres at Point Lonsdale - the beautiful coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula – Lon Retreat & Spa is a hidden gem. It’s Victoria’s stunning, highly-anticipated new luxury coastal adults-only getaway.

Previously known as “Lonsdale Views,” the property has been family-owned for over 100 years. Now lovingly renovated and upgraded, it presents as a magnificent sandstone retreat and spa; the ultimate romantic adult escape. 

Features include amazing ocean views, a mineral spring-fed indoor pool, private beach access, outside fire pit, and private art gallery featuring local artists. 

You’ll also discover tranquil nature walks spread around the property, including to the beach, dunes, Moonah Forest, lakes and the farm. 

Guests can select goodies from the honesty bar and the unique “makers and growers pantry” is stocked with the best food the region has to offer.

Enjoy a hand-picked picnic hamper, visit local wineries and art galleries… the choice is yours. 

Stays are set at a two night minimum (three night minimum on public holiday weekends and Christmas holidays), and prices range from $360 to $850 per night. A delectable boutique brekky hamper from Annie’s Kitchen is included. 

Cloud-watching, stargazing, walking without a map. If you’re looking to reconnect with the beauty of slow and simple, your adult-exclusive retreat and spa awaits.

Each of the seven luxury suites is exquisitely and individually designed with outlooks of the ocean, lakes and surrounding farmland. Think natural, earthy surroundings meets contemporary luxury.

Most of the furniture, ceramics, artwork and lighting is crafted or sourced locally.

The retreat’s breathtaking suites are named after clouds:

“During my childhood, my grandmother looked to the sky on our farm & out to the horizon and drew knowledge of cloud types to predict, understand & prepare for the weather. Suite names are inspired by the names of the different cloud types used for ‘cloud reading’ and the creation of ‘weather lore’”.

Room sizes range from 43sqm to 88sqm with views of the ocean, lighthouse, surrounding farmland, lakes, and golf course. 

Enjoy luxe furnishings, homely touches, king-sized bed, luxury Cultiver linens, rain shower, outdoor shower, large bath, kitchenette or full kitchen (2 bedroom suite only), balcony with ocean view, private courtyards, hammock, outdoor settings, Subtle Energies Aromatherapy amenities, BBQ, and cathedral ceilings.

The star, Alto, is exclusively accessed via a private staircase and has panoramic ocean views over Port Phillip Bay, The Rip and Point Nepean. Features include private balcony, double-sided fireplace, and warm water from the mineral springs running directly into your bathtub! 

Alto and Cumulus – the premium suites – also include mineral water-fed stone bath, brass features, double vanities, heated flooring, private wine cellar, sunbeds, and private beach track access.

Lon Retreat is escape suitable for guests aged 16 years and over. In total, the retreat can accommodate 16 adults, with one suite housing four adults and the other six suites housing two adults each. 

Just an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Lon Retreat and Spa is your ultimate, “grown-up’s only” getaway.

Grab a picnic hamper and explore the property, savour local delicacies in the privacy of your own suite. Sample local wines and beers from the Honesty Bar and enjoy fresh local produce from the Maker and Growers Pantry. 

Explore the Bellarine Taste Trail, boasting over 50 local food and wine producers. Take a short walk to Point Lonsdale village and discover local cafes, bars and award-winning local restaurants.

Lon Spa

Lon Spa is made up of three unique treatment rooms featuring mineral water-fed soaking tubs, steam rooms and breathtaking views of the ocean, lighthouse and coastal landscape. The bathing sanctuary includes a mineral water-sourced heated pool leading to a sunroom, private gardens and sundecks gazing towards the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. 

Lon Spa is a small, exclusive property. Spa treatments are available to Retreat Guests and the general public. Advanced reservations are essential. 

Lon Spa has carefully selected a world-class, Australian owned and made brand. Subtle Energies offer results-driven aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. 

Lon Spa offers holistic facials, massage, body treatments, and signature mineral retreats and spa journeys. 

Treatments are a minimum of one hour, and prices start from $160.