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From the ashes of the Blue Mountains fires, a resort wins global kudos

The bush-luxe Chalets of Blackheath, built to sit lightly on the land, are the latest addition to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.

If the words “mountain” and “chalet” conjure up images of Heidi in a dirndl, the Chalets at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, about two hours west of Sydney, will reset your thinking.

Four rectilinear, timber and clay cabins set on almost seven hectares of natural bushland abutting one million hectares of World Heritage wilderness, the chalets are the latest addition to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. When it goes live in a few weeks’ time, that will make it the only such establishment in NSW and one of only three in all of Australia. (Switzerland, on the other hand, while a 20th the size of NSW, boasts 10 Small Luxury Hotels, many of which elicit a distinct yodel.)

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