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Spend Christmas in July at Chalets in the Blue Mountains

Catch the autumn colours in Blackheath, NSW

Chalets at Blackheath have just opened in time to catch the autumn colours or spend Christmas in July in the sometimes snowy mountain town.

Chalets at Blackheath is a boutique retreat on 17 acres of bushland next to the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

“Here, guests can embark on a journey through the enchanting elements of nature”, says Therese Moussa, the esteemed creative developer from Sydney dining venue The Grounds of Alexandria, who is styling the outdoor sensory experiences at this unique new addition to the Blue Mountains hospitality scene.

Luxury accommodation launches in Blackheath

Phase one of the resort is now open – offering accommodation in the form of four freestanding studio chalets, discreetly spread out through the expansive grounds to maximise privacy. Light, airy, and beautifully proportioned, each chalet features a king-sized bed, wood-burning fireplace, and an oversized bathroom made of limestone, showcasing twin rain showers and a deep soaking tub. Lavish little touches include plush Frette linens, fully stocked Subzero wine fridges, and Riedel glassware for every occasion.

Blackheath offers proximity to the Blue Mountains National Park

On arrival, guests can expect glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne in the resort library or by the native edible garden, hosted by resort ambassadors who are at their exclusive service for the entire stay.

This pioneering project began in 2020 with the acquisition of the renowned Jemby Rinjah eco-lodge – built by Peter Quirk, one of the longest-serving mayors in the Blue Mountains, and accommodation winner of numerous tourism industry and environmental awards.

With a vision to establish a paradise centred around sustainable luxury, the resort is a showcase of biophilic design, which is based on the concept of blending nature into manmade spaces to positively influence the occupant’s wellbeing whilst considering our environmental impact.

The conservation theme continues in the chalets: interiors combine the use of sustainable materials – clay, hemp, and stone – that serves to connect guests to the natural setting. The main feature wall was constructed using ancient techniques and earth, which has a very low carbon footprint and maintains ideal temperatures due to its high thermal mass, reducing the need for heating and cooling.

A calming colour palette and organic textures draw inspiration from the local geology, which includes soaring sandstone formations, majestic eucalyptus trees, and ancient caves forming place-based links between the accommodation and the distinctive characteristics of the landscape.

Magnesium Pool, a glass house and champagne are on offer in the Blue Mountains

Future plans involve rebuilding just another six chalets, keeping the resort at an intimate and sustainable level. Other planned developments include a spa and a Moussa-designed outdoor lounge area, which will feature an abundance of plants and urns, an enclosed glasshouse for a magnesium pool, and an “explorer’s shed”.

Given its recent history with natural disasters, Chalets at Blackheath is conscious of doing its part to safeguard its surrounds. The resort has capacity to store up to 80,000 litres of harvested rainwater, funnelling this through a heavy-duty natural filtration system that not only supplies guests with clean, fresh water for showers and baths, but also fuels firefighting pumps and hoses for the local Rural Fire Service (RFS) in case of an emergency. The resort is also committed to increasing the water storage capacity beyond 200,000 litres to better protect the local region, as well as adopting the latest state-of-the art solar energy solutions.

Impressive waste minimisation initiatives include having zero disposable bathroom amenities, recycling, onsite composting, and drinking water filtered onsite. Chalets at Blackheath is also a Tesla destination charging partner in NSW, offering the ultimate convenience for electric car drivers to fill up on their trip.

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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