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Chalets at Blackheath: The Blue Mountains’ newest eco retreat for a luxe winter getaway

The brand new eco-luxury Chalets at Blackheath are perfect for a cosy winter getaway. Nestled amongst eucalyptus trees, the four chalets each feature baths with floor to ceiling windows and a wood fireplace in the bedroom.

Chalets at Blackheath: The Blue Mountains’ newest eco retreat for a luxe winter getaway

The brand new eco-luxury Chalets at Blackheath are perfect for a cosy winter getaway. Nestled amongst eucalyptus trees, the four chalets each feature baths with floor to ceiling windows and a wood fireplace in the bedroom.

The colours and materials of the chalets are inspired by the surrounding landscape and the textures of the valley walls of the Grand Canyon, which is only moments away via the picturesque Evans Lookout.

  • Traveller: Lisa Wagstaff
  • Room: One bedroom Chalet
  • Price: $1,300 per night
  • Address: 394 Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath NSW
  • Date: May 2022
  • Best for: A romantic weekend away, exploring the Blue Mountains and cosying up by the fireplace

The Signature factor

The large luxurious shower has double shower heads fixed to a curved wall of sandstone-toned clay tiles. Each shower features both a rain shower and a detachable shower head. The clay tiles match the soaring sandstone formations in the Grand Canyon.

The concept

Opening in March 2022, Chalets at Blackheath were created by luxury accommodation enthusiast Angela O’Connell, who is also the resort’s General Manager. The property’s design is both sustainable and luxurious using recycled and sustainable materials throughout the chalets. The clay, hemp, and stone is also symbolic of the valleys and gorges in the area surrounding the property. Sandstone formations, eucalyptus trees and caves inspired the calming, earthy colour palette.

Angela O’Connell says, “Chalets at Blackheath has been designed for the eco-conscious traveller without compromising on style, luxury, or comfort”.

There are currently four chalets, set apart and surrounded by nature. Phase two will add six more chalets, including a three-bedroom larger option ideal for families or groups of friends.

Phase two will also see three outdoor sensory experiences created centred around nature. Around the realms of ‘Be welcomed’; ‘Be relaxed’; ‘Be an Explorer’.

First impressions

A gated entrance sits adjacent to the expansive Blue Mountains National Park. We open the electric gates with a code sent via Whatsapp and drive to The Library for check-in with a glass of Moët & Chandon offered on arrival.

We take in the mass of regenerating native flora. In 2019, a scheduled backburn became out of control and burnt down most of the original buildings and plant life. The only noise on the 17-acre property comes from the rosellas, cockatoos and magpies. Deco granite paths guide our way to the chalets and a huge shared outdoor fire pit.

The room

The chalets are ripe for romance with a king-sized bed in the centre of the room. On one side of the bed is a kitchenette with breakfast bar, dishwasher, Nespresso machine and Smeg induction cooktop. On the room’s other side are two armchairs and a wood-burning fireplace. High ceilings and glass windows fill the room with natural light and make the most of the north facing aspect.

The oversized bathroom has two skylights, double vanity and a double shower. But the real showstopper is the deep bathtub set against floor to ceiling windows. We fill it scented with eucalyptus bath salts and soak while watching the sun set behind the bushland. Post bath time is equally lush with Frette bathrobes to slip into. Frette is the preferred linen and bedding of the Italian royal family and I do feel like a bit of a princess while donning my robe.

On my plate

A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning in The Library. The spread includes one of the best croissants I have ever had. Local produce is favoured with muesli from Wisk and Pin, apples and fresh cloudy apple juice from the Megalong Valley and pasties and sourdough from Black Cockatoo Bakery in Katoomba.

Highlights from the mini-bar

Blue Mountains Gin and Archie Rose pre-mixers are accompanied by chips, locally made chocolate, biscuits and soft drinks. There is also a Sub Zero wine fridge to fill with your favourite tipples and Riedel glassware.

I wish I could take home…

The cosmic black granite bench top in the kitchen. It has stunning crystal formations and a luxe leathered finish.

Staying in

I happily bunkered down for a rainy weekend at Chalets at Blackheath. My partner and I opened a bottle of red and enjoyed a bath before finishing the bottle by the fireplace. When the sun poked out from the clouds, we rode the complementary eBikes to Evans Head lookout, also a perfect spot for sunrise. We barbecued steaks from Blackheath Butchery on the outdoor Webber for dinner while enjoying the constellation-filled night sky.

You can also share the outdoor seating around the fire pit with other guests, visit the indigenous edible garden and stretch out with sunrise or sunset yoga and meditation at The Deck.

Stepping out

There are many sensational Blue Mountains hikes around Blackheath. We visited Govett’s Leap Lookout which has walking tracks to George Phillips Lookout and Horseshoe Falls. On the other side of Blackheath is the Centennial Lands Walk. This 30 minute walk took us to a point to witness a waterfall cascading through a small gorge. The Blue Mountains are also home to many gorgeous antique stores.

We dined on local cuisine at Blackheath’s newly opened Blaq restaurant which has its own produce garden. The grilled fish with crispy chat potatoes and house salad is divine.

If only…

Once the plants grow up taller and bushier around the individual chalets they will be even more private.

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