The Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, a luxury
conservation-based resort and Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first
development outside Dubai, has opened for business.
The A$125 million project, built on the same
principles as Emirates’ acclaimed
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa,
combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a
commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental
Located between two of Australia’s most
prominent national parks and bordering the Blue Mountains World
Heritage Area, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa features 40 individual
secluded suites, and is fully integrated into its environment,
supporting wide-ranging conservation practices. The resort
occupies only 2% of its 4,000 acre land, while the remaining area
is dedicated as a wildlife reserve.
His Highness Sheikh
Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates
Airline and Group, said, “Since the opening of Al Maha a decade
ago, we have built our businesses on the basis of being
sustainable and environmentally aware; and leading in wildlife
conservation, in particular the protection of endangered and
threatened species. With the opening of Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
in Australia, we are expanding our unique luxury
conservation-based resort philosophy into a different country, a
different continent and a different ecological environment.”
Wolgan Valley is rich in historical significance.
Charles Darwin was a visitor in 1836 and the property’s original
homestead, which dates back to 1832, has been fully restored to
its former glory, providing a fascinating glimpse of the region’s
heritage for guests.
Each suite in the resort has its own
indoor / outdoor swimming pool, private verandah, separate living
and sleeping areas, luxurious en-suite bathroom and double-sided
The resort’s architecture is progressive in its
sustainable philosophy but classic in its aesthetic approach. Its
design, inspired by original Federation style, is reminiscent of
traditional rural Australian homesteads.
Resort & Spa incorporates the ‘Timeless Spa’ branded facility.
Originally created at Al Maha, Emirates’ own luxury Spa brand is
an integral part of the guest experience. The Timeless Spa
concepts focus on natural products, and the provision of holistic
treatments which revitalize the body and enhance relaxation.
A major focus of the guest experience at Wolgan Valley Resort
& Spa is the quality of Australia’s finest produce – enhanced by
the resort’s regional, seasonal and organic food philosophy.
Activities at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will include guided
walks to discover wildlife in its natural habitat, four-wheel
drive safaris, mountain bike and horse-riding adventures through
the spectacular landscapes, stargazing, heritage and Aboriginal
interpretative tours, guided photographic excursions and visits to
the Wollemi Pine Grove.
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