Lodge Weekend breaks
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Lodge accommodations are the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing weekend where you can unwind in peace and tranquillity. Lodges often feature all the comforts of home combined with the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel. Frequently situated in scenic locations such as mountains and parks, lodges provide opportunities to engage with nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lodge weekend breaks are an excellent choice for family getaways, couples or solo travellers searching for some peaceful solitude.
The region of Connemara on the western part of County Galway, Ireland, is famed for its breath-taking natural beauty. From the soaring peaks of the Twelve Ben Mountains to the dramatic ocean cliffs and fjords of Killary Harbour, Connemara is one of the most beautiful regions to visit in Ireland. Together with a strong Celtic history evident in the towns and traditions of this region, a visit here will feel like a slice of authentic Ireland.
Located 1441 metres above sea level in the mountains of northern Italy, La Thuile is a popular winter getaway for adventurers and nature lovers alike. A visit to the alpine village of La Thuile will immerse you in the centuries-old traditional culture of this region. Nearby mountains like the massive Mont Blanc are also popular with skiers and climbers, and the Gran Paradiso Natural Reserve invites visitors to explore its rich natural beauty.
The many rivers, canals and islands of the Mekong Delta make it one of the most fascinating regions in Vietnam. The lush mangrove forests are home to a diverse range of birdlife, and numerous ancient temples and river-based communities make this area extremely unique. While there is plenty to see in the Mekong Delta, you can just as easily go with the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a serene tropical weekend.
Only an hour’s drive out from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is acclaimed as one of the most scenic wine districts in Australia. The cool climate has enabled it to remain a favourite wine-producing region since the early 19th century and is home to many vineyards, quaint villages, and scenic trails. Visitors can enjoy the cider & ale trail calling into several popular breweries, or simply soak up the quiet rural atmosphere of this restful part of south-eastern Australia.
World-famous Kruger National Park is one of the best wildlife parks in which to experience close encounters with the abundant wildlife of South Africa. Visitors can easily spend a weekend on safari seeing lions, hippos, elephants, and other animals endemic to the African plains. The wilderness of South Africa offers visitors a unique way to wind down among the natural beauty of the African savannah.
Situated in a restored Victorian-era country house by the spectacular Aasleagh Falls, this lodge will deliver a weekend break of peace and tranquillity. All rooms are comfortable and spacious to promote a sound night’s sleep, and your stay includes access to the Delphi Resort Spa as well as discounts on several local sights and activities.
Nestled within La Thuile’s scenic Aosta Valley, this lodge has been elegantly designed to blend in with the scenery for a charming alpine weekend away. You can choose to stay in either a Deluxe Room or Junior Suite, both featuring a host of modern luxuries and stunning mountain views. The lodge features a private spa for ultimate indulgence and access to the Espace San Bernado ski area for all your winter activities.
Sitting on the shores of Thoi Son Island this eco-friendly lodge provides peace and serenity, far from the hectic pace of Ho Chi Minh City. All rooms feature traditional décor and private terraces where you can enjoy gorgeous river or garden views. Guests can enjoy French/Vietnamese cuisine at Le Comptoir de Marthe and Edouard, explore the local village by bike or take a scenic boat ride down the Mekong River.
Within the heart of the Yarra Valley, this lodge is located within a massive golf course surrounded by vineyards and hills. Suites and rooms are available for all group sizes, each designed to offer maximum comfort and relaxation and with balcony views of the countryside. Visitors can enjoy gourmet meals provided by chef Erin Thompson at Bella Restaurant, relax at the Yarra Valley Day Spa, take a forest journey on the Puffing Billy steam train, or just relish the magic of this scenic location.
Located between Blyde River Canyon, Kruger Park, and two of the largest animal rehabilitation centres in South Africa, this lodge provides comfortable accommodation close to many regional attractions. All rooms are spacious and luxurious with theming based on local wildlife and are perfect for groups of all sizes to enjoy maximum comfort. Your booking also includes a full day and a half safari tour in Kruger Park, a one-hour Wildlife Discovery Walk, and a one day tour of Blyde River Canyon, making this the perfect weekend break.
For short weekend stays you should be able to find accommodation in any season, but peak season and holidays will be more popular and potentially more difficult to book. Be aware that some lodge destinations have limited rooms available, and so it is best to plan ahead. Shoulder and low season will offer the most likely opportunity for discounts and will be quieter due to reduced visitor numbers.
As many lodge accommodations are located away from city centres, you will need to arrange extra transportation in addition to flights and train journeys. Some companies will offer shuttles or private transport to the lodge, but otherwise, you will need to arrange your own transport. If you choose to drive, check that the lodge offers appropriate parking facilities.
- Seasonal clothing
- Suitable footware
- Swimming gear for beaches, pools, or sunbathing
- Raincoats and umbrellas
- Power adapters
- Supplies and toiletries
While you may be planning to just take it easy on your weekend away and not do much, it is still important to budget for any additional expenses such as food and optional excursions. For short weekend trips, you may be able to save on rates by booking through Voyage Privé. Members can get discounts on many types of accommodation worldwide, up to 70% off stays at selected accommodations.
Before you go on your break make sure you have a basic understanding of any different languages, currency, or cultural traditions you may encounter at your holiday destination. While you won’t need extensive knowledge of all these details, knowing the basics will help ensure your weekend getaway is relaxing and stress-free.