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Château Élan

Château Élan at The Vintage – labelled as Australia’s Finest Golf and Spa Resort – opened in February. A new, five-star golf and spa resort located in the Hunter Valley, this $30m development, just two hours north of Sydney, has been co-conceived by the group behind the prestige Château Élan brand in Atlanta, Georgia.

Offering luxury retreats for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a new Destination Spa, a collection of super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas. It sits among the celebrated fairways of The Vintage – the Greg Norman-designed golf course, home to the NSW Open. Its elevated position means views over sublime vales and vines come as standard.

The Château Élan Destination Spa is the newest spa centre in Australia – Salut Per Aqua.

Equipped with 18 specialist rooms, it is also one of the largest, promising treatments that are available nowhere else in the country. It is one of very few places in the world where people can experience Terraké treatments supplemented by products from prestige group, Thalgo.

Terraké treatments are inspired by the principles of ‘four worlds’. Each world offers whole-body treatments with its own precious ingredients, scents, textures, techniques and music. Thalgo specialises in marine cosmetology and spa therapies; its products draw richness and effectiveness from the marine universe to help drive efficient, effective results.

Château Élan has also introduced spa treatments for teenagers, The Hydrolounge (a comfortable, fire-warmed ‘wet’ area) and a social spa area complete with alcohol and catering.

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In addition, the complex houses 20 spa suites giving guests privileged access to treatments, as well as total privacy courtesy an ‘airbridge’. Features unique to spa suites include a sensual plinth-mounted spa bath that is open to the room and an ErgoMotion bed providing massage therapies and a ‘zero gravity’ option for neutral body position. Guests wanting total seclusion can opt for a suite with a Sanctuary Courtyard.

Ten private villas overlook the 10th hole of The Vintage course. The two-storey villas offer a total of 80 rooms that can be configured in three ways depending on group size. Each is designed for style, comfort and space – up to 124m² – and enjoys stunning views from a private balcony or terrace.

All resort interiors are tailored in muted tones and warm textures. In keeping with the Château Élan philosophy, “excellence is in the detail”, which is why all rooms include original artworks, spa baths, Nesspresso Essenza coffee systems, French Thalgo bathroom amenities, digital entertainment and online connectivity.

According to CEO Erik Stuebe, “There really hasn’t been anything like it in the Hunter Valley – or in Australia, for that matter. Château Élan at The Vintage brings together top-flight golf, world-beating spa treatments and a superior level of luxury and all within one of the country’s great destinations.

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“French spa treatments, Australian pro-golf and Hunter Valley wine – it’s a pretty compelling combination!” Château Élan at The Vintage is a joint venture between New South Wales development firm, The Stevens Group, and American entrepreneurs, Don and Nancy Panoz.

Stage One of the development sees the completion of the resort; future stages include the addition of outdoor entertainment facilities, a new conference space and extended hotel accommodation.

Situated on the 18th green is Legends Grill restaurant in The Vintage Clubhouse is synonymous with prime quality meat and local Hunter Valley produce. Tony Maher is your executive chef, heading up the Château Élan kitchens and designing menus to bring the very best of Australian produce and local wines to the guest’s table. Tony’s big passion is prime meat, which he will go to any length to source; he also prides himself on starting with a fine wine and then creating dishes that best complement.

There is also Vintage Café and The Spike Bar in the Clubhouse.

Château Élan also specialises in weddings and has its own experienced wedding team, six wedding venues and the use the fabulous Hunter scenery to showcase any ceremony plus a sensational catering team make it any wedding an affair to remember. Château Élan’s event planners ensure it’s a flawless process, offering packages that cater to every taste, lifestyle and need.

Examples from the exclusive Château Élan spa menu:

• Rare Essence facial treatment (for women): exotic botanicals, fruit butters and rare flowers combine in a double mask application for a succession of delicious sensations to regenerate and nourish the skin.

• Balneotherapy: Thalgo’s detoxifying algae and essential oils are added to the whirlpool of a geisha tub; the algae works with the effects of underwater massage to relieve tension.

• Stretching after exercise body exfoliation, massage and wrap (for men): smoothing sugar softens the skin while a stretching-stroke massage eases the body and mind; next, it’s into a nourishing body wrap made with sweetly-scented fruit and cereal butters.

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