16 Sep A Relaxing Escape to RACV Torquay Resort
RACV Torquay Resort is perched on the beach front town of Torquay. The surfing and beach capital of Victoria, is a fitting escape from the fast pace of city life. The ho-hum daily grind and dreary ‘Spring’ weather, means wander-lusting is inevitable. It’s a first world problem, where planning for holidays is a form of escapism. The anticipation builds, as the Type A personality has the spreadsheet, satisfyingly fill up with activities and bookings. A weekend getaway is no less exciting. The best thing about resorts – no matter the weather, there’s always an endless stream of activities. Admittedly, when we visited it was raining cats and dogs. The facilities at RACV Torquay are top notch – the rejuvenating One Spa, the lush greens of the golf course to a dainty High Tea at Hardings Lounge. Bring on the relaxation!
On arrival, the team at RACV Torquay know how to welcome guests. A bottle of Jean Pierre, Madagascan chocolate and L’Occitane toiletries awaits. If I were my Asian parents, I’ld be sneaking all the goodies into the luggage. On the balcony, we pop the sparkling, admiring the views of our Premium Ocean View Room. All that green, the clean air, I’m already relaxed.
Food and Dining
An indulgent weekend getaway is incomplete without food. Number One Restaurant is aptly name, with the address – No.1 Great Ocean Road. Harding’s Lounge is for smaller nibbles. The high tea arrives in pyramidal glory, with finger sandwiches to tingle the tastebuds, fluffy scones and the best part of all – the dessert platter. The crack of the caramelised creme brûlée, fluffy scones, sandwiching thick spoonfuls of cream and jam. Who needs to go outside?
Head Chef Michael Bannerman heads a team of chefs at Number One Restaurant. With previous stints at Crown’s Number 8 and Philippe Mouchel’s PM24, the experienced chef has the credentials to bring gourmet to the sandy shores of Torquay. Show casing local produce, the food is gourmet. The showstopper is the dessert. The Bombe Alaska is artfully plated, with pops of passionfruit tapioca, blackberry tuilles, torched meringue and an indulgent hazelnut and almond praline centre. Full review here.
Generally, we’re budget travellers, opting to fork out the cash on extravagant experiences. Hiking to glaciers, poking erupting lava – all dare devil things. It crossed my mind, that we’ve never visited a day spa. Frankly, because the nature of my personality, disallows relaxing. ‘Doing nothing? How boring!’ Secondly, I’m uncomfortable with a stranger touching me half nude.
At One Spa RACV Torquay, you can relax and unwind with a range of beauty treatments. Our massage therapists, were lovely – only too pleased to be popping our ‘ day spa’ cherry. ‘For $105, RACV members can choose from two 30 minute treatments – amazing value compared to other Victoria day spas. Considering the damage that winter can cause to one’s skin – the full body exfoliation and facial, was an obvious choice. It’s a head to toe pampering ritual. Scrubbed down with Yonka skincare products – the Parisian skincare brand are pioneers in phyto-aromatic care. The Masque No.1 hydrates the skin and the exfoliating scrub leaves the skin silky smooth. Despite my ‘first-time’ noobness, the therapist made me feel so comfortable, I forgot I was lying in a wee G-string, bare as a potato (I like carbs you see). ‘Don’t worry we’ve had seen everything and anything!’ I finally understand why ladies love their treatments.
RACV Torquay Resort features a range of facilities, catering to the loved-up couple and everyone in between. Unwind at the Day Spa, Harding’s Lounge, Number One Restaurant or head out and explore the local region. For a family friendly activity, dump the kids at the Indoor pool, the children’s playground inclusive of a giant jumping pillow and the games room, filled with arcade games and table hockey. It’s enough to entertain the big kids (ie the husband) and the lil ones. Conference and meeting facilities come with a view, lets hope the next strategy day, is at RACV Torquay. From complete rejuvenation to indulgent dining – thank you for the amazing stay!
The Great Ocean Road is one of the iconic drives of Australia, stretching along the south eastern coast of Victoria between the towns of Torquay and Warrnambool. RACV Torquay is a short drive from Bells and Jan Juc Beach – world famous for ‘fully sick’ surfing. Don’t forget to explore this region -the crash of surf waves against the setting sun and the picturesque rock formations of the Twelve Apostles. Guide to Great Ocean Road here.
Facilities – Golf, Gym, Swimming Pool, Kids Area
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RACV Torquay Resort
1 Great Ocean Road