Set in the alpine forests in the highlands of Tasmania, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is surrounded by bush, native trees and crystal clear air.
Private cabins set amongst the trees are homely with a few creature comforts, but not five-star, but this adds to their rustic charm. On entering the cabins you are met with a heady scent of pine wood and the embers of the wood fire. You could hide away for days and simple gaze at the surrounding trees and wild roaming animals; we were visited by wallabies, wombats and possums during our stay.
There’s no TV (a good thing) iPod dock, but the best soundtrack is to open the door and let the sounds of the bird drift in. It’s magical. The bathroom was modern and recently renovated and you will love the large bedroom with sofa in front of the fire and a verandah/terrace to read or enjoy the scenery.
Most people visit Cradle Mountain for bush walking and I highly recommend a walk to Marion’s lookout or Crater Lake. There are also gentle walks from the lodge. And it has a lodge feel, a rugged mountain look to the main building with tavern and restaurant. The main lodge house is where everything happens. Home to restaurant and tavern with large cosy lounge areas with big open fires, walking maps, books of the local area and old photographs of the early pioneers
The compact spa is perfectly placed above the alpine forest with a view across a small stream. There are six treatment rooms, small changing facilities and a spa sanctuary which can be reserved for private use featuring sauna, steam room, relaxation beds, hydrotherapy pool and cold plunge pool. They all have fabulous uninterrupted views of the bush and alpine mountain setting.
The sanctuary is the perfect place to chill for an hour and upgrade the experience with local sparkling wine of chocolates. Spa menu is extensive with lots of facial and body treatments. A few key signature therapies link the alpine setting with the spa menu.
Modern, mostly white walls offset with touches of pale wood and windows offering a palate of green nature beyond. Elemis is the featured brand and it’s a hero spa for the line in Australia.
Note that there is no relaxation space post treatment so I suggest popping staring back to your forest cabin and resting on the verandah.
I chose the wellbeing massage which offered a choice of three Elemis oils. A firm hand and an intuitive touch, my therapist Bobby was excellent. It was a deep massage that manipulated the key muscles in my back neck and shoulder. I was particularly impressed with the supported stretching of my neck and head. Expert hands and a terrific therapist.
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
Make the spa bigger!
Use some local Tasmanian ingredients to create some new signature therapies using the best if Tasmania local herbs, bush flora and local indigenous traditions. .
THE BEST BITS:
The views of the alpine forest
Bathing in huge outdoor jacuzzi
My massage with Bobby
Walking through the resort meeting wallabies, wombats and possums en-route to the spa
Music soundtrack – a combination of Australian bird song mixed with gentle aboriginal beats and spoken dialogue.
Signature Wellbeing Massage – $135 AUD
Access to the Sanctuary is $130 AUD per couple for one hour and bookings are recommended.
Pencil Pine Cabin – around $199 AUD