Wolgan Valley Resort, New South Wales
The misty Blue Mountains offer an accessible wilderness escape – just three hours' drive from Sydney. Here, the Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has established a private retreat at the eastern end of the Wolgan Valley with 38 suites that flaunt fireplaces and four-posters, plunge pools and private decks – plus mountain bikes and binoculars for surveying the scenery. Onsite stables and experienced local guides add five-star flourish.
Wolgan Valley Resort, 2600 Wolgan Rd, New South Wales (00 61 2 6350 1800; wolganvalley.com). Doubles start at A$1,560 (£1,040), all inclusive.