Surrounded by national park and manicured gardens (90 minutes north of Sydney or 20 minutes by helicopter from the city or ferry from Palm Beach) this Central Coast retreat on the Bouddi Peninsula is another luxury NSW escape worth beating a path to. The interiors of the two split level spa villas and nine king spa suites, tastefully draw inspiration from their coastal position. Each features king beds, fire places, flat screen TVs and kitchenettes. In the warmer months the living area can be extended to the furnished verandas, each equipped with stainless steel barbecues. But why would you need to don an apron when renowned Sydney chef Stefano Manfredi is cooking up his famous northern Italian fare just metres away? His modern menu in the Chrissie Jeffery's nautically - inspired restaurant, changes seasonally depending on what?s flourishing in his other labour of love, Bell's kitchen garden. From pastries and breads to jams and gelato - as much as possible is also made right here. Stefano also cooks dinner for guests staying at the sister property Pretty Beach House, an all-inclusive 24-hour butler retreat just five minutes away. Bells' new 20-metre lap pool and day spa also gives you more reasons to stay.
Photos: Courtesy of Bells at Killcare