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The ideal romantic weekend

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Friday. This means one thing: the best excuse for a romantic weekend away.

Experts in stylish stays for canny couples, Mr & Mrs Smith have put together a hotlist of boutique boudoirs currently available on Valentine's Day - whether they're seduced by rustic country retreats or beachside bliss, there's romance guaranteed for all tastes and budgets.

If you're looking for extreme thrills and spills (walking, watersports and slopes make up the big three), the natural surrounds of Queenstown will get you and your Valentine excited.  Be wowed by Eichardt's Private Hotel's super-chic interiors and no-holds barred luxe - and with a famously fabulous bar (which has bagged more awards than we've had hot dinners), treat yourself to world-class wines to sooth those muscles.

Gourmet lovers who prefer seaside chic, try Bells at Kilcare on the central coast and admire Stefano Manfredi's homely Italian fare.

Lakehouse in Daylesford is a gastronome's dream that showcases the finest local produce in the region. Not enough? Take a seat on the terrace and admire the serene vista.  

For value-hunting Valentines can escape for a sunshine getaway to QT Gold Coast where pop art goes beachy and a DIY lemonade kit in each room ensures you're in the summer groove. 


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