The Sebel Swan Valley The Vines, managed by Accor Vacation Club

Vacation time, amongst The Vines

It might be a quick 25 minute drive from Perth, but the spectacular Swan Valley is almost guaranteed to have you feeling a million miles away from your everyday cares on your next visit. Whether you are escaping for a mini break or extended holiday in the heart of the vineyards, this destination has something for everyone from manicured golf courses and scenic natural landscapes, to inspiring aboriginal art and historic colonial treasures.

Of course, let’s not forget the famous Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail, a 32 kilometre trail that explores more than 150 wineries, eateries and micro-breweries across this special region that produces some of Australia’s best Verdelho, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz varieties. An ideal destination for those with a ‘taste’ for culinary adventures!

 

 All cellar doors lead to The Sebel

Managed by Accor Vacation Club, The Sebel Swan Valley is the perfect choice for travellers who want to stay a while and indulge in the best of the Swan Valley at their leisure.

A true home-away-from-home experience, The Sebel is a hop, skip and jump away from some of Western Australia’s finest cellar doors and wineries, not least of all the world-class Houghton’s and venerable Sandalwood Wineries, and local fromagerie, the Cheese Factory.

 

Of course, we’re green with envy

Guests staying at Accor Vacation Club’s apartments are invited to play not one, but two challenging 18-hole golf courses, convenentally located at The Vines Resort & Country Club’s.

Thanks to the amazing presentation and experience enjoyed by players on the Ellenbrook and Lakes golf courses, The Vines is continually rated as one of Australia’s best golf resorts. The lush, manicured gardens and immaculate greens of these magnificent Swan Valley courses are surrounded by natural bushland, where you can expect to be joined by local wildlife – not least of all curious wallabies – as you play each course.

For those up for a challenge, The Vines internationally ranked courses are the real deal with unique bunkering and an interesting course layouts that follow the natural landscape making for a testing and enjoyable experience. There is also a driving range, unparalleled in Western Australia, featuring a fully grassed teeing off area and a multi-tiered green surrounded by bunkers, for those wanting to perfect their short game.

 

Practical Magic

Self-catering is definitely a popular option for most guests staying at The Sebel Swan Valley, given each apartment’s great kitchen and lifestyle features for entertaining. However, the nearby Novotel provides an easy alternative for those who prefer to pass on cooking while on a minibreak, providing dining options at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant and bar for breakfast, lunch, dinner or perhaps  a sundowner cocktail as the sun sinks over The Vines.

Guests staying at The Sebel also receive complimentary carparking, and access to Novotel’s outdoor swimming pool and heated spa, tennis and squash courts, a games room, barbeque terrace, hairdresser and massage services. Everything you need for a complete holiday experience.

For those who want to double their holiday fun, Accor Vacation Club offers two more great destinations in Western Australia, within driving range of the Swan Valley.

  

Endearing Margaret River

Set amongst exquisite, manicured gardens in the award winning Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, Grand Mercure Basildene Manor is a one-of-a-kind historic property, dating back to 1912 and classified by the National Trust and Heritage Council.

A three hour drive from the Swan Valley, Basildene Manor is a firm favourite with discerning travellers,

Now owned and operated by one of Australia’s leading holiday lifestyle programs Accor Vacation Club, the old manor house was originally built by the locally renowned Willmott family, 106 years ago, to be their stately family home.

Steeped in history and tradition, the modern Grand Mercure Basildene Manor offers 19 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, in addition to a restaurant that serves a delicious buffet breakfast (and the hotel’s famous Devonshire tea). There is also a fireside reading room, a sunroom and conservatory, a lakeside pergola and even a tennis court. So much to do without even leaving the grounds!

With so many beautiful beaches, caves and wineries within easy reach, Basildene Manor is an ideal home base to explore the natural splendours of Margaret River, beyond the main hotel.

 

The Sebel Swan Valley

Address: 79 Hermitage Drive, The Vines WA 6069

Phone: (07) 5595 3200

 

Grand Mercure Basildene Manor

Address: 187 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, WA 6285

Phone: (08) 9757 3140

 

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Grand Mercure Basildene Manor Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Timeshare travel review – Grand Mercure Basildene Manor

Set amongst manicured gardens in the award winning Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, Grand Mercure Basildene Manor is a one-of-a-kind historic property.

Classified by the National Trust and Heritage Council and dating back to 1912, Basildene Manor is a firm favourite with Accor Vacation Club’s Members, offering a laid back yet elegant experience just three hours south of Perth.

 

Oh Margaret, what’s not to love!

A two minute hop, step and jump away from Basildene is the township of Margaret River, a seriously stunning destination famous for its decadent food and produce, and serious wine industry.

It’s equally famous of course for its spectacular surfing beaches and natural attractions, while offering a variety of walking and cycling tracks that hug the river line. For those who love the great outdoors, these tracks offer a brilliant opportunity to explore ancient forests and vistas of vineyards along the way.

Wine-lovers will vouch for the regions award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon vintages, crafted by some 200 vineyards that call the area home.

 

Pristine Prevelley

A short 10 minutes from the hotel is sublime Prevelley Beach, well regarded by locals and surfers for its exceptional surf, pristine environment and dramatic limestone caves.

Despite becoming a more trendy destination in recent times, Prevelley’s charm remains in the fact that it has lost none of its authenticity and is still regarded as a ‘sleepy village’ by most. It is still undeveloped and even for non-surfers, it’s hard not to be impressed by its rolling surf breaks, stunning sand dunes and Indian Ocean views.

 

Isn’t it romantic…

Whether you are celebrating love, rekindling a spark, or looking for an excuse to just reconnect with that special someone, Basildene Manor is a perfect setting to conjure up cupid. Serving up a great dose of old world charm aside contemporary comforts and luxurious surrounds, it’s little wonder that Grand Mercure Basildene Manor was voted an impressive #12 out of 24 top hotels recognised in the ‘Top Hotels for Romance – Australia’ category. With so many great wineries and beaches close by for sunset strolls, who would be surprised!

Of course, the hotel is a destination appeals to lovers of life and great travels generally, with Basildene also ranking #1 out of 10 properties located in Margaret River, Western Australia, in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice™ awards* for Hotels.

In 2018, travellers’ awarded a further ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for consistently earning great guest reviews, making for an impressive hat trick of accolades earned in 2018. All worthy reasons to add this hotel to your accommodation bucket list on your next visit to Western Australia.

 

Styling up in the great outdoors

Proving that the outdoor environment is just as worthy or attention as the inside experience or a hotel destination, Accor Vacation Club undertook an significant outdoor enhancement program at the property to better showcase its sprawling gardens and ensure that its outdoor living spaces remain top of mind for Members.

Timber decking has been replaced with sturdy stainless steel, while new lighting – including ambient fairy light installations throughout the estate’s ancient trees – now feature, to extend the appeal of Basildene’s outdoor spaces from dusk to enchanted evenings spent outdoors. Further coach lighting has been installed down the Manor’s famous drive and entrance, for an added sense of arrival.

Need extra storage when you stay? No problem! The hotel recently added more luggage space for the convenience of guests awaiting check in and departure.

 

Address: 187 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, WA 6285

Phone: (08) 9757 3140

 

* Travelers’ Choice awards are presented annually to the top 1% of businesses across selected categories, with the hallmarks of winners being remarkable service, quality and value. A Travelers’ Choice award is regarded as TripAdvisor’s highest recognition, and is highly sought after in the hospitality and travel industry.

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.

The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach, Accor Vacation Club

The top 5 destinations Accor Vacation Club Members love

It’s here – our top 5 destinations! To help Members get the most out of their leisure time with family and friends, Accor Vacation Club has carefully curated a fantastic choice of holiday destinations and superb accommodation options.

Accor Vacation Club is a premier loyalty offering for AccorHotels, allowing members privileged access to stay in top quality accommodation across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Members receive an allocation of Première Points every year which can be redeemed for holidays or short breaks. Whether for a family get together, a romantic weekend or the holiday of a lifetime, the choice is up to you.

Here’s our round-up of the top 5 destinations for Accor Vacation Club Members.But be sure to book quickly, these spots are in hot demand!

 

  1. The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach

Manly Beach, Accor Vacation Club top 5 destination

You’ll get a warm welcome at The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach. With a spectacular waterfront setting at the south end of Manly on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach is your gateway to golden sand, surfing and snorkeling. The hotel offers a variety of well-appointed accommodation to suit all requirements, from to one and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, perfect for families or groups of friends. Accor Vacation Club members can choose from a range of options including Ocean View, Superior, or Standard: the rooms are all air-conditioned, with private bathrooms, LCD TVs and spacious, furnished balconies where you can sip a glass of wine while enjoying the views. Members and guests can enjoy casual, beachside dining at the Manly Wine restaurant in the hotel, or sample the cuisine at an array of seafood restaurants, cafes, bars and bistros nearby.

 

  1. The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane

The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane Apartments, Accor Vacation Club top 5 destination

The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane offers the perfect base from which to experience the sophisticated, urban vibe of Melbourne at its best. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion and foodie district, this high end, boutique hotel offers accommodation in 56 luxuriously appointed self- contained apartments, all with spacious bedrooms and living areas and with their own kitchenettes. Set in a quiet location with guest parking available, The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane is within a short stroll of theatres, museums and the main sporting venues and offers easy access to the city’s transport network. WiFi, a fitness centre and babysitting service are available and there are an abundance of excellent eateries nearby.

 

  1. Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Accor Vacation Club's Grand Mercure Puka Park, top 5 destination

Escape to the breathtaking natural surroundings of the Puka Park resort, one of the most popular holiday destinations included in your Accor Vacation Club membership. Nestled on the slopes of Mt. Pauanui on New Zealand’s Coromandel coast, with enchanting views of the lush green landscape and close to Pauanui beach, this hotel offers Members the chance to relax in luxurious seclusion with attentive service and fine dining, Pacific Rim style. 38 comfortable and stylish apartments balance the laid-back ambiance of a mountain lodge with modern facilities, and the hotel is a memorable setting for weddings and conferences. Members and guests can enjoy surfing and other watersports, golf, tennis or explore the natural beauty of the region with fishing, cycling or hiking tours.

 

  1. Grand Mercure Basildene Manor

Grand Mercure Basildene Manor, Accor Vacation Club top 5 destination

The old world charm and modern comforts of Basildene Manor make it a captivating place for Accor Vacation Club members to enjoy a relaxing break. Set in a quiet location in the beautiful Margaret River wine region and surrounded by exquisite gardens, this old manor house is near to several wineries, cafes, restaurants and recreational facilities. With 19 refurbished rooms and suites, Members can choose the accommodation that suits their needs; the hotel also features a restaurant that serves a delicious buffet breakfast, a fireside reading room, a sunroom and conservatory, a lakeside pergola and a tennis court. With beaches, caves and wineries all within easy reach, Basildene Manor is the ideal base for exploring the natural splendours of the region.

 

  1. The Sebel Pinnacle Valley

Peaks Restaurant at The Sebel Pinnacle Valley, top 5 destination

Surrounded by the mountains, wineries and rivers of the Victorian High Country and just 30 minutes from the Mt Buller ski slopes, The Sebel Pinnacle Valley is an exciting year-round destination that Accor Vacation Club members love. The hotel boasts elegant conference facilities and is an enchanting venue for a romantic wedding. With stylishly decorated, contemporary self-contained apartments, and a bar, lounge with log fire, restaurant with al fresco dining during the warmer months and a pool, this resort is the perfect place for a peaceful holiday in stunning surroundings. Guests can choose from an array of outdoor activities, including snow skiing, bushwalking, horseriding, golf and winery tours – our helpful, knowledgeable staff will be delighted to recommend the best activities for all tastes.

 

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Story first appeared on as a feature on www.accorhotels.com blog – australia/magazine/one-hour-one-day-one-week

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.