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Resort review: Spicers Sangoma Retreat - Blue Mountains

Resort review: Spicers Sangoma Retreat - Blue Mountains

Situated just 90 minutes from Sydney, you’ll find the tranquil resort-style retreat and you'll instantly feel yourself kick back into relaxation mode.

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Just 12 guests are ever on the property at any time and from the moment you take a turn off Grandview Lane in Bowen Mountain and tackle the tiny dirt road up to Sangoma, you just know you're in for a treat.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat offers guests a luxurious bush getaway. Photo: Spicers.

As soon as we set foot on the property and walk past the trickling pond at the entrance, we instantly felt de-stressed - and that wasn't just down to the generous glass of champagne presented to us on arrival by friendly general manager Rhiannon.

Here's everything you need to know about the resort before you book to ensure you make the most of your stay.


Situated near Kurrajong, North Richmond and Yarramundi and only one hour's drive from The Three Sisters lookout, Sangoma can be found off a rather concealed side road marked by a massive wrought iron gate.

With no sign posts showing you the way and residential houses scattered nearby, you would be forgiven for missing the somewhat hidden entrance, however once you close the gate behind you, you'll instantly feel like you're in another world and you'll understand the reason behind the seclusion.

The view from the lounge room over the Blue Mountains terrain. Photo: Spicers.

The honesty bar in the dining area. Photo: Spicers.

The resort offers a wide range of activities, mouth-watering food and bush walking treks, making you feel like there's no reason for you to go back through that clunking gate until you're regretfully saying goodbye.

The Resort

Just like any luxury retreat, Sangoma offers guests full access to sauna facilities, an infinity lap pool and an incredibly vast communal deck, which gives expansive views of the Sydney skyline on sunny days.

The retreat also offers helicopter transfers and staff use little golf-buggys to make their way around.

Cushioned sun loungers dotted around the pool gives guests a comfortable place to relax and take in their surrounds and an African design inspired lounge area, complete with large, chocolate-coloured, leather couches and massive wooden coffee tables adorned with the ultimate, inspiring table books.

Guests can enjoy a drink in the outdoor dining area. Photo: Spicers.

The lounge room is opulently decorated in earthy tones. Photo: Spicers.

Outside you'll find a waterfall, a bush tucker garden, and intimate herb garden to be used by the chef and a bush walk which brings you around the back of the property.

Guests are also invited to enjoy a hot chocolate at the outdoor fire-pit or in our case, a pre-dinner wine, draped in an extremely snug rug.

If you're in the mood for a picnic, the team at Sangoma will pack you a basket with a scrumptious lunch or if you want to go the extra mile and prepare a romantic evening for your loved one, the staff will scatter rose petals in your hotel room, draw a bath and leave wine and chocolates by the side.


There are six suites in total which are dotted around the resort, all decorated with the bush and nature in mind.

The large open-plan suites all come with private decks, a double-bath facing the incredible Blue Mountains terrain, a wood-burner for cold winter nights and a mini-bar fully stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks.

As we enter our bush suite, we're instantly greeted with the soothing tones of lyrical music as we take in the eclectic mix of raw and natural materials, making this a room we can see ourselves wanting to spend a lot of time in.

The bush suite features a lounge area, a massive bed and a double bath. Photo: Spicers.

Each room is closely linked to the nature outside. Photo: Spicers.

The massive suite also has a lounge area stocked with books, a cosy leather couch, recliners and a plethora of cushions, all tying in with the earthy feel of the room.

The open-plan bathroom features a gloriously opulent bath set upon a raised platform in front of a window to the outdoors and next to it stands a large area to shower.

A separate area houses the toilet and the bed sits around the corner from both, decorated with a heavy rug, numerous pillows and a vast headboard.


A quick walk from reception outside and you're in the retreat's spa, which is cleverly situated in a glamping-style tent.

Aside from the calming and meditative tones ringing throughout the tent, the spa is located right beside the retreat's waterfall, giving guests a truly unique experience.

I got to enjoy a one-hour full body massage, which left me feeling like I floated all the way back to the beckoning bedroom.


After a quick power-nap (which I truly feel this place was built to promote) it was time for a five-course degustation dinner meticulously prepared by head chef Sam Hardinge.

We kicked off with scallops, pickled artichokes, zatar and kale to start and each course was complemented by matching wines.

From there we were treated to Yarramundi carrots, port, pomegranate granita and muhallabieh served with rose, pistachio and apple.

With such a small sitting (12 of us in total) chef Sam was able to personally present the dishes to each table and impart his knowledge on the dish right to our ears.

Chef Sam Hardinge making magi happen in the kitchen. Photo: Spicers.

Sydney's glittering lights can be seen in the distance from the dining room. Photo: Spicers.

Candles were perched on every surface imaginable around the room and the bright light of Sydney twinkled in the distance.

While we were tempted to take a night-cap out to the fire-pit after dinner, we were inevitably lured back to our room and awoken the next morning to the soothing sounds of twittering birds and a view of the sun rising over Sydney.

After a breakfast of shakshouka, freshly squeezed watermelon and a coffee, we left in a relaxed daze, already planning our return.

A one night, all-inclusive stay at the resort starts from $1,199 for a bush suite.

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