Combining modern elegance with country hospitality and spectacular views, the Gibraltar Hotel is a luxurious location for a destination wedding in beautiful Bowral, just an hour south-west of Sydney in the stunning Southern Highlands.
The Highlands region is renowned for its fine food and cool climate wines, eclectic antique stores, manicured gardens, quaint cafes and picturesque villages - and has long been a favourite with couples seeking a location which is rustic and romantic, with a touch of glamour.
The beauty of the Gibraltar Hotel is the fact it enjoys the genteel ambience of the Southern Highlands but offers a fresh alternative to traditional country hotels and guest houses with its light-filled interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of the green and serene outlook to magnificent Mt Gibraltar.
And the Gibraltar's in-house wedding coordinator and events team are on hand to help you plan every detail, and to ensure it's all smooth sailing on the day.
If you fancy getting married at the Hotel itself, you'll love 'the gallery' with its expansive views and music from the Gibraltar's acclaimed Italian electronic pipeless organ adds a truly dramatic touch.
Guests will be delighted with drinks on the outdoor terrace overlooking the golf course, or alternatively cosying up to the open fire in the lounge if yours is more of a winter wedding, and Harvey's Bar is the ideal spot for drinks pre or post reception accompanied by live music or a few tunes on the resident grand piano.
At the end of the day you'll all love sinking into an enormous bed in one of the seriously oversized suites which feature every possible mod-con and are decorated with original artworks from local talent.
There's also plenty on offer at the Gibraltar to keep your bridal party and guests occupied over the weekend. In fact many may want to extend their stay to make the most of the premium 18-hole golf course (which should keep the boys' pre-wedding nerves at bay), the indoor heated pool, gym offering regular yoga, Zumba and boot camp classes, and guided bushwalks around the Hotel's grounds and adjoining nature reserve.
Cricket tragics and those with families won't want to miss a visit to Bowral's International Cricket Hall of Fame, while kids will love a trip to the Wombeyan Caves or the Illawarra Fly, where you can test your fear of heights with a treetop stroll through the rainforest.
But I've saved the best for last. The Gibraltar is also home to the Bowral Day Spa and the Grooming Lounge run by top Australian stylist Glenn O'Reilly. This is THE spot in the Highlands to go for a new hairdo, head massage, facial or other indulgent treatment from the extensive Spa menu - so you'll have no excuse not to look your best on your big day - or even the morning after.
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