The wild, wide waters of Bass Strait tumble and swirl onto a stretch of caramel sand spread beyond floor-to-ceiling windows. The Otway National Park is on the doorstep, the Twelve Apostles are down the Great Ocean Road but overnighting at Apollo Bay’s ‘Chocolate Gannets’ is the perfect way to break the 3 hour drive south-west of Melbourne as we take time to explore the region.
In the lounge, a log fire burns brightly in a double-sided fireplace while on the other side, a huge spa bath awaits – what I’d call a real hot tub! Along with the beautifully appointed kitchen – think Miele auto coffee machine and entertainment hub pad, the team at ‘Chocolate Gannets’ have delivered big time with a hamper of breakfast goodies including Red Hill’s ‘Wicked’ Muesli, Moorabool Valley chocolates, delectable fruits and freshly laid eggs.
This is how multi-award winning ‘Chocolate Gannets’ preserve their 5-star triple-A tourism rating not to mention the unimpeachable vistas beyond the windows of our villa, one of just four secluded in a quiet compound. A 2-bedroom villa set-up for luxe family escapes or two couples, beds are best-dressed in snowy linens with aubergine mohair throws providing extra snuggle factor. There’s everything you need from plate ware to personal toiletries but as the weather sweeps along the coast casting the water in opaque shades of blue and moody grey, it’s the changing vista that mesmerises and ultimately soothes you soundly to sleep to dream, perhaps, of your next visit….
While you’re there….
Snack on Apollo Bay Bakery’s celebrated scallop pies
Explore the tastes of the region at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse where you can mix and match a half-dozen boutique-brewed beers and select a picnic-hamper’s worth of larder luxuries to take home. www.greatoceanroadbrewhouse.com/tastes-of-the-region
Wander around Apollo Bay’s quaint harbour where fishermen still ply the waters in classic, bully-bowed boats and share chips from The Harbour Fish Shop with passing seagulls.
Tags: Apollo Bay, Apollo Bay Bakery, Chocolate Gannets, Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, luxe family escapes, Moorabool Valley Chocolates, Otway National Park, Visit Great Ocean Road, Visit Victoria, Wicked Muesli, www.chocolategannets.com.au, www.greatoceanroadbrewhouse.com/tastes-of-the-region