Top 100* Love Songs – For a Couples Romantic Getaway

At Alure we absolutely love helping guests plan the perfect romantic couples getaway into the heart of Queensland’s high country, Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt. We already have a range of ultimate romantic packages, tours and indulgences such as relaxing in-villa massages. These are of course in addition to inclusions such as our luxe hot tubs and crackling fires to relax by.  The idea of a Love Song playlist seemed so obvious.

Why had we not thought of this before? (we wondered).

It’ll be great! (we said).

It’ll be easy! (we thought).

Ha! How we laugh at our naivety in reflection.  It was quite a surprise when we embarked on the journey deep into the world of love songs. There were so many! How on earth were we ever to choose the right songs for our guests?

What is an Alure love song?

This is the first question we pondered. Being that Alure Stanthorpe is a romantic retreat for adults, we decided to take a Love Actually approach (one of our all-time, favourite movies by the way) and include romantic love themes with a variety of eras and genres. We also asked our Alure social media ‘family’ for some love song suggestions and quite a few made it to the playlist.

Side shout out: Thank you to all of you who commented, messaged and emailed your favourite songs! We have included many of your suggestions.

Some chosen songs are sentimental, some are affirmative and some are a little, shall we say, hot and steamy.

What isn’t an Alure love song?

Being that a stay at Alure Stanthorpe is essentially about escaping the busyness of life and spending time with your loved one, we decided there could be no heartbreak songs. Sorry, there are zero, nada, zilch and absolutely no sad songs to be heard. In all good conscience, how can we provide gorgeous glamping, or villa accommodation in Stanthorpe and a playlist with sad love songs? Hello, Sinead O’Connor, we know ‘Nothing Compares to You’, but sorry you couldn’t be on Alure Stanthorpe’s Top 100* Love Songs playlist.

It’s amazing how many songs seem romantic but simply are not. Hello, Sting… ‘Every Breath You Take’. Let’s not even go there. You’re not on the Top 100* Love Songs playlist either.

And some songs sound so beautiful and dreamy but are sadly not about couples in a loving relationship. Hello, A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera… ‘Say Something’. It breaks our hearts, but you can’t be on Alure’s Top 100* Love Songs playlist. It’s just so sad when you listen to the lyrics! Not so quietly, we were really disappointed not to include this song. This song just gets you right in the feels.

What’s with the asterisk in Alure Stanthorpe’s Top 100* Love Songs?

Good question and nice spotting – It’s confession time. We got so enamoured listening to all the beautiful songs, we simply couldn’t edit the playlist down any further. Seriously, which song was going to go?! So, it seems that we, um, saved more than 100 songs. Oops! (grin)

Where can I hear this playlist?

Just click here…  Alure Stanthorpe’s Top 100* Love Songs

From us at Alure Stanthorpe to you: Enjoy!

 

5 Reasons You Should Visit Stanthorpe for Your Next Weekend Retreat

If you haven’t been to Stanthorpe you might not understand what sets it apart.  But we’re here to tell you Stanthorpe is the greatest place for Queensland couples to getaway.  As locals, we’re biased of course but here are a few reasons why Stanthorpe is a top weekend retreat location:

  1. Stanthorpe is one of the few places in Queensland you will experience four distinct seasons.  This is because of it’s elevated position – for example,  Alure is more than 950 metres above sea level.  This means we’re likely to get snow, and more of it, than Stanthorpe town.  Check our website gallery photos of the 2015 snow event.  Just beautiful. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are all quite different and they all offer their own nuanced delights for a great holiday.
  2. Because of the seasonal variance, Stanthorpe is one of the only locations in Queensland where you can enjoy accommodation with a fireplace most of the year.  Alure Stanthorpe provides complimentary firewood so you can enjoy the fireplace all year round.  As we say,  you never know when a cold snap might come!
  3. Cold climates make for the most delicious produce and growing conditions. Think crunchy fresh apples, berries, truffles and grape varieties found in Strange Bird wines unique to the area.  This makes the food here ‘aahmazing’.  Our local chef’s love the access they have to produce and design menu’s to suit the seasons.  Check out Varias,  and McGregor Terrace Food Project for their delicious offerings.  These Stanthorpe restaurants will turn you into a foodie quick smart.
  4. The scenery is spectacular.  If you get a chance to walk through Girraween National Park, try to catch a sunrise.  There’s nothing quite like a good Stanthorpe sunrise at Girraween.  This is the stuff of memories and if you like we can pack a breakfast basket for you.  Imagine a warm blanket and brekky together enjoying the gorgeous sunrise from atop the giant granite boulders that feature in every Stanthorpe Instagram.  Remember to add yours and tag us!
  5. Accommodation in Stanthorpe covers a wide range of options from B&B’s and motels to the luxury accommodation that we provide here at Alure.  We’d love to show you just how wonderful a weekend away at Alure can be with either our glamping tent or luxury villas.  There are two villas to choose from and all are secluded, well appointed and feature beautiful country views.

We look forward to providing an unforgettable accommodation experience for your weekend retreat in Stanthorpe.

What’s On: Spring in the Granite Belt

With just a few days until the official start of spring, it’s timely to take a look at what’s on in Stanthorpe and surrounds over the next couple of months.  Whilst you’ll no doubt still enjoy the cool weather and might choose to stay snuggled up in front of the fireplace with your loved one, there are certainly some delightful dalliances to be had and places to explore.

6-9 SEPTEMBER If you love arts and culture then The Peter Allen Festival might just be your thing.  It’s just one week away and located in Tenterfield which is less than an hour from Stanthorpe.

15 SEPTEMBER Foodies rejoice! Do your taste buds a favour and take them to The Gamekeepers Dinner, which is a delicious 5 course degustation meal.  It’s been going for nearly 30 years now, and is held at Ballandean Estate Winery, 20 minutes from Stanthorpe.

21 SEPTEMBER Looking for a relaxed afternoon, or evening with fabulous food and the laid back vibe of live music? Check out the Friday Night Street Food at Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Stanthorpe.

6 OCTOBER Get your Greek on at Kefi at the Winery.  Enjoy a fun night of Greek music, dancing, food and a selection of wines, held at Kominos Wines at Glen Aplin, just 10 minutes from Stanthorpe.

18 OCTOBER Wine lovers, look here! The Australian Small Wine Makers Show hosts the best of Australian boutique wine. There’s a range of events from masterclasses, to public tastings and a gala dinner.

20 OCTOBER Country racing fans, this is for you. The Stanthorpe Cup day is a much anticipated local event that brings a carnival atmosphere to the Stanthorpe Jockey Club.  Food, fashion and fine wine in perfect Stanthorpe racing style.

2-3 NOVEMBER The Johnny Cash Country Festival ticks all the boxes for Rockabilly and Country music lovers and this one’s right in Stanthorpe featuring Johnny Cash tribute bands. There will even be a night of Johnny Cash movies and a song contest.  Huge fun! Did you know Johnny Cash was a regular visitor in Stanthorpe?  The Border Post have a wonderful story about a concert Johnny Cash organised here in Stanthorpe many years ago.

10 NOVEMBER For the gourmet and wine lover, Dinner Under the Stars at Ballandean’s Twisted Gum Wines might take your fancy.  Limited places are available for you to experience local ingredients and meals crafted by Jason Costanzo plus wines of course, all under the gorgeous Granite Belt night sky!  You can just imagine how lovely this will be.

10 NOVEMBER Again for the gourmet and wine lover, check out the iconic Ballandean Estate’s 50 Years of Shiraz Vineyard Party.  Tickets include a devine 2 course lunch and a glass of bubbles. Contact Ballandean Estate on 07 4684 1226.

10 & 18 NOVEMBER Shakespeare fans, this is for you! Shakespeare Under the Stars is an annual production held at Bungawarra Wines, Ballandean. This year’s production is A Midsummer Nights Dream.

 

Romantic Getaway in Queensland

Exquisite and Luxurious Couples Retreat

Enter Alure Stanthorpe and you’ll be transported to a magical setting that makes romance sparkle. This exclusive couples accommodation in the Granite Belt of Queensland’s High Country is nestled in the midst of big skies, spectacular scenery, and many natural and cultural attractions. True to its name, Alure Stanthorpe has irresistible appeal to any couple seeking a romantic winter getaway.

The Ultimate Queensland Escape

Alure’s peaceful Stanthorpe accommodations pamper guests with plush furnishings and luxurious comfort. Two villas and a deluxe glamping tent each spaciously accommodate one couple, allowing you to relax in style. Each unit has a private deck and heated outdoor spa that invites you to glide into soothing bubbles and sip a glass of locally produced wine. Could you imagine a more sublime experience? Set on 50 acres of land, these three romantic accommodations are secluded, so every couple enjoys an undisturbed view of the magnificent countryside. Continue reading

Wineries in Stanthorpe, Granite Belt

The Granite Belt region is home to many wineries.

This list is not complete but is a start on a comprehensive list coming soon.

Robert Channon Wines 32 Bradley Lane, Stanthorpe

Ravens Croft Wines 274 Spring Creek Rd, Stanthorpe

Casely Mount Hutton Winery 94 Mount Hutton Road, Greenlands, Stanthorpe.

Kominos Wines 27145 New England Highway, Stanthorpe.

Whiskey Gully Wines 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, Stanthorpe.

Ballandean Estate 354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean

Golden Grove Estate 337 Sundown Road, Ballandean

Tobin Wines 34 Ricca Road, Ballandean.

Heritage Estate 747 Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale

Symphony Hill Wines 2017 Eukey Road, Ballandean

Pyramids Road Wines 25 Wyberba Lane, Wyberba via Ballandean

Bungawarra Wines 181 Bents Rd, Ballandean

Mason Wines 27850 New England Hwy, Ballandean

Winter in Stanthorpe

Accommodation Stanthorpe Winter getaway

The winter season in Stanthorpe delivers beautiful crisp days and early morning frost with mist blanketing the landscape. Visit Alure Stanthorpe in winter and enjoy a glass of wine next to a romantic fireplace or perhaps a steaming hot tub under the stars and a glass of bubbles is more your style?  Whether you decide to stay inside and hibernate all day or venture out to explore Stanthorpe and Ballandean,  you’ll feel that life is just as it should be.  There’s plenty to be grateful for when you get away to Alure Stanthorpe in the winter time.  Continue reading

Resident Special

Resident Campaign Special

20% Resident Special

At Alure Stanthorpe, we understand how hard it is to get away. However, life is too short not to reward yourself and spend special time with your loved one.

So book a truly romantic escape for two in your backyard at Alure; home to Australia’s most luxurious glamping tent and two stunning villas. Watch the milky way with a glass of Granite Belt wine in your private outdoor heated spa.

To thank our amazing locals for their support we are offering a 20% discount on all stays during the month of February 2017. *Conditions apply

Can’t leave home without your well-loved pooch? Our pet-friendly villa comes complete with a doggie bathrobe and gourmet doggie treats.

Residents only: please present your driver’s licence on check-in. Minimum 2 nights.

BOOK NOW

 

Australian Delicious Magazine Recommends Alure

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Today, we are enjoying a coffee and devouring the latest edition of Delicious magazine!

This month features a fantastic Granite Belt 6-page spread showcasing the best food and wine produced in the region. It’s your ultimate ‘paddock to plate’ holiday.

We are also extremely excited to note, that Alure Stanthorpe is one of their two recommended accommodation properties.

Villas  Tent  Pet FriendlyAvailability & Pricing

Alure is similarly luxe and serene, with a big outdoor spa that’s perfect for stargazing, and a fireplace to warm up by later.

Thank you, Delicious Magazine, journalist Natascha Mirosch (www.copydivas.com) and photographer Judit Losh (www.juditlosh.com)

Midweek Escape Special – STAY 3 NIGHTS PAY FOR 2!

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Celebrate romance with a fabulous Midweek Escape Special at Alure Stanthorpe – STAY 3 NIGHTS PAY FOR 2!

We are all about romance and reconnecting with the special person in your life. Escape the coastal humidity at Alure for 3 nights midweek (Monday to Thursday) and only pay for 2 nights. Valid until 22 December 2016.

Our Midweek Escape package also includes a scrumptious Tastes of the Granite Belt continental breakfast basket.

Book some romance in your life now!

Stanthorpe Cup Stay in Style Packages

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It’s time to get out the frocks and fascinators with exclusive race day accommodation packages at Alure Stanthorpe!

It’s no secret we love anything to do with horses, including racing season. With the Stanthorpe Cup (Saturday, 15 October 2016) only 10 days away we are celebrating with exclusive Stay in Style accommodation packages. This is country racing at its best.

Our Stay in Style packages include one or two night’s couples only villa accommodation, race entry with
reserved seating, bus transport, a bottle of Symphony Hill Sparkling, decadent chocolates, fresh strawberries…
and a Berocca for the morning after!

Valid 14-16 October 2016. Packages start from $479 per night.

It looks like the weather is finally warming up on the Granite Belt, so grab your hats and book now!