Traveller: Lisa Perkovic
Room: One bedroom villa
Address: 31 Cape Clairault Rd, Yallingup, Western Australia
Date: October 2020
Best for: Serious views and serious pampering in Western Australia’s South West
Tucked into the coastal shrubbery along the Margaret River region’s world-famous Cape to Cape hiking trail, Injidup Spa Retreat’s 10 luxury villas take experiencing the great outdoors to a whole new level of luxury. Watching whales breach from your private plunge pool, listening to the crash of waves as you drift to sleep and easing weary muscles at the day spa after a day exploring are just part of the overall experience that makes this one of Western Australia’s best places to stay.
The Signature factor
Absolute uninterrupted views are really the name of the game and the Indian Ocean is certainly the star of the show, with all 10 villas looking straight out at the blue horizon. It takes up the entire view from your private deck and plunge pool and clever split level floor plans with cut out windows mean you catch an eyeful of the sunset over the ocean from the bed, the lounge, the dining table – virtually every part of the villa.
Relaxation is certainly the name of the game – aside from your plunge pool and fireplace, the other big drawcard is the award-winning Bodhi spa. A Western Australian spa brand, Bodhi has several retreats in Perth, but this one is extra special, with treatment rooms sharing the same views as the villas.
My first impression starts in the opposite manner to most guests – I arrive on foot, walking into the back of the property straight off the Cape to Cape. On the first leg of a four-day tour with Walk into Luxury, we’ve come from Smith’s Beach, about eight kilometres down the road, or in this case coast, and have passed rocky outcrops, horses in paddocks with the best views worldwide and a giant wave bone washed ashore, and also jumped over freshwater streams and clambered over rocks. After about three hours, Injidup Spa Retreat appears on the horizon, but is only noticeable to us when pointed out by our guide. Almost completely hidden by bushland, it detracts nothing from the coastal splendour. Astonishingly, it’s so secluded that hikers must pass by every day and never know it’s there. For us, we arrive to hilltop sparkling wine on the track and five minutes later I’m easing my sore muscles in the heated plunge pool. Now that’s a first impression.
It’s certainly all about the view, but that doesn’t mean the interiors have been forgotten. An elegant beach-chic aesthetic flows all the way through the ample sized space, from the six-seater pale wood dining table to the sun-bleached shells in glass bowls lining the lounge room shelves. The bedroom is a study in soft sandy creams, with a chunky tassel throw and a mountain of cushions. The bathroom is a clever outdoor/indoor space that lets in plenty of natural light. I spend most of my time on the deck, mesmerised by the view, only retreating inside once the sun is too hot to lie on the lounge, continuing to soak up that view of the sea from inside the retreat.
The Honeymoon Villa is angled with the best view of the ocean – whether it is from the pool or the bed, you can’t escape it, nor would you want to. A freestanding tub is an added boon. Otherwise, the one-bedroom villas all scream honeymoon, and the two-bedroom villas are calling out for girls weekends.
On my plate
The villas have small galley kitchens, but there are no food offerings on site, so it really is all about wining and dining in the Margaret River region in the day, and returning to enjoy the plunge pool, cheese, wine and sunset in your villa. With dozens of world-class wineries and restaurants on your doorstep, that’s certainly not a chore.
Highlights from the mini-bar
A welcome bottle of local wine and breakfast hamper are the standouts at Injidup Spa Retreat. A clever electric egg poacher means you can turn your fresh bread, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, avocado and hash browns into a hearty start to the day. There’s also juice, yoghurt, cheese and chocolates. Extra cheese and chocolate can be bought on site.
I wish I could take home…
It sounds simple, but there is seriously an art to arranging shells in a bowl. It’s elegant and artistic, and I know I’d never be able to replicate it at home.
Bodhi at Injidup Spa Retreat has a serious reputation for top-notch pampering in the region. In fact, it has a dedicated following among the well-heeled in Perth who make a point of visiting when holidaying down south, whether they are staying on site or not. With three treatment rooms and a relaxation area, it’s intimate, but with views straight out to the ocean, doesn’t feel closed in. Operated separately to the villas, the Bodhi brand is committed to natural and organic wellness, with a focus on Australian skincare ranges like Sodashi, Li’Tya and Mukti.
Hikers staying at the property with Walk into Luxury often opt for a 90-minute Deep Tissue massage, which will set you right for upcoming days on the track, or a half-hour mint foot therapy session. The Sodashi Vitamin Boost Facial is also another favourite.
For something extra special, the spa offers treatments developed by Li-Tya, an Australian skincare range made using Indigenous native plants. The Marta Kodo Massage, Mala Mayi Rejuvenation and The Dreaming Ritual all begin with the smoking of native plants, and are inspired by Australian Indigenous techniques for healing and re-aligning energy flow. Spread out over four and a half hours, The Dreaming Ritual offers some serious pampering, for the mind, body and spirit. From foot therapy and hand treatments right through to body wrap, facial and head massage, not an ounce of you won’t feel rejuvenated. My Deep Tissue Massage gets into every last knot and eases the aches I didn’t know I had – walking, wining, dining being hard work after all! Post-massage relaxation takes place in a lounge with a plate of fresh fruit, herbal tea and a signature Bodhi chocolate, because it’s all about balance.
As long as you’re well-stocked for supplies – wine and cheese, most importantly – staying in is true bliss. With free Wi-Fi on site, you can stay connected, but this really is the spot to unplug, grab a book from the shared library, or even a DVD, and soak up your surroundings.
The Margaret River region is literally on your doorstep. Injidup sits at the northern end of the region, with Dunsborough beaches and boutiques less than 20 minutes to the north, and to the south, follow Caves Road all the way to Margaret River town, stopping at as many wineries and providores as you choose. Only six minutes away is Windows Estate, where you’ll find not just award-winning wine, but picnic hampers, homemade relishes, pickles, local cheese, crackers, and even local homewares.
Too many to count, the villas and the spas have both had their fair share of awards, and are considered some of the state’s best wellness and accommodation offerings.
After slow mornings, spend the heat of the day inland exploring wineries and their restaurants, picking up a bottle or two and the makings of an antipasto dinner – as soon as the sun starts to sink towards the horizon you won’t want to leave your villa.
Handy torches are plugged into the wall in the lounge room in case of electrical storms, but they also double as sensor lights – when malfunctioning, they’ll keep you up at night. Unplugging is an easy fix.
A grab and go ‘larder’ stocked with local wines, cheese, meats and crackers in reception surely wouldn’t go under-utilised. You need to be prepared before you walk in the door, and if you’ve forgotten to buy some bubbles on the way, you’ll surely regret it.
If you want to do the Margaret River region in style, look no further than these luxury villas, but they’re best enjoyed if you don’t have a full itinerary or a list of cellar doors to tick off your list. Choose a few then make a beeline back to that plunge pool because it is pure bliss.
Where to find it
A three-hour drive south of Perth, you’ll follow the well-travelled route south to Margaret River for most of the way before turning off just outside of Busselton towards the south coast.