Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, NSW
Situated not too far from the Blue Mountains famous Three Sisters and nestled amid manicured gardens, Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort gives groups the feeling of being much further away from the Sydney CBD than they actually are. The awarding-winning property overlooks the Jamison Valley and is only roughly a 90-minute drive from Sydney. The 5-star resort offers 89 elegant and modern rooms and suites with windows that open for fresh mountain air. Being close to the city, says Escarpment Group operations manager Adam Holmes, is an important part of corporate retreats in terms of productivity.
“Every minute counts,” he says “yet the iconic locations provide an immersive escape for all delegates.'' He adds, “at Lilianfels, we can cater for small VIP groups for senior executive retreats up to larger groups of 100.”
He adds the professional team on-site are available to assist with all aspects of planning, ensuring events run smoothly and stress free. Planners here have four events spaces to choose from, each having a recent comprehensive upgrade to the audio-visual technology.
The Banksia Room offers 120 square metres with ceiling height of 2.7 metres and plenty of natural light through its gorgeous French doors leading out to a covered terrace and sunken courtyard. There’s also a divisible wall to offer more flexibility.
Those looking for an intimate dinner space or smaller meeting room with plenty of privacy, should opt for the Wollemi Pine Room on the ground floor also with plenty of natural light and perfect for smaller groups from 10-70. Inside the original Darley’s House on the top floor of Darley’s restaurant is the Camellia Room, perfect for private dining or intimate meetings for up to 34 people.
Darley’s was once the home of the sixth Chief Justice of NSW when it underwent a full restoration to become the now hatted Darley’s Restaurant. Darley’s is consistently recognised as one of the leading restaurants in not just the region, but in NSW.
Darley’s Restaurant in particular is a powerful draw card to the property. Darley’s Restaurant executive chef Roy McVeigh’s menu takes fine dining to the raw creative edge.
Fresh from a stint as executive chef for Google HQ in Singapore, he continues the Darley’s tradition of serving the freshest produce sourced within a 100-mile radius wherever possible and served as a la carte or degustation menus.
As well as supporting local and regional suppliers, McVeigh uses ingredients from the kitchen gardens alongside the restaurant and the extensive garden at Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges at Blackheath.
The multi-award-winning Darley’s Restaurant is perched on the edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area just two minutes’ walk from Echo Point Lookout overlooking the Three Sisters rock formation. It is the only hatted restaurant in the Blue Mountains.
With the picturesque natural playground of the Blue Mountains at your doorstep, the activities suitable for team building are plenty. Many of which can also be organised onsite including Segway tours, laser tag, eco tours and more. For the more adventurous in the group there’s also rock climbing and abseiling and 4WD tours. Looking for something more leisurely? Try a round of golf, a trivia night or an afternoon of bushwalking.
“The wellness and team building options have been specifically designed to optimise our iconic locations within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley,” adds Adam, “and the diversity of culinary offerings keep the experience interesting for delegates.”
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