Just Be on the Mornington Peninsula

Wellness and self-care are certainly buzzwords of the moment, but are so relevant to how we are feeling right now.  The hustle, and side hustle, of daily life are certainly taking their toll on our general wellbeing.  Taking time to relax and beat the burnout is super important.

All of us girls in the office have been sharing all the things on our wishlist  for a ladies wellness retreat and together have come up with our perfect escape.

Ocean Blue's luxury holiday homes and cottages come fully equipped for your comfort and are the ideal base to spend time together, unwinding, relaxing and rejuvenating.

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A Blissful Weekend

Here is our suggested schedule for a blissful weekend. What do you think?

Friday Evening

Arrive at your beautiful accommodation – how we can make your stay wonderful?

Bring together a group of friends and plan some relaxing, fun things to do. Our luxury holiday homes and cottages come fully equipped for your comfort and are the ideal base to spend time together and unwind.

You will be welcomed with a complimentary bottle of local wine and a charcuterie board platter to enjoy and unwind on your first evening.

Saturday morning

Wake and enjoy the gourmet breakfast hamper that will be supplied for the first morning’s breakfast including Almond Croissants, Rustic Sour Dough Baguette, a jar of their homemade local fruit jam/preserve, butter, freshly ground dark roasted coffee, rashers smoky bacon, thick Italian pork and fennel sausages, free-range eggs and vine-ripened tomatoes. Definitely food for the soul.

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Walk to Bushrangers Bay

Time to walk off that Brekkie! There is no better way to relax than take in huge deep breaths of fresh air. The Peninsula has SO many gorgeous walks to enjoy and one of our favourites is the walk to Bushrangers Bay. This walk takes around 2 hours and has some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. Not only is this a stunning sandy surrounded by basalt cliffs, but if you walk up this track as the sun is starting to go down you are guaranteed to see Kangaroos as they all move from the low ground up to the high paddocks to graze before nightfall. They may even jump straight across the path in front of you! This is a truly magical place as the sun is getting lower, we have seen echidna, kangaroo and foxes on the beach all at the same time. For more details visit

Saturday Lunch

Take a drive into Flinders for an endless choice of cafes and restaurants. Flinders Village is a beautiful and historic coastal village overlooking Western Port and Bass Strait. Shop up a storm in the antique stores and crafty corners or sample some gourmet dining at local restaurants and cafes. Pier Provedore is one of our favourites. Check out this review from Good Food.

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Saturday Afternoon

In-House Yoga and Massage Treatments

The afternoon is for relaxing...Let us book a yoga teacher to come to your house and teach a class or we have a wonderful local business that will come to do massages. If you would prefer to go out for a yoga class at one of the gorgeous peninsula yoga studios we can also arrange this before you arrive.

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The Peninsula Hot Springs

Perhaps you would prefer to jump the queue at the Peninsula Hot Springs? Only a short drive from your accommodation

Experience over 20 globally-inspired bathing experiences including a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish steam bath (Hamam), sauna, cold plunge pools, family bathing area, massaging thermal mineral showers and hilltop pool, offering stunning 360-degree views of the region, lakeside pool, exercise circuit, yoga/Qi Gong classes, hand and foot baths, hydrotherapy pool and cafe.

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Sunday morning

Brekkie at a local cafe

After a leisurely lie-in, go for wonderful coffee and brekkie, or brunch, at one of the many of the wonderful local cafes. We would be happy to recommend our favourite cafes nearby. Here are a couple for now…

Everyone likes to be in on a secret and that’s exactly what Hunter Cafe & Store wants to be. The locals of St Andrews Beach and the back of Rye probably hope it stays that way because if word gets out there’ll be lines out the door in no time. Hunter is also the first totally vegan cruelty-free cafe in Rye. On the same parade of shops is the wonderful Store 360. Fantastic for your morning coffee, fresh bread and lots of other goodies.

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Fabulous accommodation

Where will you stay? With us of course! Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats have gorgeous holiday accommodation throughout the Peninsula and very close to all of the golf courses. Visit Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats for full details.

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Cape House – Cape Schanck

Cape House is the perfect property with in-house yoga classes in mind. If the weather is good you could roll out your mats on this fabulous deck area. If not so sunny the inside living space has more than enough room to accommodate a class.

Relax as soon as you enter this spacious retreat.  You will find all the conveniences of home, with the added bonus of a sauna, gym and games room to keep everyone entertained.  Wireless internet is included, of course, along with Smart TV and Netflix, to a fully equipped kitchen and laundry.  This 5-bedroomed property, with 4 queen bedrooms and 3 of those with ensuites bathrooms, gives everyone the space to enjoy being together, but also room for time out. Take a look at Cape House and decide for yourself. CAPE HOUSE

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Blue Haven – McCrae

Listen to the locals and they will rave about the hidden gem that is McCrae.  A small village on the central coast of the Mornington Peninsula with arguably one of the best beaches in Victoria.  It sits nestled at the base of Arthurs Seat with beautiful holiday homes hugging the steep inclines up to the peak.

This quiet little enclave positioned between Dromana and Rosebud offers long beautiful white sandy beach and shallow swimming and you can’t miss it as the McCrae Lighthouse acts as a prominent local landmark that was built to mark the turning point for shipping in the main navigational channels between Port Phillip Heads and Melbourne.

This coastal strip is known as the foreshore and forms part of the 28km Bay Trail for walkers and cyclists that runs along the Port Phillip coastline from Safety Beach to Portsea.

Blue Haven is within walking distance of the McCrae foreshore and a select number of cafes and restaurants that make up the cute centre of this village.

Blue Haven has 5 bedrooms and sleep up to 9 guests. This open dining area (above) would be the perfect space to have a yoga class, don’t you think?

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Joie de Vivre

JOIE DE VIVRE is our dream escape to your own little piece of paradise with picturesque 10-acre views in Red Hill, in the heart of the peninsula’s wine region.

When we drive down the quiet country lane with the tree-lined driveway we know we have the most relaxing weekend waiting for us.  As interiors addicts, we feel like we have walked into a magazine cover.  What to look at first?  The marvellous french inspired cast iron fireplace or the facing chesterfield sofas or the view in the background.

We really never want to leave, we walk in the  grounds and sit on the jetty in the dam and ponder the meaning of life while watching the fishes swim by.  Plan your own private tennis tournament…so many things to do.

The property is located right next door to Main Ridge Estate and across from Red Hill Cheese, two wonderful gourmet destinations that we don’t even need to get in the car and drive to.  The vines for Main Ridge Estate are in fact at the back door of this property.

Joie de Vivre has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 9 guests

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Warrawee Beach House – Blairgowrie

Truly everything you need a beach house to be. Ideal for family groups of up to six adults and four children, the property is positioned on the edge of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, close to the spectacular walking tracks and cliff tops of Bridgewater Bay and Montforts Beach.  But who needs beach tracks when the property is an acre and there are winding paths amongst native flora? This truly is a kids paradise and somewhere you can walk and reflect on life. Sit on benches amongst the trees and contemplate life at your leisure. For the more energetic amongst us, there is the tennis court and outdoor heated swim spa (big enough for 8-10 guests) to make sure you keep fit and active while on your well-earned break.

This property has absolutely everything you could want. The spacious lounge has luxurious furniture and furnishings with a coastal bent, a LOG FIRE and also incorporates a light-filled dining and kitchen area with a vaulted ceiling. It has a modern fully equipped kitchen with an additional fridge to store wine and food for any catering need. That all-important indoor spa for relaxing too!

 

Please contact the Ocean Blue team for rates to book your relaxation retreat at one of these beautiful properties.