5 must have features of a cosy winter retreat


1. Wood Fire

It goes without saying really if its winter you need a fire. Even better if it’s a really big fire with a glass door on each side. One side for sitting in front of with a glass of red wine and the other for the bedroom to create a special ambience and warmth while you sleep. Its important to have lots of split firewood ready at hand so all you need to do is strike a match.


2. Sauna

Nothing says alpine luxe like an authentic Swedish sauna. Complete with chic bucket and ladle for pouring water to create the soothing steam that helps you detox and relax. Set the timer and take a rugged up walk down Stokes Bay beach, and the hot sauna will be ready on your return.

3. Hot tub

The perfect accompaniment to a sauna is a hot tub. Outdoors, the cool air on your face but the gloriously warm 38 degree water is the perfect warming winter activity. If you are really adventurous sitting in the spa in the rain is actually the ultimate. A quick dash inside and you can be back in the sauna. Repeat.


4. Big bath + Fluffy Robes

No matter the weather, a long soak watching the weather roll is the perfect way to while away a winters afternoon. Bubbles, a book and a fluffy robe and you are set. Even better if you have a view of the fire place from the bathroom.

5. A cosy cellar door to sip red wine and discover local food + drink

Staying in is wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating but sometimes its nice to get dressed and head out to explore the local region. Winter stops must have a fire, it’s basically mandatory on Kangaroo Island. Do a wine tasting and bring a local bottle home to enjoy by your own fire. The Islander Estate, KI Brewery, False Cape Wines and Kangaroo Island Spirits all offer wood fires at their venues as well as the finest local tipples.


Agree with the top 5 winter retreat necessities? We have all these features and more at our boutique couples retreat Stowaway Kangaroo Island. Find us on our website or email us at [email protected] we would love to help you discover the beauty of winter on Kangaroo Island.