Adelaide Hills retreat delays opening

The 14 ultra-luxury lodge will now officially launch in September 2020

Owners of South Australia’s Sequoia lodge in the Adelaide Hills have rescheduled the planned opening of the $15 million property by nine months, from the previously earmarked December 2019 debut to September 2020.

“Construction delays” on the brand-new retreat’s guest lounge and its spring-fed hot pools have resulted in Sequioa’s soft opening being pushed back to June 2020, ahead of its official launch three months later.

In the meantime, the first photos of the ultra-luxurious suites have now been revealed.

A private and secluded sanctuary with uninterrupted panoramic views, the luxury lodge will offer guests a six-star experience and be the first of its kind on mainland Australia.

Named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner Arthur Hardy, Sequoia will feature 14 contemporary guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools.

The 12-hectare Mount Lofty estate has long been synonymous with decadence and celebration. Perched on the valley rim overlooking the patchwork Piccadilly Valley and separate to the original house, the private retreat will have its own dedicated guest relations team and secure entrance to attract VIP guests.

Offering an unrivalled level of highly personalised service, Sequoia guests will have access to all of the property’s lavish amenities including the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa.

Special preview

Mount Lofty House will offer an exclusive sneak preview of the lodge, six months ahead of its official opening, with a sensory-inspired experience featuring the best food, wine and music from South Australia. The overnight Tasting Australia adventure begins with a limousine transfer to the estate and Sequoia Sparkling beneath the giant tree that shares its name.

From here guests can choose to relax during a 30-minute spa treatment or discover the nuances of Adelaide Hills gin during a guided tasting. Evening canapés will be served as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performs live before guests connect with representatives from flagship South Australian brands RM Williams and Jurlique.

On Tuesday 31 March, experience a menu crafted by Hardy’s Verandah’s own awarded chef, Jin Choi and internationally celebrated ‘paddock to plate’ chef, Jared Ingersoll, while the menu on Wednesday 1 April sees a visionary gastronomical collaboration between Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Bentley (Magno Brasserie) derived from an infusion of native Australian ingredients with unique Mexican preparation techniques.

Both menus will be expertly matched with wines by iconic South Australian producer, Penfolds to complete a picture that will linger in your memory forever and a bottle of Bin 28 Shiraz per couple with a Kangaroo Karmine leather wine bag will see you take a little of the experience home with you too. Before you retire, gather around a bonfire for after-dinner marshmallows, stories and stargazing before turning in to Sequoia for the night.

Tickets are $3,000 per room. More info HERE.

Mount Lofty House and Sequoia are located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD and 30 minutes from the airport.

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