Hunter Valley

The Subtle Difference of Excellence

The award winning Château Élan at The Vintage Hunter Valley is Australia’s finest luxury golf, spa and conference resort.

The complex overlooks the fairways of the Greg Norman-designed Vintage golf course and boasts a large 17 treatment room destination spa and hair salon.

About the Château

Château Élan at The Vintage is operated by Château Élan Hotels and Resorts, founded by Don and Nancy Panoz in the US. The property was co-developed by Château Élan and The Stevens Group, one of the leading development groups of NSW. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Offering a luxury escape for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a spa with 17 treatment rooms, a hair and beauty salon, 20 super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas.

The $40m development is just two hours north of Sydney. The Vintage is the Hunter Valley's premier residential lifestyle community. At its' heart is a Greg Norman-designed course which is ranked #2 in New South Wales. The Vintage has bar, conference and full dining and catering facilities; the Clubhouse is home to the renowned Legends Grill restaurant.

Château Élan believes in ‘the subtle difference of excellence’. It is driven by innovation and attention to detail in both service and design. According to founder, Don Panoz: “There are two points that I hold dear as business truths: people remember quality long after they have forgotten the price; and they may forget how you look or what you say – but they never forget how you make them FEEL.”

Hunter Valley Highlights

■ Luxury Escape
Offering a luxury escape for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a spa with 17 treatment rooms, a hair and beauty salon, 20 super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas.

■ Your Championship Golf Course:
The Vintage Golf Course is nestled amid the rolling hills of Rothbury and the famous vineyards. This Greg Norman-design championship golf course was voted the Number 1 Public Access course in NSW. The par 71, 6310 metre course offers golfers of all levels a challenge with its distinctive undulating landscape and signature bunkering.

■ Balloon Aloft:
Balloon Aloft is celebrating 30 years of flying over the beautiful Hunter Valley. Friendly staff, exceptional service, modern equipment and a true local knowledge will ensure your balloon experience will be one to remember. The sunrise flights depart daily, enjoy spectacular views of the Pokolbin, Lovedale and Rothbury wine regions. All flights finish with a gourmet champagne breakfast at Peterson’s Champagne House.

From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, the Hunter Valley offers a taste of the good life. Whether you're being pampered in one of the valley's day spas or teeing off from a championship golf course, you'll enjoy a warm country welcome.

Unique Experiences

■ Slattery Helicopters:
Experience the Hunter Valley’s leading helicopter company, offering affordable tours seven days a week with a convenient door to door hotel pick up service.

■ Hunter Valley Private Tours:
Your hosts, Margaret and Glenn Wendt of 'Hunter Valley Private Tours' welcome you to the 'Chateau Élan' and the opportunity to host for you a Wine Tour experience.

■ Hunter Valley Classic Carriages:
Horse-drawn carriage tours pick up hotel guests from Chateau Elan at The Vintage. Clip-clop your way along the tree-lined back roads of Pokolbin in our unique western themed Cobb & Co. Stage Coach or Old Style Covered Wagon.Your day includes visiting a selection of wineries, ranging from the smaller boutique style to the larger more commercial wineries.

Resort facilities

■ 20 luxury Spa suites, 40 Luxury One Bedroom Spa villas, and 40 luxury Spa Kings
■ 700 m2 of conference facilities
■ In-room broadband internet and Wifi
■ 24 hour fitness centre
■ Tennis centre
■ Multi-talented chefs at The Restaurant and Bar
■ Heated salt-chlorinated 25m lap pool with connecting spa
■ Destination Spa boasting 17 treatment rooms
■ Walking trails
■ 18 holes of Greg Norman designed championship golf

Location information

Hunter Valley is located a short two hour drive north of Sydney or 45 minutes from Newcastle. Australia's most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors, 65 restaurants and more than 180 places to stay.