Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald, Tasmania

In the heart of Tasmania, where the Tamar River meanders through vineyard-clad hills and forests, you’ll find a piece of Switzerland. It was my pursuit of Tasmania's wine that led me to Grindelwald, and to the unexpected Swiss charm of the Tamar Valley Resort.

Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald. TasmainiaAspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald. Tasmainia

The resort is designed as a Swiss village, complete with chalets and the iconic clock tower, against a backdrop of lush, rolling hills. Upon arrival, I was immediately captivated by its uniqueness and warmth. From the neat, colourful chalets to the impeccably landscaped gardens, the resort was an uncanny rendition of a Swiss haven, thousands of kilometres away from the actual Alps.

My room was a cosy, rustic chalet with captivating views of the Tamar Valley. The chalet’s interior was a perfect blend of comfort and luxury, replete with a crackling fireplace, a nod to its alpine inspiration.

Exploring the resort, I discovered the Tamar Valley's heart – its wineries. Just a short drive from the resort were some of Tasmania's premier vineyards, each with their unique offerings of cool-climate wines. Each wine tasting was a delightful journey through the region's terroir, from crisp, apple-noted Chardonnays to elegant, berry-rich Pinot Noirs.

But the Tamar Valley Resort offered more than wine. It was a playground of activities. I found myself losing track of time in the mini-golf course, pampering myself at the on-site spa, and even tried my hand at paddle boating on the resort's lake.

The on-site restaurant, Tamar Valley Bistro, was a gastronomical delight. I enjoyed heart-warming meals with a touch of Swiss influence, paired with the excellent local wines.

A special mention goes to the staff, who were the epitome of Tasmanian hospitality. From sharing local insights to ensuring I was comfortable during my stay, they made my experience truly memorable.

My time in the Tamar Valley Resort was like being in a beautiful daydream, where Swiss charm met Tasmanian authenticity. For anyone looking to enjoy Tasmania's wine region while immersing themselves in an unorthodox cultural fusion, this resort is the perfect choice.

Alternatively, for those preferring a coastal retreat with breathtaking sea views, the Edge of the Bay Resort in Coles Bay offers a stunning and distinct Tasmanian experience.

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Review of Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald, Tasmania

Review of Aspect Tamar Valley Resort

Score: 2.9/5

Location: 3.5/5 - Nestled around 15 minutes north of Launceston, Aspect Tamar Valley Resort is well-situated for guests to explore Northern Tasmania. Set over 150 acres with striking lakes and splendid views, the resort's location is impressive but its relative isolation might pose some accessibility challenges.

Accommodation: 3/5 - The resort offers a variety of rooms from hotel suites to self-contained chalets and studio villas, suiting a wide range of travel preferences. However, the overall room quality and comfort are merely average, with some rooms in need of modernization.

Amenities: 3.5/5 - With an array of amenities including a mini golf course, tennis courts, indoor pool, gym, and children's playground, the resort is well-equipped for families and sports enthusiasts. The Swiss Village adds a unique touch, but the amenities, though numerous, are somewhat dated.

Service: 2.5/5 - While the resort staff is generally helpful, the service does not consistently meet the standards of a high-end resort. Attention to detail and response times could be improved.

Value for Money: 2.5/5 - Given the wide range of facilities and the unique location, the resort offers a decent value proposition. However, the average quality of rooms and services might not justify the price for some guests.

Recommendations: The resort is best suited for families and groups interested in outdoor activities and those who appreciate a countryside setting. The onsite activities and children’s playground make it an appealing option for family trips.

Pros:

  • Variety of accommodations to suit different guest needs.
  • A plethora of on-site activities and amenities.
  • Unique location with breathtaking views.

Cons:

  • Rooms and amenities need modernization.
  • Isolated location might be a drawback for some guests.
  • Service could be improved.

Features:

  • On-site dining at Alpenrose Lakeside Bistro.
  • Swiss Village with shops and an Activity Center.
  • Comprehensive recreational facilities including a 9-hole golf course and indoor heated pool.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available in all rooms.

Tamar valley travel fAQ

How can I get to Tamar Valley?

Tamar Valley is easily accessible by car from Launceston, taking approximately 15 minutes drive north of the city. If you're coming from other parts of Tasmania or Australia, Launceston has an airport with daily flights from major cities.

What is the best time of the year to visit Tamar Valley?

Tamar Valley is easily accessible by car from Launceston, taking approximately 15 minutes drive north of the city. If you're coming from other parts of Tasmania or Australia, Launceston has an airport with daily flights from major cities.

What are the main attractions in the Tamar Valley?

The Tamar Valley is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including numerous vineyards and orchards. It's also home to several notable attractions, such as the Tamar Island Wetlands, Cataract Gorge, and the historic towns of Beaconsfield and George Town. The region is known for its food and wine, with many wineries and restaurants showcasing local produce.

Are there any unique activities to do in Tamar Valley?

Yes, apart from visiting wineries and exploring the beautiful landscape, you can also take river cruises, visit local farmers' markets, explore historic sites, or enjoy the local arts scene with galleries and studios dotting the region.

How long should I plan to stay in Tamar Valley?

This depends on your interests. A day trip can cover a few wineries or a particular attraction. However, to truly appreciate the region, consider staying for two to three days. This will allow you to explore at a more leisurely pace and enjoy all the Valley has to offer.

Can I bring my kids to Tamar Valley? What activities are there for children?

Absolutely, Tamar Valley is a family-friendly destination. There are a variety of activities that kids will enjoy such as wildlife parks, maze gardens, and river beaches for swimming. Many of the vineyards are also family-friendly, with open spaces for children to explore.

Q: Are there any notable restaurants or places to eat in Tamar Valley?

A: Yes, the Tamar Valley is well known for its excellent food and wine. Many of the wineries have on-site restaurants that offer exceptional dining experiences, often with stunning views. There are also several local eateries that showcase the region's fresh produce. It's worth researching and booking ahead, especially during peak times.

Q: What kind of accommodation options are available in Tamar Valley?

A: The Tamar Valley offers a variety of accommodations to suit different budgets and tastes, ranging from luxury resorts and boutique B&Bs, to self-contained cottages and caravan parks.

Q: Is Tamar Valley a good base to explore the rest of Tasmania?

A: Tamar Valley's close proximity to Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city, makes it a convenient base for exploring the northern regions of Tasmania, including the spectacular Cradle Mountain. However, for attractions in the south like Hobart and the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur, you might want to consider overnight options closer to those locations.

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