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July 18th, 2017

Nestled within one of Sydney’s most vibrant and diverse suburbs, it’s safe to say there’s a lot to see, do and of course, eat within the area.   With so much on offer, we’ve partnered up with a few of Potts Point’s most regarded residents to ensure Spicers Potts Point is a home away from home for […]


June 5th, 2017

  Drunk Furniture Book by Rhodri Marsden and S. Bee – Spicers Balfour Hotel   When a comedian writes a book, you know you’re in for an entertaining read. “Drunk Furniture” is a sobering, sofa-ing photographic study of over 80 tipsy loungers in their natural habitat – what more could you want from a book!? […]


May 19th, 2017

Spicers Retreats is excited to announce the return of “Chefs in the City” for 2017. Hosted by Spicers Group Sommelier Peter Marchant and Spicers Retreats Head Chefs, these events showcase the cuisine and wines of our regional restaurants and offer a rare opportunity for all food and wine lovers to enjoy what Spicers is renowned for, […]


May 15th, 2017

   It’s official, there’s just over 6 weeks until our first ever urban retreat in Sydney opens up it’s doors to the public.  Renowned for it’s historical beginnings, Potts Point is abundant with stunning Victorian terraced houses dating back to the 1800’s. It’s no wonder that our latest venture aimed to pay the utmost respect to its […]


May 4th, 2017

Be the apple of Mum’s eye… Nothing says “thank you Mum you’re the greatest” like a Chef’s Tasting menu at the two-hatted Long Apron Restuarant at Spicers Clovelly Estate. For a one of a kind, surprise and delight experience that you know Mum deserves, say it with a Spicers Retreats gift voucher.  To arrange your gift voucher phone […]


May 4th, 2017

1. “Language of Flowers” by Robert Gordon Flowers speak where words sometimes fail – An everlasting bloom of Anemone & Hellebore, this bone china teacup set is a stunning addition to any Mum’s tea set. You would be hard pressed not to find a piece of dinnerware or ceramics at a Spicers Retreats – we love […]


May 2nd, 2017

1. Savour a nightcap on the Spicers Balfour Hotel rooftop bar Add some spice to your winter evening and head to the Spicers Balfour rooftop bar for the perfect beginning or end to any night. With spectacular views of the Brisbane city lights, this rooftop bar is the the ultimate location for intimate winter gatherings.      2. […]


April 12th, 2017

Four of the most talented Chefs in the country will come together to help Aussie kids at the Variety of Chefs event later this year. Variety of Chefs will be held in July and will showcase guests an exclusive culinary experience with a decadent four course menu and premium wines to match. It’s more than […]


March 29th, 2017

Queensland philanthropists and tourism entrepreneurs Graham “Skroo” Turner and Jude Turner have collaborated with The University of Queensland to establish a multi-million- dollar conservation project adjacent to Spicers Hidden Vale, an hour west of Brisbane. In what is thought to be the largest family contribution to conservation in Queensland history, the Turners have committed more […]


March 13th, 2017

Rainbow Chard – Spicers Vineyards Estate Spicers Vineyards Estate will be harvesting Rainbow Chard from their market garden in the coming weeks and, most importantly, the chefs are busy preparing a new dish on the menu to feature this home grown produce.  Rainbow chard is a delicious and very colourful cousin of silverbeet. The young leaves […]


March 7th, 2017

Tired of spending conferences locked up in nondescript boardrooms in the middle of a concrete jungle? Looking to take your office getaway to next level with an experience guaranteed to energise and inspire? Spicers Retreats are just the place to recharge and reconnect your team. Whether it’s nestled in a rainforest or taking in the […]


February 17th, 2017

The Short Apron – Spicers Clovelly Estate BBQ’d octopus, lemon, chilli, parsley and romesco. The Long Apron has recently unveiled their latest creation, a new, relaxed, fresh and zesty lunchtime menu, The Short Apron. Continuing the legacy of The Long Apron, The Short Apron showcases the best of the Sunshine Coast’s stunning seafood and seasonal produce and […]


February 6th, 2017

Here’s our top 5 reason why you should escape on a well deserved midweek escape!   1. Crowds? What crowds? Take time out midweek to discover the must-see sites, attractions, restaurants and destinations that everyone wants to visit and you’ll see them at your leisure, on your own terms, within your own time. Avoid all […]


February 1st, 2017

We don’t like to sound too confident, but we think that our retreats are set in some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes this country has to offer. It’s because of this, that we believe one of the most important things for guests to do when staying with us, is to get out and explore. […]


December 23rd, 2016

  Be prepared for next year! The pack down and the storage of your Christmas decorations always seems to be such a rushed, last minute job. However if you can spare a few extra minutes and take a little extra care in storing your decorations and lights it will ensure a quick and enjoyable time […]


December 23rd, 2016

 Salad with pickled mango, mint & chilli chutney, peanut dressing   SALAD:                                                       MANGO, MINT & CHILLI CHUTNEY:      Left-over duck, hamturkey or prawns 1 mango, diced 400g […]


December 22nd, 2016

INGREDIENTS:   550g egg whites 550g caster sugar 250g Almonds 200g Pistachios 560g flour 10g salt   METHOD:   1. Whisk egg whites to a soft peak, and slowly add the sugar until its dissolved into the egg white 2. Mix up the rest of the dry ingredients then fold into the egg mix 3. […]


December 22nd, 2016

Spicers Tamarind Retreat Walk to Gardners Falls- The falls are on public land but can be accessed by a path on the Tamarind property. Make sure you bring your bathers and some walking shoes- these falls are a definite must see at our property. Spicers Clovelly Estate A beautiful rainforest walk on our private property is […]


December 21st, 2016

Thai Basil Gin & Tonic INGREDIENTS: 120ml Four Pillars Gin Bunch ofThai Basil 3 limes, sliced into wedges 1 orange  750ml tonic Ice METHOD:   1. In a jug, muddle the lime and most of the basil 2. Add the gin, lots of ice and stir until ice cold 3. Add the juice of half […]


December 21st, 2016

Matt Bremerkamp (Spicers Vineyards Estate)  “Pigs in Blanket”, delicious bacon wrapped sausages. Being from England, this is almost a staple in our diet! Sam Hardinge (Spicers Sangoma Retreat) My favourite Christmas food is simply smoked leg ham cut thick off the bone, charred on the bbq then drowned in hommus. Cam Matthews (Spicers Clovelly Estate)  […]


December 20th, 2016

For a great alternative to the traditional seafood/cocktail sauce I like to make a Sriracha Mayo.   All you need is a bottle of Japanese Mayo (Kewpie) and a bottle of Sriracha (Thai chilli sauce). Place some mayo into a bowl and whisk in some Sriracha to taste, you can also squeeze in some lime […]


December 20th, 2016

Cam Matthews, head chef at Spicers Clovelly Estate brings you his top tips for picking the freshest seafood this festive season: 1. The eyes should be bright, clear, and convex, never cloudy or sunken. 2. If the fish has any noticeable odor, it should smell briny and of the sea, like seaweed. Anything noticeably pungent, […]


December 19th, 2016

INGREDIENTS Cake Mix Poppy Seed Mix 500g plain flour 500g poppy seeds 200ml lukewarm milk 100g candied orange zest 5 egg yolks 100g raisins 1 vanilla pod  150g sugar 120g castor sugar 4 tbsp honey 40g fresh yeast 50g butter   4 egg whites METHOD   Mix 1 tbsp of sugar with yeast, add 50 […]


December 19th, 2016

Embrace the wreath as your statement decoration of choice. Go big on your front door to make an immediate impact and give your neighborhood some Christmas cheer! Making your own DIY wreath is easy, buy a woven wreath base from your local craft store and customise with your own touches such as herbs, baubles, ribbon […]


December 15th, 2016

When you’re feeling fancy… NV Stewart and Prentice Blanc de Blanc Celebration Gippsland, VIC $19.99 Mal Stewart, and Neil Prentice come together to create some alchemy and produce delicious sparkling. Mal’s precision, Neil’s flamboyance and some great fruit, make for a purity unseen in bubbles at this price point.   Something on the lighter side… […]


December 15th, 2016

French Toast with Chocolate Ganache and Sour Cherries (serves two) INGREDIENTS  1 can sour cherries in wine syrup 4 slices brioche bread 70g cream 4 eggs, beaten 40g dark chocolate 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 60g milk chocolate 1/2 orange zest 10g butter 3 tsp cinnamon sugar 30ml of Hot Water  1 tbsp oil   METHOD […]


December 15th, 2016

Christmas is all about giving and sometimes the smallest gifts have the most impact.  Be sure to share a little joy with Spicers 5 tips to spreading Christmas cheer:   1. Give someone a compliment! We always think it so just say it!  Don’t be afraid to share a compliment as you’ll easily make someone’s day […]


December 15th, 2016

INGREDIENTS 150ml egg whites (approximately 4 x 60g eggs) 1 cup (220g) icing sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons cornflour 2 teaspoons dried lemon myrtle powder 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 150°C. 2. Put the egg whites into a bowl and electric mix until soft pearl consistency. 3. Slowly add the sugar […]


December 15th, 2016

“If you’re cooking Christmas lunch do not start drinking before your guests arrive!” Wendy Morris – Spicers Sangoma Retreat   “If you are cooking Christmas lunch at home, get the whole family involved. You don’t need to do everything yourself!” Clare Bremerkamp – Spicers Vineyards Estate   “Make moments to treasure not give treasures for […]


December 15th, 2016

INGREDIENTS 1kg beef rump cap 1/2 cup honey 5 tablespoons of soy sauce (you can use a gf soy) 2 tbsp fish sauce   METHOD 1. Arrange the meat flat on a tray and freeze until firm, when meat is ready make sure you trim it of any fat, then slice along the grain 6mm […]


December 15th, 2016

1. Just like us, our plants love food this time of year! Try a liquid fertiliser and plenty of water early in the morning or in the cool of the evening to help plants flourish over summer!  2. Keep the bugs away naturally by planting some companion plants such as marigolds or sunflowers. These will […]


December 15th, 2016

INGREDIENTS 300g almond meal 1 tbs fresh ginger (finely grated) 1 tbs nutmeg 1/2 tsp fresh tumeric 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp good honey 1 egg 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 vanilla bean   METHOD 1. Mix all the dry ingredients together until well combined 2. Blend the vanilla, coconut oil, honey and […]


December 14th, 2016

  INGREDIENTS Loaf brioche – roughly torn Cup of prunes (soaked overnight in Drambuie, coarsley chopped) 1/2 bunch lemon thyme 250gm rendered speck lardons 5 cloves crushed garlic 200g butter Large brown onion – finely chopper Small thumb of fresh ginger – chopped Cracked black pepper   METHOD 1. Sweat the onion, garlic and ginger […]


December 14th, 2016

INGREDIENTS Whole leg or shoulder ham (about 5 kg), skin removed 6 x pieces blade mace 2 x 750 ml of your favourite dry cider 220 g (1 cup) brown sugar 2 oranges, 1 juiced, 1 thickly sliced ½ tsp mustard powder       METHOD 1. Place ham in a large pan and add […]


December 12th, 2016

“Creating space for daily rituals of self-care is the first step towards a luminous, beautiful complexion and a lifestyle that embraces health and vitality” – Michelle Reeve/Founder & formulator of Waterlily. At Spa Anise, our purpose is to create wholesome and therapeutic experiences nourishing the face, body and mind and ultimately inspiring wellness. This doesn’t […]


December 12th, 2016

Ash Martin – Homage Sustainability is a huge part of the Spicers philosophy and nowhere more so than Homage Restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale. Head Chef Ash Martin and his team have taken ‘farm to fork’ from a catchphrase and made it a lifestyle. An essential part of that philosophy is minimising wastage in the […]


December 12th, 2016

Decorating tips for Christmas How we do it at Spicers 1. Cluster your decorations together to make a beautiful vignette Add WOW factor and depth for everyone to see. Pictured above is the corner of our gorgeous barn at Spicers Hidden Vale. In this example, we’ve replicated the rustic feel of our country property in our […]


December 9th, 2016

Sam Hardinge – Sangoma (Spicers Sangoma Retreat) Char grilled baby octopus INGREDIENTS 500g baby octopus 200ml pomegranate molasses Handful chopped parsley 3 cloves of garlic Pinch of cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp) METHOD 1. Combine all ingredients and marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours2. Char the octopus on the barbie until cooked Sam’s […]


August 8th, 2016

Spicers Retreats restaurants were awarded four of the top awards at the 2016 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence The Long Apron, located at Spicers Clovelly Estate, was awarded the nights largest award – Restaurant of the Year – along with Best Fine Dining Restaurant The Tamarind, located at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, […]


July 11th, 2016

  We are very excited to reveal the first image of our newest hotel in the heart of Sydney, Spicers Potts Point Hotel.  Featuring 20 rooms (including four suites) spread across three heritage-listed terrace houses, Spicers Potts Point Hotel is due to open in early 2017 as our eighth property, and our third in New […]


June 23rd, 2016

Marriage is such a special occasion. It’s a time for love, connection, promises and everlasting memories. When you look back at the photos of your wedding day you want to remember what it felt like in that moment; the sights, the sounds, the smells. You want to be transported back to that special day. That’s […]


June 6th, 2016

Parenthood is an incredible time in any couple’s life.  Two becomes three and so on. But having children doesn’t mean your adventures and experiences as a couple have to end. In fact, there is a lot of research indicating that continuing a romantic life outside parental duties is extremely beneficial for your relationship. That’s where […]


May 23rd, 2016

Winter is coming…. And what better time to get cozy and toasty warm with your loved one. Luckily, Spicers Retreats are made for winter and designed with romance in mind so there’s no reason not to lift your romantic game these cooler months and visit your favourite retreat. Here’s a little taste of what you can […]


May 19th, 2016

Champagne flowed and so did the delicious canapes as guests gathered in the Courtyard at Spicers Balfour Hotel for the 2016 opening of Chefs in the City on the 5th of May. It was a special night. Not only because it kicked off the culinary celebrations for the year, but because it introduced a brand new […]


June 30th, 2015

At this year’s Good Food Guide awards, Spicers Retreats’ commitment to culinary excellence shone through with four Spicers Restaurants taking home a total of seven chefs hats.


April 21st, 2015

Savour an extraordinary evening of fine dining, as award-winning head chefs from six of our luxury retreats bring their unique approach and favourite regional flavours to the city.


February 23rd, 2015

Whether it’s ensuring our grounds look breathtaking, our rooms are impeccable, or our cuisine is unforgettable, everyone at Spicers works hard to deliver what we proudly call Relaxed Luxury…


February 2nd, 2015

Spicers Retreats is proud to announce that Sangoma Retreat, a luxury boutique property situated in the Blue Mountains, has joined the Spicers collection.


December 3rd, 2014

Chef Peter Van Lunn of The Balfour Kitchen shares his recipes for these two Christmas favourites – Spiced Run and Cranberry Balls and Iced Eggnog.


October 30th, 2014

Chef Ash Martin shares his recipe for ‘Beetroot cured kingfish ceviche, charred octopus with melon garden cucumber and radishes’


July 23rd, 2014

If you’re looking for something to indulge in this winter, try this decedent dessert from award winning head chef Doug Innes-Will from The Peak restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge.

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