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HotelsCombined recognizes Riveresque amongst the best hotels in Australia

HotelsCombined, the Australian-based hotel price comparison website owned by KAYAK, has selected Riveresque to receive the official Recognition of Excellence Award. This selection has come from HotelsCombined’s extensive surveys using data from millions of guest reviews for a wide range of accommodation within Australia.

Riveresque has consistently produced a high satisfaction rating among guests and travel industry experts. Riveresque has received 270 reviews and earned an impressive guest rating of 10 out of 10 on HotelsCombined.

Riveresque now joins an elite group of hotels around the world that have been awarded the HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence. This exclusive collection of highly-rated accommodations has been chosen using a strict set of criteria such as the quality and consistency of reviews, the absence of recurring or unresolved issues with customers, popularity of the property and of course, the overall resulting score.

“We're delighted to have been recognised as one of the best places to stay in Australia.  Our beautiful bushland setting with a Bali vibe is a really great way to relax and unwind.”, said Riveresque’s manager, Sharon.

“We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in Australia. Riveresque has proven its place among them with this award and its commitment to providing high-quality services to all guests,” said Melinda Balazs, Hotel Awards Program Manager at HotelsCombined.

“With HotelsCombined, 30 million people are finding the best hotel deals available online every month. The HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence Award makes it even easier for travellers to find the top hotels for customer service and guarantee the best value for their money.”

Guest Review Awards Guest Review Awards 2018 Winner

The Guest Review Awards programme is’s yearly appreciation programme that recognises partners for their exceptional hospitality, as evidenced in the review scores left by guests after their stay.  Riveresque is proud to have won an award for 2018 with a score of 9.9 out of 10!

Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2018

Congratulations!   This Hall of Fame Award is in recognition for achieving a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years!

Certificate of Excellence honours hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world. This designation is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year. 

10/10 - Top Three Percent Worldwide

Hotels Combined Stellar Stays Awards 2015

Congratulations!  Riveresque has just been awarded a HotelsCombined ‘Stellar Stays’ property for 2015!

This award is in recognition for consistently achieving the highest standards of customer satisfaction worldwide. We know this because the team here at HotelsCombined undertook the largest analysis of customer opinions online across millions of points of data. We now have a complete and comprehensive understanding of over 800,000 hotels worldwide, taking our team of data experts months to finalise.

Specifically, we found and processed 172 opinions that your guests have posted on a variety of different websites, forums and social media, resulting in an incredible score of 10.00 out of a possible 10. You are now representing the top 3% of accommodation worldwide for customer satisfaction and therefore have been recognised as a ‘Stellar Stays’ property...

Best B&Bs in Western Australia

Australian Traveller Best B&Bs in Western Australia, May 2011 Issue 39

We mentioned River’esque as a great place to stay in our article on Margaret River last issue, but we couldn’t overlook including this fantastic accommodation option for this story because it truly is one of the most exceptional B&Bs in the region. The private, freestanding, two-storey, Balinese-style chalet features a wide verandah with day beds, an outdoor shower, spa bath, canopied four-poster bed and Indonesian touches such as incense and fresh-picked frangipanis. 

Something Special: River’esque was voted one of the Top 10 Romantic Retreats back in issue #7 of Australian Traveller and it’s gone from strength the strength since. 

Australia's Ten Most Romantic

Australian Traveller Australia's Top 10 Romantic, February 2006 Issue 7

Those secret corners of the country that are lighting it up in time for Valentine’s Day.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Australian Traveller turned to its stable of experienced travel writers for romantic guidance. After all, what other group of individuals has seen so much of what this country has to offer? So the questions were posed: Where are Australia’s most romantic destinations? What are its dreamiest activities? The final result is this compilation of Ten Romantic Hotspots. And while we point out that they are in no particular order – and are certainly not the be-all and end-all of potential hideaways to take your intended for Valentine’s Day this year – they will most certainly impress, will definitely leave you in the mood, and might just give you that romantic idea you were searching for. Enjoy...

A Little Slice of Bali

Blokey sportfishing publisher Jim Harnwell is a softie at heart; when he’s not catching big fish in the wilds of the Kimberley or Cape York, he can think of nothing better than spending time with his wife and family. Margaret River is his pick for a romantic getaway, with the wineries, fine foods and classy lodgings  combining to create a sensory overload. “If a bottle of great red, some nice cheese and the sun setting through the gum trees doesn’t get you in the mood for love,” he says, “it may well be that you are dead.”

After a day spent touring wineries, olive groves and a variety of cafes, antique emporiums and assorted retail outlets – not to mention strolling along deserted beaches to watch surfers brave the booming Indian Ocean swells – my wife and I were feeling pretty shagged (in a very relaxed and pleasant way, I hasten to add). This was our first romantic trip away in almost five years. At home on the east coast our two young sons were safely in the care of grandparents; we didn’t have to do anything or be anywhere for at least a couple of days. This was a rare opportunity to pretend we were again the young, carefree couple that I dimly recall we were before kids, mortgages and careers got in the way of everything.

Friends on either side of the continent had urged us to spend a day or two in Margaret River, so we dawdled south from Perth. Inspection of the local Visitor Centre revealed a plethora of places to stay. The nice lady at the counter suggested quite a few cottages but none caught my eye – until I found a brochure on a place called River’esque. “Oh yes, that’s very nice,” the lady said. “Very luxurious. People rave about it.” We were sold.

Booked in, we went to a local deli and purchased all the food we used to eat before the arrival of kids saw our culinary adventures come to a sudden halt. Smoked salmon, Brie, nice bread, olives, sun-dried tomatoes. I had a couple of bottles of local Shiraz hidden in the boot of our rental car.

We found River’esque, a stylish Balinese-inspired chalet perched amongst eucalypts on a hill above the actual Margaret River. A note propped up against a smiling Buddha welcomed us and urged us to make ourselves at home. No sooner said than done. I had the first bottle open in a jiffy and we sipped the peppery wine as we explored the house.

Immaculately presented, it was hard not to feel instantly relaxed. The comfortable rooms flowed into one another, all leading to a marvellous balcony set among the treetops. We collapsed into the comfy armchairs before spreading our feast out on a low table and opening the second bottle of red. The evening passed in a blur of languid indulgence. We bathed in the moonlight in the fern-covered outdoor shower before running back in and leaping into the huge steaming bath.

The vast white bed in the upstairs room was so big and soft I almost lost my wife in it. But I found her eventually. The outcome of that is a whole other story. Let me just say that when we arrived at River’esque we had two children. When we left, a third, now known as Suzanna May, was on the way...

Love Shack

Postcards WA Magazine

The Postcards WA crew has stayed nearly everywhere in the South-West – so where would they go for a wicked weekend? We uncover six romantic hideaways. They’re secluded, privately run and full of special touches – these are Margaret River’s secret love shacks.


Romance factor: Make out like a Balinese princess and steal your prince away to this Indonesian-inspired hideaway. The scented trail of frangipani blooms leading to the Balinese bungalow is the first hint that River’esque is the kind of place where honeymoons are remembered and wild weekends away become deliciously addictive. Guests here are simply spoiled by attention to detail... 

The amenities here are as indulgent as the hosts. The teak balcony holds dreamy daybeds dressed in embroidered silks, perfect for languid afternoons. Rugs are at hand for a sunset snuggle among the forest’s birds, or climb the stairs and roll your lover under a swathe of white net on the four-poster bed. A bowl of local berries is provided for the perfect late night dessert, as well as gourmet breakfast goodies to start the day.

Special touch: The outdoor shower is bound to inspire. What could be more indulgent than a bath for two under the stars?

Facilities: One chalet with two double bedrooms, two bathrooms (plus outdoor shower), spa, microwave, video, CD player and barbecue. 

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