Villa Parma @ Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford.

Built in 1864, Villa Parma is tucked to the side of the luxurious Peppers Resort in Daylesford, about an hour from the airport in Melbourne. We've booked the place out a couple of times with friends and colleagues, as it is a fun way to have a feast with friends.

Peppers has a divine Day Spa ... the area is known for it's rejuvenitive hot springs. I love it and go give myself a soak with mates at least once a year.

But what I really love about this place is the gardens. It feels like a little piece of Tuscany, or Switzerland (the area had lots of Swiss settlers) just a 40 minute drive from my doorstep.