Forget what you know about the RACV. Not just for motoring enthusiast, and spanning resorts across Cape Schank, Hobart and Noosa, to name a few, this series of seven luxury hotels are not to be missed.

The RACV Torquay resort is a recently renovated delight in the middle of Victoria. Featuring strong design and unique architecture, the resort is located only 75 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Located between Jan Juc and Torquay this is the ultimate spot for those who love beaches and getting spoilt – so pretty much everybody.

RACV Torquay Resort

There is plenty to do in Torquay and at the RACV Torquay resort, with this writer struggling to fit all the activities into the two day period. Pro tip: you need more than two days here. Spend your time amongst one of the many beaches, visit the Number 1 and White’s Paddock restaurants located onsite or take some time out and spoil yourself at the One Spa within the resort.

Accommodation is not to be missed. With many five star resorts boasting clean facilities and security, they often overlook decor and that wow effect. Often the place of smaller niche boutique hotels, the RACV Club Torquay features gorgeous interior design that will have you impressed from foyer to bedroom. The balcony is a beautiful touch to an already stunning room, providing relaxing views of the golf course and beach. There’s nothing like falling asleep to the sound of waves – amirite?

If you have time to unwind (and if you don’t have time, then you need it the most!) make sure you visit the One Spa Day Spa located onsite. Featuring relaxation massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, haircuts and colouring, make-up services, waxing, skin or body treatments, geisha tub soaks and hydrotherapy sessions you will not be short of choice. This writer enjoyed a 90-minute anti stress massage that did exactly what it said.

If you’re a foodie, you will not want to miss the Number 1 restaurant on the ground floor. Breakfast is served in this luxury facility with a floor to ceiling view out to the golf course and Bass Strait. For lunch and dinner, it transforms into the decadent and perfectly tailored Number 1 restaurant. Lead by Executive Chef Michael Bannerman and Food and Drink curated by Andre Smaniotto, the menu was a battle of “What Do I Want More?”  as everything sounded so delicious. The Moreton Bay Bugs were a must-have and for those looking to enjoy a wine (or two) the staff are wonderfully educated in wine selection and provided perfect suggestions all evening.

Supporting local is a big priority for the RACV Club Torquay kitchens. From local produce, herbs grown onsite or bread supplied from Zealy Bay a few streets down from the RACV Club Resort, this is a wonderful touch to a national company. It was a very personal touch. Food and Drink Manager Andre Smaniotto supplies macaroons under his Andre range of macarons, to which he informed us that the lemon macaron was made with lemons from his own garden.

With no lack of activities, things to do are plenty. The Torquay Surf Academy is only moments away with surfing lessons and gear provided at very affordable prices. Staff were helpful and watchful so perfect for families. This (extremely inflexible) writer even stood up at the end of the session. Gnarly bro. 

If you are looking for a local or interstate adventure, look no further than the RACV Club Resort Torquay. They offer  25% off rates for RACV members, flexible booking terms and no online booking fees.

Visit their website here.

For more from Couturing trip to Torquay, you can see all the adventures from this trip with Australia’s best influencers here with the #RACVTorquayWkend hashtag

About The Author

Thom Whilton

Thom Whilton is co-Founder and current Creative Director of He has been published in a variety of publications for his written and styling work. Thom has been featured in, Weekend Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, M Magazine, The Vine and Everguide to name just a few. Thom was also Ambassador for the City of Melbourne (2012) has styled for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (2012) and his work has featured in Couturing and MX Magazine. He has also styled celebrities such as Delilah (Warner Music, supported Prince in tour), Nadia Coppolino and Silvana Lovin-Philoppousis.

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