LAKESIDE Villas at Crittenden Estate, Dromana has won the silver award for self-contained accommodation in the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards.
The award was presented in Canberra on 6 March and followed Lakeside Villas winning gold at the Victorian Tourism Awards.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Pearcedale won bronze in the ecotourism category at the Australian Tourism Awards.
Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages, Western Australia and Avalon Coastal Retreat, Tasmania won the gold and bronze awards in the self-contained accommodation while Margaret Island Walk, Tasmania won gold and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Queensland silver in the ecotourism category.
Lakeside Villas manager Linda Crittenden said she was “so excited and also just a little bit proud” of the two awards.
“We know our villas present a great product for our visitors and we always try to improve as best as we can,” she said. “But to have it now acknowledged by the judging panel of the tourism awards is another feather in our cap altogether.”
Ms Crittenden said that over the past 12 months Lakeside Villas had become “a lot more environmentally sustainable”.
We also always hope our guests drive away with the best experience in their minds, and that they come back sometime in the future.”
The national and state awards for Crittenden Estate’s accommodation arm followed the estate winning the BRIT/FIVS competition, jointly run by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and FIVS, a Paris-based international federation of sustainability-minded wine organisations.