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Below are a selection of hotels and resorts that we recommend in Australia, grouped by region. Our dedicated team have hand picked the best hotels for your Australia holiday, each one of them has been visited and we are available to answer any questions you may have.
This 1850's five bedroom homestead is set in the heart of the ancient Flinders Ranges, home to some of the most spectacular outback scenery in the country, and offers a taste of classic Australian country hospitality. Arkaba is a 60,000 acre sheep ‘station’ whose craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gum trees are a quintessential Australian scene, while the acclaimed geological amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound lies on the property's northern boundary. Just a four and a half hour drive from Adelaide (or a one hour scenic charter flight), the Flinders Ranges is undoubtedly one of the most accessible outback destinations in Australia.
Just an hour's drive south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula's stunning beaches, peaceful coves and great surf make for a real beach culture...surfers jog down to the water each morning with boards under their arm, families relax on the beach eating fish and chips and whales play with their calves in the ocean during whale season (July to September).
Kangaroo Island is regarded as the best place to see Australian wildlife in the wild...imagine a zoo without fences. It's wild, it's rugged, it's romantic...and it's brimming with kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and a huge array of birds. Rugged coastlines, hidden bays, native bush, rolling farmland...the scenery is breathtaking.
In the sleepy town of Parachilna (population seven) in South Australia, Jane and Ross Fargher have created a quiet revolution in country cuisine. First licensed in 1876, the front of the hotel was completed in 1906 and took six years to build. J
Rawnsley Park Station is a classic Australian outback sheep station located on the edges of the infamous Wilpena Pound in the centre of the Flinders Ranges National Park, about a 3 hour drive north of Adelaide. The One and Two Bedroom Luxury Eco Villas are ideal for independent travellers, self-driving to the flinders as they have every creature comfort you could wish for as a base including stunning 360 views of the ranges.
Southern Ocean Lodge is Kangaroo Island’s only world-class wilderness lodge - a sanctuary of comfort, style and intimacy. Located at Hanson Bay on the island’s south west coast, the lodge adjoins two National Parks and is at the heart of the island’s major attractions.
Located on a 1290 hectare working sheep station in the centre of Kangaroo Island, this delightful homestead has been immaculately restored to provide four beautiful guest rooms – each decorated and furnished in a warm, romantic style reminiscent of the Victoria era, with polished antique furnishings and rich colours.
Set atop a gentle hill with sweeping views of the Barossa Valley, The Louise is surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines that produce some of Australia’s most significant wines. The acclaimed on-site restaurant ‘Appellation’ showcases quality regional seasonal produce in a casually elegant setting.
Berkeley River Lodge is isolated in splendour on the remote north Kimberley coast. The perfect base to experience some of the ancient wonders of the Kimberley. Explore rugged gorges and swim in crystal clear pools beneath thundering waterfalls.
Cable Beach Club is the perfect beach retreat for any Kimberley adventure with a perfect location next to Broome’s famous Cable Beach. Spend lazy days by the pool or exploring the intriguing coastline.
Truly one of the world’s last remaining wild frontiers, El Questro boasts a million acres of awe-inspiring and remarkable scenery in the heart of the ancient Kimberley Outback in the far north of Western Australia (100kms west of Kununurra).
Superbly located just metres from a pristine deserted beach, between the beautiful corals of Ningaloo Reef and the spectacular gorges of the awe-inspiring Cape Range National Park in Western Australia, this award-winning tented eco-camp offers distinctly unique accommodation with just nine comfortable wilderness tents.
Blending effortlessly with the majestic rainforest which surrounds it, The Byron at Byron’s open-plan design is enhanced by the use of rich timbers and wide covered verandahs, oversized cane lounges and slow turning fans - all of which combine to evoke a feeling of serenity and harmony with the environment.
Bedarra is a little known private island where you really can escape the outside world. There are just 8 private villas, tucked into 45 hectares of spectacular rainforest, a place of solitude, exclusivity and immense natural beauty.
Located on the southern side of the island, beneath the dramatic Gower and Lidgbird Mountains and beside the dazzling waters of the Pacific Ocean, Capella Lodge has been beautifully designed to emulate a private beach hideaway. Accommodating no more than 20 guests in 9 luxurious suites, this chic retreat is the perfect luxury escape on this beautiful island. Stylish interiors feature timber floors, muted colours, white bleached shutters and custom furnishings. The visual drama is compelling; a cascade of glass plunges dramatically from a skillion roof allowing Lord Howe’s signature subtropical forests, the towering twin peaks and the jewel-toned reef to take centre stage. Gower’s Terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun sink over the South Pacific – enjoy the lounge and relaxation area which includes a wet-edge plunge pool that appears to melt into the sea and horizon.
Australia’s northernmost island resort, located right on the Great Barrier Reef (240kms north of Cairns and 27kms off the coast of North Queensland), offers a very special island experience with 24 soft powdery white sand beaches and secluded stylish accommodation decorated in elegant sand and sea tones.
Looking glorious and glamorous after a six month makeover, the One&Only Hayman Resort is once again a stylish, luxurious escape in the beautiful Whitsundays and this grand old dame of Australia is back up there with the very best. Forget taxis and limousines... accessing this island is all about arriving in style!
Accessible via a magical 30 minute helicopter transfer from Townsville, or one hour from Cairns, this coral fringed island hideaway sits within its own pristine national park amidst one of the world’s greatest natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef.
In Greek Qualia translates as collections of deeply sensory experiences which this stylish resort delivers in spades. Positioned on Hamilton Island but well away from the madding crowd, Qualia is the vision of legendary Australian Bob Oatley.
Nestled amongst a tangle of ti-trees with the scent of sea salt in the air, Big Blue Backyard offers a secluded retreat just an hours’ drive from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Your romantic hideaway sits between the dunes and St Andrews Beach...imagine the sounds of the bush and the ocean, the scent of ti-tree, a deserted, rugged ocean beach as your very own backyard.
If you’re looking for an escape from Melbourne or a recommended stop before heading to the Great Ocean Road, there’s simply nowhere more welcoming than this intimate country-house retreat set in the grounds of the historic Glen Isla Homestead (c 1870) on Phillip Island’s north coast, just 100 metres from a pristine sandy beach.
Perfectly positioned along the Great Ocean Road just three hours from Melbourne, Great Ocean Ecolodge is set in pristine bushland with access to secluded beaches, lush rainforests, steep cliffs and the spectacular Cape Otway coastline. Established by the Conservation Ecology Centre, this Award-Winning ecolodge provides a luxurious experience without leaving a large envionmental footprint.
Just a 1 hour 20 minute drive north-west of Melbourne, this small luxurious retreat offers a relaxing and indulgent gourmet experience in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country. It is set on the tranquil shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford and boasts 33 rooms and suites furnished in a chic country-style.
The main lodge and four lavish villas at Meringa Springs harmonise with their beautiful setting in the Australian bush, on the edge of Victoria’s Grampians National Park. The stunning views are reason enough to make this the natural choice for a stay in this enchanting region - looking out across meadows dotted with grazing eastern grey kangaroos towards Mount Difficult and you find yourself about as far from the urban world as possible.
On the banks of the Moyne River overlooking the marina of yachts and local fishing boats you will find Oscars, an intimate seven room hotel. Oscars has six stylish, individually decorated rooms and one suite, all with king-size beds, spacious ensuite bathrooms and wonderful views (some face the river whilst others look into the beautiful French courtyard).
If you are looking for a romantic yet modern escape just for two, offering direct beach access... Spindrift Beach Retreat is the choice for you. This romantic beach retreat is located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, one and half hours drive from down town Melbourne...the perfect stop over on an Australian road trip.
Situated in the heart of chic and fashionable South Yarra, The Lyall is just a short stroll from dozens of Australia’s top designer fashion stores and world-class restaurants. Small, privately owned and operated by Melbourne couple Rowina and Peter Thomas, The Lyall offers grand hotel services and facilities on a more intimate and personal scale.
Perfectly located for those making the scenic coastal drive between Sydney and Melbourne, this delightful little gem has the feeling of being completely tucked away in the wilderness, yet it is in fact only 50 kilometres from Metung and Lakes Entrance.
Serenely nestled in a lush valley amid 28 acres of rainforest with dramatic views to Far North Queensland’s Daintree Mountains, this idyllic Balinese inspired hideaway – which is available exclusively for just one small group – is a wonderful gem, offering complete privacy and luxury in a truly magical setting.
Tucked in delightful seclusion between the rainforest and the Coral Sea mid-way between Port Douglas and Cooktown, getting to this enchanting hideaway is all part of the experience. The magical journey begins with a spectacular 25 minute flight along the coast from Cairns, followed by a 10 minute 4WD transfer and a 15 minute boat ride across Weary Bay.
Crystalbrook Lodge is an elegant wilderness, river and outback retreat just a 40 minute flight from Cairns. The lodge sits on the shores of Crystalbrook Lake, which plays host to a staggering array of bird and wildlife.
This lovely boutique property has one of the best locations in Port Douglas, it’s right on the beach and within walking distance of the café’s, shops and restaurants on Macorssan Street.
Once a sleepy Far North Queensland fishing village, Port Douglas (a scenic one hour drive north of Cairns) has retained its laid-back charm yet now offers an array of shops, bars, chic cafés and fabulous restaurants.
Set on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, just 1½ hours drive north of Cairns, Silky Oaks Lodge blends the soothing qualities of the surrounding ancient rainforest with the indulgences of a luxury retreat.
This contemporary and stylish three bedroom house is the epitome of ‘beachside chic’, perfectly designed for the Australian outdoor lifestyle. The interiors are stylish in their simplicity – with clean lines and floor to ceiling glass to maximise the stunning views of the turquoise waters outside.
Located between the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and cosmopolitan Port Douglas, sleepy Newell Beach is one of Far North Queensland’s best kept secrets. Newell is a quiet residential beach community with a small corner store, a collection of beach houses – and two miles of idyllic, palm-lined beach.
The Reef House Resort & Spa is a luxurious boutique resort with a sophisticated yet easy-going atmosphere and a stunning beachfront location in the heart of Palm Cove - at the gateway to the world’s most amazing natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest.
Experience wild bush luxury at Bamurru Plains – an extraordinary wilderness on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta in the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory. Situated just west of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains is utterly exclusive, rustically chic and in total simpatico with the surrounding country.
Remote, wild and visually stunning with Outback activities galore and perfect hosts, this half million acre working cattle property in the far north-west corner of the Northern Territory, is the quintessential Australian Outback Station.
Location, location, location! As the crow flies, this unique eco-sensitive ‘all-inclusive’ tented sanctuary is only 10kms from Uluru (Ayers Rock). Deluxe camping at its very best, Longitude 131° has brought a whole new level of luxury to Australia’s Red Centre.
Located on Darwin’s Esplanade with sweeping harbour views, this colonial two-storey home is available on an exclusive-use basis for up to six people. Fresh, contemporary décor blends with the eclectic, oriental furniture which embraces the period when the Colonial traders and Chinese settlers established the frontier town of Darwin. T
Follow the surf three hours south of Perth and you will discover one of Australia’s finest boutique hotels – Cape Lodge – which sits on its own vineyard amidst 40 acres of manicured gardens and natural forest in the glorious Margaret River wine region, now world famous for its award-winning wineries and spectacular coastline. This stunning south-west corner of Australia has become a delightful revelation to those who are passionate about cuisine, superb scenery and fine wines.
The fabulous new Treasury hotel occupies a group of late Victorian stone and brick buildings – known at ‘State Buildings’ which have paid an important role in the Perth’s history in the past 140 years, serving variously as a post office, land titles office, and treasury.
On a secluded beach at Injidup Bay, surrounded by national park, sits the Injidup Spa Retreat, a bolthole offering ten immaculately designed villas with their own pools and magical seaview panoramas.
Set in the stunning south west corner of Western Australia, just a 3 hour drive or 30 minute flight south of Perth, this superb beachfront resort enjoys one of Australia’s most desirable locations! It is nestled on the edge of the Indian Ocean alongside the beautiful turquoise waters and glorious white sands of Bunker Bay in the heart of the world famous Margaret River wine region.
Conveniently located in West Perth, The Richardson - which opened its doors in November 2006 - is just a short stroll from exquisite King’s Park and Botanical Gardens, the CBD and the cosmopolitan lifestyle of fashionable Subiaco.
Just a 45 minute drive from Brisbane, Glass on Glasshouse is the perfect place to relax and unwind at the start or end of your Australian holiday. Accommodation is provided in three stylish architect designed cottages with free-standing glass on two sides to enhance the magnificent views of Mount Beerwah and Mount Coonowrin.
Just 1½ hours leisurely drive north of Brisbane on the edge of beautiful Laguna Bay, sophisticated and cosmopolitan Noosa is the epitome of the ‘laid-back but stylish’ Australian beach village. The Noosa experience is all about beautiful beaches, bays and coves, outdoor cafés and restaurants, retail therapy on fashionable Hastings Street and wonderful walking trails in the National Park.
Located 1½ hours drive south-west of Brisbane (or 2 hours from Brisbane airport), surrounded by the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park, Spicers Peak is a haven of luxury, relaxation and gastronomic delights.
Located on Woolloomooloo Bay, this award-winning boutique hotel forms part of the redevelopment of the historic Finger Wharf on Sydney Harbour. Taking its inspiration from the original façade, this chic 100 room hotel boasts a contemporary sophisticated design. The guest rooms retain the authenticity of the historic wharf whilst offering stylish modern furnishings - shades of cobalt blue and chocolate brown combine with wool and mohair textures to create a look that is refreshing and stylish.
The luxurious Four Seasons Sydney is stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centres. Four Seasons is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic harbour front views so perfect for a stay in this beautiful city.
Located on the edge of the bustling city centre, the Harbour Rocks boutique hotel stands out with its grand exterior and historical architecture. Formerly Sydney’s first hospital, the site has undergone various renovations over the years and finally it has been transformed into the beautifully modern Harbour Rocks Hotel.
Conveniently located just a short stroll from the Three Sisters, Lilianfels is a haven of elegance in the heart of the Blue Mountains. This Orient Express retreat boasts beautiful gardens and breathtaking valley views. The 85 rooms are luxuriously appointed and there is an in-house restaurant, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a spa.
In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this is one of those rare special places which has to be seen to be believed! Old Leura Dairy is the result of a vision which evolved over a 7 year period. Dilapidated and left as a ruin, this charming former dairy has been wonderfully and imaginatively transformed by a couple who could see the potential of this forlorn run down shack.
Nestled amongst the natural bushland, you will find Paperbark Camp - Australia’s very first tented camp. However, these are no ordinary tents - and this is no ordinary camp!
Occupying a prime location on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, perched under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and across the water from the Opera House, this glamorous boutique hotel embraces the true meaning of five star luxury, with elegance, style and service that is truly second to none.
Hidden away on the magnificent Bouddi Peninsula, a 40 minute scenic seaplane flight from the centre of Sydney, this marvellous creation comprises of just 3 private luxury suites. A perfect space to unwind for a few days.
With an enviable location on Circular Quay, just steps from the Opera House and facing the magnificent Harbour Bridge, this is Sydney’s most luxurious all-suite hotel – the boutique and stylish Pullman Quay Grand.
Blending two of Sydney’s grandest and most prominent historic buildings (the State Theatre and Gowings on Market and George Streets) into one hotel involved a painstaking restoration process – but the result was the creation of this bold and unique boutique hotel whose interior boasts a modern contemporary, and at times, quirky design!
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa propels Blue Mountains luxury to new heights. This retreat, which is the first Emirates property in Australia, features 40 individual luxury suites, each with private decks and lap pools. Other stylish features include glass retractable doors, LCD televisions and double sided fireplaces perfect for cooler evenings.
Avalon Coastal Retreat is a contemporary three-bedroom beach house which looks out across Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s stunning east coast. The house, which was designed by award-winning Australian architect Craig Rosevears, is a stylish blend of steel, glass and timber. Avalon features the work of some of Tasmania’s top furniture designers/makers and artists - but it is the location which will truly take your breath away!
This unique wilderness retreat enjoys a superb location on the edge of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Just a 2 hour drive from Launceston or a 1½ hour drive from Devonport, Cradle Mountain Lodge offers an invigorating mountain escape with breathtaking scenery and the opportunity for adventurous days rounded off with some of Tasmania’s finest food and wine.
The Freycinet Peninsula, one of Australia’s oldest and most spectacular coastal National Parks, projects eastward from the Tasmanian mainland and boasts a melting pot of natural habitats. Set in seclusion in the midst of this breathtaking scenery, Freycinet Lodge has won numerous environmental awards for the discreet way in which its 60 cosy cabins integrate with their pristine surroundings.
The result of an exciting transformation of a row of historic 1820’s sandstone warehouses and a former jam factory located on Hobart’s vibrant waterfront (the very site where Europeans first landed in Tasmania over 200 years ago), the Henry Jones is Australia’s first and only dedicated art hotel – featuring more than 250 original and contemporary artworks by leading and emerging Tasmanian artists.
Nestled amid tranquil gardens in Hobart’s dress circle with stunning views towards Mt Wellington, this eleven room luxury hotel is one of Tasmania’s finest jewels. Built in 1847, the Islington is a fine example of Regency architecture – the original building has been wonderfully restored to its former glory and extended with a stunning, architecturally-designed conservatory and bar and an open-plan country style kitchen.
This stylish contemporary hotel takes its character from its thriving waterfront location - it is set on the Tamar riverfront in Launceston, in the heart of the city’s redeveloped Seaport Dock area which has undergone a major transformation in recent years from an historic wharf into a vibrant social hub with shops, restaurants and cafés.
This bijou little love nest for two opened on Tasmania’s east coast in March 2010, set in 250 acres of wildlife-filled ancient forest, up a stony unsealed track. Owners Brett and Brian, who built the award-winning Avalon Coastal Retreat, have filled Rocky Hills Retreat with rich and provocative art, edgy books and sumptuous furnishings.
Saffire is an awe-inspiring coastal sanctuary, stunningly positioned on the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast. Inspirational in its design and location, Saffire undoubtedly provides one of Australia’s most spellbinding luxury experiences.
Deep in Tasmania’s far south lies The Peninsula, set in 250 acres of stunning grounds which are literally teeming with wildlife and 70 species of birds including the rare swift parrot and many resident eagles. The Peninsula has three double bedrooms, perfect for up to six adults, two bathrooms, modern open living areas and an expansive outside deck and heated Jacuzzi.
As you approach these two stunning air-conditioned contemporary apartments through the backstreets of this charming fishing hamlet, you might see a sign for West Coast crayfish - buy some - as once you arrive, you simply won’t want to leave! Strahan nestles on the banks of Macquarie Harbour (the second largest harbour in the southern hemisphere) on Tasmania's rugged West Coast.
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Le Sauvage Private Island, Hotel Kia Ora - French Polynesia
Genuinely one of the only wifi (and electricity!) free luxury island escapes in the world these days...this paradisal pearl of the ocean allows you to truly switch off and unwind. Seafood is 'caught that day' by you and the island team, enjoy toes in the sand bbq's on the beach by star and candle light...heaven on earth.
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