Adelaide's newest 5-star boutique hotel is set in the heart of the city in a heritage-listed and impeccably renovated Romanesque-style building. Sink into a luxury room decorated with warm contemporary detail in soothing neutral tones. Custom-crafted king-size beds are made in South Australia, and spacious en suite bathrooms have a walk-in rain shower, bathrobe and slippers, and L'Occitane toiletries. Other amenities include a media hub, large screen TV, mini bar, complimentary Wi-Fi and hand-selected artwork. Due to the historic nature of the building, each room has its own unique floor plan. Stylish public spaces include a restaurant and bar featuring South Australia's fines wine and locally sourced cuisine. Named after the original building's architects, the Hennessy rooftop lounge is set beneath the steeply pitched roofline and incorporates a bar and relaxation leading to a glass-topped open-air terrace.
Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Secluded within a 250-acre oceanfront estate on wild Kangaroo Island, Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas offers comfortable accommodations immersed in nature. Put your toes in the sand at the private beach, and enjoy sweeping views of the sea from your thoughtfully designed eco-villa designed to minimize its impact on the surrounding bush. Wildlife resides at your doorstep, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, goannas and eagles, with dolphins paying regular visits at the beach. Each private villa features a large front deck that extends beyond light wood floors and contemporary furnishings, plus large picture windows and glass doors. There is a separate bedroom with a queen or king bed, separate bathroom and toilet, and a spacious living area. Airy rooms include flat screen TVs, air conditioning and free WiFi. The on-site restaurant offers a locavore menu sourced with ingredients from Kangaroo Island and the surrounding waters.
Great Ocean Ecolodge
Cape Otway, Australia
Wild kangaroos graze outside your bedroom window at this ecolodge located on the grounds of the nonprofit Conservation Ecology Center, adjacent to Great Otway National Park. Close to the coast and its secluded beaches, the lodge is surrounded by pristine bush and lush rain forest. The retreat is owned and operated by a passionate zoologist and natural resource manager who grew up in the bush. All profits from the accommodations are reinvested into wildlife conservation, an on-site research room and the solar-powered lodge itself. Showcasing a commitment to sustainable living, the building utilizes a passive design, locally sourced antique furniture, filtered rainwater, solar-heated water, organic and biodegradable spa and cleaning products, and conscious waste management techniques. Rooms feature expansive views, private en suite bathrooms, crisp linens and plush towels. Enjoy afternoon tea with cakes fresh from the oven, garden to table dinners, and leisurely breakfasts with homemade muesli, breads and preserves.
Cape Otway, Australia
Four private, self-contained cottages sit along the Great Ocean Road on the rugged coast at Cape Otway. Positioned high in the dunes, the roomy cottages are surrounded by Great Otway National Park, sited to take in the dramatic views toward the ocean and across the Otways from individual living rooms and verandas. Beach rustic decor ranges from log to distressed timber on the exterior, with comfortable and classic cabin-style interiors. Outside your door, find wildlife in its pristine natural habitat, including native kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and a rich selection of birdlife. Each cozy cottage has a gas log fireplace, tea and coffee making facilities, TV and DVD player.
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, Australia
This lakeside lodge at the edge of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park offers warm hospitality, local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments and close proximity to the wonders you want to explore. Located close to the main lodge and linked by timber boardwalks, each private cabin is set discreetly in the wilderness with a balcony overlooking the lake or bushland. Cabins reflect a crisp modern sensibility with bright accents and plenty of lounge space. Cozy armchairs and a daybed round each cabin’s gathering space around the gas fireplace, and rooms include en suite bathroom, a queen size bed, and coffee and tea making facilities. Gather around the fireplace at the on-site Highland Restaurant with its refined mountain vibe.
Edge of the Bay Resort
Freycinet National Park, Australia
Surrounded by 27 acres of untouched bushland in the heart of the Freycinet Peninsula, Edge of the Bay offers contemporary accommodations adjacent to Freycinet National Park's hiking trails, in earshot of the ocean and with direct access to three pristine private beaches. Low-slung, eco-conscious structures blend into the natural landscape, with ground-level rooms that offer maximum privacy. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase views across Great Oyster Bay, and private decks offer a perfect setting to watch the sun set over the pink granite Hazards Mountains. Understated woodwork and minimalist decor in earth tones take a back seat to the vibrant scene outside your window. The en suite bathroom has a spacious vanity and walk-in shower. King-sized beds have a pillow-top latex mattress with feather allergy-free pillows, an LCD TV and stereo, DVD player, individually controlled air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A separate lounge area in each suite has a comfortable upholstered couch and a kitchenette. Lodge guests have access to umbrellas, beach towels, bikes, dinghies and laundry facilities. Dine waterside at the on-site restaurant, enjoying meals that feature local Tasmanian produce and seafood, highlighting the natural flavors from this unspoiled island and its clean ocean waters.
Freycinet National Park, Australia
As the only accommodation located inside Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, this is a secluded and stylish lodge between the pink granite mountains of the Hazards and white sand beaches. The one-room cabins are artfully nestled into the natural environs, with views from your private balcony toward the ocean or the coastal bushland. While the cabin exteriors are rustic wood, the interiors reflect a contemporary coziness. Enjoy a king bed, a comfortable sitting area and decor that is bright and airy, including light wood floors and colorful upholstered furnishings. The cabin has en suite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, electric blankets, coffee and tea-making facilities. Indulge in local seafood and Tasmanian wine as you overlook Great Oyster Bay. The lodge has two restaurants, a lounge and a bar with crackling log fire for the cooler months.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Islington Hotel was built in Regency style in 1847, and it was one of the first houses built in this exclusive part of Hobart. Once a stately home and now an 11-room luxury urban lodge, the Islington provides a gracious and elegant retreat amid a charming and tranquil setting, including views of Mount Wellington. Find relaxing spaces inside the library, the conservatory and the morning or rose rooms. Meander corridors filled with art and antiques. Each guest room reflects an eclectic mix of a rich Tasmanian history coupled with contemporary elements, including a distinctive design flourish that celebrates one of the many early Tasmanians who provided inspiration for the hotel. Rooms are resplendent with imported fabrics, fine antiques, en suite bathrooms and king-size Islington Angel beds, which are handmade for the hotel by A H Beard, the oldest bedding manufacturers in Australia. Rooms include an iPad with complimentary Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant features seasonal, local organic ingredients on a changing menu.
Henry Jones Art Hotel
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses have been thoughtfully re-imagined as Australia’s first dedicated art hotel. This boutique property blends modernity with an industrial past within the port that has always been central to Hobart businesses. Today, the area buzzes with galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes. Five hundred contemporary Tasmanian artworks line the hotel walls. No two rooms are the same, although you can be assured of contrasts where old meets new. Bright splashes of color, beams of rough-hewn timber, and brick and hand-cut stone walls are all in the mix. In addition to original artwork, each sophisticated room has en suite bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and DVD player.
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