Consider a luxury holiday an investment in spoiling yourself.
We apologise in advance if you are tempted to break the bank with your next holiday. The hotels mentioned are not the most budget-friendly, but they offer some incredible pinch-me, once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences that afford the high price tag.
From rainforest getaways, mountainous landscapes to outback retreats, Australia has its fair share of first-class holiday digs, so start saving the deposit as we reveal seven luxurious hotels in Australia.
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Truly something out of the ordinary is Saffire Freycinet – a manta ray shaped modern retreat surrounded by Tasmania’s great natural assets. Located along the east coast, Trip Advisor’s Best Luxury Hotel in Australia winner (multiple times, we may add) features 20 suites with relaxed, contemporary luxury design. The rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of Wineglass Bay’s still waters and the soaring Hazards Mountain ranges.
The hotel offers personalised complimentary experiences for guests to connect with nature including a boat ride to Schouten Island, beekeeping and oyster tastings on the water to name a few.
Book: Saffire Freycinet
Mount Lofty House, South Australia
One of South Australia’s great architectural icons is Mount Lofty House, nestled in the Adelaide Hills wine region.
Built-in 1852 as a summer residence, the historically charming manor has transformed into a designer boutique hotel, with rooms boasting an understated elegance. There are few room categories, including ‘Lord of The Manor’ feel cottages. The hotel is all about indulging in the finer things in life with its three-hat fine dining restaurant, day spa experiences, with world-class wineries and botanical gardens on its doorstep.
Book: Mount Lofty House
Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory
An extraordinary bush experience awaits at Australia’s Top End.
Bamurru Plains offers wild bush luxury in Kakadu, so you can have the yin and yang of holiday experiences ‘roughing it up in the wilderness and calling a comfortably chic bungalow home. With no wifi or mobile reception, you can forget the outside world and appreciate the ambience of these ancient lands.
The luxe safari lodge has exclusive access to 300sqkm of savanna woodland and coastal plains, making it an exceptional place for wildlife spotting – such as buffalos, wallabies and crocodiles.
There are also a range of unique activities to make the most of – guided safari tours, airboat safari, quad bike adventures, river cruises, open-top drives, immersive Aboriginal cultural experiences, it’s almost too much.
And when the day is done, treat yourself to a dish from its bush-inspired menu. Delish.
Book: Bamurru Plains
Longitude 131°, Northern Territory
From Top End stays to the heart of the country, this is the closest luxurious sleep you’ll have to Uluru.
Located in the rusty-red dunes of the Central Desert, Longitude 131 °’s 16 tented pavilions offer unparalleled views of the 550 million-year-old rock right from the foot of your bed. You’ll be forgiven for taking countless photos, with the sun’s movement responsible for Uluru’s chameleon appearance. Another head-turning view from the hotel is Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), another culturally significant landmark.
Book: Longitude 131°
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales
The name One&Only is apt as this stunning Greater Blue Mountains escape really is, one of a kind.
Here at Emirates One&One Wolgan Valley, you can revel in grandiose natural beauty in 2800 hectares of conservation reserve in a World Heritage protected area. Spot the kangaroos, wombats and wallabies on a wildlife safari or horseback, with the highlands as a picturesque backdrop.
As for where you would sleep, the ultra-luxury escape has 40 villas, each with a private plunge pool, balcony, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows to indulge in the spectacular scenery at every chance.
Qualia, Hamilton Island
Secluded island escapes are always a good idea, and Qualia is a testament to that. Even better, it’s adults-only.
The luxury Hamilton Island hotel comprises 60 contemporary designed timber and stone waterfront pavilions with plush furnishings to match.
Here, it’s all about spoiling yourself in sheer splendour. Tropical bushlands surround the pavilions with views of the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Islands in the far distance observed from your holiday nest.
Scenic flights, scuba diving adventures in the Great Barrier Reef, spa treatments and more can fill up your days, and you can expect the best of locally sought produce at its two restaurants, Pebble Beach and Long Pavilion.
Sal Salis, Western Australia
Barefoot luxury doesn’t get any better than at Sal Salis. Sitting 10 metres from the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis is a glamourous diving block to incredible marine encounters, with whale sharks, manta rays and turtles calling the reef home.
The beach safari’s 15 eco-luxe wilderness tents are perched in the coastal dunes of Cape Range National Park and offer views of the Indian Ocean, best savoured your hammock.
Book: Sal Salis
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