Known for its rust-red outback, ivory beaches, and culinary excellence, Australia’s quality of life is extraordinary, but what does it offer the luxury traveller? Plenty. Heralding a climate and landscape that covers the spectrum, the luxury traveller should demand an engaging sensory experience that takes advantage of Australia’s scenic beauty without foregoing the finer comforts.
Australia’s bespoke selection of Luxury Lodges aim to raise the bar on your expectations. Secluded, self contained, and utterly exceptional, they delight in immersing you in the wonders of their surrounds, complementing trusted service with world-class food, signature experiences, and relaxation Spas. Here is my top six.
The Louise, Barossa Valley
Situated in the heart of South Australia’s premier wine region, The Louise luxury lodge is a standout in a field of excellence.
Nestled in SA’s seductive wine country, the Louise delivers sophisticated comfort and sensory indulgence that’s hard to replicate anywhere else. The Barossa is a true culinary destination, and it’s no surprise that food and wine are at the core of your stay. Your days will be spent exploring heritage-listed wineries and gleefully sampling local delicacies. In this romantic setting, wake to views of Barossa Valley’s picturesque vineyards and over a warm sunset dine at the world-class Appellation restaurant.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
On the rugged cliffs of Kangaroo Island, the Southern Ocean Lodge sets the benchmark for contemporary luxury in a reclusive paradise.
If the Barossa Valley were South Australia’s Crown Jewel, then Kangaroo Island would be its pearl. The Southern Ocean Lodge elevates the guest experience with twenty-one lavish suites that seamlessly melt into the cliffs with panoramic views of the coastline. If you’re not rejuvenating in the outstanding wellness spa, The Southern Ocean Lodge offers a range of bespoke itineraries for all travellers, encouraging a symbiotic emersion with Kangaroo Island and the wilderness, renowned for its natural attractions, rugged coastline, and teeming wildlife.
qualia, Hamilton Island
Experience The Great Barrier Reef’s finest hideaway offering, the qualia, Hamilton Island.
qualia, like its meaning in Latin, prides itself on ‘delivering a collection of deeper sensory experiences’. The lavish lodge in the Whitsundays is a place of tranquillity and calm hidden on the secluded tip of Hamilton Island. Sixty sun-drenched pavilions make up qualia’s offering, classically designed to blend with the natural surroundings and to provide sweeping views of Australia’s northern paradise. qualia’s uniqueness comes from its enviable setting, elegant design, and its focus on absolute relaxation. Lose your self and your troubles in the calming sunlight, the allure of turquoise water, and the rich tropical bushland.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale
On eight thousand acres of pristine land, Spicers Peak Lodge holds a special place in Queensland’s hinterland.
Spicers Peak Lodge stands to whisk you away from the stresses of city living to rejuvenate the mind and re-energise the body. For the adventurous, the Lodge offers a helicopter ride to and from the airport, and once there, outdoor activities for the young at heart are plentiful on the edge of a World-Heritage listed National Park. Spa Anise will cater to your every need, and The Peak restaurant will dazzle your tastebuds with modern Australian cuisine. This is a sanctuary that offers lavishness in the simpler appreciation of nature and activity in the great outdoors.
Saffire Freycinet, Luxury Lodge, Tasmania
Tasmania’s mesmerizing untouched wilderness is yours to explore at the elegant Saffire Lodge.
Perched on stunning Oyster Bay, Saffire Freycinet is about the pure discovery of Tasmania’s wilderness through a sumptuous lens. It brings guests to the heart of the exclusive Tasmanian experience with an easy romance. Sunset splashes high wooden ceilings overlooking the azure estuary where you’ll shuck fresh oysters. The eclectic rooms are designed with Tasmanian timber, and are complimented with local touches. Everything about Saffire and its signature experiences in the surrounding landscape is extraordinary, contemporary, and unobtrusive to this gorgeous part of the world.
Longitude 131, Northern Territory
Discover Australia’s red heartland in the tranquil Lodge at the seat of the World Heritage wilderness at Uluru.
A distinct and spiritual experience awaits you in the sixteen glamorous pavilions of Longitude 131. Find a sense of place on the exclusive rust-red dunes, and be taken in by Australia’s ancient Aboriginal past. In this majestic setting, allow the bespoke Spa to take you on a cultural journey of relaxation, and in the evening, enjoy the unrivalled panoramic views of Uluru under star-filled skies. In offering seamless luxury and respectful seclusion, Longitude 131 excels.
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