The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Photo Credit - Adam Gibson
Australia’s distinct natural beauty provides a plethora of destinations for holiday escapes. Across the country, hotels, resorts, and retreats have mastered the very essence of luxury by placing beautiful accommodation in breathtaking locations. With a range of landscapes and climates, there is no need to travel abroad to experience true indulgence.
From romantic getaways and eco-friendly hideaways to coastal resorts and outback retreats, these are 10 of Australia’s most luxurious stays.
Arkaba Homestead, within the Flinders Ranges, is not only a wildlife sanctuary but an impressive place to stay. There are five private guestrooms on the property, four of which in the 1850’s homestead, and each with their own unique, bush-luxe appeal. Spot galahs, kangaroos and emus from the verandah and take in the breathtaking landscape.
Wilpena Road, Flinders Ranges
Perched on Hamilton Island, qualia boasts beautiful views overlooking the sapphire waters of the Coral Sea. With the Great Barrier Reef as its backyard, qualia’s private pavilions are coastal-luxe. For an exclusive holiday experience, book their secluded Beach House. With a large bedroom, 10-person dining area, private full-sized pool and separate guesthouse, you will never want to leave.
20 Whitsunday Boulevard, Whitsundays
For a deliciously luxurious stay, The Louise Barossa Valley is the ultimate foodie’s escape. From the secluded suites with private courtyards to the fine-dining restaurant Appellation, everything is designed for guests to have an exclusive experience. Once you have indulged in the hotel amenities, (think spa tubs), venture out to the vineyards and mingle with winemakers over a glass of red.
Corner Seppeltsfield and Stonewell Roads, Marananga
For those looking for the ultimate in luxurious, off-the-grid experiences, Bedarra Island Resort is the tropical, hideaway of your dreams. Located just off Mission Beach, this island oasis features 10 well-appointed guest villas that are hidden amongst the rainforest. The packages are all-inclusive, so you can sit back and immerse yourself in paradise.
Bedarra Island, Mission Beach
A hotel steeped in history, The Henry Jones Art Hotel delivers equal parts nostalgia and luxury. Each of the 56 rooms elegantly combines modern touches with beautiful heritage features, from the 19th-century sandstone and original windows to the contemporary art-adorned walls. To upgrade your experience, stay in one of their four spacious suites. The best feature? The overflowing infinity spa.
25 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS
Capella Lodge is Lord Howe Island’s premium retreat. Located at the foot of the towering mountains, guests are treated to uninterrupted views of the beach, rainforest and reef. An intimate resort of just nine island-styled suites, they are designed to provide a luxury experience. A stay at Capella Lodge would not be complete without a visit to the spa for an indulgent afternoon.
Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island, NSW
Whether you book a room or a penthouse, The Darling is one of Sydney’s most exclusive stays. Located at The Star, this city hotel is all about the finer details from the luxe finishing’s and well-appointed windows to the opulent in-room amenities. If you have the cash to splash, book a stay in one of the Penthouses to access your own private concierge service.
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
With views over Fitzroy Gardens and the CBD, Melbourne’s Park Hyatt makes the most of its city locale. The buildings blend of modern and Victorian architecture filters through to the opulent interiors. The suites are well-appointed with elegant touches, from marble bathrooms to fireplaces. Spacious in design, they all boast separate living and dining rooms, perfect for a romantic meal or hosting an intimate dinner with friends.
1 Parliament Place, Melbourne
Set amongst the vines and gardens of Red Hill, an hour out of Melbourne, Lindenderry will make you feel as if you are miles away. The tranquil Balcony Suites are minimal yet cosy, with wood finishings and a roaring fireplace. With a renowned cellar door and restaurant on-site, expect to indulge in more than just a wine by the fireplace.
142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill