Best Luxury Destination for Vacations Travel in Australia
Best Luxury Destination for Vacations Travel in Australia
Perfection is hard to achieve, but Australia's wonderful mix of high-end hotels and luxury resorts comes very close. From the private islands on the Great Barrier Reef to five-star icons amid the fiery sands of the Outback, there is something to suit every taste and desire.
To that end, creating a list of the best great southern land offers is no easy feat. After all, we all have our definition of luxury. However, it is a challenge worth wading through. Because when quality is that good, it should be celebrated.
Here are the Best Luxury Destination for Vacations Travel in Australia
Saffire Freycinet - Coles Bay, Tasmania
Embracing the sweeping curve of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire Freycinet has garnered an enviable list of awards since its 2010 debut.
Designed by Circa Morris-Nunn Architects, the leading organic building houses an exclusive day spa, restaurant, and lounge, with 20 luxury suites shining before them like an approaching wave. The experience is all-inclusive, too.
Free activities like hiking and kayaking let you venture behind the camels, with signature experiences like a half-day cruise to Wineglass, a gourmet quad bike tour, and shelled oysters fresh from the sea.
Orpheus Island Lodge - The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
- Accepting just 28 visitors in its 14 luxurious rooms, villas, and suites, Orpheus Island Lodge is one of the most exclusive retreats in the Great Barrier Reef. Part of the Northern Escape Collection, it features a fine dining restaurant, a pampering day spa, and an inviting infinity pool that reflects the Coral Sea.
Given its remote location, getting to the private island is an adventure, with a 30-minute helicopter ride from Townsville that takes you high above the reef-studded sea.
- Upon arrival, guests can enjoy island time with extensive gourmet meals and a variety of fine wines, beers, and spirits, along with water sports equipment and the daily Orpheus experience, from romantic chef outings to sailing and snorkeling tours.
Longitude 131° - Yulara, Northern Territory
- In the heart of Australia's remote and lively Red Center is an international icon, a destination that rises above the desert and attracts travelers in droves. Next door is Uluru.
Longitude 131 degrees is a resort experience like no other. Sanctuary with 15 luxurious tented suites and the signature Dune Pavilion suite, each angled to offer views of its close-knit neighbor, a signature dining experience lit by subtle fire, and a canopy of stars.
- Whether you admire original artwork and enjoy the view in your air-conditioned tent, gaze up at the night sky on your deck, or listen to the distinct sounds of the desert, the resort aims to provide guests with a unique connection to the landscape and its heritage.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley - The Blue Mountains, NSW
- Australia far outperforms its weight in the luxury resort stakes, yet one name makes it all the "best" list without fail: Emirates One Only Wolgan Valley. And yes, she deserves all the praise she receives.
Nestled in a 2,800-hectare nature reserve amidst the rocky grasslands and lush forests of the Blue Mountains, the resort features 40 self-contained one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, each with a private pool and cozy fireplace designed for late nights. Night talks over a bottle of red.
- Emirates One&Only is a love letter to the regional Australia. More than just a nice place to rest your head, the immersive activities get to the point. Think horseback riding, wildlife spotting tours, private picnics, and long, slow lunches designed around chef's market finds.
Jackalope - Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
- If we sum up Jackalope in one word, it would be "bold." Escape from Mornington Peninsula is as eccentric as the legendary horned rabbit from which it derives its name. It is somewhat similar to the Mona on the mainland. Set amidst the 11-hectare Willow Creek vineyard, setting up the avant-garde winery was the collaborative order of some of Australia's top designers.
- It's a mixture of art and hospitality, with monochrome rooms (hideouts) and combines a 143-year-old home with a modern 46-room hotel. Among its noteworthy features are a seven-meter-tall jackalope sculpture in the courtyard, a 30-meter black infinity-edge pool and spa, and an intimate restaurant lit by a cloud of 10,000 light bulbs that alter their intensity to mimic bubbles that occur during wine fermentation.
Capella Lodge - The Lord Howe Island, NSW
- Lord Howe Island is exclusive in design, yet Capella Lodge raises the stakes of exclusivity to a higher level, with only nine tropically furnished suites - including the stunning Lidgbird Pavilion and Capella Suite.
The Baillie Lodges family, including Silky Oaks Lodge in Daintree, aims to connect guests to local culture, history, art, natural heritage, food, and wine from regional producers.
- Rates are primarily all-inclusive, with breakfast and dinner, a bar opens with fine wines and spirits from 6 pm, a set indoor bar, and airport transfers from the island, all part of the deal. For lunch, we advise you to explore some of the local offerings.
- Australia's very own 'treasure island,' Lord Howe boasts a beautiful blend of pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and rugged mountains, not to mention gorgeous coral reefs. Ball's Pyramid, just 20 km from shore, is considered one of the best dive sites in the country.
Mt Lofty House and Sequoia Lodge - The Adelaide Hills, South Australia
- Just a 15-minute drive from Adelaide city center, Mount Lofty House and sister property Sequoia Lodge are two of the best resorts in South Australia. And with four world-class wine regions nearby, it's also an excellent base for wine lovers.
- Entered by a long drive with a vineyard on the left and trees smoldering in autumn colors on the right, Mount Lofty House is a throwback to a more significant time. Character-filled rooms with four-poster beds, three-hatted Verandah's hardy restaurant, and a day spa are just the start.
- Its newest addition, Sequoia Lodge, is the only adult retreat with just 14 suites. Part of the ethos is to connect the guests to the land and its inhabitants through a range of curated experiences during their stay. Each has access to a private lounge with a heated plunge pool and gardens, as well as Mount Lofty facilities.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef - The Cape Range National Park, Western Australia
- Low-impact luxury alongside the world's largest coral reef. Sal Salis is where you can spend hours in a hammock, stroll 50 meters on the beach surrounded by a rainbow of marine life, and then dine and wine from five stars.
- Featuring 16 plush off-grid tents, the all-inclusive experience includes meals, an open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and national park fees, along with free kayaks, snorkeling gear, guided wilderness activities, and more. If you are lucky enough to visit Sal Salis during the annual whale shark season from mid-March to July, there's also the chance to swim with the gentle, slow-moving giants of the sea.