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A Guide to Luxury Australian Accommodation

14 Jun 2017

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Why is Australia “the lucky country”? Let us count the ways.

Uniquely beautiful landscapes and a range of delightfully different destinations are a good start. You can also eat like a king, enjoy a dreamy romantic escape and immerse yourself in the world’s most incredible natural environments without packing your passport.

We understand that everyone seeks a different type of fulfilment from their holiday, so we’ve split our guide to luxury Australian accommodation into romance, spa, nature and dining focuses for your browsing pleasure.

ROMANCE

If there was ever the perfect time to indulge in the ultimate luxury, it’s on a romantic getaway with that special someone.

These hotels and resorts are guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable experience and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the company of your favourite person.

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Lizard Island
Photo: Lizard Island Resort

Lizard Island

Australia’s most northern island beach resort, Lizard Island is secluded from the daily bustle of everyday life. It’s a place where the beaches are undisturbed, but for occasional footprints.

With a choice of private villas or suites, you’ll enjoy your stay in serene luxury. Fall in love all over again as you enjoy a picnic on a private beach or an indulgent degustation with a backdrop of a Pacific sunset.

Expert advice: “This resort is the perfect location for seclusion and privacy with absolute access to the reef from your doorstep.” Gemma Ferguson - Freedman, Langhorne & James Travel Associates, VIC

Spicers Clovelly Estate

Situated in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Spicers Clovelly Estate boasts European-inspired elegance that embraces the French concept of joie de vivre - the feeling that life is something to be celebrated and enjoyed every day.

This stunning guest house is set amongst tranquil wildlife that ensures you and your loved one will enjoy only the distractions of nature.

Expert advice: “A gorgeous country cottage experience. The three bedroom French Cottage is wonderful for friends wanting to kick back together.”  Kim Ross - Ross & Turner Travel Associates, QLD

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Long Pavilion Sunset
Sunset at Long Pavilion. Photo: qualia resort

qualia

Located on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, qualia is an expression of world-class luxury. The classic ambience and relaxed beauty of this resort, means that time seems to stretch forever.

With private plunge pools and the Great Barrier Reef right on your doorstep, you’ll feel lost in love at this island paradise.

Expert tip: “A trip out on qualia’s luxury charter cruise at sunset with a glass of champagne in hand is an experience to savour.” Kelly West - Noller & Turner Travel Associates, QLD

Spicers Vineyard Estate

Nestled among rolling vineyards and native bushland just two hour’s drive from Sydney, is Spicers Vineyards Estate. Escape to the wine country for delectable food and luxurious indulgence – the perfect recipe for relaxation and true love.

Stroll through the vineyard, relax at the elegant Spa Anise, or indulge at Restaurant Botanica - each moment is rich with a simple joy that is best shared with your best friend.

Expert advice: “The Ultimate Indulgence spa and massage package offered at Spa Anise will leave you in a state of blissful relaxation.” Kylie Mcfarlane - Trendell & Turner Travel Associates, QLD

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Longitude 131 Ayers Rock Australia
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Longitude 131°

Longitude 131° is a life-changing experience of discovery in the enigmatic red heart of Australia.

Snuggle in the comfort of your bed in your intimate, luxury tent, elevated atop rust-red dunes, as you awake to a private view of the warm rays of the sun rising over majestic Uluru.

In the evening, the desert’s night sky is perfect for star-gazing – the beauty and stillness of the land is overwhelming.

Expert advice: “The view of iconic Uluru from your Luxury Tent, is magnificent both as the morning unfolds and as the sun is setting – an amazingly positioned property.”  Jo Kennedy - Kennedy & Turner Travel Associates, QLD

SPA RETREATS

Feeling the need to realign your yin with your yang? These sumptuous spas offer rejuvenating treatments designed to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and revitalised.

The beautiful settings amidst Australian luxury accommodation mean that everything looks just as delicious as it feels, so get ready to knead, buff and scrub yourself into feeling fabulous.

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Saffire Freycinet luxury Australian hotel
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Spa Saffire

Nestled in the folds of Saffire, Spa Saffire draws on the environment’s natural elements to relax and restore you.

The highly skilled therapists specialise in the world’s leading therapeutic modalities administered with world class products, including LaGaia and La Prairie. From the moment you walk into this sanctuary, your every need will be tended to, allowing you to truly unwind, unplug and enjoy your personal indulgence.

Expert advice: “Every suite offers uninterrupted breathtaking views. From adventure to romance, rejuvenation to exploration, included activities add to your stay.” Meaghan Wolf - Wolf & Turner Travel Associates, VIC

Spa qualia

Perched in the heart of the resort, catching the balmy ocean breeze, Spa qualia provides an authentic Australian spa experience.

With spectacular views over the Whitsundays, it’s a serene sanctuary where beauty is ubiquitous. Invigorate your mind, body and soul with a signature spa ritual or a unique treatment, such as the ‘Bularri Yarrul’ – a hot stone massage using 300-million-year-old stones.

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Southern Ocean lodge luxury Australia
Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

The Southern Spa at Southern Ocean Lodge

The Southern Spa on Kangaroo Island is a private oasis of calm, perched high on a cliff top with dramatic views over the ocean toward the Antarctic.

A destination in its own right, the spa offers a range of inspired experiences, ranging from traditional treatments to cutting edge beauty therapy. The unique setting of Southern Ocean Lodge is complemented by the exquisite Li’Tya range of Australian-made spa products.

Expert advice: “A bucket-list experience offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Kangaroo Island coastline, premium dining and personalised service.” Michael Lewis - Lewis & Turner Travel Associates, SA

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Sitting across from the white sand and turquoise waters of Cable Beach, near Broome, is Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.

 This slice of paradise is home to Chahoya Spa by L’OCCITANE – a little piece of ‘heaven on Earth’. Complete with seven private suites, a double Vichy shower room, hair salon and yoga deck, the Spa provides a serene retreat where tranquillity reigns supreme.

Expert advice: “The stunning location allows for dreamy beach strolls and blissful sunset cocktails. Couples will also enjoy the adults-only Ocean Pool.” Maria Artelaris - Raats & Turner Travel Associates, WA

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Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa Australia
Photo: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

NATURE AND SCENERY

The varied landscapes of our beautiful country offer a wealth of choices for a luxurious escape into the wild.

These resorts showcase some of the most gorgeous scenery and nature experiences available, all to be enjoyed from a base in luxury Australian accommodation. From the wild and remote to the rugged and elevated, be inspired by Mother Nature at her best.

Longitude 131°

Treasured as Australia’s spiritual heart, the dual World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an ancient desert landscape widely known as the ‘Red Centre’.

The tented pavilions of Longitude 131° are set on vibrant red dunes that overlook Uluru, ensuring a glamping and nature experience like no other.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

This luxury eco resort occupies just one percent of a 2832-hectare nature reserve in the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area.

Located between the Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park, the Wolgan Valley is approximately 26 kilometres long and seven kilometres wide. Untouched bushland wilderness, verdant greenery and sweeping cliff faces ensure your holiday will be enjoyed in magnificent seclusion.

Expert advice: “Try the Wildlife and Sundowners Tour and keep an eye out for the kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and many native birds that call the region home.” Melina Vrettos - Taylor & Turner Travel Associates, QLD

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley luxury Australian resort
Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Lizard Island

Located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, fringed with coral reefs and 24 dreamy white beaches, Lizard Island is a haven of natural beauty.

A national park covering 1013 hectares, Lizard Island is accessible only by private charter from Cairns Airport in northern Queensland. The luscious flora and fauna are as fascinating as the marine wildlife of the reef - this is a secluded island paradise where nature invites you to play.

Berkeley River Lodge

Berkeley River Lodge is located in one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, between Berkeley River sunrises and Timor Sea sunsets.

There are many ways to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Berkeley River and the Kimberley wilderness beyond – some adventurous, some enriching, some romantic and all led by the resident specialist guides.

Expert advice: “The remote location makes it an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. The food was amazing, the staff friendly and the sunrises unforgettable!” Charlotte Adams - Brice & Turner Travel Associates, WA

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Spicers Tamarind Resort Australia
Photo: Spicers Tamarind Resort

DINING

Is fine dining is an essential part of your luxury holidays? You will love this selection of luxury Australian accommodation, featuring mouth-watering restaurants and foodie temptations.

We have highlighted resorts with impressive dining options, including both local and international cuisines.

The Tamarind

The Tamarind at Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, boasts two recently anointed Chefs Hats from the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide.

 If letting Head Chef Daniel Jarrett tantalise your taste buds is not enough, enjoy views of the inspirational gardens in the heart of a beautiful rainforest as you cook up a storm at The Tamarind Cooking School. Courses include Italian, French and Thai, as well as bread making and desserts.

Expert advice: “Dining at the Tamarind Restaurant is a must do. Delicious food served in a spectacularly beautiful rainforest setting.” Michael Lewis - Lewis & Turner Travel Associates, SA

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Spicers Peak luxury Lodge Australia
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Spicers Peak Lodge

Set on a mountaintop in the heart of Queensland’s Scenic Rim region, Spicers Peak Lodge is a true escape from the pressures of daily life.

The recipient of two Chefs Hats in the 2016 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide awards and the 2015 Australian Good Food Guide awards, guests can enjoy an indulgent degustation menu, or an a la carte selection. The contemporary Australian menu is inspired by seasonal, local produce and wines of the Scenic Rim and Granite Belt.

Expert advice: “The food is amazing. A luxurious getaway only an hour out of Brisbane makes it great for special occasions and the service is stunning.” Melanie Clout - Walford & Turner Travel Associates, QLD

Lake House, Daylesford

Guests at the Lake House, Daylesford can enjoy a cooking class or demonstration held in the custom-designed Cooking School kitchen.

Meet the country’s most celebrated chefs at an array of master classes that offer the chance to get up close and watch the masters at work. Alternatively, sign up for a cooking class with the Lake House’s resident chefs and spend a few hours working with the region’s freshest produce to create culinary masterpieces.

Expert advice: “An idyllic setting, perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. The Lake House restaurant is a must do with exceptional, warm and attentive service.” Craig Stepnell - Stepnell & Turner Travel Associates, VIC

Bistro Guillaume

Bistro Guillaume at the Crown Entertainment Complex, home of the Crown Towers Melbourne, is inspired by France’s most popular neighbourhood bistros, and owned by legendary chef Guillaume Brahimi.

Brahimi was born in France, where he trained in Paris under Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon before moving to Australia and bringing his French influence to Australian cuisine. Choose a French bistro classic or sample the daily ‘plat du jour’.