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10/10. Australia's most breath-taking resorts

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

Nov 08 2017

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Rhiannon Taylor, founder of In Bed luxury linen heads on a journey from South Australia's Kangaroo Island to Tasmania's Lake St Clair. Australia is one of the most diverse countries in the world in both its nature and culture. From Sydney's beaches, Melbourne's food scene, the dusty outback and never ending coastline, it really has it all. Plus, it has some incredible hotels, lodges and resorts located in prime positions for you to soak it all in from. Here are my top ten: Pumphouse Point, Lake St Clair, Tasmania Tassie is such a beautiful and often forgotten state in Australia, however, Pumphouse Point has put it on the map globally in recent years. The converted Pumphouse sits out about 250 metres on a walkway over Lake St Clair (and on Cradle Mountain's doorstep), where you can wrap yourself up in scandi-inspired rooms clad with Australian wool throws and views of the mountain range. Dining in the evening is held at a communal table, with a family style menu such as braised beef cheek, garlic mash and broccolini shared over conversation with fellow travellers. aguide1 Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia This architectural masterpiece is as remote as they come, hidden on the southern most tip of Kangaroo Island with nothing between you and Antarctica. You can spend your days walking in coves full of seals or the bush to spot koalas, and quite spectacular is the lodge's signature sunset drinks amongst kangaroos grazing in an open plain. Alternatively, you can cosy up in the lodge's Great Room, help yourself to the open bar and soak in the uninterrupted views. aguide2 COMO The Treasury, Perth, Western Australia This is hands down my favourite city hotel in Australia and I really wish they'd open a property in Sydney or Melbourne. Located in the historic Treasury Building, no two rooms are alike and take on a zen-like, luxe aesthetic with pops of blush and divine flower arrangements courtesy of the building's in-house florist. The menu features some of COMO Shambahla's signature health-focused dishes, there's a COMO spa (one of the best spas in Australia) and the service is world-class. aguide3 Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia If you had told me before my stay that one of my all-time favourite lodges has no internet, electricity and I'm rationed 20 litres of water a day in which to bathe, I wouldn't have believed you. But Sal Salis is located in one of the most precious places in the world. With only a handful of tents (Pippa Middleton recently honeymooned here), this is eco-friendly glamping with beachfront access to crystal clear water and endless white-sand beaches. Depending on the time of year, you'll be swimming with whale sharks or humpback whales in abundance during the day and feasting with fellow glampers on oodles of wine and local produce at night. This is an off-grid experience that's really restorative for the soul. aguide4 Longitude 131, Uluru, Northern Territory The outback has a way of getting under your skin and Aboriginal culture is so important if you're a traveller wanting to learn more about Australia. Longitude 131 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience as it's situated directly in front of Uluru rock. The staff have a great passion for the region and culture and guests get a real insight into Indigenous traditions and history. The tents are elevated on stilts and each comes with a balcony that is set up with a swag in the evening and a flicking fire so you can sleep under the stars. Pure magic. aguide5 Halcyon House, Cabarita, New South Wales This is one of the most Instagrammable hotels in the world and its signature blue and white floors are instantly recognisable. However, beyond the divine interior design (by guru Anna Spiro), the hotel has impeccable service and food. It serves up one of my favourite hotel breakfasts in the world, which is a real treat delivered to the room before hopping on one of the hotel bikes and exploring the coastline. aguide6 Pretty Beach House, Pretty Beach, New South Wales With only 4 rooms, Pretty Beach House has to be one of the most exclusive hotels in Australia. The villas are chic and come with plush lounges, Busatti linens and vinyl record players. There's a pool that overlooks the Central Coast and a personal chef that will cook you whatever you like from wood fired pizzas to vegan noodles. It's easy to see why Bill Gates recently rented the property exclusively for a family vacation. Processed with VSCO with e1 preset Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales Lord Howe Island is what I imagine the world was like before we came along. The beaches are filled with marine life that have no fear of humans, there are giant volcanic-looking mountains and only 400 people are allowed on the island at one time due to its World Heritage Listing. Capella Lodge is located in front of Mt. Gower with an infinity pool that glimmers in the afternoon light. Forget wifi or phone reception, this is a place to indulge in great modern Australian food and nature. aguide8 Jackalope, Balnarring, Victoria This hotel has only been open a few months but it's one of Australia's hottest properties. Perhaps it's the 10,000 light globes that hover over its restaurant (Doot Doot Doot's) ceiling like a starry night blanket, or its sexy, deeply lit rooms that are clad in brass accents and overlook vineyards. Either way, there's just nothing like it. aguide9 Drift House, Port Fairy, Victoria Port Fairy is one of Victoria's most charming towns, situated at the end of the Great Ocean Road. The Drift House is a gorgeous, white, double-storey terraced property that has had an architectural renovation to create four individual suites with unique personalities. It's perfect for a romantic weekend away as all rooms come equipped with mini kitchenettes, deep bathtubs and a maxi-bar full of artisan produce. I love suite four for its projector set-up and suite two for its balcony. aguide91 By Rhiannon Taylor. Originally published in Vogue. Save Save



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