Style in name and Style in nature, we’ve rounded up the best of the best and collated a list of must-stay hotels across our homeland.
Start saving your pennies because wanderlust is about to hit ya like a tonne of bricks. From tropical retreats to desert bunkers, Australia certainly has some stellar stays.
Be ready to gasp, then book and deposit your way through this list – it’s likely you’re bound to see one of us Stylers there.
Of course, however, keep in mind the COVID-19 rules and regulations and remember to social distance and wash your hands!
Saffire Freycinet | Coles Bay, TAS
This manta ray shaped contemporary lodge located on the east coast of Tasmania is truly captivating, not only for its aesthetic but also their service. At first, the impressing architecture may seem overwhelming, however the interiors are designed with the calm informality of a relaxed beach house with warm timbers and luxe soft furnishings. The retreat has been dubbed as the Best Luxury Hotel in Australia on Trip Advisor for the past six years and it’s not hard to see why! With soaring panoramic views of the Hazards Mountain Range and the sandy shores of Wineglass Bay, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonders Tasmania offers. Bespoke experiences such as oyster farming, beekeeping, and nature walks will also engage you with the enchanting environment. You can even visit their own Tasmanian Devil Reserve, but it’s their restaurant that’s truly the jewel in the crown. The hotel’s location garners the crème da la crème of Tasmanian produce, including boutique wines, crayfish, oysters, and grass-fed beef, to name a few. As Australia’s answer to haute-hospitality, this place had to go to the top of our list.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat | Murwillumbah, NSW
If this isn’t the epitome of rainforest luxe, what is? Before we get into the nitty gritty, just take one look at their Instagram for the ultimate wave of wanderlust. Once a banana plantation, this Northern NSW retreat is surrounded by the serenity of the Springbrook National Park, making for a relaxing and secluded getaway. The property features 13 unique cabins, bungalows and lodges, all separate, private and individual, each boasting their own sense of charm where modernity meets the warmth of nature’s provisions. The wooden features and floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer a breathtaking vantage point of the views while also creating a pretty special bath-time moment - not to mention the plunge pools in their private decks and wood fireplaces! The retreat supports eco-sensibility and biodiversity, helping rehabilitate the ecosystems and rainforest surrounding the property. Sign us up, ASAP!
Bamurru Plains | Kakadu, Northern Territory
For wildlife enthusiasts who want to see the best of the best in the Northern Territory, we suggest a stay at Bamurru Plains. Before long, you’ll no doubt feel like a crew member on a nature doco as this experience is certainly an immersive one! Bamurru is a safari lodge based on the coastal floodplains of Australia’s Top End - roughly a 2.5-hour drive from Darwin. Guests stay in rustic-chic bungalow tents, decked out with plush beds and spacious bathrooms. You’ll feel a sense of intimacy and of being at-one with nature as you listen to the symphony of sounds coming from the environment. Described as ‘wild bush luxury’ this lodge brings a touch of elegance to a remote wilderness. You won’t find Wi-Fi, TVs or mobile reception, but can find wallabies, dingos, wild pigs, brumbies, water buffalo and crocodiles traversing this 300-square kilometre property, as you attend one of their many guided safari tours. Whether it be by foot, quadbike, airboat or an open-top drive, explore this ancient land in style at Bamurru Plains.
Park Hyatt | Sydney, NSW
Three words come to mind when discussing this hotel haunt – location, location, location! With a coveted spot in The Rocks, this hotel is the definition of a prime view, nestled between the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. Reflective of their exclusive residence, this hotel offers unrivalled luxury in one of our nation’s greatest cities. Of course, the best place to relish in this location is the stunningly designed, rooftop pool. Open from sunrise to sunset, you can float away from your stresses while absorbing one of the world’s most iconic cityscapes. Guestrooms are styled to mirror the luxury of contemporary harbourside living with opulent custom furnishings and specially commissioned art from some of Australia’s best artists, creating an art gallery of unique pieces in all 155 rooms. Surrounded by popular museums, art galleries, cafés and restaurants, if you’re looking to enjoy all that this metropolitan haven has to offer, you’ve found the perfect hub to stay in.
Qualia | Hamilton Island, QLD
For those in search of that close-to-nature feel with a lavish edge, a visit to Qualia is the answer. Secluded in the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island amongst the eucalypts, each waterfront pavilion at this tropical resort feels lost in the Australian wilderness. Rich timbers and stone make up spacious rooms with fabrics and furnishings inspired by nature. Each extremely private pavilion will make you feel like you’re running solo on the island as you take a dip in the plunge pool. This adult-only retreat is worth leaving the kids at home for, just for the serenity alone! Sandy white beaches one way, The Great Barrier Reef the other, there’s plenty to do just outside your door. Or, why not stay in and revel in delicious food sustainably sourced from local producers? Achieve your bliss at the Qualia spa, known for its soothing treatments derived from Indigenous healing techniques to truly finish off the experience on a high note!
The Louise | Barossa Valley, SA
This one is for the foodies! Set amongst the rolling vineyards of the Barossa Valley, The Louise is your answer to luxury in the hills. The boutique hotel of only 15 contemporary suites is just over an hours drive outside Adelaide. Its Mediterranean inspired design and muted décor offers an unmatched sense of opulence. And, although it’s as boujee as can be, rooms have been designed to emulate the feel of home with furnishings such as deep armchairs, a roaring fireplace, candles at the end of the bath, and water carafes on the bedside tables. The Louise is renowned for its personal take on hospitality. The team pride themselves on their unparalleled concierge services attained through their long-established connections in the Valley. You can experience breakfast with kangaroos or take an exclusive tour of the treasured local wineries. Or, even join one of their acclaimed chefs as they collect produce from the local market, or blend your own wine with a local winemaker, and ask the kitchen to create the perfect meal to accompany your tipple. Foodie paradise? We think yes.
Emirates One&Only | Blue Mountains, NSW
Hidden in the Wolgan Valley, this resort is an ode to everything Australiana. Although in style it may resemble an alpine villa more than an outback retreat, you’ll discover the sheer splendour that our Aussie backyard has to offer at One&Only. With conservation at the heart of the resort, the property only takes up one per cent of the 2,800 hectares of the valley. You can explore the untamed beauty of the Australian landscape with wildlife safari tours, nature walks, horse riding adventures or stargazing outings. The ultra-luxury villas are equipped with a private plunge pool and balcony as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to take in the natural beauty from sunrise to sunset. A traditional, double-sided stone fireplace takes centre stage in the heart of the villa where you can unwind in front of an in-house movie, with a drink from the mini bar, both of which are complimentary. To top it all off, this majestic retreat has also gained a CarboNZero Certificate – an internationally accredited carbon-neutral certificate achieved through a vast amount of sustainability measures.
Palazzo Versace | Gold Coast, QLD
As the world’s first fashion-inspired hotel, Palazzo Versace is everything you would expect to find if you walked into the home of the famed Italian designer. Exquisite designs and a sense of European glamour exude from the marble floors to audacious chandeliers down to the gold-trimmed cushions. Situated on a beautiful waterfront setting in Australia’s leisure destination, the Gold Coast, every aspect of this hotel’s architecture, ambience, and furnishing perfectly reflects the definition of Italian luxury. Put on those over-sized Donatella sunglasses as you indulge in the celebrity experience including a Rolls-Royce driving service, private marina, three award-winning restaurants and a Versace boutique all on-site. With the iconic Medusa head Versace logo to be spotted at every turn, there’s no falling out of love with this place.
COMO The Treasury | Perth, WA
Renovated from the historic, 140-year-old State Buildings in the heart of Perth, COMO The Treasury is the first of this luxurious brand of hotels to hit our Australian shores. This minimalist sanctuary injects a sense of tranquil indulgence into any Perth stay. The traditional Victorian features such as high ceilings and cornicing have been perfectly blended with modern design such as neutral colours and pale timbers, all combining to create a sense of calm and refinement. Enjoy a five-star dinner at one of the three restaurants within the hotel, including Wildflower. Set against the beauty of the Swan River, this venue serves a farmer and forager-driven menu, revolving around the six indigenous seasons. Your stay here wouldn’t be completed without a stop at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape – a destination of healing and health, consisting of four treatment rooms, a 20-metre pool and state of the art gym, all of which reside in the original vault of the State Building which once contained the city’s titles and deeds.
The Range | Bryon Bay, NSW
This sun-drenched sanctuary in Bryon Bay’s hinterland holds up to 12 guests on the lush 120-acre property. The design of this dreamy dwelling is inspired by summer days spent in Spain, with shades of terracotta and copper complementing the timber, stone and concrete throughout the house. The open plan style will have you feeling like you’ve been whisked away to a hidden villa when in reality, you’re not all that far from the buzzing Bryon Bay township. You can feel every energy and ounce of dedication that went into creating this beautiful property, particularly when it comes to the sustainability measures in place – with the property being largely self-sufficient. A magnificent example of form-meets-function, this escape utilises the elements to operate, such as rainwater tanks and solar panels. Recycled materials were heavily utilised when designing this architectural marvel, all the way down to the imported tiles that were once the roof tiles of a Casa in Croatia. The owners of the property are dedicated environmentalists, commencing a regeneration initiative by planting over 50,000 native trees on the land.
Capella Lodge | Lord Howe Island, NSW
A stay at Capella Lodge may only be a two-hour flight from Sydney, however you’ll feel worlds away at this luxe boutique lodge. With the feel of a jurassic paradise (minus the dinosaurs), Lord Howe Island is one of the earths true hidden treasures with volcanic peaks, lush subtropical rainforests, coral reefs, and serene lagoons. This breathtakingly beautiful island was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982 and to further add to its exclusivity, only 300 residents live permanently on the island, and only 400 visitors are permitted at any one time to preserve this precious environment. The lodge itself only has nine suites available, which exude beach house chic vibes. Resting above the turquoise lagoon with incomparable mountain views, each suite complements the island’s natural beauty perfectly. Light-filled interiors with timber floors, custom furnishings, marine ply joinery, and light cotton linens all add to the sophisticated, beachy ambience. So, if there’s one secluded island to get stranded on, it’s Lord Howe.