Exploring Tasmania... Part 4 - Luxury
In April 2010, Tasmania’s most anticipated hotel in years, Saffire Freycinet, opened its doors. Located in Freycinet National Park, with uninterrupted views of the Hazard Mountains, the 5 star de luxe lodge is the jewel in Australia’s crown of luxury lodges.
Normally it’s a two-night minimum stay at Saffire Freycinet but due to time pressures I only had one night. Despite cramming lots in, it really wasn’t enough. The attention to detail in my Deluxe Suite was incredible, there was everything I could want in a room and more. With the bed facing the Hazard Mountains, I knew there would be a spectacular sunrise from the comfort of my bed and with electric blinds, I didn’t even need to get up to let the light in.
Stay at Saffire Freycinet includes excursions, meals, drinks and a spa treatment. The excursion I wanted to do, which was a visit to Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm, where I would have donned waders and tasted fresh from the sea oysters and champagne, was sadly cancelled due to historically high flooding. So I took a guided walk to Wineglass Bay lookout, for views of one of Australia’s best beaches.
Due to my time restraints after watching the sun come up from my bed, I only had time for a spa treatment before heading on to my next destination. Not a bad way to leave though and in keeping with the hotel name, real Sapphire dust is used in some of the oils.
My next luxury stop was a stay at the MONA Pavilions. Located just outside of Hobart, MONA Pavilions are next door to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), a revolutionary new art gallery which opened in January 2011, and saw over 100,000 visitors through its doors in the first 2 months.
The MONA Pavilions are the perfect base for art enthusiasts. Aside from a vineyard there’s not much else to see in this part of Hobart but MONA is definitely special enough to warrant a day or two of exploration if you happen to love art. The actual suites are architecturally designed, facing the Derwent River each with a private balcony, the décor features contemporary furnishings and gadgets galore. There’s a panel on the wall, which plays music throughout the suite, controls the electric blinds and the lights. The TV remote, controls not only what you’d expect but the angle of the TV and an overhead projector which shows a loop of art videos from MONA.
Not all luxury is about gadgets though and two of my next stops were The Priory Country Lodge and the Red Feather Inn are as far from that as it gets. Both have the feel of staying at a rich friend’s house in the country. The Priory Country Lodge focuses on fishing, whilst the Red Feather Inn specialise in cooking lessons.
Whatever, the experience though Tasmania and luxury are a perfect match and rumour has it that there are more Tasmanian luxury developments in the pipeline. So watch this space.
Cox & Kings offers luxury tailor-made holidays to Tasmania.
Aaron Jennings, Cox & Kings’ Australasia Product Manager, recently visited Tasmania. Here is the fourth and last part of his blog on this trip.