Saffire Hotel Freycinet National Park
Saffire, a luxury coastal retreat on Tasmania’s east coast, is distinct in its design and provides a beautifully relaxing atmosphere overlooking the Great Oyster Bay. Here the General Manager, Matt Casey, explains its appeal.
1. Tell us about the history of the hotel and surrounding area
Conceived in 2003, and in construction since 2008, Saffire opened to its guests in April 2010. At the beginning of the majestic Freycinet Peninsula, formed over 400 million years ago, Saffire is a sanctuary with a true sense of place. From the regions original inhabitants, with a rich history stretching back 35,000 years, to more recent inhabitants, Freycinet has been a common feature of Tasmania’s documented history.
2. What sets your hotel apart from other hotels in the region?
Saffire’s concept and design are like no other in the country, capturing the essence of this unique region and connecting with its environment to bring an authentic and enriching experience for its guests. Distinct in its design, exclusive in its features and set apart by its approach to individually tailored experiences and service, Saffire’s approach is not constrained by traditional five-star ratings and standards, but instead sets a bold new direction for holidays and accommodation in Australia.
Saffire features 20 accommodation suites, each with sweeping views of Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountains and complete privacy from the neighbouring suites. Tasmania’s freshest produce and finest wines and beers are showcased in Palate restaurant and The Lounge bar. All guests can restore their wellbeing in the premiumspa facilities and on-site gym. Exclusive Signature Experiences are being developed accessing little-known areas of the Freycinet Peninsula, and a range of other activities can be tailored to suit guests’ desires.
3. Tell us something unique about your hotel
Our Signature Experience, exclusive to Saffire’s guests, involves a trip by our custom made Naiad boat to the nearby Schouten Island, part of the Freycinet National Park. Being the only commercial operators to be able to land on the island, Saffire is able to offer its guests an experience of birdlife, sea life, land based expedition, and a private chef to cook an inspiring lunch using premium local produce.
4. What is your favourite thing about working at the hotel?
Interacting with our amazing guests, and leading a fantastic team of professionals, to ensure our guests expectations are well and truly exceeded!
5. Tell us about your chef's speciality dish
Our chef, Hugh Whitehouse has a lifetime of experience, and prides himself on producing dishes that highlight fresh natural produce. One of his specialities, his Savarin of Ocean Cured Trout, involves sugar cured ocean trout, wrapped in avocado strips, topped with king crab, trout pearls, and cucumber essence. Finished with locally grown wasabi and wasabi leaves, it is a dish that surprises and delights with every mouthful.
6. What are the most popular activities for your guests?
We have found our most popular activities to be quadbiking through local forests to the picturesque FriendlyBeaches, and a trip to the Freycinet Marine Farm – this involves donning waders, and learning about the lives of oysters and mussels – tastings are naturally essential.
7. Have any particularly interesting or well-known guests stayed at your hotel?
Yes, but unfortunately I am unable to reveal their identities!
8. Do you personally have a favourite time of year at the hotel?
The weather naturally varies throughout the year, and with it brings four distinct seasons, each with its own special virtues. I would say I have a favourite time of day more than time of year. In the late afternoon, the setting sun hits the Hazard’s mountain range, and turns themthe most brilliant shades of red, purple and orange. This light show only lasts around half an hour, but it is truly a spectacle to behold.
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