Looking for new cuisines and flavours is one of the joys of going on a holiday. And with our Top 10 list of the very best and exclusive luxury accommodation in and around Australia boasting acclaimed restaurants and wineries, you won’t have to go far to find your next gourmet getaway.
Pairing picturesque surroundings with the finest culinary creations, these boutique luxury retreats please all the senses. You could be savouring fresh fare from a local source one day and sampling delicious wine the next. There’s no doubt that you will find our choice escapes in peaceful countrysides, beaches, and mountains among the best in the country. The only question left is, where do you want to go first?
1. The Louise, Barossa Valley, SA
LOCATION: Marananga, SA | GETTING THERE: 1 hour 15 min drive from Adelaide | RATES FROM: AUD$525 p/n
Delectable food and fine wine is never far away at The Louise whose in-house restaurant, Appellation, is considered a must-visit for foodies visiting Australia. It takes pride in using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to craft sumptuous dishes that guests rave over. Paired with the iconic Barossa Valley wines, The Louise promises a memorable dining experience worthy of a detour. Located in one of the country’s best wine regions, this luxury retreat’s architectural design highlights the area’s picturesque vineyard landscapes.
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2. qualia, Hamilton Island, QLD
LOCATION: Hamilton Island, QLD | GETTING THERE: 1 hour 45 min flight from Brisbane | RATES FROM: AUD$1,050 p/n
Enjoy dreamy, stunning vistas from any corner of qualia. This ultra luxurious retreat stands on the edge of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and houses 60 generously appointed pavilions. It is also home to two fine dining restaurants spearheaded by Chef Craig Knudsen who selects only the finest Australian and international products to impress the most demanding of tastes. Seasonal flavours inspired by the resort’s amazing backdrop enrich your dining experience so you’re swept away on a culinary journey unlike any other.
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LOCATION: Hanson Bay, SA | GETTING THERE: 35 min flight + 1 hour drive from Adelaide | RATES FROM: AUD$1,050 p/n
Due to the devastating bushfires, Southern Ocean Lodge is closed until further notice. Perched on a secluded cliff on Kangaroo Island, with expansive views of the sea from every room, Southern Ocean Lodge is a unique and exclusive travel experience in Australia’s celebrated culinary capital. Dining here is nothing short of a miracle of gastronomic proportions. For one, the menu changes daily and honours the regions superb local ingredients. For another, an excellent selection of local wines and beers are available with your meals, creating an unparalleled dining experience you’ll only get here.
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LOCATION: Pretty Beach, NSW | GETTING THERE: 1 hour 45 min drive from Sydney | RATES FROM: AUD$2,000 p/n
Open the door to the inspiring break you never thought you needed. At Pretty Beach House, a luxury guesthouse just 90 minutes north of Sydney, you’ll find elegant and private pavilions that offer an exclusive and intimate place to retreat from the stresses of city living. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail, or savour the delicious and acclaimed cuisine of Stefano Manfredi in the main dining area or under the stars.
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LOCATION: Gawler, SA | GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Adelaide | RATES FROM: AUD$890 p/n
With breathtaking views of Australia’s idyllic Barossa Valley, Kingsford Homestead is countryside living at its finest. Originally a 19th Century sheep station, it has been meticulously renovated with sumptuous interiors while keeping its old world feel. Bathe in the warm and relaxing ambience of this luxury accommodation and savour gourmet delights from the Kingsford Kitchen. Pair your meals with the region’s fine wine or get an extra special bottle from the homestead’s executive cellar.
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LOCATION: Lord Howe Island, NSW | GETTING THERE: 2 hour flight from Sydney | RATES FROM: AUD$1,500 p/n
A peaceful, luxurious boutique lodge nestled on Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge overlooks Lovers Bay and features an exclusive selection of suites, a fine dining restaurant, a number of activities to indulge in, and a signature spa. The atmosphere at this all-inclusive accommodation is all about relaxation with its designer fabrics and plush furnishings. There’s an infinity-edged pool, library, and a beautiful restaurant that boasts the freshest island cuisine and spectacular views of the Tasman Sea.
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LOCATION: Maleny, QLD | GETTING THERE: 1 hour 20 min drive from Brisbane | RATES FROM: AUD$499 p/n
Decadence and tropical charm meet at Spicers Tamarind Retreat on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Twelve well-appointed pavilions with private verandas, spa, swimming pool, and restaurant are all tucked away in 18 acres of lush gardens to form a spacious and luxurious retreat with all the modern conveniences. For foodies, expect a delectable spread of contemporary Asian cuisine from the award-winning The Tamarind restaurant. For the ultimate culinary experience, enrol in the retreat’s own cooking school, and learn the art and techniques of Thai, French, and Italian cookery.
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LOCATION: Mossman, QLD | GETTING THERE: 1 hour 25 min drive from Cairns | RATES FROM: AUD$358 p/n
Regard Silky Oaks Lodge as your gateway to the best of Australia’s natural wonders: the Mossman Gorge River, Daintree National Park, and the Great Barrier Reef. As well, consider this eco-friendly and luxurious retreat as your access to a celebrated and exquisite dining experience. From the open-sided Treehouse Restaurant, relish a delectable menu of fresh Australian produce that changes with the season. Or sit among the rainforest canopy and enjoy a mouth-watering selection of appetisers before your main course.
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LOCATION: Killcare, NSW | GETTING THERE: 1.5 hour drive from Sydney | RATES FROM: AUD$370 p/n
Set in a tranquil location and cosseted in lush and verdant gardens, Bells at Killcare is a beautiful and private retreat just 90 minutes from Sydney. This adult-only resort features 25 generously furnished rooms where total relaxation is guaranteed. For those on a journey of epicurean proportions, the highly acclaimed onsite restaurant Manfredi at Bells is a destination itself. At the helm is Stefano Manfredi, one of Australia’s most influential chefs, whose culinary creations centres on seasonal dishes using fresh ingredients from the Bells’ own gardens.
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LOCATION: Mt Martha, VIC | GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Melbourne | RATES FROM: AUD$350 p/n
Savour the finer things in life at Menorca Retreat at Villa Mallorca, a stunning and intimate two-bedroom Spanish-styled villa perched on the slopes of Mt. Martha overlooking the sea. This serene, unassuming gem hides an underground gastronomic delight: La Bodega Tapas Bar and Wine Cellar. The retreat also offers amazing gourmet packages that include scrumptious breakfast, tapas, and a three-course dinner. Or you can take your culinary journey further by joining the Spanish cooking lessons on offer.
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This list is part of our annual Top 50. Check out the full Top 50 Boutique & Luxury Getaways in Australia for 2016.