Once in a while, we all need to experience the finer things in life. To us, this means a getaway packed full of pampering, high-end entertainment, and world-class dining. Our hand-picked list of the Top 10 Luxury Lodges & Resorts in Australia in 2018 features some of the finest luxury accommodation and experiences in the country. Each of these lavish retreats promises a life of luxury and indulgence from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart.
1. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW
Combining absolute luxury with a quintessentially Australian bush experience, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury resort tucked away in a 7,000-acre conservation and wildlife reserve in the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage area. This stunning accommodation boasts a range of free-standing and lavishly appointed villas that are perfect for an indulgent romantic getaway or for those seeking luxury with an abundance of nature. Read more.
2. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, SA
Floating atop a secluded cliff top on a rugged stretch of coast, Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true boutique luxury lodge. Offering 21 luxe suites that command unsurpassed views of the wild Southern Ocean and coastal wilderness, this refined and sophisticated haven is perfect for the ultimate honeymoon or romantic couple’s getaway. Read more.
3. Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains, NSW
Spicers Sangoma Retreat is a luxurious African-inspired retreat nestled amongst bushland in the magnificent Blue Mountains, just over an hour’s drive from Sydney. As an eco-friendly, adult-only resort, Sangoma is perfect for a romantic getaway or an escape with friends where you can enjoy simple luxury and gourmet food in a lush, restful setting. Read more.
4. Longitude 131°, Red Centre, NT
Timeless and enriching, Longitude 131° is one of the most iconic luxury lodges in Australia. Located at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this superb boutique resort provides its guests with an experience they will never forget. Featuring fifteen individual Luxury Tents and one Dune Pavilion, Longitude 131° offers an essential experience of Australia’s spiritual heartland, in Baillie Lodges’ exclusive style. Read more.
5. Lake House, Daylesford, VIC
Elegant, luxurious and tranquil, Lake House is an indulgent spa retreat in the heart of Victoria’s famous Spa Country. Boasting 33 stunning rooms and an award-winning spa, this unique hotel provides a spacious and peaceful setting where you can relax and unwind, while enjoying direct access to the lake and six acres of lakefront gardens. Lake House also offers its guests stunning waterfront views as a backdrop to some of the best food and wine experiences in the state. Read more.
6. Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim, QLD
Boasting a spectacular location atop a mountain in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is the height of luxury with dramatic panoramic views combined with all-inclusive gourmet delights and exceptional levels of service. With ten luxurious suites and two private lodges, Spicers Peak Lodge is perfect for guests seeking privacy, intimacy and romance. Read more.
7. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, NSW
Nestled on the pristine World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge is a luxurious boutique lodge that boasts breathtaking views of the ocean, reef and surrounding mountains. Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury, Capella Lodge rests above romantic Lovers Bay and features nine individual and private suites, providing the perfect setting for a romantic couple’s escape or a honeymoon retreat like no other. Read more.
8. Pretty Beach House, Central Coast, NSW
Pretty Beach House is an exclusive, luxury private guesthouse just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney. Set high on an escarpment, this sophisticated guesthouse boasts seven and a half acres of private estate and four luxurious pavilions, offering its guests complete privacy and unsurpassed butler service. It is the perfect retreat for couples who seek solace, peace and tranquillity from the stresses of city life. Read more.
9. qualia Resort, Hamilton Island, QLD
Situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia is a truly special luxury resort in the most pristine and secluded position on Hamilton Island. Offering a choice of 60 individual pavilions featuring uncompromising luxury and breath-taking views, this stunning resort is the perfect escape for the ultimate honeymoon or romantic couples retreat. Read more.
10. Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Byron Bay, NSW
Immerse yourself in the calm and verdant surrounds of The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa. Perfectly situated on 45 acres of lush subtropical rainforest, this luxury resort is also only a short stroll to Tallow Beach. And with its spacious, well-furnished suites, The Byron at Byron is an ideal private getaway for couples or families visiting Byron Bay. Read more.
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