After the crazy year that was 2020, most of us are in desperate need of a holiday with plenty of rest and relaxation. To help you plan your getaway, we’ve created this comprehensive list of the best luxury accommodation and unique escapes across Australia. In each of these wonderful properties, you’re guaranteed a luxurious and indulgent experience and memories that will last a lifetime. From sophisticated beachside getaways to luxe bush lodges, our handpicked collection of the Top 50 Luxury Getaways in Australia in 2021 will truly inspire you.
(If you prefer smaller, more intimate options, check out our Top 50 Romantic Getaways in Australia in 2021)
50. Alamanda Palm Cove, Palm Cove, QLD
Alamanda Palm Cove is a bright and beautiful destination hotel situated in Palm Cove, a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the oldest living rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Offering an unparalleled beachfront position, this awe-inspiring accommodation lets you enjoy the best of modern beachside living, with luxurious 1 to 4 bedroom suites designed for the ultimate holiday experience.
49. Hotel Realm Canberra, Canberra, ACT
Located next to the Parliamentary Triangle, Hotel Realm in Canberra is within walking distance of national icons including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, and the National Library of Australia. With interiors exuding elegance and modern sophistication, this 5-star hotel indulges its guests with 163 exquisite rooms and premium amenities, perfect for your next business or leisure occasion.
48. Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide, SA
With an unmatched location in the heart of the city, Mayfair Hotel is located in the iconic heritage-listed Colonial Mutual Life Building in Adelaide. This luxe hotel offers 170 elegant rooms adorned with hand-crafted furnishings, custom-made beds, and premium hotel facilities. Whether for work or play, the hotel delivers, promising a 5-star bespoke experience like no other.
47. Crystalbrook Kingsley, Newcastle, NSW
The newest of the Crystalbrook hotels, Kingsley is Newcastle’s first five-star luxury hotel. Boasting seriously sophisticated rooms, Kingsley is culturally connected, sustainably-led and steeped in history. The hotel offers a relaxed deli-style cafe, an elegant cocktail lounge and a rooftop restaurant where you can take in the city’s stunning views.
46. Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD
Enjoy a weekend getaway at Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise with uninterrupted views over the white sandy beaches and crystal waters of the Surfers Paradise foreshore. Soaring 77 levels above the beach, this hotel has been designed to delight and surprise with superb facilities including a luxurious day spa, gym and spectacular swimming podium with striking beach views.
45. Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, Docklands, VIC
With a perfect location overlooking the city, Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands is a luxe getaway designed to offer a distinctive holiday experience. Architecturally designed, the hotel boasts gorgeous modern interiors by award-winning designers and offers elegant rooms with ultra-premium features, making it perfect for your next holiday.
44. Park Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Pamper yourself with 5-star accommodation at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, a luxurious hotel overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens in Parliament Square. With a cosmopolitan mix of Victorian and modern architecture, this hotel offers 245 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with luxurious amenities that exude a warm ambience and exceptional levels of personalised service.
43. A by Adina Canberra, Canberra, ACT
Located in one of the most famous addresses in Australia, A by Adina is a luxe hotel perched along the famed Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra. Whether for work or leisure, this stunning accommodation offers the perfect opportunity to explore the nation’s capital and some of Australia’s most significant buildings and landmarks.
42. Lizard Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Literally set on the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island Resort is simply breathtaking. This luxe retreat offers seclusion and natural privacy like no other, being the only accommodation located in the 1,013-hectare National Park. With only 40 rooms and villas and your choice of private beaches, here you can escape to a one-in-a-lifetime adventure.
41. Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, Adelaide, SA
Step into Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel conveniently located in the city centre near Adelaide Central Market. A celebration of Adelaide’s rich history and industrial past, this magnificent getaway is adorned with brick archways and copper detailing, and boasts 145 refined guestrooms with modern interiors that take full advantage of the festive city views.
40. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is a brand new luxe hotel conveniently located in the heart of the Melbourne’s vibrant arts, theatre, business, and dining precincts. Previously the vintage Equity Chambers building, Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street brings old-world charm by restoring the building’s original features and then injecting contemporary design interiors, complete with modern comforts, for the ultimate luxury getaway.
39. InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Double Bay, NSW
Known for its distinctive personal touch, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is an award-winning luxury hotel nestled in the beautiful harbourside suburb of Double Bay. Take a dip in the iconic rooftop infinity pool or relax in one of 140 light-filled spacious guestrooms with private balconies and courtyard garden views overlooking the bay or village.
38. Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills, SA
Formerly the manor of politician & businessman Arthur Hardy, Mount Lofty House is a luxurious historic retreat just 15 mins from Adelaide City. This iconic designer 5-star boutique hotel is beautifully perched in the Adelaide Hills, providing stunning vistas of the Piccadilly Valley and Adelaide Hills wine region. Choose from a delightful selection of rooms and fit-outs, masterfully designed for a memorable and iconic getaway.
37. Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, QLD
Spicers Tamarind Retreat is an Asian-inspired getaway in a rejuvenating rainforest setting in Maleny. A sanctuary of stillness and elegance, this luxe retreat is truly a convergence of western luxury and Asian tranquillity. Fall in love with the unique accommodations that feature private verandahs and decks, cedar hot tubs, and lush rainforest views all around, perfect for any occasion.
36. QT Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Housed in the landmark State and Gowings buildings, QT Sydney is an exquisite luxe retreat located in the heart of the city. 198 luxurious rooms are thoughtfully designed to engage the senses, complete with modern features and excellent amenities. Artsy and theatrical, this hotel boasts eclectic interiors and a curious selection of furniture, perfectly capturing the spirit of this harbour city.
35. Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast, Gold Coast, QLD
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is an absolute beachfront luxury resort, with the soft sands of Mirage Beach just steps away from your room. Set amongst 6 hectares of lagoons and lush gardens, the resort is a unique tropical oasis. Here you can treat yourself to a cocktail in the Oasis Pool swim-up bar, dine in one of the hotel restaurants, before retiring to your opulent suite or villa.
34. Bannisters Port Stephens, Soldiers Point, NSW
Bannisters newest hotel in Port Stephens is surrounded by water, koala habitat and a sense of peace and seclusion. Here you can wake up in your stylish guest room or suite before spending the day by the pool where you can relax & take in the stunning views. Later, dine in the renowned Rick Stein restaurant where you can enjoy the finest locally sourced ingredients from ocean to plate every day.
33. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Locations don’t get much better than this. Overlooking Sydney Harbour and its iconic bridge, the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel is just 1.4 km from the Sydney Opera House. Boasting grandiose views of the surrounding vistas, this luxe accommodation is ideally suited for the modern-day traveller, with nearby shopping, outdoor adventure, and vibrant social scene ready to be explored.
32. Ovolo Nishi, Canberra, ACT
Ovolo Nishi in Canberra is the epitome of artistic and ultra-cool design. Centrally located, this award-winning boutique hotel is a perfect launchpad to experience the cultural highlights of the city. Its 68 rooms are elegantly dressed with salvaged and restored 20th-century Australian furniture, original artworks, and artisan-made furnishings. Experience world-class accommodation with an artsy and cosy wonderland twist.
31. W Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
Overlooking the Brisbane River, W Brisbane is a trendy luxe hotel situated in North Quay in the heart of the CBD. Whether for leisure or work, this getaway will surely please, with interiors full of custom furnishings and artwork inspired by the city’s eclectic Aussie vibes. Offering 312 spacious guest rooms, this hotel boasts three restaurants and bars, a spa, and a fitness centre.
30. The Ritz-Carlton Perth, Perth, WA
With a striking structural silhouette along the waterfront, The Ritz-Carlton Perth is a luxurious hotel nestled along the banks of the Swan River in Elizabeth Quay. The hotel offers 205 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites that overlook the river, skyline, and urban parks with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the impressive views.
29. QT Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Surrounded by a host of local attractions, QT Melbourne is a high-fashion boutique hotel nestled in Melbourne’s city centre. Close to everything, this retreat provides a perfect base to discover all of the city’s offerings, from dining to shopping and entertainment. Each of the 188 guestrooms boasts a contemporary and industrial design with bold and eccentric interiors, along with exceptional comfort and creativity.
28. Ovolo The Valley Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Artistic and captivating, Ovolo The Valley Brisbane is a boutique hotel tucked conveniently in Fortitude Valley. Located in the Emporium Precinct, this impressive getaway serves as a great base to explore the many restaurants, bars, and shops in the area. All of the 103 guestrooms boast luxury in every corner, with magnificent interiors, exquisite furniture, and remarkable amenities.
27. Bannisters Pavilion Mollymook, South Coast, NSW
Situated just 80 metres from the shores of Mollymook Beach, Bannisters Pavilion boasts stylish, beach-chic rooms and suites that are the perfect choice for a coastal getaway. The Pavilion promises a laidback escape where you can spend sunny days poolside and eat and drink in the relaxed tree-top atmosphere of The Rooftop Bar & Grill.
26. Crystalbrook Bailey, Cairns, QLD
Modern, innovative, and with an appreciation for the arts, Crystalbrook Bailey is a beautiful 5-star hotel in Cairns, where popular attractions like the Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina are only moments away. Each of the 217 sleek guestrooms is decorated with exquisite art, complemented by lavish interiors and stylish furniture.
25. Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Ideal for couple retreats and family vacations, Spicers Hidden Vale is a luxurious and traditional Australian homestead just one hour from Brisbane. Hidden Vale combines style and comfort with the warmest of country welcomes. It also boasts an award-winning restaurant, Homage, that specialises in exceptional ‘paddock to plate’ dining.
24. Pier One Sydney Harbour, Dawes Point, NSW
Full of natural light, contemporary art and Federation-style touches, Pier One Sydney Harbour is an exceptional waterfront hotel located right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This luxurious retreat offers 185 well-appointed suites that feature luxury amenities and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour or Walsh Bay.
23. Longitude 131, Yulara, NT
With expansive views direct to Uluru and across the desert to Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131 is Australia’s most celebrated luxury camp. Fifteen self-contained pavilions are dotted along the red dust dunes of the Central Desert, each offering refined amenities for a luxurious retreat, all while escaping to the awe-inspiring views of the great outback landscape.
22. Spicers Guesthouse, Hunter Valley, NSW
A luxe boutique hotel located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Spicers Guesthouse is a favourite for those looking for relaxed, laid-back luxury. Here you can enjoy world-class food and wine against a backdrop of rolling vineyards & mountain ranges before retiring to your luxuriously appointed guest room.
21. Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas, Port Douglas, QLD
Located in the paradise that is Port Douglas, Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas is an awe-inspiring luxury resort set among 147 hectares of tropical gardens, sparkling saltwater lagoons, and a golf course. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, this holiday destination is a marvellous gem, with a selection of exquisite indoor and outdoor facilities perfect for a family holiday.
20. W Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Offering distinctive interiors unique unto itself, W Melbourne is the epitome of design cool and luxe lifestyle. Located in Flinders Lane, this boutique hotel offers an experience as vibrant as the city’s culture, with 294 bold hotel rooms and suites ready to enchant curious guests. There is also 828 square metres of ultra-modern event space, setting the stage for epic events in the Melbourne CBD.
19. Oval Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Set in the iconic Adelaide Oval, Oval Hotel is a classy getaway just minutes away from the popular sights and parklands of Adelaide. Its unique address places you within minutes of the vibrant city centre, where dining and shopping adventures are ready to be discovered. Back at the hotel, 138 well-appointed rooms await, with contemporary interiors thoughtfully designed to complement the historic parkland views.
18. The Langham Sydney, Millers Point, NSW
Intimate and refined, The Langham Sydney is a luxury 5-star hotel with dazzling city and harbour views in Millers Point. With comfort and sophistication in mind, this luxe hotel features 96 magnificently furnished rooms and suites, complete with upscale amenities to provide the ultimate in secluded tranquillity amidst the bustling metropolitan Sydney.
17. The Louise, Barossa Valley, SA
Located in the Barossa Valley, The Louise is a renowned vineyard retreat boasting 15 luxurious suites and a world-class restaurant called Appellation. A haven for foodies, this stunning retreat is the perfect getaway for any occasion and comes with the opportunity to explore one of the world’s top wine-producing regions.
16. MACq 01 Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Built in the style of a shipping warehouse that blends perfectly with the surrounding waterfront, MACq 01 Hotel is a highly acclaimed luxe accommodation overlooking Constitution Dock in Hobart. This beautiful hotel offers 114 warm and airy rooms, decorated with striking images of natural and historical scenes. The hotel also offers a choice of restaurants, bars and lounges where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
15. Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
With its white geometric facade towering over the city’s bustling streets, one can’t miss Hotel X, a 5-star luxury getaway in Fortitude valley. Full of shapes and patterns, this sanctuary’s distinctive design features are a feast to the senses, culminated by premium facilities that celebrate the vibrance of the city through ultra-cool art, Avant Garde lighting and exceptional views of the cityscape.
14. Lake House Daylesford, Daylesford, VIC
Nestled on the edge of beautiful Lake Daylesford, Lake House is one of Victoria’s most iconic hotels. Here you can spend a day being pampered in the Lake House Spa before enjoying a four-course a la carte dinner in the acclaimed Lake House Restaurant. And the best part is, dinner is generally included in the nightly rate.
13. Aiden by Best Western @ Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
A fusion of convenience and style under one roof, Aiden by Best Western offers 88 luxe rooms, with interiors encased in a beautifully remodelled 1930s Art Deco building. This boutique hotel in Pyrmont boasts amenities thoughtfully designed for the discerning traveller, with indoor spaces showcasing panoramic views of the CBD, Pyrmont Bridge, and Darling Harbour.
12. Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay, NSW
Just 2 hours from Brisbane, Crystalbrook Byron is a luxe retreat nestled in 45-acres of magical subtropical rainforest. Set only a short walk from gorgeous Tallow Beach and a short drive from the town centre of Byron Bay, this newly renovated resort offers the perfect blend of intuitive service, impeccable detail and stunning natural surroundings.
11. JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Boasting a coveted location on the Gold Coast and brand new guest rooms, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful beaches of Surfers Paradise. This recently redesigned hotel offers many superb amenities, including peaceful lagoons and an outdoor resort pool, a modern fitness centre, and a relaxing day spa.
10. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Overlooking Darling Harbour, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is a modern urban hotel with spectacular waterfront and city skyline views. Boasting 590 spacious rooms and suites, this award-winning hotel offers luxury and sophistication, with floor-to-ceiling windows and French bathroom amenities, indulging you in a world of bespoke relaxation.
9. Eos By SkyCity, Adelaide, SA
Famous for its personalised hospitality, Eos By SkyCity is an elegant hotel overlooking the Karrawirra Parri River (Torrens River) in Adelaide. With interiors designed to indulge the senses, this luxury hotel offers gorgeous rooms and amenities, plus a casino to elevate the fun. All these features are thoughtfully curated to create signature experiences for a truly extraordinary stay.
8. Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains, NSW
Nestled on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is an intimate boutique hotel with only 5 luxurious suite types to choose from. Catering to adults-only, the rates at Sangoma are all-inclusive, which means that your breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included along with drinks and minibar.
7. COMO The Treasury, Perth, WA
With its design concept as intriguing as its name, COMO The Treasury is an upscale hotel located in the heart of Perth. This luxe hotel is set in updated 19th-century redbrick State Buildings and retains most of its original 140-year old design. The interiors are stunningly modern, featuring handcrafted furniture and high ceilings all integrated carefully with the original aesthetics of the building, harmonising old and new.
6. The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney, Pyrmont, NSW
Part of the Star Entertainment Complex, The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney is a super luxurious hotel set in one of the most picturesque areas of Sydney. Boasting an impressive design, the hotel’s 480 rooms showcase contemporary interiors, a soothing colour palette, and bright pops of modern art and furniture, elevating your holiday experience.
5. Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim, QLD
Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, Spicers Peak Lodge is set on 8,000 sprawling acres with a spectacular backdrop of a World Heritage-Listed national park. At this luxury lodge, you can enjoy award-winning gourmet food, rejuvenate with an indulgent treatment at Spa Anise, reconnect with nature on a self-guided walk or simply relax and take in the stunning views.
4. Sequoia Lodge, Adelaide Hills, SA
Architecturally designed to celebrate the history of the region, Sequoia Lodge is an intimate luxury retreat set in the highlands of the Adelaide Hills. Complete with exclusive amenities and surrounded by nature, this getaway is designed as a private sanctuary, offering utmost comfort and luxury with stunning views over Piccadilly Valley.
3. Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks, NSW
Savour unrivalled views of the Sydney Opera House and the surrounding scenery at Park Hyatt Sydney, a 5-star hotel on the shores of Sydney Harbour. This super-luxe hotel provides an idyllic contemporary setting to explore the many wonders of Sydney. Right outside you can explore the vibrant Rocks village, filled with cobbled laneways, cafés, art galleries, museums, and luxury stores.
2. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Greater Blue Mountains, NSW
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, you really can’t go past Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. This ultra-luxe, all-inclusive resort offers a unique blend of luxury, wildlife, natural beauty, and conservation that is hard to beat. You’ll love the rustic-chic villas that feature private pools, verandahs, fireplaces, bathtubs & plenty of included activities.
1. InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, The Whitsundays, QLD
Indulge in a luxurious private island experience at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, a stunning resort in the heart of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. This multi-award winning property boasts 168 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas that are artfully intertwined with spectacular pools, panoramic seascapes and tropical gardens.
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NOTE: The Top 50 list is compiled by the View Retreats team using a combination of website traffic, enquiry levels, booking data & customer feedback.
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