Taking time out is best done right: luxuriously and without compromise. Thankfully, you don't have to go too far to find it these days. Accommodation choices for domestic decadence are only improving by the season here in Australia. So indulge in our state-by-state lookbook of some of the country's best luxury hotels, and get inspired for your next getaway.
From six-star luxury surrounded by wine country to sandy-toed island bliss and a slew of luxury city weekender offerings, there's never been a better time to pack your bags and press the reset button. In no particular order, these are the best new hotels in Australia for 2021
Luxury Hotels In Melbourne
What was once a rather scruffy Carlton hotel has been reborn thanks to the brothers Zagame into a style bastion for those in the know. The palette is all dark timber, brass fittings and marble, the property is hung with ever-evolving art collections, and even the bathroom mirrors have multiple light settings. Swish.
United Places Botanic Gardens
This gem in South Yarra is a sleek enclave that took out the Best Hospitality Design gong at the Australian Interior Design Awards in 2019. Muted elegance, supreme materials and environmental initiatives such as solar thermal technology provide hot water in the suites. It is also home to the Matilda 159 restaurant, which celebrates fire in all its forms.
It's so wonderfully Melbourne to throw six 1970s Airstream trailers onto a CBD carpark roof and call it a hotel. And what a hotel. One of the suites comes with its disco spa overlooking Flinders Lane. Even if you don't opt for the Airstream With Benefits option, all have queen-sized beds, private decks, and organic Ecosa bamboo sheets.
The Olsen Art Series
You can't go wrong with any of the Art Series hotels which dot the city. It pretty much comes down to which artist's work you want to surround yourself with. Our pick is The Olsen in South Yarra, which celebrates the genius of John Olsen. There are 224 elegant rooms, the signature beds are plusher than plush, and for $50 a day, its eco-friendly smart car is perfect for jaunts around town.
This South Melbourne candidate is a belter in a city that bristles with small hotels you have to be in the know to enjoy. Once a pub, this underplayed 15-roomer will swiftly become the place you return to time and again. Why? From the Appellees Black Label products in the bathroom to the custom-designed wall lamps by Ross Gardam, there is an attention to detail (and individual guest happiness) that your bigger behemoths will never quite match. And the in-house restaurant refines the concept of pub food.
They provide the luxury of living in the city's heart without compromising on the views, services, calmness and tranquillity that you look for in an ideal hotel. Their hotels feature luxury spa treatments, restaurants and bars, fitness centres and a range of well-designed rooms and suites.
Features That Make Any Hotel Feel Like a Luxury Hotel.
- Simple Booking.
- Fast, Friendly First Contact.
- A Genuinely Cheerful, Helpful, Knowledgeable Staff.
- Distinctive, Well-Appointed Guest Rooms That Are Exactly What You've Asked for.
- On-Site Services That Delight.
- A Variety of Excellent Food and Drink.
Deluxe rooms – one of the most expensive rooms in the hotel. Deluxe (Deluxe) – the word is from the French language, literally can be translated as <<of luxury>>. The luxury in the modern hotel industry has several degrees. The common attribute of deluxe rooms is their size.
The average number of rooms per hotel in the U.S. 2017-2020, by chain type. As of December 31, 2020, there were an average of 313.1 rooms per hotel in the upper-upscale chain type in the United States. In comparison, hotels in the economy chain scale segment had an average of 75.2 rooms during this period.
FAQ's About The Best Luxury Hotel In Australia
There are two Hyatts in the CBD, and we favour the one overlooking St Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens. There are 245 rooms and what's immediately noticeable is their size – some 48 square metres, so you will never feel boxed in. Add to that marble tubs, Le Labo toiletries, walk-in wardrobes and the Park Club Day spa, and you may well not want to leave.
The Como Melbourne Mgallery By Sofitel
The Como on Chapel Street was a celebrity-drenched magnet with a delicious hint of evil back in the day. As its allure faded, the French stepped in to resurrect the glam – albeit in a more low-key way. There are 111 rooms to choose from, a rooftop pool and some great apartment options if that's your preference or you plan on staying for an extended period. Try the pulled duck eggs benedict at The Brasserie and give silent thanks that you're not the poor person who has to say the full name of the place every time you answer the phone.
The hotel that set the bar for Melbourne boutique establishment never sits on its laurels and, by continuing to experiment, retains both its loyal clientele and the next generation of guests. Small but perfectly formed, the pool deck, Om Nom Kitchen and 34 rooms – not to mention a prime position on Flinders Lane – strike the perfect accord between whimsy and functionality.
The Windsor Hotel
The Windsor is slated to become the city's first six-star accommodation facility (no matter the fact that no official category exists). Among the modern trimmings, the revamped 279-suite hotel will be adorned with a three-level Presidential Penthouse with private lift access, a spa, and outdoor terraces overlooking Parliament House. Not that Melbourne's grand icon isn't deserving of all the attention – built-in 1883, the Windsor predates London's Savoy, the Ritz in Paris, and Raffles in Singapore.
One pays attention when a fresh hotel takes out three gongs in the 2017 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards (including Hotel of the Year). Tasmania's eclectic MONA inspired the vision behind 29-year-old entrepreneur Louis Li's Jackalope: a $40 million art hotel set on pristine vineyard acreage in Mornington Peninsula's Merricks North. Jackalope's 46 designer dens are billed as "a delicate interplay between the ideal and surreal," with luxury at every trimming and turn. Premium never looked this good.
Byron At Byron Resort And Spa
In case you needed one more excuse to choose Byron Bay as your next getaway refuge, Byron at Byron Resort and Spa ought to seal the deal. Set among 45 acres of sub-tropical forest, the resort maintains an air of decadent isolation while remaining conveniently close to the town centre. The in-house spa packages and complimentary yoga will extend that decadence meter to unparalleled levels of release.
When did the Australian Capital Territory get this cool? (We're thinking, perhaps, not long after Ovolo Nishi entered stage right). Adorned with clay-rendered walls, salvaged oak beds and overhead rain showers, each of its 68 suites are uniquely designed according to four categories: Cosy, Original, Creative, or Meandering.
Southern Ocean Lodge
Located on a rugged, secluded cliff-face in South Australia's eco-diverse Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge is a multi-award winning lodge featuring 21 exclusives, bespoke-furnished suites with spectacular views of the Southern Ocean. The praise frequently directed at Southern Ocean Lodge is beyond justified – this one ought to command the bucket list.
Canberra's famed DOMA property group brought their minimalist, space-savvy formula to Sydney's CBD last September. Little National's 230 petite guest rooms might lack floor space, but they more than compensate with sleek mod-coms, including a wall-to-wall king bed, luxe white linens and a great mounted smart TV. There's also a guest gym, library, and green rooftop garden bar, all within a stone's throw of Wynyard Station and Circular Quay.
Sustainable hotel savants Crystalbrook Collection are behind Newcastle's first five-star hotel. Curved interiors reflect the building's cylindrical structure, with 130 guest rooms and suites playing to a green tune via 100 per cent waste-free bathrooms and biodegradable or recyclable amenities. In addition, the hotel is home to Romberg's bar and Roundhouse restaurant, both offering 360-degree city views and menus powered by produce that has clocked minimal food miles.
Alba Thermal Springs And Spa, Fingal Vic
A lush 15-hectare sanctuary brimming with luxury bathing experiences, spa treatments and wellness rituals is set to descend on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Capitalising on the region's iconic thermal springs, the expansive Alba Thermal Springs and Spa will offer indoor, outdoor and open-air treatment rooms and steamy pools for unparalleled thermal wellness. It is slated for opening in June 2022.
Chairman's Villa, Crown Towers Melbourne
What do Bill Gates, Beyoncé, George Clooney and Elton John all have in common? Each of them has stayed in the exclusive Chairman's Villa at Crown Melbourne. Occupying an enviable location of level 38, with jaw-dropping views of the Melbourne skyline to match, it comes in at a staggering 1090sqm in size – larger than the average house! The chic two-bedroom villa features a dramatic gallery-style entry, plush living areas, a dining room for 14 guests, and a glamorous bar – all furnished in a classic red, white and black colour scheme.
There are views, and then there are views. The Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt has the latter. Imagine waking up to see the Sydney Opera House or gazing out directly to the Harbour Bridge from your bathtub. The 350sqm suite features a state-of-the-art kitchen, indoor dining for eight, a spacious living area designed around a central gas fireplace, and alfresco dining for eight on the private terrace, complete with sun lounges and plush day beds. In addition, the suite's master bathroom features a large spa bath, dry sauna and steam room.
When an elegant five-star experience is what you're after, The Langham Sydney is the one. Drawing upon the heritage charm of the surrounding Rocks neighbourhood, it feels like a property born straight from the pages of Home Beautiful. Situated on the third floor, with impressive views of the Sydney skyline, The Observatory Suite is the one that tickles our fancy. It's divine, a double drawing room with a stately fireplace, a luxurious dining room seating eight, a tastefully furnished master bedroom, and an opulent marble bathroom.
Penthouse Suite, The Star Gold Coast
When you think of the Gold Coast, glitz and glamour are the first things that come to mind. And the Penthouse at The Star doesn't disappoint. This opulent suite is incredibly versatile, allowing seamless indoor and outdoor entertaining with open plan living, dining and bar areas, separate meeting space, and a large terrace. High-end finishes of Turkish marble, silver leaf, mother-of-pearl inlays and modern textural wallpaper add to the ultra-luxe feel. If we had to pick a favourite room, it would be the dazzling master suite.
Australia Suite, Intercontinental Sydney
Floating 29 floors about Sydney Harbour, the Australia Suite is, in a word, breathtaking. A romantic space furnished in deep reds and chocolates, the InterContinental's suite boasts a king-size master bedroom, separate dining room and kitchen, impressive terrace overlooking the Opera House, and a private lounge with a grand piano. The lounge also features a large TV, though, with views of Opera House and Harbour Bridge on either side, you would barely give it a second glance.
Chairman's Suite, The Langham, Melbourne
When a suite is known to specialise in welcoming visiting heads of state and the biggest names in music, you know you're onto a winner. Past guests include President Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Mariah Carey, George Michael and Kim Kardashian, to name but a few. The Langham's two-bedroom suite features a butler's kitchen, dining room, office and spacious living area. With such a reputation, it is regularly booked out. Two months booking is suggested.
One Bedroom Crystal Villa, Crown Towers Perth
The Perth hotel scene has undergone a radical reinvention over the last ten years, thanks predominantly to Western Australia's mining boom. Part of this new breed of hotels in the Crown Towers Perth, an ultra-exclusive oasis rising from the parklands of Burswood. In the hotel's One Bedroom Crystal Villa, you'll find handcrafted furnishings, a custom kind bed, oversized black and white accented bathroom, and more bling than a Tiffany & Co store. A wrap-around alfresco balcony provides the perfect vantage to enjoy the growing skyline.
Royal Suite, Sheraton On The Park
Sheraton on the Park is one of Sydney's most loved hotels, and it possesses one of the city's top penthouses to match. A contemporary New York-style penthouse filled with natural light, the two-bedroom Royal Suite features a sleek lounge, dining setting for eight, Calcutta marble bathroom, and private terrace with expansive views of the Harbour, Hyde Park and St. Mary's Cathedral. The suite has welcomed Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton, and was even the location for Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe's wedding.
Sequoia Lodge, Crafers, Adelaide Hills Sa
Six-star properties are hard to come by on mainland Oz. Enter Sequoia, Adelaide Hills' latest luxury hotel offering. Located on the grounds of Mount Lofty House, home to the three-hatted Hardy's Verandah restaurant and Arthur Waterhouse Cocktail Lounge and Champagne Bar, it's perched high above the Piccadilly Valley. A region touted to receive UNESCO world heritage status soon. The intimate lodge comprises 14 sustainably designed suites, each offering panoramic views and luxe amenities. An infinity pool, day spa, natural artesian spring-fed stone hot pools, campfire theatre, and world-class food and drink experiences are all part of the package.
W Melbourne, Vic
It will be easy to hit the snooze button at the recently opened W Melbourne, with 300-count linens, balcony views of the CBD, and the W MixBar (inviting you to unleash your inner bartender) available in each of its 294 bold rooms and suites. You are designed as the $1.25 billion Collins Arch precinct showpiece, the hotel channels the city's creative spirit, serving up a double shot of the brand's signature super-charged luxury.
Melbourne Marriott Docklands, Vic
There are four tasty new reasons to stay at the new Melbourne Marriot Docklands: first up is Archer's, a sleek all-day restaurant with a menu by executive chef David Albert. Then there's the elegant lobby bar, Ada's, followed by Corsia, a café inspired by Melbourne's laneways that serves coffee by ST ALi by day and espresso martinis by night. And finally, the Sunset House, with its rooftop bar and restaurant surrounding a jaw-dropping infinity pool, offers views of Melbourne's skyline.
Tips On Choosing The Best Luxury Hotel
Suppose you choose accommodation for your vacation and are looking for luxury and comfort for your stay. In that case, it can be extremely difficult to find the right luxury hotel based on online descriptions. Likewise, if you have never stayed at a hotel and have a good idea of the amenities and services, it can be not easy to find the right hotel for you.
Call The Reservation Office
Calling The first thing to do is call a reservation office to discuss a luxury hotel. Ask about the rooms and suites, as well as the amenities they offer. You want to make sure you choose the perfect room for your vacation, one that exceeds your expectations.
Check The Hotel Location
Pay attention to the location of your luxury hotel. When planning a vacation, location is the most important thing. You must be able to get to all the tourist attractions. Take your time to choose. First, find out where the luxury hotels are located. Then choose the hotel that suits you best to enjoy your vacation.
Check The Services Offered
Pay attention to the amenities that a luxury hotel offers. Some hotels offer many different services. They should have a 24-hour front desk and perhaps a concierge. In addition, the hotel should have a range of restaurants and room services. That way, you can have a delicious meal delivered right to your door if you don't feel like cooking.
Check The Room Rates
While it's not advisable to pay for the cheapest rooms, you may want to save money if you're on a tight budget. Comparing the latest hotels on your list is the final step in choosing the best luxury hotel for your vacation. Compare amenities and prices, as well as rooms, to determine which hotel is best for you or your family. Also, make sure the hotel is child-friendly if you're travelling with them.
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