Australia is full of unusual hotels that offer extraordinary services but, above all, an exceptional setting for an unforgettable stay. Our experts have selected for you the best lodges and exceptional hotels in Australia that will make your stay a unique experience.
1) Pretty Beach House
Far from the bustle of the city, 100 km from Sydney, Pretty Beach House welcomes you for an intimate getaway in Bouddi National Park. Nestled in a lush forest on the heights of the park, the establishment overlooks the magnificent golden sandy beach of Pretty Beach.
With 4 private pavilions with rustic-chic decoration, this bubble of tranquility welcomes a privileged few looking for a refined stay off the beaten track .
As exceptional, honorable guests, you will be greeted by an aboriginal ceremony mixing traditional dances and didgeridoo. Then, a bottle of wine and a cheese platter will be offered to you. The stay here is full board, with a cuisine worthy of a star, so that you have only one thing in mind: to relax. Finally, the Bouddi Spa, a real haven of peace, will be the final touch to escape and relax with treatments straight from the aboriginal culture.
2) Jackalope Hotel
An hour’s drive from Melbourne, in the heart of the Willow Creek vineyards in the gourmet region of the Mornington Peninsula, the Jackalope Hotel is a real eye-catcher.
With its futuristic and eye-catching design and its name straight out of American folklore – a jackalope being a hybrid creature between a rabbit and an antelope – the Jackalope Hotel is a very daring establishment!
Opened in 2017, the five * hotel comprises 46 luxurious rooms with terraces overlooking the surrounding vineyards. While its bar, the Jaggerdoot, is reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosities 2.0, the restaurant Doot Doot Doot seems solar with its gigantic suspension made up of hundreds of golden bulbs. Here, a refined cuisine, with seasonal menus accompanied by wines from local production, will be offered, enough to highlight the local terroir! For relaxation, a detour to the hot springs of the Hot Springs will complete your stay at the Jackalope Hotel.
3) Capella Lodge
With its landscape made up of volcanic peaks, lush forests, virgin beaches, and its turquoise lagoon and coral reef, Lord Howe Island, listed by UNESCO, quickly reminds us of an island in French Polynesia. Yet very Australian, this secret island in New South Wales never welcomes more than 400 visitors at a time.
Far from all the hustle and bustle, staying at Lord Howe is already a luxury in its own right which will be sublimated by a stay at Capella Lodge .
With its nine luxurious rooms, the Capella Lodge is an ideal address if you dream of an intimate getaway on a paradise island. The rooms, ranging from 45 to 120 m², are all equipped with a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, Wi-Fi access, a king-size bed, and a private bathroom with a shower. Rain “. During your stay, beach towels, bathrobes, and bags are provided. You can also borrow free kayaks, mountain bikes, and snorkeling equipment to explore the island as you wish.
The Capella Restaurant & bar will serve you contemporary cuisine with flavors of the Pacific prepared from seasonal and high-quality products.
As for activities, many walks or bike rides are easily accessible on the island. The lodge also organizes a guided day hike to Mount Gower. You can also explore the beautiful coral reefs that line Lord Howe, go scuba diving or enjoy the Hotel’s infinity pool. Finally, for more relaxation, you can enjoy the excellent spa treatments at Capella Lodge.
4) Southern Ocean Lodge
Peacefully placed on a cliff of Kangaroo Island, the small Australian Galapagos, the Southern Ocean Lodge is an invitation to a luxurious and intimate stay during your getaway on this island.
The 21 suites with clean design and elegant atmosphere offer incredible views of the rugged coast and the ocean.
Ranging from 65 to 120 m², they all have a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed, a living room, and a bathroom with a bay window overlooking the coast. The sumptuous spa and the restaurant with flavors of local products will enhance your dream stay in Australia.
A wide range of activities will be offered (fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, guided tours) to let you enjoy the 3 rd largest Australian island in the best conditions.
5) Longitude 131 °
In the heart of the Red Center, this lodge offering a unique panorama of Ayers Rock and the Olga Mountains is the promise of a magical stay in Australia.
In the heart of this magnificent desert, the definition of glamping takes on its full meaning here.
The 15 elegantly styled tents and the magnificent premium suite at Longitude 131 ° all have a view of the famous red monolith, from where you can admire the unreal spectacle offered by the variations in colors during sunrises and sunsets. Each tent has a private balcony with a day bed and an EcoSmart fireplace providing a romantic and warm atmosphere after dark.
In its dreamlike decor, The Dune House restaurant will serve you the best of Australian cuisine with self-service open bar service. For more privacy, you can request dinner in your tent or the library.
The excursions, included in your reservation and exclusively intended for Longitude 131 ° customers, will allow you to witness the sunrise over Uluru before discovering it more closely during a tour of its base, then setting out to conquer of the Valley of the Winds or dine under the stars after admiring the sunset and sipping a cocktail.
6) Bamurru Plains
On the edge of Kakadu National Park, Australia’s most extensive park doubly classified by UNESCO for its cultural and natural beauty, the Bamurru Plains is above all an approach to wildlife in this spectacular environment. The establishment, which is reminiscent of an African lodge, is utterly devoid of technology to offer you the most authentic immersion possible.
The nine overwater bungalows are harmoniously integrated into the environment that surrounds them. They all have a private bathroom and a terrace with a view of the park’s marshes.
Designed with the aim of observing wild life, the bungalows offer an almost panoramic view in order to admire the animals evolving freely in this unique ecosystem.
During the hottest hours of the day, you can use the Bamurru Plains infinity pool to cool off. The restaurant’s chef will prepare dishes based on local products, and the hotel bar is open all day.
As for activities, you can opt for a cruise on the Sampan River to meet birds and crocodiles, a four × four outing, a quad safari, an airboat ride on the flood plains, a fishing trip, or even the day tour of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Lands.
7) Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Nestled between the white dunes of Cape Range National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, is a glamping address in Australia ideal for discovering Ningaloo Reef, the small Australian Barrier Reef.
Here, the nine spacious tents of Sal Salis welcome you for a stay facing a sea with turquoise water, in the heart of a unique and fragile ecosystem. They are all equipped with a king-size bed, a bathroom with shower, and ecological toilets. Concerned about respecting the environment, the establishment obtains its electricity from solar panels. However, the rooms are not equipped with televisions or telephones; the luxurious experience is here thanks to this incredible nature.
As the kangaroos roam near your tent, the Little Ningaloo Barrier Reef is directly accessible from the beach.
During your stay at Sal Salis, you will be able to meet whale sharks, turtles, dugongs, manta rays, humpback whales enough to experience unforgettable moments.
At the far north of Hamilton Island, in the Whitsundays, the Qualia is the promise of a stay away from all the hustle and bustle in the heart of an idyllic setting, between the turquoise sea and tropical gardens, where time seems to have stood still. Located in the most secluded part of Hamilton Island, everything here is designed to make your stay at Qualia a lasting memory.
The 60 individual pavilions of this Relais & Châteaux establishment all face the Coral Sea, and most have a private swimming pool.
Private transfers, golf carts for your travels, infinity pools, private beach, gym, loan of non-motorized nautical equipment, everything has been designed to allow you to make the most of Hamilton Island. As an option, you can go on a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, go to the sublime Whitehaven Beach, or relax at Spa Qualia.
9) Old Clare Hotel
In the heart of Sydney, the Old Clare Hotel, housed in a former brewery, is an address full of character that has kept the ancestral soul of its historic building. The Hotel is close to Spice Alley, an alley with countless Asian street food stalls, Central Station, many restaurants, and shops. The Old Clare Hotel is an ideal address if you want to experience nightlife and shop during your stay. The proximity to the train station is perfect for all your trips to Sydney and its surroundings.
The establishment has a rooftop bar and swimming pool with beautiful views of the modern architecture of the Chippendale district. The current and industrial decoration offers an undeniable charm to the 62 rooms of the Hotel. They all have a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with products from the high-end Australian cosmetic brand Aesop.
10) Notel Melbourne
Melbourne is well known for being the city of rooftops, and the Hotel is no exception to the rule since they are old caravans installed on the roof of a building with a view of the Eureka Tower! Accessible from a secret entrance, the Hotel is located in the Albert Park district. It is right next to the Melbourne Aquarium and plenty of restaurants. The Royal Botanic Gardens is a 25-minute walk away.
Although surprising, the six 31-meter caravans of the Notel Melbourne, with a clean design by Edwards Moore, all have modern comforts with a queen-size bed, air conditioning, free minibar, and flat-screen TV. They each have their terrace, a seating area, and a private bathroom.
Some of them even have a hot tub with a view of the city !
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