Prepare for an enchanting expedition through Australia’s top-tier luxury experiences this September. We invite you to discover a curated selection of exclusive retreats, sumptuous dining destinations, and invigorating spa sanctuaries that redefine indulgence with an understated elegance.
This month’s excursion unveils exquisite transformations, historical treasures reimagined, and a mosaic of culinary delights that redefine luxury with a touch of sophistication. From acclaimed accolades to hidden retreats blending history with contemporary comforts, each destination promises an exquisite escape into refined opulence.
Join us on a refined journey through celebrated recognitions, discreet hideaways, and the seamless fusion of historical charm and modern luxury, all set against the picturesque landscapes of Australia.
QLD: The Calile Hotel: A Jewel in Australia’s Crown
In a remarkable accolade, The Calile Hotel has ascended to the 12th position in the prestigious The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards, a momentous occasion celebrated in London on September 20th. Garnering the title of the Best Hotel in Oceania, this exclusive recognition firmly establishes The Calile Hotel as an emblem of luxury and excellence in the global hospitality realm. A solitary Australian property to secure a place on this illustrious list, it stands as a testament to its unparalleled offerings.
VIC: The Interlude at Pentridge: A Historical Haven Reimagined
A 170-year-old Bluestone prison, formerly known as Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison, has undergone a remarkable transformation into a luxurious 19-suite hotel, christened The Interlude at Pentridge. This immersive establishment effortlessly marries historical intrigue with modern leisure and dining facilities. Conveniently located just 20 minutes from both the CBD and Melbourne International Airport, it promises to transport guests to a world of extraordinary experiences. Whether it’s an executive retreat, an incentive program, or a think-tank residential conference, The Interlude at Pentridge offers an unforgettable sojourn.
VIC: New Dining Experience: Reine and La Rue
The highly anticipated Reine and La Rue restaurant, coupled with an intimate wine bar, have unveiled their splendor. Housed within the former Stock Exchange, this grand and untouched space has been reinvigorated with the addition of a new cocktail bar and fresh oyster bar. The menu takes center stage around the kitchen’s woodfire grill, offering a dynamic array of classic French dishes that evolve with the changing seasons.
NSW: St Siandra, Mosman, Sydney
Indulge in the epitome of Mediterranean culinary mastery while relishing the awe-inspiring vistas of Middle Harbour at St Siandra, the latest addition to Sydney’s North Shore’s realm of luxury dining. Crafted by the esteemed former Nomad chef, Sam McCallum, the culinary offerings are a tribute to Australian seafood interwoven with the rich tapestry of Mediterranean flavors. From the sublime essence of Pacific Oysters to the aroma of wood-fired flatbread and the succulent Wagyu striploin, every dish on the menu is an ode to taste.
Stepping into the restaurant’s interior, artfully designed by Sally Taylor, feels like a transportive journey to the charming landscapes of the Amalfi Coast. The setting, graced with panoramic views of turquoise waters and elegant yachts, becomes even more enchanting with its exclusive access to a private beach and dedicated moorings for arriving boats.
NSW: The Albert Hotel, Mosman, Sydney
Dating back to 1886 as a grand residence, The Albert Hotel has transformed into a sophisticated boutique establishment reflecting the opulence of the past. With 26 rooms catering to varied preferences, from cozy hideaways to spacious suites, each space is finely furnished for modern comfort. Enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast and a welcoming onsite bar during your stay.
Nestled in Mosman, Sydney’s picturesque Harbourside Suburb, The Albert Hotel enjoys a splendid location surrounded by boutiques like Camilla and Country Road. The area boasts renowned dining spots like Bathers Pavilion and Ormeggio at The Spit, promising a culinary delight. Art lovers can explore galleries such as Harvey Galleries, while Balmoral Beach offers a serene retreat for relaxation.
NSW: The House at Lizard Island
Unveiled in the serene expanse of July 2022, The House at Lizard Island stands as a testament to redefining the essence of exclusive private island escapades within the realm of Australian luxury travel. This haven of secluded opulence offers a bespoke holiday experience, where the luxury extends beyond imagination.
Nestled amidst the pristine beauty of its own private island, The House at Lizard Island is an unparalleled retreat that transcends mere exclusivity. Here, every facet of your stay is meticulously curated, presenting a symphony of luxury, privacy, and bespoke service. From the indulgent expertise of a private chef and a dedicated staff attending to your every need, to an array of exceptional amenities that exceed the boundaries of typical luxury, this private island getaway embodies the epitome of refined extravagance.
Elevating the notion of a private island holiday, this secluded paradise isn’t just a destination; it’s a complete immersion in luxury. Every detail, from the bespoke service to the unparalleled comfort and lavish offerings, harmonizes to craft an unparalleled experience that surpasses the conventional bounds of opulence. In this haven, your desires and comfort are not just met but anticipated, setting a new standard for what it truly means to revel in the lap of exclusive island luxury.
NSW: La Prairie Art of Beauty Lounge at Sydney International Airport
Commence your journey with a sprinkle of luxury at the La Prairie Art of Beauty Lounge, the inaugural permanent deluxe beauty sanctuary at Sydney International Airport. This haven caters to pre-flight indulgence, providing revitalizing facials within private treatment pods, meticulously crafted to counter the impacts of air travel on your skin. Nestled in Terminal 1, beyond the security checkpoint, this oasis awaits your visit. To relish this rejuvenating experience, pre-booking your treatment is advised, ensuring your arrival at least two hours before your flight departure. Treatments at this exclusive lounge are available within the range of $270 to $450.
NSW: Sofitel Spa Darling Harbour, Sydney
In April 2023, the Sofitel Spa Darling Harbour unveiled its oasis of sensory wellness within Sydney’s Darling Harbour at the esteemed Sofitel Hotel. Guests are welcomed into a serene ambiance adorned with soft timber, soothing sandstone, opulent marble, and finely crafted Australian furnishings.
This thoughtfully designed spa houses seven treatment rooms, including two exclusive suites curated by PikeWithers, one boasting a bespoke bath offering a stunning view of Darling Harbour. The spa also features invigorating infrared saunas and serene relaxation lounges for ultimate guest comfort.
VIC: Atria Dining, Melbourne
Atria, nestled in The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne, pairs culinary excellence with stunning cityscape views from its 80th-floor vantage point. Chef Michael Greenlaw, renowned for his expertise in five-star settings globally, leads the kitchen. The restaurant’s allure is complemented by the Cameo bar, offering rare vintages and a 90-meter bar crafted from Victorian Ash. Adorned with a locally crafted chandelier, Atria promises an exceptional dining experience. Make your reservation through their website for an unforgettable culinary journey.
VIC: The Royce Hotel, Melbourne
Travel back to the 1920s at The Royce Hotel, nestled between Melbourne’s central and South Yarra. Following a two-year refurbishment, the hotel has emerged as a haven of discreet service, lavish experiences, and elegant settings. With 94 guest rooms, including 18 spacious suites with balconies, revel in stunning views of the city and the Shrine of Remembrance. The hotel’s terrace offers a charming spot for alfresco dining or a sip of champagne, boasting heated floors for comfort. Additionally, it features three expansive boardrooms and a sophisticated British-style bar. Secure your stay at The Royce Hotel through their website.
VIC: Ritz Carlton Melbourne (Narrm)
In early 2023, The Ritz Carlton Melbourne unveils a bespoke haven that seamlessly weaves bespoke luxury into the city’s vibrant cultural fabric. Housing 257 meticulously designed guest suites, each adorned with panoramic vistas and opulent furnishings, the hotel promises an experience beyond the ordinary.
Ascending to the sky lobby on the 80th level reveals a captivating panorama, coupled with a signature restaurant celebrating culinary artistry, an intimate library bar exuding elegance, and an indulgent indoor infinity pool. The guest spa, a sanctuary of bespoke treatments, invites guests to indulge in tailored wellness experiences amid amenities such as a sauna, vitality pools, and a tranquil yoga space, promising moments of serene relaxation amidst the city’s dynamic allure.
QLD: Calypso Club at Crystalbrook Riley
Unveiling on the 19th of October at the esteemed Crystalbrook Riley resort in Cairns, the Calypso Club arrives as a unique addition. This exclusive rum and seafood bar, graced by the backdrop of swaying palm trees and boundless blue skies, embodies the essence of leisurely beach getaways and relaxed piña colada moments. The design, crafted by the acclaimed Mitchell & Eades, elegantly encapsulates the spirit of seaside vacations.
Located at the base of the iconic Crystalbrook Riley tower, the venue offers captivating views of the picturesque esplanade, inviting guests to indulge in a refined seaside ambiance.
SA: Sofitel Adelaide
Embrace a dash of French sophistication at the recently unveiled Sofitel Adelaide in Australia. With European influence, the hotel presents 251 guest rooms and five exquisite bar and restaurant venues tailored to satisfy even the most discerning travelers.
Serving as a portal to the city’s vibrant culture, the hotel provides access to prominent sites like the Adelaide Oval, the bustling Central Market, and the artistic vibrancy of North Terrace. Whether relishing delectable culinary journeys or immersing in the city’s flourishing arts scene, a stay at Sofitel Adelaide guarantees an encounter with Adelaide’s rich heritage and contemporary allure.
WA: Crown Perth
Crown Perth, known as the Jewel of the West, stands as an ideal gateway to discover Western Australia’s spectrum of luxurious holiday encounters. Beyond its expansive and luxurious accommodations, the hotel presents a diverse range of dining experiences catering to every palate. The casino offers an elegant retreat for those seeking a touch of fortune.
From the serene spa to the inviting poolside atmosphere and the refined culinary offerings, every instance at Crown Towers Perth is a lavish celebration. Whether it’s a leisurely retreat or a dynamic business gathering, this establishment seamlessly intertwines luxury and vibrant sophistication, ensuring an unforgettable experience.
TAS: The Tasman, Hobart
Stay at The Tasman, a newly opened Luxury Collection Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Hobart, just a 5-minute stroll from the Mona Ferry Terminal and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. With 152 air-conditioned rooms boasting modern amenities, private bathrooms featuring rainfall shower heads, and designer toiletries.
A stone’s throw from the hotel, Hobart’s diverse dining scene unfolds, celebrating the region’s fresh produce and inventive culinary artistry. From cozy cafes to sophisticated fine dining spots, your stay at The New Tasman Hotel not only introduces you to Hobart’s renowned gastronomy but also serves as the perfect starting point for exploring the city’s cultural and culinary richness.