It’s the difference between great and exceptional, that thin line that separates the memorable from the unforgettable. As seasoned travellers we are always looking for that one-off, perfect travel experience – a destination so exceptional that it’s in a league of its own. Over the past 20 years The Tailor has visited some of Australia’s most exclusive luxury properties. Here we present the crème de la crème, five outstanding Australian luxury lodges that deliver the very finest – whether that’s food and wine, service, sports facilities or spa treatments.
All of the properties profiled below are certainly located in beautiful parts of Australia – our list includes Kangaroo Island, the Blue Mountains, Tasmania and Central Australia – but they also have a “wow factor” that sets them apart from the rest. Perhaps it’s a futuristic building design, like that of Saffire, an exceptionally grand dining room, think qualia, or a jaw-dropping ocean view such as that enjoyed from every suite at the immaculate Southern Ocean Lodge.
But there is another important quality that they all possess – a special sense of place, an ability to somehow capture the essence of their location, providing a powerful link between the guest and the natural environment.
Collectively these five properties distil the essential beauty and wonder of Australia – from coast to coast, from temperate Tasmania and tropical far north Queensland.
One moment you could be horse-riding in the Blue Mountains, the next flying over the Bungle Bungles in the East Kimberley or gazing in wonder as the sun rises over Uluru (Ayers Rock), the world’s most famous monolith. A Super Lodge is not just somewhere comfortable to stay for a few days; it offers total immersion in a new, exotic and beguiling landscape. Which one will you choose?