A guide to the best boutique accommodations in Tasmania – Country Edition; Pt.1
Tasmania, often labeled as Australia’s Natural State, has been building up quite a bit of buzz in recent years. Tourism has been steadily growing and it is no wonder that the accommodation biz has too. Boutique hotels and design B&Bs have been popping up all over the state and as it turns out, these have been stealing the show.
It might have been Tasmania’s reputation for the bountiful artisanal produce and the world-class art scene that have more recently put it on the map, but the island state has always been known for its gorgeous landscape and unspoiled wilderness.
The difference is that now, after hours of bush-walking, waterfall-hunting, kayaking, sailing, oyster-shucking and wine-tasting, you can also check yourself into one of these indulgent overnight design stays and can admire the omnipresent stunning views while relaxing by the fireplace (also omnipresent, Tassie nights are cold), you better bring some of that wine with you.
Enjoy my selection of the best places to stay in Tasmania for design lovers.
SAFFIRE FREYCINET, Coles Bay, East Coast
Country boutique accommodation Tasmania
Even though I would usually prefer smaller, independent hotels, I totally need to make an exception for this one. Often marked as one of Australia’s leading luxury hotels, the Saffire Freycinet certainly does an amazing job at embodying the colours of the surrounding natural elements of the peninsula – like the rusty red of the soil and the pink granite of the mountains – in its architecture.
Situated in the Freycinet National Park, the building perfectly nestles into the landscape and fosters a sense of poetic continuity. Quality design products from Tasmania feature throughout the hotel and the use of natural materials (timber, stone, leather) in their interiors reinforce this delightfully consistent indoor-outdoor feel. Inside, the sleek and ultra modern suite create a wonderful contrast with the spectacular natural views. Outside, tastefully landscaped paths bring you to the pristine beach and the National Park trails to the bucket list worthy Wineglass Bay lookout.
THALIA HAVEN, Little Swanport, East Coast
Country boutique accommodation Tasmania
It is only a little over an hour drive from Tasmania’s capital, but couldn’t be more off the beaten track: Thalia Haven is a luxurious escape perched above coastal water and enveloped by lush coastal bushland, miles off the closest sealed road and comes with a private beach, an outdoor bathtub and a no-neighbors-in-sight promise.
PUMPHOUSE POINT, Lake St. Clair, Central Highlands
The most luxurious stay in Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness
I have a soft spot for this one. Originally constructed in 1940 as a working hydro electricity pump site, it has recently been refurbished and transformed into the most luxurious retreat in Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness, (read: some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth). It is so remote that guests can opt to fly there via light plane.
Pumphouse Point features three buildings: the cozy Shorehouse located on the lake’s edge is the heart of the Point with its atmospheric loungeroom and views of both the bush and the water, the indescribably awe-inspiring Pumphouse set 250m out on the glacial lake and the most recently built Retreat, a more private accommodation in a separate, self-contained building.
The exteriors were deliberately left untouched to maintain the original features of the pre-existing art deco buildings and they are complimented by the refined yet simplistic interiors.
Pumphouse Point swiftly became the benchmark of slow, sustainable luxury and tastefully tailored experience promoted by Tasmania.
I’m moving in.
See you next month with the Pt.2 of the Guide to the best boutique accommodations in Tasmania
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