Whatever your idea of luxury, Australia has a stunning hotel suite with your name on it.
By Katrina Lobley
World-class service, astonishing views and designer interiors are all on offer in the best hotel suites around Australia. All you need to do is pick your destination. The suite life includes a glamorous island getaway, a perch high atop a big-city, a swim-up tropical suite and one that’s surrounded by the ancient, remote landscape of the Kimberley.
Rock star view of Sydney Opera House
When big names swing into Sydney, many choose to park themselves (and their entourage) at the Park Hyatt Sydney. No wonder, because this low-rise hotel near Sydney Harbour Bridge features a gob-smacking vista straight across Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House. Swish open the curtains of the two-bedroom Sydney Suite for an astonishing view and get the best seat in the house as you park yourself on the outdoor terrace for sunrise over an international icon.
Classic elegance in the heart of Melbourne
The luxury at The Langham, Melbourne starts from the moment one of the pink Chanel-suited “service stylists” greets you at the front desk. Any room with a view over the Yarra River and the sparkling city skyline beyond is a great one but, to elevate your stay, swan around one of the suites that channel an old-school classic elegance.
The Kimberley from a tub
Cantilevered out over the rugged, croc-filled Chamberlain Gorge, the eponymous suite – the largest at El Questro’s The Homestead, in the east Kimberley – has attracted famous guests including royalty and pop stars over the years. Here, they can soak away their cares while taking in dramatic views over the remote landscape from a perfectly positioned egg-shaped bath.
Swim up to your door in Tropical North Queensland
In 2016, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas resort unveiled the results of a year-long, AUD$43 million makeover. Its famous pink façade is now four shades lighter and interiors show a range of cool coastal neutrals. The lagoon-edge studio suite features swim-out access from the balcony to the saltwater lagoon pools. With 13 pools covering more than two hectares, there’s no other Queensland resort that offers more swimmable lagoon space.
Be dazzled by Melbourne's city lights
The Sheraton Melbourne sure knows how to make a splash. In 2016, the downtown hotel opened a ritzy 31st-floor penthouse featuring a 39 square metre (420 square foot) balcony with breathtaking views that peek through the city's skyscrapers towards the distant horizon. With three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, this suite feels like a palatial home away from home.
Perth history reworked into a hotel
Perth’s COMO The Treasury is one of Australia’s most talked about new hotels, thanks to architect Kerry Hill's clever reworking of 19th century government buildings into a stunning property with 48 light, bright and pared-back rooms. The top-tier COMO suite features a sitting room with views over the Swan River while the two Treasury Suites offer different highlights: one has a fireplace while the other features a high truss ceiling.
A capital idea in Canberra
Canberra's weather isn't the only cool thing in the nation’s capital. The city is showing other Australian cities how it’s done with a raft of hip hotels, eateries and bars. Case in point: Ovolo Nishi, which showcases how to do texture in its Meandering Rooms. We dare you not to fall in love with the faux fur chairs, polished concrete tub, clay-rendered walls and idiosyncratic artworks.
A private chef in Tasmanian wilderness
The private pavilions at Saffire Freycinet, a luxury lodge tucked into one of the most stunning parts of Tasmania’s east coast, are something else. The courtyard boasts a minimalist plunge pool and, with an in-suite kitchen and dining room, it’s possible to ask a lodge chef to come on over to cook anything – even your favourite dish from home.
Sunset vineyard views on the Mornington Peninsula
Stay in a huge suite with a generous balcony at Jackalope, a new boutique hotel by Willow Creek Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. The Signature Suites face west to catch the sun as it sets over the vineyard, and feature a deep-soak stone Japanese bath, a personal wine cellar, and a double-sided indoor/outdoor fireplace. A perfectly quiet place to relax in luxury.
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