It may not be on the doorstep, but the long flight to Oz is certainly worth it. Covering nearly 8000km2, with a landmass 50% larger than Europe, you’ll want to set aside as long as possible to explore the land Down Under. Discover underwater art in the Great Barrier Reef, fly over a pure pink lake, cuddle up to a koala, tour the rainforest on an Army Duck and learn how the country is recovering from the brutal bushfires (an achievement that’s been recognised in the Lonely Planet Travel awards). The trend-setting cities, vast outback regions and unmissable beach towns will leave you spoilt for choice when deciding where to stay.
Hyatt Regency Sydney
A stroll away from Darling harbour in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, the Hyatt Regency is the ideal choice for leisure and business travellers. This is Australia’s largest hotel (892 air-conditioned rooms) and pitched at the top end of the conference and business market and facilities are mainly aimed at business customers or customers who want a luxurious base for sightseeing without too many on-site facilities. There are excellent conference facilities and the hotel is only 15 minutes’ walk from the International Convention Centre. The Sailmaker restaurant serves delicious food and guests can enjoy fabulous views while sipping a cocktail in the Zephyr sky bar or a workout in two fitness rooms.
Pier One Sydney Harbour
Best described as quirky, this luxury hotel with 189 rooms sits on the waterfront with incredible views of the Harbour Bridge and Walsh Bay. Pier One is a great base for tourists being only a 5-minute walk from The Rocks and King George V Memorial Park. Rooms are modern, spacious, and stylish with large picture windows, while suites boast waterfront terraces. The excellent restaurant and bar also have the fabulous views and there’s also a barbecue restaurant right on the harbour. Guests can enjoy leisure time in a well-equipped fitness centre. This pet-friendly hotel also has plenty of meeting facilities for business travellers.
ADGE Apartment Hotel
Located in Surry Hills, ADGE offers self-contained serviced apartments in the trendiest area of the city for shopping, dining and nightlife. At the same time as being contemporary cool, the ADGE is modern luxury. You’re greeted by an oversized psychedelic mural and polished concrete fronts which lead to immaculate open-plan suites dressed in monochrome apart from the eye-wateringly bright neon-striped carpet, all with a balcony. If you choose to self-cater, a personal shopping service is available and if not, there are two restaurants and a bar. Other facilities include a laundry, fitness room and in-house hair styling service. An excellent base for sightseeing, ADGE Aparthotel is just under two miles from Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
A boutique hotel in a converted wool store with a sense of fun, the Ovolo 1888 is ideally located in Darling Harbour next to Barangaroo Park, a super base for exploring the delights of Sydney. Inside the original fixtures of the wool store are on display in the public areas and rooms with rough-hewn beans, exposed brick, and pipes all incorporated into the décor, along with quirky artefacts and the silver eggs (ovo) of the brand’s signature emblem. Rooms include furniture made from original ironbark beans and screen prints of works by Aussie wunderkind Jasper Knight and range from shoebox to suite with sun terrace. The hotel bistro and bar is an eclectic rendition of industrial chic meets vintage and serves Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy a free happy hour every day.
If your taste in hotels runs to the quirky and hip, QT will not disappoint. Two historic buildings from 1920 have been merged and converted to form quite an amazing space. Recreating a 20s Broadway musical vibe, QT also enjoys a favourable location in the heart of Sydney’s shopping district. A dazzling mix of 20s, Gothic and Italianate on the outside, inside the 200 rooms are once both luxurious and high-tech. High design, antiques and original artworks and installations are everywhere including in the European-style brasserie, street side café, and intimate lounge which boasts an enticing cocktail menu, Guests can chill out in the boudoir-inspired QSpa under ceilings of stained glass which offers a range of treatments including specials for couples, hamman and relaxation lounge.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Enjoying one of the best locations in the city, the 5*Park Hyatt is luxury in every sense. Boasting views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, the S-shaped hotel hugs the cove of Dawes Point. Sophisticated and elegant, the large rooms are finished in neutral earthy tones and have big picture windows, marble bathrooms, and the latest in-room technology. The jewel of this hotel is undoubtedly its rooftop pool and terrace with the incredible views. Other leisure facilities include a spa with a full menu of treatments and a fitness centre. Dining comes with a view in two restaurants, while the bar welcomes you in for a casual drink and some light bites.
Despite only having 31 rooms, there’s a lot going on in the Establishment so if you’re looking for a quiet stay, this hotel is not your best choice. Previously a department store dating to 1890, the building is in a discreet street 5 minutes from Circular Quay. More like an entertainment venue than hotel, the rooms interconnect with three restaurants, three bars and a nightclub. Rooms are either dark or light with exposed brick walls, parquetry floors, contemporary furnishings and great technology including unlimited Netflix. Dining options range through fine dining to sushi to bar snacks. If you don’t want to head out in the evening, there’s food and drink aplenty as well as the call of the bright lights of the nightclub.
If you want to feel indulged in your stay in Sydney, choose the Langham. First off, it’s in The Rocks so ideally located, and second, the rooms are among the largest in the city. You’ll instantly relax in the muted pastel décor which includes a king-sized bed even in the cheapest rooms; the best have terraces with views of West Harbour. The hotel is a complete charm with an art collection curated by Sotheby’s, bespoke furniture, and elaborate floral arrangements. There an over-pervading (but beautiful) sense of pink – there’s even a pink vintage car to take you on tours. There’s a lavish underground spa, health club, stunning indoor heated pool, and tennis courts for some energetic release. Dining options are terrific and it’s simply de rigeur to have an afternoon cocktail in the Palm Court.
The Old Clare
Chippendale is a nice choice for a stay in Sydney, being only 5 minutes away from the city centre. It’s also home to the Old Clare Hotel, a luxury conversion from two historic buildings. Previously a brewer’s headquarters, today its heritage features come together in a 62-room boutique hotel with style and character. Look out for the soaring ceilings, exposed brick and amazing lighting installations – all different in every room. You’re spoiled for choice for dining options including Kensington St. Social from star British chef, Jason Atherton. There is a rooftop pool but is under renovation so check website for updates. There’s a gym if you want to work out, or head out into the city on the bikes available to rent.
Cullen Melbourne is a 5-star hotel that is worth its salt. It is a boutique Prahran hotel that offers customer services that is equal to none. It exhibits art series from, Adam Cullen, an Australian based artist. The signature beds are comfortables to ensure you have a peaceful night sleep. The hotel offers direct bookings with a price promise. There are smart cars and Lekker bicycles you can hire to help you get around town. You can make free calls to the hotel and make any inquiries whenever you have an issue.
This hotel has got a 24-hour reception that allows you to pay at your convenience. You get provided with luggage storage, and the safety of your belongings is assured. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms as well as in public areas. You can hold your wedding here by choosing from the different packages the hotel offers. In case you have a pet, there is no need worrying about leaving it behind. For a small fee, you get to stay with your favourite pet at this luxurious hotel.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
This is a great place to unwind and take time off your busy schedule. The guest rooms are spacious, and you can choose to book a premium suite or a club room. The building is centrally placed in Melbourne, allowing you easy access to different places. The floor to ceiling windows allows you to enjoy the Yarra river views from the comfort of your room. The Italian marble bathrooms are exquisite and the king-sized beds, giving you an experience of a lifetime. The Egyptian cotton linen used on the beds allows you a peaceful night sleep, so you wake up fresh and ready to kick off your day. Some of the modern conveniences you enjoy at this high-end hotel include: Unlimited Wi-Fi, Luxurious June Jacobs amenities, Daily newspaper upon request.
For a luxurious hotel experience, be sure to visit Sofitel Melbourne. The hotel’s design has been inspired by local culture, and they make a great effort to celebrate innovation. You can make reservations at this hotel to host your exhibitions and events. The unique and detailed design of the hotel’s décor gives it an edge that will boost your event’s success. Sofitel Melbourne’s rooms are spacious and exhibit elegant designs. All the rooms have the floor to ceiling window design that allows you to take in the breathtaking views.
The Langham Melbourne
This hotel features exceptional luxury, and it has special offers tailored to suit your needs. The handcrafted gateways give the whole place a homely feel. The Langham Hotel is a suitable place to plan for a special occasion as it has all the resources and facilities to make you occasion lavish and memorable. This 5-star hotel exhibits timeless sophistication and will leave an impression on you that will last long after you check out.
Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
The Intercontinental Hotel is housed by a ten story building that has original brickwork and a glass-topped atrium. Some of the outstanding features of this building include; Gothic style façade, High ceiling, Ornate windows. There are 253 rooms you can choose from in case you are interested in this hotel’s accommodation services. The iconic suites are guaranteed to offer you comfort and peace of mind as you take time of the hustle and bustle of life. This hotel is very close to the city, and it offers excellent facilities. Visit the spa to rebalance and relax as you blow off steam.
This luxurious hotel is situated in the heart of Melbourne. You can easily get access to different establishments around the hotel. It has got an indoor pool where you can go swimming. Aside from being spacious and luxurious, the rooms are soundproof, guaranteeing your privacy. Because it is smoke-free, you need not worry about your health during our stay. Some of the features this hotel incorporate include; Restaurant, Conference space, Spa treatment, In-room accessories, Fitness facility.
The Como Melbourne
Get celebrity treatment by visiting this state of the art hotel that is located on Chapel Street. There are art galleries distributed around the hotel that give the place a contemporary feel. You get to keep still fit even while you stay in this hotel by taking advantage of their fully equipped gym. This hotel’s spacious suites are stylish and are well maintained. The Como Melbourne has both an indoor and outdoor pool, so you get to choose which one suits you best.
The design ingrained in this hotel’s interiors inspires imagination. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, this hotel will be sure to cater to all your needs. The designer furnishing of the place gives it a beautiful appearance. There are 209 suites from which you can choose that are all spacious and spotlessly clean. Boutique interiors and detailed décor of the rooms are guaranteed to give you a positive hotel experience.
Lyall Hotel and Spa South Yarra
This hotel also has a spa where you can go to relax and unwind. The rooms have been furnished with opulent fabrics that make the place look fabulous and exquisite. The contemporary orient style of the 40 suites in this hotel exudes class and sophistication. Rooms you can book include; Deluxe, Glamorous grande suites, Platinum suites. There is a private terrace for every room that offers privacy and an opportunity to take in the beautiful view. There is a mini bar from where you can pour yourself a drink whenever you are in need of one. The hotel has wireless internet that allows you to keep up with what is going on in the world.
COMO The Treasury
This elegant hotel was established more than a hundred years ago and is the place in Perth where history meets luxury. The hotel occupies the former Treasury, Lands and Titles offices and General Post Office and many of the original tiles and other fixtures and fittings have been retained while guests are also treated to plenty of opulence. The hotel is perfectly positioned in the very heart of Perth and just a short stroll from a large number of prominent attractions, while there are 48 different spacious guest rooms to choose from. Those who want to swim laps will be treated to full use of the indoor pool and there is also a gym and sauna on the site.
InterContinental Perth City Centre
The artwork and unique touches that can be found throughout the InterContinental sets this establishment apart from other offerings in the luxury brands range. Plenty of high-end yet homely touches adorn the communal areas and guests are sure to love sitting on the spacious terrace to enjoy a cool cocktail and take in pretty city views. Those who are travelling for business will be able to catch up on a little work in the Loft Lounge, while people who book one of their impressive Club Rooms are granted full access to the Club Lounge where they are treated to goodies such as high tea, canapés and sunset cocktails.
Established by the creators of the popular Little Creatures brewery, Alex Hotel is ideal for guests who are looking for something a little different. The hotel has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the best boutique establishments in the whole city and culture vultures are sure to be in their element. While each of the 74 guest rooms are comfortable and stylish, the hotel really comes into its own in the communal areas which includes an honesty bar and pantry stocked with Margaret River wines, craft beers and complimentary olives. Of course, guests will also be able to sample all of the beers that the Little Creatures brewery is famous for in the fresh and funky rooftop bar and a special guided tour of the brewery is also granted to guests upon request.
Featuring a sophisticated, dark and rather kooky style, the QT Perth boasts an excellent location and plenty of personalised touches to keep guests interested. The style of the hotel mirrors a very stylish and neat bachelor pad. The staff members are all female and are quirkily named directors of chaos. Each staff member is dressed in black and provides guests with a warm welcome. The black theme is followed all the way through to the guest rooms, which come complete with black marble bathrooms and people who want the chance to enjoy the best city views should choose a room that is located on one of the upper floors of the south side.
Tribe is so stylish and modern that guests are sure to feel like they are stepping inside the pages of a design magazine as every detail is perfectly executed from the unique and very plush spray painted velvet chairs to the gleaming black columns. There are 126 guest rooms to choose from with the best options being those that provide views of Kings Park from the upper floors. Each room comes complete with plenty of gadgets and gismos, while the food is just as contemporary as the rest of the hotel and puts a gourmet twist on the fast food theme.
Hyatt Regency Perth
As one of the older luxury hotels in Perth, the Hyatt brand has a reputation for excellence and tends to attract an older demographic crowd who demand nothing but the best. Set on the foreshore of the pretty Swan River, the hotel boasts 367 guest rooms set over nine floors. Each room is very spacious, comfortable and features a brown and gold colour scheme that is designed to soothe the senses while also providing pure refinement. The hotel really excels when it comes to its amenities and guests are treated to a large heated pool, a spa and even a golf course.
Despite the fact that it was established more than three decades ago, the Sheraton Mirage remains the epitome of luxury and the ocean facing rooms are difficult to beat with their huge picture windows and balconies that offer uninterrupted views. In fact, the hotel boasts some of the largest and most comfortable guest rooms in the area and there are 25 different configurations to choose from. For the best that money can buy, guests should make sure they select one of the 18 private villas, which often play host to visiting celebrities. In addition to first rate rooms, guests are also treated to a range of very luxurious amenities and the Oasis Pool is the perfect place to unwind. With 250 sun loungers to choose from guests never have to worry about fighting for their place in the sun.
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
Set on the banks of the gently flowing Nerang River, this elegant hotel provides guests with a warm welcome and plenty of class. The northern end of Surfers Paradise Beach is just a few steps away, while a number of other impressive attractions are also within easy reach. The style of the hotel boasts a marriage of wood and cast iron, while the rooms are decorated in soft tones and feature huge marble bathrooms. Dining in one of the two chic onsite restaurants is an experience that should not be missed and diners are treated to stunning coastal views as they work their way through the extensive menu.
QT Gold Coast
The brightly coloured retro colour scheme helps to set the hotel apart from many of the subtler luxury options and people who are young at heart are sure to love unwinding here. The whole establishment boasts a ‘50s beachside vibe from the lobby to the cute and charming coffee shop on the ground floor. Each of the guest rooms features the same charming pop art theme with big and brightly coloured posters on the wall and furnishings in yellow, pink and red. While style plays a key role, luxury certainly has not been overlooked and there are plenty of great spots for guests to relax such beside the huge outdoor pool and in the spa.
Ruffles Lodge & Spa
People who enjoy plenty of privacy and pampering are sure to love the fact that the Ruffles Lodge & Spa features just twelve rooms for guests to choose from. Set just on the edge of the charming town of Willow Vale, this lovely lodge provides guests with a very personal service and the staff work hard to ensure that the every need and whim of each guest will be catered for. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy taking a stroll through the surrounding eucalyptus forest, while unwinding in the spa is a real treat after spending the day exploring the area. For optimum luxury, guests should make sure they secure one of the large private villas, which come complete with an infinity pool.
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Boasting all the style and opulence of a classic Roman villa, this grand hotel is clearly a cut above the competition. Each of the 200 rooms are dramatically decorated with rich tapestries and mosaics, while the huge beds are waiting to receive guests at the end of a busy day. Those who crave pure privacy will love the sun loungers that are set on their Juliet balcony, while taking high tea in Le Jardin dining area is the perfect luxurious event for those who crave a little pampering.
RACV Royal Pines Resort
This luxurious resort is the perfect place for golfing fanatics to stay as it comes complete with its very own 27-hole golf course. The enchanting sands of Surfers Paradise Beach are also just a short stroll away, while guests are provided with stunning views of the beach from the picture windows and balconies of their spacious double guest room. The RACV Royal Pines Resort 5.0 boasts more than three hundred rooms to choose from and in addition to a large and lovely swimming pool guests are invited to make full use of the tennis courts, fitness centre and other perfectly maintained amenities.