Top 5 remote luxury lodges of Australia
Australia is wonderful wines, outback adventures and pristine beaches.
One of the best ways to experience Australia’s off the beaten track vibe is from the comfort of one of the country’s awe-inspiring luxury lodges.
From Tasmania’s Saffire Freycinet to the Outback’s Longitude 131°, these are our favourite remote luxury lodges of Australia.
1) Southern Ocean Lodge
A true gem set on the rugged southwestern coast of Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge overlooks a spectacular landscape. The 21 suites here seamlessly blend modernity with off the beaten path living, as the modern and fresh aesthetics of each room look out over an expanse of wilderness. Floor to ceiling windows boast epic views, and some of the most exclusive suites enjoy access to a private terrace.
With South Australia known as the gastronomic capital of the country, guests are able to embark on a culinary journey from as soon as they set foot on the property. In the lodge’s restaurants, guests are treated to high-quality organic foods, all locally-sourced from artisanal growers looking to create a fresh and premium menu. Vintage wines and beers are on the menu too, with the lodge’s laid back atmosphere the perfect place to sample the local tipples. Beyond gastronomy, there are opportunities to explore the island on a number of guided excursions. Choose from sea lion spotting, mountain biking or simply relaxing in the spa.
2) Saffire Freycinet
Tucked away on Tasmania’s undisturbed shores, Saffire Freycinet is a coastal sanctuary with unforgettable views. This remote paradise reflects the surrounding colours, waves, sea creatures and sand dunes, so it’s a real design gem. Its unique stingray-shaped design allows it to blend into the surrounding environment while creating an ultra-luxe modern getaway. The premium suites are truly impressive, complete with spacious living areas, a private chef and private courtyard plunge pools.
With an emphasis on supporting the local environment, Saffire Freycinet is also involved in various worthwhile conservation projects. Through partnering with Save the Tasmanian Devil, this remote luxury lodge provides mature devils with a safe free-range enclosure in which they are protected from disease. As a result, guests staying at the property have an incredible opportunity to witness the Tasmanian devil in a natural habitat. Aside from this inspiring wildlife experience, the lodge offers excursions to an oyster farm, vineyard tours and nature walks.
3) Longitude 131°
With Uluru as its backdrop, Longitude 131° allows visitors to experience the magic of Australia’s spiritual heartland. Fifteen luxury tents are nestled amongst the rust-red dunes, offering a true sense of stillness. Each tent is beautifully furnished and features floor-to-ceiling windows, from which guests can gaze out across the ochre landscape. Whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings, guests can enjoy a sundowner at the Dune House’s convivial bar or dine under an incredible canopy of stars at Table 131°.
Once you’ve soaked in the sunset views, enjoy a respite from the heat at Ayers Rock Resort’s Red Ochre Spa. If you’d rather get under the skin of the surrounding lands, there’s a plethora of excursions available. Guests can learn about Uluru’s sacred history, explore the incredible Field of Light installation or explore the area’s many gorges.
The perfect place for the eco-conscious traveller, Arkaba is an exclusive outback retreat set amongst 60,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy. Shared with only nine other guests, it’s the perfect place to go off-grid. There’s limited to no phone access, so it’s great for any travellers looking for a digital detox.
With uninhibited access to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife – from wandering wallabies to ancient landscapes, this outback wilderness is perfect for animal lovers. Staying at this hidden paradise is the perfect way to make a positive impact through travel – guests are able to help out with many conservation projects, enjoy open top safaris through the surrounding nature or even take a scenic flight.
5) Sal Salis
For keen divers, Sal Salis is a must visit. An eco-luxe camping lodge based at the edge of one of the world’s greatest fringing coral reefs, Sal Salis is the perfect base for underwater exploration. The opportunities to get up close to marine life are second to none, and you may even be lucky enough to spot elusive Humpback Whales.
An eco-tourism development that’s dedicated to protecting its incredible surroundings, Sal Salis is a truly worthwhile lodge. Designed to have a minimal impact on its environment, 100% of the lodge’s power is generated through solar panels and guests are designated 20 litres of water per person daily for washing. Similarly to Arkaba, there’s no WiFi or internet connection here, and with such a special environment on your doorstep, guests are sure to love being disconnected from it all.
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