Being part of something exclusive is nice. Maybe that means you’re a Qantas Gold Frequent Flyer, or perhaps you’ve got one of those Priceline sister club cards. Whatever makes you feel special.
For a pretty penny you can also join the club of people who have stayed at some of Australia’s most exclusive hotels.
Lizard Island Resort - QLD
If you’re looking for the most exclusive resort on the Great Barrier Reef, then this is it. Lizard Island is home to 24 white beaches and 40 luxurious suites, all of which are only accessible by private boat. Picnic hampers, stand-up paddle boards, catamarans, and complimentary sunset champagnes and canapes are all part of the deal here.
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa – NSW
7000 acres of Blue Mountains nature, all for you to explore. Private, Federation-style villas look out over the Wolgan Valley, and each comes with its own private pool. All ingredients plated up at The Wolgan Dining Room are sourced from the surrounding 160 kilometres, including local wines.
Drift House – VIC
With only four, individually-designed rooms, Drift House epitomises boutique. Over time, the Port Fairy property has been home to an undertaker, a stonemason and an architect. Now the bluestone building has been converted into luxury suites, complete with open fireplaces, solid stone baths and a library. The mini-bars here are oversized, hence being coined ‘maxi-bars’.
The Frames – SA
These brand new clifftop retreats have just upped South Australia’s luxury hotel game dramatically. Overlooking the River Murray, each features private outdoor areas, a pool, a spa and a sauna. Explore the river by gondola, or sample some of the local beer, wine and produce that can be delivered to your door.
Empire Retreat & Spa – WA
This boutique hotel is so swanky, it has its own vineyard and winery, EMPIRE Estate. The Margaret River hotel was designed with the idea of escaping the everyday. Room-wise, attention to detail is throughout – soft lighting, paired with natural stone and timbers. For the ultimate in exclusivity, opt for the Luxury Villa.
Wildman Wilderness – NT
On the edge of the Kakudu National Park sits Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Here, guests are offered a taste of the outback without skipping on luxuries – like an infinity pool. Indigenous bush ingredients and tailor made Archie Rose vodka are key ingredients on the lodge’s restaurant and bar menu.
Mona Pavilions - TAS
Mona Pavilions has pretty much everything you could ever need on-site; a highly regarded museum, noteworthy restaurant, brewery and a winery. Each suite is named after an Australian artist or architect and features artworks from the Mona collection. Guests are offered private tours of the museum.