Tempting Tasmania


Saffire Freycinet
Saffire Freycinet has only 20 suites in three categories, including Luxury Suites, one of which is shown here.


We recommend you book Australia’s Saffire Freycinet fast. We hear the hotel, which opened June
1 on the Freycinet Peninsula’s Great Oyster Bay in Tasmania, is filling up quickly.

First Look: What’s striking about the resort is the design of the main building, which looks like a gently rolling wave. All of the 20 suites have views of the Hazards Mountains and Great Oyster Bay. The rooms cover three categories: Deluxe, Luxury and Premium. (The Luxury and Deluxe Suites come with inter-connecting options for families.) We hear the four Premium Suites—Mayson, Amos, Dove and Baudin—are the best (think plunge pools and kitchens where private chefs can whip up a bespoke meal). Note: The resort does not have  private butler service, but instead has eight guest services managers who are available 24 hours a day.

The intimate Spa Saffire has only three treatment rooms: a single, double and a steam room. Since it’s on the small side, it’s advisable to book treatments as early out as possible. The signature treatment is The Saffire Experience, which includes a scalp massage and a lymphatic drainage massage. Cool Touch: Products in the spa are mixed with sapphire dust.

The hotel’s Palate Restaurant has multi-course degustation menus designed around what is fresh out of the water or the paddock on any given day and matched with local wines. Guests can either consult Executive Chef Hugh Whitehouse for a new interpretation of their favorite dish, or choose from the à la carte menu. (Delicious Bonus: Whitehouse runs private cooking classes for guests.)

Want to go hiking in the mountains or boating in the bay? No problem. Wildlife fans can even watch marsupials at night.

Getting There: Since Saffire is a remote getaway, getting there is not exactly a jaunt to the center of town. From Hobart Airport, Saffire is three hours away by car (chauffeurs can be arranged, or Audis can be rented), or less than an hour by private plane or helicopter, both of which can land nearby.

For special requests and spa bookings, luxury travel advisors should contact Trudy McCann ([email protected]), executive assistant to the general manager.

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