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Australia’s Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels

Take a break from the sameness of hotel chains and indulge yourself with a stay at one of the top 10 boutique hotels in Australia.

1. Saffire Freycinet, Freycinet National Park

The best boutique hotel in the world is in Tasmania. In 2014, Saffire Freycinet got top honours at the World Boutique Hotel Awards. Saffire features 20 suites each with views over the majestic Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountains in Freycinet National Park. Its stunning exterior is reminiscent of a manta ray, and blends beautifully into the natural environment. Its restaurant offers the best of local produce and wine. And you can’t get any fresher than eating oysters with champagne as they are picked at a local oyster farm.

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Oyster shucking at Freycinet

2. Mona Pavilions, Hobart

The Mona Pavilions are part of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) complex, and are an artwork in themselves with their own colour schemes, furniture and artwork from the collection of owner David Walsh. You can stay at the pavilions and never need to leave. There is a heated lap-pool, sauna and gymnasium, wondrous views down the Derwent, a vineyard at your door, the Source restaurant and the world-ranked MONA collection. Museum entry is included in the room rates and guests can take an exclusive tour on Tuesdays. The pavilions and gallery are a new reason to travel to Tasmania.

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Mona Pavilions

3. Adelphi, Melbourne

In Melbourne, it’s hard to go past the modernist Adelphi in the heart of the food, bar and boutique precinct of Flinders Lane. Its signature roof-top pool deck extends out over the street with a glass bottom allowing swimmers and pedestrians eye contact. The Om Nom Kitchen and Dessert Bar produces treats that look too good to eat. But the stand-out dining option is an eight-course degustation, vegetarian option provided, in the award-winning Ezard restaurant in the hotel’s basement. You’ll be grateful it’s just a lift ride back to your room.

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The Adelphi hotel foyer

4. The Lake House, Daylesford

All the attractions that bring tourists to Victoria’s spa country can be found in one luxurious site, The Lake House at Daylesford. With a lakeside setting, its own spa and an award-winning restaurant you can easily never leave the grounds. Ranked as Australia’s best regional hotel by Gourmet Traveller, the restaurant headed by Alla Wolf-Tasker is also considered one of the state’s finest.

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Lake House, Daylesford

5. QT Sydney

The QT Sydney has taken on two Sydney icons – the Gowings menswear story and State Theatre buildings – and re-imagined them into a 200-bed hotel with 12 room styles. The renovation has boldly kept many of the buildings most distinctive features, such as the blend of Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate influenced architecture that form the dazzling exterior of the building. The design-led approach doesn’t stop with the building as all staff wear quirky avant-garde uniforms and the lift includes technology that adjusts the music according to how many people enter the elevator.

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The foyer at QT Sydney

6. Paperbark Camp, Husskison

You can’t get much closer to the bush than the luxuriously appointed Paperbark Camp. A dozen safari-style camps are positioned throughout the paperbark and eucalypt forest to give each resident a sense of isolation. The wonderful bathrooms make you feel as if you are bathing outdoors, yet are completely private. Adding to the experience, the treetop Gunyah Restaurant offers award-winning cuisine plus prime viewing for glider possums in flight.

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Paperbark Camp

8. The Watson, Adelaide

Part of the Australian-owned Art Series Hotel Group that celebrates local contemporary artists, The Watson overlooks the majestic Adelaide Hills. The Group has just six hotels – in Melbourne, Adelaide and Bendigo and honour artists such as Adam Cullen, Charles Blackman and John Olsen, through the hotel’s design and colour schemes. In Adelaide the inspiration is indigenous artist Yannima Pirkali Tommy Watson. With original artworks and prints adorning the walls and halls, the celebration of Watson includes a dedicated art channel, art library, art tours and art utensils on hand for guests to embrace their creative side. The Watson also is home to a 25-metre pool designed by Olympian Michael Klim.

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Yannima Pirkali Tommy Watson

8. The Terrace Hotel, Perth

The 30-room Terrace Hotel evokes the Gatsby era with its focus on elegance and luxury. Black marble and gold bathrooms add to the feeling of opulence. Formerly St Georges House, the historic site was saved from demolition in the 1980s and renovations have restored the heritage-listed building to its former glory. The Terrace is walking distance from the CBD and the glorious Kings Park. With only a limited amount of suites, you will need to book ahead to secure a bed.

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The Terrace, Perth

9. Limes Hotel, Brisbane

Limes Hotel is the building block for a buzzing food and arts precinct centred around Alfred and Constance streets in Brisbane’s bohemian Fortitude Valley. It features 21 rooms plus a rooftop bar and cinema, which operates each Wednesday and Thursday. The neighbouring restaurants and bars are all connected so you can bring your dinner back to your hotel rom. Courtyard rooms include hammocks, a nod to the tropical lifestyle of Queensland.

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Limes Hotel

10. 28 Degrees, Byron Bay

A short distance from town and the beach, enjoy a luxurious stay at 28 Degrees. With two styles of suites to choose from, you will find your perfect haven, whether you prefer your own garden and a plunge pool or the view of Byron Bay’s famous lighthouse. The Garden Room and the Lighthouse Room both offer complete privacy and luxurious bedding, along with a range of unique features.

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Be inspired and book a night at one of the country’s best boutique hotels now at Skyscanner New Zealand.