I have a little bit of an Instagram addiction. All that snapping and deliberating over filters (Juno v Ludwig) has paid off though after The Daily Mail included me as one of the best luxury travel bloggers to follow on Instagram. I was very chuffed to be included. The article ‘Be Prepared for Holiday Envy! The Best Luxury Travel Bloggers To Follow on Instagram to Inspire Wanderlust‘ lists 27 travel bloggers and is a great resource if you are looking for holiday inspiration or just a bit of escapism.
Scrolling through the other Instagram accounts listed made me realise firstly, I really need a yacht (!) and secondly, there are some amazing places to visit right here in Australia. So I’ve made a very subjective list of my top three Australian luxury getaways. These are all places I’ve stayed at in the last year so I can verify that they’re at the top of the game in terms of service and those thoughtful touches that turn a getaway into something really special. You’re welcome.
I challenge you to stay at Halcyon House without wanting to come home and redecorate your entire house in shades of white and blue. This hotel has to be one of the most picture perfect in Australia. Owners Siobhan and Elisha Bickle have taken a classic 1970’s Aussie beach motel and transformed it into what is now a very hip hideaway. The detail is amazing from the fabric upholstered walls in every room to the oh-so-perfect antique furniture and flea market finds decking it out.
I love the location of Halcyon House, just 15 minutes in a cab from the Gold Coast airport and right next to a great surf break. But what makes Halcyon House a true luxury getaway is the little touches like a great range of magazines by the pool, bikes to explore the area, a complementary minibar and a daily gelato cart. Take me back!
2. Pumphouse Point
You need to book well in advance to score a room at Pumphouse Point now as word has got out about this little hotel located at the end of a pier on a lake in the centre of Tasmania. The setting is spectacular with the boutique hotel totally surrounded by pristine World Heritage listed national park with snow capped mountains framing the horizon.
Inside the rooms are understated and stylish. They’re decorated in muted shades of grey and feature local timber panelling. Our room included a couch area to sit and look at the view as well as a generously sized bed with copious amounts of fluffy white pillows. The bathroom was tucked away behind the bed head and was small but functional with glamorous black tiles and copper piping. This is a luxurious as you can get in the middle of the wilderness.
A little closer to home, Crittenden Estate on the Mornington Peninsula is perfect for a luxurious overnight getaway just a short distance from Melbourne. Sitting on the balcony at the Lakeside villas feels almost like being on a boat. The villas are built out over the lake on stilts so the water (and resident duck population) is right at your feet. Out of the corner of your eye you can glimpse vines stretching to the horizon.
There’s wine tasting on hand and an amazing restaurant as well. You’re really left to yourself in the villas, so don’t expect to be able to call room service at 3am, but there is something quite luxurious about that as well.
Details: Crittenden Estate, 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana, Victoria. Villa bookings here. Restaurant bookings here. Full review here.
Damage: Pricey. Rates for the villas start at $300 a night.