Yes, there’s that Freycinet view. And those stylishly laid-back, ultra-private suites. But it’s the endless flow of fabulous food and wine, astute service, and enchanting outdoor adventures that have guests forever dreaming of return.
This is one of Australia’s most coveted travel experiences, for many fine reasons
Set above a secluded sweep of sand and facing the Freycinet Peninsula’s painterly granite mountain range, The Hazards, the hotel really couldn’t be in a more mesmerizing location.
It’s completely surrounded by native coastal bushland, and there’s little to no sense of the outside world at all.
The seduction begins in the soaring central pavilion, where an undulating ceiling of honeyed Tasmanian timber swoops to frame the stunning views.
However, the larger-than-life architecture is tempered by furniture that charmingly gives off a classic East Coast beach shack vibe, while a hushed calm and a warm informality should soothe even the most jaded, jangled traveler.
The staff goes to extraordinary lengths here. Indeed your needs, desires, whims are often intuited well before they’ve popped into your head.
This bang-on efficiency is also genuinely warm and inclusive, a uniquely Australian form of Haute-hospitality, where asides are delivered with a smile and knowledge keenly shared (your guide’s passion for Freycinet’s natural beauty will be as reviving as the figs and strawberries doled out mid-hike).
Facilities beyond a smart little gym and blissful spa are experience-based and, apart from boat trips, included in the room rates. They include hikes, shuckings, tastings and bubbles at a beautiful oyster farm, mixology or cooking classes, a visit to their own Tasmanian devil reserve.
The 20 low-slung pavilions are huge and, for the most part, open-plan, creating different living zones via a subtly elevated sleeping area. The décor is warm, tactile and evocative, but there’s also all sorts of tech to amuse and sun-splashed corners in which to snuggle or snooze.
Along with local wines, the complimentary minibars are refreshed daily with Tasmanian artisan vodka, gin and whiskey, chocolate truffles and spiced nuts; there are also Nespresso machines and Jing loose leaf teas.
Marble bathrooms have deep baths, double walk-in showers, underfloor heating, and lush La Gala products, including fragrant mineral salts and milk baths for soaking. But it’s really all about the sublime cinematic views from their large picture windows.
The hotel’s restaurant, Palate, is open only to guests and is widely considered to be Australia’s most exclusive dining room, with its Modern Australian cooking often making food writers’ best-lists (and making non-guests very envious). The menu eschews flashy urban novelty, opting for gentle innovations, sensual impact and its reverent approach to local produce.
Degustation dining is encouraged, but you can also mix and match across the menu, or order a Cape Grim eye fillet or simple pan-fried fish if its comfort food you’re craving. In fact, the chef takes requests (including spaghetti bolognaise for hungry children). The sommelier Justin is equally committed to finding what will delight or surprise, according to the guest’s mood. Lunch can be had here too, or fresh, healthy salads are served in the lounge.
À la carte breakfasts can also be tailored to guests’ needs and fancies: the coconut rice with nectarine, pepitas, and pistachio, or perhaps the kale breakfast? Have both in half portions. Soft boiled eggs and sourdough soldiers? No problem.
Double rooms 2,100 Australian dollars (£1,140) in low season; and from $2,400 (£1,300) in high. All meals and beverages included. Free Wi-Fi.
There’s one fully accessible suite and there are equal access bathrooms in the public areas.
Cots and rollaway are available, and staff can arrange games, kite flying, Nintendo Wii, treasure hunts, craft activities, and children’s bikes.