Australia may be the ideal spot for bushwalking, surfing, wildlife spotting and all manner of outdoor activities, but it’s also home to lavish hideaways for those looking to pamper themselves. We’ve selected a few of the most luxurious hotels to spend the night in.
The Langham Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria
The entrance to The Langham Melbourne is all marble elegance
A palatial hotel which might have been designed for a minor royal, The Langham Melbourne sits on the banks of Yarra River. The hotel’s entrance includes a sweeping marble staircase, bubbling fountains, cascading chandeliers, and a warm welcome from the staff. The hotel is home to the luxury Chuan Spa, and the onsite Melba Restaurant is especially popular among guests, with melt-in-the-mouth rose macarons and exquisitely prepared seasonal dishes.
Park Hyatt Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales
Don't miss the heated rooftop pool at Park Hyatt Sydney
The Park Hyatt Sydney is so close to the city’s famous Opera House that the two buildings practically overlap. This proximity was likely at the forefront of the architect’s mind as floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies and a heated rooftop pool give hotel guests the best possible view. A team of butlers provide 24-hour personalised care, and the onsite spa is always available to soothe and pamper those last few cares away.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Take in the spectacular views from the bathtub at RACV Cape Schanck Resort
The RACV Cape Schanck Resort makes the most of its idyllic location – overlooking the captivating Bass Strait – and provides guests with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to the spectacular view, this resort is only a 15-minute drive to the Peninsula Hot Springs, has an 18-hole golf course, a fine-dining restaurant and a luxurious onsite spa.
QT Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales
QT Sydney combines moody atmospherics with playful design touches
The QT Sydney combines the atmosphere of a private members club with playful design touches for a truly luxurious hotel stay. Dark, sumptuous interiors showcase eclectic designer furnishings while the Gilt Lounge Bar is a late night haven with a cocktail menu worth travelling for. Guests can start their day with a visit to the hotel’s vintage barbershop, followed by a freshly-ground coffee at the Parlour Lane Roasters cafe.
Crown Towers Perth in Perth, Western Australia
Wake up to the Perth cityscape at Crown Towers Perth
Guests at the Crown Towers Perth hotel are spoilt for choice, with high-end boutiques, a luxurious spa and multi-tiered lagoon pools vying for attention with over 32 onsite restaurants. The hotel’s infinity pool overlooks Perth and is surrounded by elegant, white curtained cabanas. It’s a popular spot for guests to unwind and members of the Crystal Club can drop into the exclusive 15th floor private lounge.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa in Byron Bay, New South Wales
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa has an infinity pool and an onsite spa
Travellers hoping to combine a rainforest retreat with lazy beach days will adore The Byron Resort and Spa. A short trip from Byron Bay and surrounded by tropical foliage, this luxury resort includes an onsite spa and daily yoga classes, while a ranger is always on hand to guide guests along one of the many rainforest trails. After a long day at the beach and exploring the forest, sinking into the resort’s infinity pool is a truly exquisite experience.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney, New South Wales
Contemporary furniture and light velvet accents can be found at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Thanks in part to its location in the centre of Sydney CBD, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel makes guests relaxation a priority. Early birds will appreciate the large swimming pool and elaborate organic breakfasts on offer in the Lady Fairfax Room. Sydney Harbour is only a few minutes walk from the hotel, so after a busy day sightseeing, night owls can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Bentley Restaurant, followed by a cocktail in the atmospheric Fax Bar.