Australia

Hotels in Australia

Hip hotels are slowly trumping the staid in the ski community of Falls Creek, about four and a half hours by car from Melbourne. Consider Huski, a Cubist riot of timber and glass, to be the edgiest entry.

Set on an achingly beautiful stretch of east-coast beach, this boutique hotel occupies what was once a private mansion aptly named Grandview.

Suites at this Provençal-style inn have huge wraparound decks.

Modeled after luxury safari camps in Africa, Longitude 131° aims to bring guests face-to-face with nature. The rooms are individual tents on stilts, with glass doors that look toward Uluru—the massive block of stone formerly known as Ayers Rock—and slide open to the desert.

The Birdsville sits at the edge of Australia’s Simpson Desert, home to fat-tailed marsupial mice, sand dunes, and little else.

The property features 18 neutral suites and private patios over the water.

Contemporary in design and green in attitude, this lodge sits on a sparsely populated island 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide. The 21 spacious suites have limestone floors, pieces by local artisans, and outdoor terraces.

Built in 1987 with Italianate décor, near Federation Square and the Yarra river; it's undergone a $29 million renovation.

 

Book one of the twelve suites at this 2010 property. The rooms connect to the Isika spa via a private staircase.

Tent cabins, en-suite baths, and an open air dining room. Closed during the wet season.