If you love luxury hotels, even if you just enjoy watching "Luxe Listings" like I do, then you need to know about these amazing hotels around Australia - and what's better is going there yourself. And even better yet, make working at one of these spots your #careergoals.
Calile Hotel, Brisbane
The Calile Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is a nostalgic and tranquil homage to vintage beachside resorts, designed by architect firm Richards and Spence. This award-winning design redefines the concept of a city hotel away from business. Instead, the hotel emphasises luxe relaxation, poolside cocktails, urban oasis, curvaceous spaces and smooth surfaces.
All 175 suites, restaurant and common areas have been treated with the utmost attention to aesthetic detail, using materials, such as leather, stone, wood and copper, to complement the architectural features and warm, Mediterranean, pastel colour scheme. The result is absolutely stunning.
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
The world’s first ever luxury fashion branded hotel is the Palazzo Versace. Co-designed with the fashion house as an homage to the classic hotels of the French Riviera, it’s all about baroque gold trimmings, meticulously laid tiles, Italian craftsmanship, Versace bespoke furnishings, glamour, glitz, and white marble just brimming with opulent luxe. It’s so Versace. What else do you need to know?
Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay Tasmania
A multiple award winning luxury boutique hotel offering rooms for more than two grand per night, Saffire Freycinet is arguably one of Australia’s most next-level luxe getaways. This stunning hotel designed by architect Robert Morris-Nun perches on the dramatic Tasmanian coastline like a cross between a space-ship and a cathedral, its huge glass windows offering a breath-taking view of mountains and sea.
The restaurant, spa, gym and 20 suites have all been designed using a colour scheme inspired by the local area - white, teal, grey-green feature heavily alongside locally harvested native wood and honed marble. Every feature and furnishing is impeccable. The icing on the cake is that every room has floor to ceiling windows with incredible views.
Little National, Sydney
Another award winner, the Little National in Sydney’s CBD offers a completely new type of luxe urban accommodation: compact, affordable luxury. Created by award-winning architecture and interior design firm, Bates Smart, with the vision of creating compact and efficient accommodation without compromising on style, function, aesthetics and luxury. The result is clever and sustainable, but above all its satisfyingly minimalist and très, très chic.
Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas
This iconic ‘80s hotel was known as the Versailles resort project of infamous Australian millionaire businessman Christopher Skase. After a lavish renovation by award winning interior design and architecture firm Mim Design, the Sheraton Mirage is once again turning heads.
Mim Design decided to preserve the spirit of its ‘80s opulence, keeping some original features and the pastel palette, while updating it with a stripped-back, elegant aesthetic. Geometric wall partitions blend seamlessly into warm wooden floors and grey marble counters. Mint green and musk pink fabrics complement white wicker and copper details. The whole effect is airy, plush, tropical, delightful, and 80’s nostalgia inspired pastel luxe.
Collectionist Hotel, Sydney
The Collectionist Hotel in Surry Hills is the first hotel in Australia to offer guests the possibility of choosing a room at reception from 39 completely unique, themed rooms. Designed by teams from four different interior design companies, every room is inspired by a story, a person or a concept that’s captured in both the aesthetics and the names: the Chambre Noir, Helga Station, the Den and Kyoto are all popular choices. Each room offers a visual experience unlike any other with their unique artworks, colour schemes, furnishings, textures and materials. This uber-designed hotel takes instagrammable luxe to the next level: get out your phone, it’s virtually made for social sharing.
Emirates One & Only, Wolgan Valley
The Emirates One & Only is a multi-award-winning exclusive hotel and one of Australia’s first luxury conservation resorts. From its design by architecture firm Chada to construction, every detail of this 46 villa resort had to be luxurious, while complementing the surrounding nature, and at the same remaining environmentally sustainable. The result is lavish, understated, spectacular, contemporary and historical, all at once.
Recycled hardwood, stones and other on-site materials, local sustainable timbers, and hand-crafted ceramics were incorporated into the design. Chada also enlisted local artisans from the Blue Mountains area to design and create everything from cast iron door handles to custom woven fabrics.
Every design detail from bed linen, fireplaces, furnishings, light fixtures and accessories have been specified to express one winning design concept: old bush shack luxe. The Emirates One & Only positively glows with nostalgia for a bygone era, blending the warmth and natural elements of a hand-built wooden cabin in the bush, with the elegance of contemporary artisanal luxury.
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