THE BEST LUXURY RESORT IN TASMANIA
Saffire Freycinet has raised the bar for luxury accommodation in Tasmania. The fully inclusive resort creates a relaxed air of exclusivity for guests with just 20 suites on site. Architecturally impressive, the main building has been crafted in the shape of a string ray and is the first space to welcome for guests. Concierge greet all guests on arrival to valet park the car, swapping car keys for a glass of champagne, whilst inviting you to enjoy the view. And what a view it is – of the Hazards, Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park. It has to the best luxury resort in Tasmania as it offers a luxury escape like no other – each suite has uninterrupted views of the bush, sea and Hazards.
Everything is designed with the view in mind. Contemporary suites feature every mod con and more, including a fully stocked complimentary mini-bar, which showcases Tasmania’s best wine, beers and snacks. Dining is a joy, breakfast is an a la carte affair with a changing menu each day, lunch is informal with salads and BBQ fish or meat, but the evening meal is the main event. Locally sourced ingredients, degustation menus and arguably some of the most exceptional dining experiences in Australia, it really is a joy and pleasure.
For more adventure join one of the inclusive tours like kayaking, bush walking, or meeting the Tasmania Devils at the on-site sanctuary. The crème de la crème is the Oyster Farm tour. Informative and iconic it concludes with an oyster tasting session in the middle of the oyster farm, knee deep in water, sipping local sparkling wine. Renowned for its intuitive service and personalised touch, Saffire Freycinet is one of Australia’s shining stars in the luxury market.
Semi subterranean, the spa purposely doesn’t provide vistas of the Hazards, but restricts room views to enclosed gardens with ripples of water running through. This is to promote inner reflection and serves it purpose well. The spa offers options to chill-out and relax and all guests receive a voucher for a 40 minute treatment as part of the stay. Spa aficionados always upgrade to a longer body therapy or a high tech anti-ageing facial.
I opted for the relaxing massage, using Swedish style techniques and long continuous massage movements through the back, neck shoulders and head. It included a mix of oils featuring melrose oil, rice bran, coconut and sunflower. The warm towel to remove the excess oil at completion of back ritual was a lovely touch.
ROOM TO IMPROVE
The spa missed a trick by not including any thermal or water facilities in its design.
THE BEST BITS
Discovering the bespoke La Gaia Spa Saffire product line
A succinct relaxing massage to relieve aches and pains
The Oyster Farm experience
Enjoying the very best of Tasmania’s fine wine and food
The views of Coles Bay and the Hazards
The exceptional staff
HOW TO BOOK
Relaxation Massage $100 AUD for 40 minutes
Luxury Suite is $1950 AUD for 2 adults per night