Two New Luxury Properties Open in Tasmania
When I think of luxury, I think of big cities. It’s the kid-glove-wearing bellhops, the flocks of crisp executives, and the sleek, high-rise suites that light up my “fine living” indicator. But after looking at Tasmania’s latest luxury offerings, I’m ready to include a little nature in my definition of opulence. Check out two new high-class stays on Tasmania’s east coast after the jump.
Watch sunrise pour over the Great Oyster Bay, or curl up on the couch as night envelops the bush. The Lair’s expansive windows and airy interior give this place a “floating in the clouds” feeling that’s heartily reinforced by the sea-and-sky views. Spend sunny afternoons grilling up local grass-fed lamb (there’s an outdoor kitchen!), soaking in the courtyard spa, or cuddling up on one of the massive emperor-sized leather beds. Yes, emperor sized. As in—big enough that I’d never get out of bed again. Except maybe for another bite of lamb.
Don’t let the boutique size mislead you. Each of Saffire’s 20 suites features a king bed, double shower and bath, and a sun-soaked deck generous enough for summer lounging. But it’s the activities that make Saffire sparkle. Guests can enjoy free guided walks along Wineglass Bay, tour the Freycinet Marine Farm where local oysters and mussels are harvested, or wait until sundown to seek out the local woodlands wildlife. You may even see a Tasmanian Devil—the island’s most famous marsupial.
If you’re looking for something more low-key, you’ll also find plenty of hotels in Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city. And from there, it’s a short distance to a wealth of outdoor activities, including wine tasting, bird watching, and swimming at some of the top beaches in the world.
My name: Kate Beall
How I earn my keep: Writing for Travelocity.
Best meal I've ever had: There are three: the mofongo at Jimmy'z Kitchen in South Beach, the lomito completo at Fuente Alemana in Santiago, and (for the sheer novelty factor) the cuy chactado in Arequipa, Peru.
First thing I do in a new place: Hit the shower. Anything more than an hour in transit gets me fantasizing about soap.
View that took my breath away: Seeing the endless stretch of the Sierras as I flew in to Reno/Tahoe for the first time. In the winter, it's an aching field of white all the way to the horizon, like a world wiped clean. Looking out at it gives you this unmatched feeling of eternity.
Most challenging travel moment: Sharing a pull-out couch in a cramped New York apartment. The heat wave of 2010 was in full, humid swing and the air conditioning was D.O.A. There was nothing to do but soak your clothes in the sink and hope to pass out before they dried. ...then wake up in an hour and do it all again.
Favorite way to get around: On foot. I'm still working on the motorcycle license.