World's Hottest Hotels: Australia
From the outback to the big city, there’s a fabulous hotel to suit everyone’s taste in the land Down Under. Whether you want to travel to pristine beaches, trendy hot spots or the rugged wilderness, we’ve got you covered with these stellar Australian hotels.
6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia 2011Opened In: 2010
Rooms: The boutique hotel is made up of 100 elegantly-appointed rooms, plus 36 loft suites.
Restaurants: Have breakfast at BLUE Cafe, and later, unique cocktails at WaterBar. BLUE Sydney is located at The Wharf Woolloomooloo – a restaurant and entertainment complex with plenty of dining options.
Pool: Guests can go for a swim in the 17-meter indoor heated pool.
Other Features: The Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens are within walking distance of the hotel, which also has an outdoor sun deck and a fitness center.
174 Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, AustraliaStay in one of the 15 luxury, tented suites. Each is raised on stilts above the sand dunes and have incredible views of Ayer’s Rock.
Opened In: 2002
Rooms: The 15 private tents provide guests with the illusion of camping while still offering luxurious accommodations with modern comforts.
Restaurants: Have dinner under the stars at Table 131°, a gourmet dinner at the Dune House, or a private dinner on the Dune Top or by the pool.
Pool: Take in the incredible landscape as you relax in the outdoor pool.
Other Features: Slip into comfort and relaxation right in the heart of the central Australian outback with a visit to the beautiful Red Ochre Spa. The perfect way to immerse yourself in the timeless landscape of one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders. The Red Ochre Spa is located within Sails in the Desert Hotel, at Ayers Rock Resort.
77 Broken Head Rd, Suffolk Park NSW 2481This relaxing getaway sits on 45 acres of unspoiled rainforest and is only a few minutes walk to killer beaches with great surfing. The suites are 700 square feet with 2 verandas each, so you’ll feel like you’re living in the heart of the rainforest.
Opened In: 2005
Rooms: The spacious resort has 92 one-bedroom suites set on 45 acres of land.
Restaurants: The Restaurant at The Byron’s menu changes seasonally, and the chef focuses on fresh, locally-farmed Northern River produce.
Pool: The Byron has a 25-meter infinity pool and a poolside sauna.
Other Features: Walk to nearby Tallow Beach, enjoy daily (complimentary) yoga or visit the resort spa.
Wilpena Rd, Hawker South Australia 5434, AustraliaThe resort’s 4 villas were built using recycled materials. The best part? Your ceiling will retract with the flip of a switch.
Opened In: 1968
Rooms: The resort features luxury eco-villas, self-contained homesteads, cabins and campsites.
Restaurants: The Rawnsley Park Station’s restaurant serves regionally-inspired cuisine.
Pool: Swim in the outdoor pool.
Other Features: Go for a sunset 4-wheel-drive tour, take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, go for a guided bushwalk and explore the bike trails.
2 Acland St Kilda VIC 3182, AustraliaHidden behind an art deco facade is a sleek and modern hotel, decorated in black and pink.
Opened In: 1999
Rooms: Stay in one of the hotel’s 40 unique rooms.
Restaurants: The chef at Circa uses the on-site garden to showcase exotic seasonal produce.
Pool: The Prince Melbourne has a sun deck with a pool.
Other Features: Visit the Aurora Spa Retreat.
West Terrace, Parachilna South Australia 5730, AustraliaIn the South Australian outback, there’s a tiny roadside town called Parachilna, which is home to the one and only Prairie Hotel, known for down-home outback comfort.
Opened In: 1976, but was taken over by the current owners in 1991
Rooms: Stay in an eco-friendly outback guest room -- built into the ground to help keep you cool in the Australian heat.
Restaurants: The Prairie Hotel restaurant is renowned for innovative dishes. Sample a plate of grilled vegetables, goat cheese, bush tomato chutney, emu pate, smoked kangaroo and camel sausage. But don’t worry – there are plenty of vegetarian options for the less adventurous!
Pool: Go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
Other Features: Take an air safari to Lake Eyre, Coopers Creek, Innamincka, Birdsville, Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges or the Gammon Ranges.
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