Top Hotels in Australia

Australia now offers some of the most luxurious hotel accommodation to be found anywhere in the world. Whichever part of this fascinating country you choose to stay in, you can be sure of finding a very special hotel to make a memorable holiday, honeymoon or weekend getaway. Award-winning 5-star hotels can be found in every state, and there are even two luxury resorts which are widely recognized as offering 6-star standard accommodation. (Try City Accommodations for a list of hotels around Australia). This article gives just a taster of some of the top hotel accommodation that Australia has on offer.

1. The Palazzo Versace Hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast is often acknowledged as the country’s best hotel, offering 6-star standard accommodation and service. It is also Australia’s most expensive hotel, but with all the furniture specially designed by Donatella Versace the unique experience of staying at the Palazzo Versace is considered by regular guests to be well worth the price. Consisting of exquisitely designed hotels rooms and suites, a neighboring condominium complex, private marina and several award-winning restaurants, this hotel complex is without a doubt one of the world’s leading hotels, attracting the rich and famous from all over the globe.

2. The rugged wilderness of Kangaroo Island is the exciting setting for Australia’s newest six-star standard hotel, The Southern Ocean Lodge, which opened in early 2008. With incredible ocean views and a stunning backdrop of the island’s wild beauty, this is a perfect getaway for those wishing to be close to the diverse wildlife of this part of Australia, or for those who simply want to unwind far away from the bustle of everyday life. Accommodation consists of twenty-one luxurious suites, each with full-length windows for breathtaking views, and offering many amenities. The resort also boasts a luxury spa with a vast menu of signature treatments to relax the weary travelers.

3. For visitors to Sydney, it is hard to beat a stay at the Hilton. Right in the city centre, this long established 577-room hotel features homely, comfortable suites, as well as unique Relaxation Rooms and Suites with specially zoned spaces to help ease the guest make the transition between work and relaxation time. The hotel claims to be Sydney’s premier food and wine venue, with its stylish Glass Brasserie and Zeta Bar, and of course the city’s famous Marble Bar, with its traditional carved mahogany surfaces and ornate marble arches. For business delegates, the Hilton can boast Australia’s largest convention and meeting facilities.

4. For a truly unique experience, what could be better than a stay in a traditional French-style castle? The accommodation and setting of Thorngrove Manor just outside Adelaide, with its turrets, gables and spires and its four-poster canopy beds can only be described as magical. Guests enjoy a truly luxurious stay in the opulent bedrooms, suites and lounge areas, with antique-style furniture and fittings, while being treated to outstanding standards of service including their own dinner butler. The perfect romantic setting, this hotel is ideal for an anniversary treat.

5. The Sails in the Desert Hotel, within the Ayers Rock Resort, is certainly worth venturing into the outback for. This Hotel offers the perfect relaxation experience to complement the excitement of discovering Ayers Rock and the surrounding Aboriginal territories. Easily recognizable by the distinctive white sails on its roof, the hotel offers beautifully appointed standard, spa and deluxe spa rooms, many with their own balconies. Guests can dine at any of the Ayers Rock Resort’s excellent restaurants and bars, which include the Sails in the Desert’s own Kuniya Restaurant offering a sophisticated menu based on traditional indigenous cuisine. Also highly popular is the “Sounds of Silence” experience, featured in the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame. This is a highly popular four-hour excursion for a gourmet barbeque dinner under the stars in this award-winning restaurant in the middle of the desert. The sunset view of Ayers Rock is not to be missed!

6. Visitors to Western Australia could do far worse than to stay at the Intercontinental Perth Burswood. Only a few minutes from the city centre, this plush hotel is set in extensive landscaped gardens and parkland. There is no shortage of things to do here; the hotel is part of an extensive entertainment complex including a casino, theatre, nightclub, state-of-the-art health and fitness centre, a luxurious spa, and the famed Burswood Park Golf Course, as well as no less than seven restaurants and seven bars. The hotel’s 413 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and offer a very comfortable night’s rest for after you’ve indulged in all that this exciting complex has to offer.

7. Close to the Great Barrier Reef can be found one of Australia’s most highly-acclaimed hotel resorts: simply called Hayman, and located on Hayman Island. On arrival at Hamilton Airport, guests are transferred to the resort on a luxury yacht, before checking into one of the 31-acre resort’s 203 rooms and suites all of which boast their own private balconies with spectacular sea or garden views. There is no shortage of excellent dining options here, including the resort’s signature restaurant, La Fontaine, serving the finest French cuisine, The Oriental with its Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese menu choices, and casual Australian dining in the Planters Restaurant or the Coffee House beachfront restaurant. This is the perfect location for the watersport lover, with scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing and waterskiing among the options available.

8. Those looking for a particularly quiet and secluded tropical island retreat will not be disappointed with the Bedarra Island resort. This consists of just sixteen luxury villas on Bederra Island off the north Queensland coast, reached via Cairns and Dunk Island, and the resort limits total occupancy to 32 guests at any one time. Each villa, blends beautifully into its rainforest setting and offers stunning sea views and private balconies. Some even boast their own plunge pool. Children under twelve are not allowed here, this is truly a grown-ups only environment to ensure that the resort maintains its peaceful, relaxed ambience. Gourmet food is provided in the resort’s main restaurant, overlooking the cascade pool, and picnics are also on offer for those guests wishing to dine on the beach.

9. Back in the city, Melbourne’s Langham has to count as one of Australia’s top hotels. This most elegant hotel with its views of the city and the Yarra River is ideally situated in a bustling area of shops, restaurants and open-air cafes, close to the business district as well as such landmarks as The State Concert Hall and The National Gallery of Victoria. Its rooms and suites offer stylish luxury, and are ideally designed to suit both the business and leisure traveler alike. The Langham’s famous Melba Restaurant, named after Dame Nellie Melba, offers a unique dining experience with themed sections and special cooking stations where guests can observe their choices being cooked by the restaurant’s world-class chefs.

10. Last but not least, no list of Australia’s top hotels would be complete without a mention of Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains. A favorite weekend getaway for Sydney residents, being just ninety minutes away from the city, this outstanding hotel is located in a historical country house and surrounded by two acres of pristine gardens. Especially renowned for its luxury spa, with a range of exquisite treatments, as well as its famous award-winning Darlings Restaurant, Lilianfels also offers the plushest of rooms and suites with incredible mountain and valley views. Lilianfels is a popular option for weddings, meetings, conferences and other special events.