Crackling fireplaces, chocolate-coated strawberries, flutes of champagne and views to take your breath away. These are some of the pleasures you might expect at a hideaway for two. There are plenty of spots in Australia where you can run away from the world and wrap yourselves in jaw-dropping scenery. Here’s our list of 12 hotels in Tasmania so romantic you’re guaranteed to get lucky.
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There’s every opportunity to be romantic at Thalia Haven, a luxury escape with stunning views of Great Oyster Bay, five kilometres of coastline and a private beach. With only four stone cottages on the property, Thalia Haven feels like its eons away from civilisation yet it’s only an hour’s drive from Hobart’s airport. A special moment: soaking in the outdoor bathtub on the deck while gazing at the ocean.
2-Highlanders Cottages, Cradle Mountain
With the stunning landscape of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park at its doorstep, Cradle Mountain Highlanders is a rustic Tasmanian wilderness escape. Cabins have oodles of charm, log fires, spa baths and a mountain ambience that is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.
3-Arthouse, Bay of Fires
Escape to the secluded end of Binalong Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast. Arthouse Bay of Fires is a luxury home away from home. The house is a stylishly decorated beach house in a stunning location, where you can walk for hours hand in hand on the beach listening to the waves lapping against the shore. Throw away your mobile phones and let the Bay of Fires do its magic.
4-Piermont Retreat, Swansea
Cuddle up in front of the fireplace in one of the stone cottages located on the beach at Piermont Retreat in Swansea. Cottages are cute and built with stone, rammed earth and timber with sheep’s wool insulation and slate on the roof. They are spread out on the beach and offer privacy. If you’re lucky enough to stay for more than three days, daily servicing can be arranged.
5-Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain
Does a romantic winter getaway with a crackling fire in your bedroom and an outdoor spa sound like your idea of bliss? Here’s a heavenly spot for couples. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge’s King Billy Suite has no television and mobile reception is patchy. And when you need to stretch the legs you’re right at nature’s doorstep.
6-The Lodge at Adventure Bay Retreat, Bruny Island
Luxurious goose down linen, stone baths and beautiful furnishings are some of the impressive features at Adventure Bay Retreat’s The Lodge. There’s far more space in this retreat than two people will ever need, which means plenty of room to get comfortable. Clink champagne glasses on the deck while gazing at the bay. During the day, scour Bruny Island’s farms for fresh oysters, berries, chocolate and cheese.
7-Pumphouse Point, Lake St Clair
The Sunday Times in the UK called it the “most serenely beautiful boutique property in the southern hemisphere”. Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair is one of Tassie’s newest luxury properties, a historic industrial property that has been impressively transformed into a boutique hotel. It’s in the right spot to explore the pristine wilderness of Lake St Clair. And the good news is children under 15 aren’t allowed. A suite on the lake comes with soothing views and an alluring bathtub big enough for two.
8-Shanleys, Huon Valley
Escape to the countryside to a dreamy timber hideaway. Shanleys Huon Valley has gorgeous views of the Huon Valley’s green rolling hills and all the creature comforts needed for a romantic escape, including a large corner spa bath. Order the gourmet sushi tasting platter for two prepared by Japanese chef Masaaki Koyama with fresh, local produce sourced from the region.
9-The Peninsula Experience, Dover
Another escape in the Huon Valley, The Peninsula Experience is a couples-only getaway on an enchanting peninsula. The Peninsula Experience is close to walking tracks and far from the madding crowd. This is a magical world of wildlife, with bandicoots, wallabies and echidnas as neighbours. You’ll also be impressed with the water views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Port Esperance Bay.
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Climb The Nut, take a cruise to Bull Rock to see the Australian fur seals, explore historic Stanley then snuggle up in a suite at the reinvented @VDL Stanley. The boutique hotel was once the VDL Company Store, built in 1843 at the water’s edge. Suites have soaring ceilings, tasteful furnishings and the all-important deep bath tub. All in all, it’s a delightfully charming spot on Tasmania’s North West coast.
11-Rocky Hills Retreat
If feels like a universe away from reality and is in a place where time seems to slow down. Rocky Hills Retreat is a beautifully decked out secluded hideaway at the top of a hill. It’s the spot to get away and draw, paint, drink wine, talk, soak in the Huon Pine bath tub out on the deck with champagne in hand and gaze at zillion-dollar views.
French champagne in your suite, a cruise before dinner and spa treatments for two are some of the things that await at Saffire Freycinet. Of course, it helps to be voted top luxury hotel in Australia by TripAdvisor in its Annual Travellers’ Choice Awards. The 20-suite boutique hotel is located on the east coast of Tasmania and has wonderful views of Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountains. Facilities include a gym, a top-notch restaurant and a luxurious spa.