BEDS OF A FEATHER

Barry Oliver presents the first round of fi­nal­ists in TheAus­tralian’s 2007 Travel & Tourism Awards

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BEST LUX­URY AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

ABCDEFABIs­ling­ton Ho­tel, Ho­bart: A small deluxe ho­tel with a long his­tory, Is­ling­ton was built in 1847; it has been lov­ingly re­stored to show­case its Re­gency ar­chi­tec­ture and is ex­trav­a­gantly dec­o­rated with art­work and an­tiques. Fea­tures in­clude a moun­tain-view (Mt Welling­ton) pavil­ion, fine wine cel­lar, small day spa, ex­ten­sive Andrew Pfeif­fer-de­signed gar­dens and 11 sump­tu­ous bed­rooms with be­spoke beds and mar­ble bath­rooms. www.is­ling­ton­ho­tel.com Lil­ian­fels Blue Moun­tains Re­sort & Spa, NSW: This el­e­gant Euro­pean-style re­sort com­bines old-fash­ioned com­fort — open fires, bil­liard room, deep tubs — with in­door and oudoor pools, health club and serene day spa. Dar­ley’s, the sig­na­ture restau­rant, of­fers at­mo­spheric din­ing in the orig­i­nal 1889 home­stead. All gue­strooms are in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated and re­flect Lil­ian­fels’s Vic­to­rian her­itage. www.lil­ian­fels.com.au Hy­att Ho­tel Can­berra: This lux­u­ri­ous her­itage-listed ho­tel has been re­stored to its orig­i­nal art deco charm. Fea­tures in­clude mar­ble bath­rooms with deep tubs, fit­ness cen­tre with gym and per­sonal trainer, in­door pool (of­fer­ing aqua aer­o­bics classes), spa and sauna. Close to Par­lia­ment House and a pop­u­lar gath­er­ing place for fed­eral pol­lies and power­bro­kers. www.can­berra.park.hy­att.com Park Hy­att Syd­ney: With an eye­pop­ping wa­ter­front lo­ca­tion in The Rocks, the har­bour dom­i­nates life at this cel­e­brated ho­tel. Most gue­strooms come with Opera House and har­bour views from the bal­conies. Fa­cil­i­ties are de­signed to im­press, from its airy restau­rant and day spa to rooftop pool and hand­some club bar. www.syd­ney.park.hy­att.com Sof­i­tel Went­worth Syd­ney: Lo­cated in the heart of the shop­ping and cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict, a re­cent re­fur­bish­ment has given this ven­er­a­ble ho­tel a more con­tem­po­rary look, in­clud­ing a daz­zling up­grade of the Gar­den Court restau­rant. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a health club and day spa and con­fer­ence space for up to 1100 del­e­gates. www.sof­i­tel­syd­ney.com.au Voy­ages Lon­gi­tude 131, Uluru, NT: This in­no­va­tive wilder­ness camp of 15 el­e­vated tents, where guests wake to private views of the sun ris­ing over Uluru, has taken eco­tourism to new heights. A white dome roof and flow­ing fab­ric give the il­lu­sion of camp­ing but it’s re­ally lux­ury all the way, from gourmet food to mod­ern com­forts.

www.lon­gi­tude131.com.au

BEST RE­SORT AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

By­ron at By­ron Re­sort & Spa, By­ron Bay, NSW: Five-star lux­ury rules at this charm­ing re­sort set in 18ha of rain­for­est just five min­utes south of By­ron Bay town­ship and a short walk to Tal­low Beach. There’s a beau­ti­ful in­fin­ity pool, swish day spa and blocks of smart guest habi­tats. Guests are treated to all mod cons in a beau­ti­ful bush am­bi­ence. www.the­by­ronat­by­ron.com.au Cable Beach Club Re­sort, Broome, West­ern Aus­tralia: Set be­side a 23km white-sand beach, this re­sort is 10 min­utes from the heart of the his­toric pearling port. Spa­cious vil­las in Broome tim­ber-and-tin style, Asian art­works and stat­u­ary, el­e­gant suites and deluxe rooms are sur­rounded by

Cglossy trop­i­cal gar­dens. Din­ing choices in­clude the award-win­ning Club Restau­rant. www.ca­ble­beach­club.com Hay­man, Whit­sun­days, Queens­land: This much-awarded is­land hideaway sets the stan­dard for re­sort ac­com­mo­da­tion with 227 rooms, suites and pent­houses (plus a private beach­front pool villa), all fea­tur­ing ter­races or bal­conies.

DIn­cludes sev­eral restau­rants, chil­dren’s club and creche, and lux­ury spa with a full range of treat­ments and ther­a­pies. www.hay­man.com.au Hy­att Re­gency Coolum, Queens­land: There’s no short­age of ac­tiv­i­ties at this 150ha re­sort: nine pools, seven ten­nis courts, a PGA cham­pi­onship golf course, gym and health and beauty spa are among the at­trac­tions. Add six restau­rants, a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion styles and ad­ja­cent beach with sports club. www.coolum.re­gency.hy­att.com Pep­pers Bale, Port Douglas, Queens­land: This up-mar­ket get­away, in­spired by South­east Asia’s pavil­ion ac­com­mo­da­tion, fea­tures sanc­tu­ar­ies rang­ing from one bed­room to four, all with plunge

Epools, pool­side pavil­ion with day bed, LCD television, DVD player and sound sys­tem. Sassi at Bale of­fers fine din­ing with fresh re­gional pro­duce and there’s a day spa to soothe away any rem­nants of city stress. www.pep­pers.com.au/Bale-Re­sort Sea Tem­ple Re­sort & Spa, Palm Cove, Queens­land: This stylish beach­front re­sort with its award-win­ning in­te­ri­ors has been de­signed with pri­vacy in mind. Ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from stu­dio rooms and apart­ments to pent­houses with rooftop spa, vil­las with private plunge pool and swim-out rooms open­ing di­rectly to the re­sort la­goon. Wrap-around trop­i­cal gar­dens in­vite al­fresco din­ing.

www.seatem­ple.com.au

FEFBEST VALUE AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

ABCDMa­jes­tic Roof Gar­den Ho­tel, Ade­laide: As the name sug­gests, this newly opened in­ner-city ho­tel boasts a talk­ing-point rooftop gar­den with views to the Ade­laide Hills. Close to the heart of restau­rant, busi­ness and shop­ping precincts, its suite ac­com­mo­da­tion fea­tures king-size beds, lux­u­ri­ous bath­rooms, large-screen TV with cable and on-de­mand movies. Cul­shaw’s restau­rant spe­cialises in beef raised on the prop­erty. www.ma­jes­ti­cho­tels.com.au Me­d­ina Grand Perth: En­ter­tain­ment, nightlife and Perth’s CBD are on the doorstep of this Me­d­ina flag­ship. All 138 apart­ments and stu­dios fea­ture kitchen, laun­dry and bal­cony. Guests can re­lax in the sauna, test the wa­ters in the heated out­door pool or work out in the well-equipped gym. www.me­d­ina.com.au Mer­cure Syd­ney: At­trac­tions in­clude an un­usual rooftop pool as well as gym­na­sium, sauna, restau­rant and two bars. The Mer­cure, an Ac­cor ho­tel, is min­utes from Syd­ney’s Cen­tral Sta­tion and fea­tures a range of stylish ac­com­mo­da­tion in 517 rooms and suites. Re­fur­bished in 2005, the ho­tel has round-the-clock room ser­vice. www.mer­curesyd­ney.com.au Prairie Ho­tel, Parachilna, South Aus­tralia: Set in the Flin­ders Ranges in Parachilna (pop. 7), the Prairie Ho­tel claims to blend out­back ad­ven­ture with city lux­ury. Ren­o­vated rooms in the orig­i­nal part of the his­toric ho­tel have en­suites while ex­ec­u­tive suites fea­ture a dou­ble spa. There’s even a swim­ming pool and the a la carte break­fasts in­clude es­presso cof­fee, fruit smooth­ies and muesli with stewed rhubarb. www.prairieho­tel.com.au Stam­ford Grand North Ryde, NSW: Tow­er­ing palms and shim­mer­ing wa­ter­falls are a fea­ture of this all-suite, re­sort-style ho­tel just 20 min­utes from Syd­ney’s CBD. The 256 newly re­fur­bished suites have gar­den, la­goon or wa­ter­fall views; most have bal­conies or ter­races. Five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion is of­fered in the Pre­mier Wing. There are two restau­rants and guests can work off the kilo­joules at the gym, heated in­door-out­door pool or ten­nis court. www.stam­ford.com.au Vibe Savoy Ho­tel Melbourne: Stylish Vibe, with 163 bright and breezy gue­strooms and six suites, boasts a hand­some her­itage fa­cade and a cov­eted Lit­tle Collins Street ad­dress. There are five con­fer­ence rooms plus an im­pres­sive ball­room with floor-to-ceil­ing pic­ture win­dows, a ground-floor bar and con­tem­po­rary restau­rant on level two.

www.vibeho­tels.com.au

Cream of the crop: Clock­wise from top left, South Aus­tralia’s Prairie Ho­tel; the Is­ling­ton Ho­tel, Ho­bart; Hay­man in Queens­land’s Whit­sun­days; Lil­ian­fels in the NSW Blue Moun­tains; Park Hy­att Syd­ney; Broome’s Cable Beach Club Re­sort; cen­tre, the Vibe Savoy Ho­tel Melbourne

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