The views are quite simply outstanding at Saffire Freycinet Lodge, located on the Freycinet Peninsula, halfway along Tasmania’s stunning east coast. If you like your scenery large, this is the place for you. It’s a two-hour drive from Launceston, or two and a half hours from Hobart, both of which can be reached by air from Melbourne (60 minutes) or Sydney (105 minutes). You can also arrive by sea, on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, which travels from Melbourne to Devonport (11 hours). The journey will be worth it.
At the Saffire’s day spa you’ll be assessed by one of the experienced therapists to devise a treatment programme specifically for you, using all-natural products. Men’s treatments are a speciality. You can also take part in a meditation or yoga class, or arrange a one-on-one with an instructor. There’s also a gym if you fancy a workout.
A number of sublime courses are within a short drive , and the lodge can provide equipment and transport. You can even arrange to have your game assessed by a professional golfer (fee payable).
Choose from luxury and signature suites and private pavilions. All feature Tasmanian timber in gentle hues, breathtaking views, a relaxation area, a bespoke king-size bed, complimentary minibar, wifi, LCD TV and Blu-ray DVD, iPod docking station, private courtyard with outdoor seating area and a double shower and bath. Signature suites are larger and have their own deck lounge, while the posh pavilions provide a courtyard with its own plunge pool as well as a separate kitchen and dining area – you can arrange to have a private chef cook for you, should the fancy take you.
The hotel provides a selection of complimentary experiences, for instance, a trip to a working oyster farm to sample the wares (waders provided), a trip to Freycinet Winery, a guided canoe trip to Pelican Bay, or a chance to try your hand at archery on the hotel’s private range. You can also have a go at kite flying, mountain biking, kayaking and a range of beach games, or take part in a cookery demonstration or cocktail mixology class. You can also arrange a more extensive experience (for a fee), such as a gourmet picnic at Wineglass Bay or a go on a quad bike.
Palate Restaurant, which offers panoramic views while you eat, takes pride in its food and offers the very best Tasmanian produce. Menus from award-winning executive chef Hugh Whitehouse are tailored to the season and guests’ preferences. You can opt for one of the degustation menus, expertly matched with local wines, or eat à la carte. During the day, you can also relax in The Lounge with a dish fresh from the barbeque, or enjoy evening drinks and canapés on the terrace.