A place of unique beauty and charm – Tasmania is the ultimate getaway destination for a dose of luxury.
We’ve always had a soft spot for Tasmania. Despite its size, this island state is jam-packed with some of the best restaurants, enchanting pubs and, of course, its charismatic wildlife and terrain.
Home to the 2022 Aussie Town of the Year, Tasmania offers a hint of uniqueness that cannot be compared. And with that, comes handfuls of boutique luxury hotels that are perfect for any weekend escape.
So, if you’re in search of something that’s just a bit extra special, read on through our ultimate list of the best and most unique boutique hotels in Tasmania!
Coastal Pods Wynyard
When we think of unique boutique accommodation in Tasmania, we think of Coastal Pods Wynyard. The pods have been upcycled from decommissioned shipping containers and lovingly constructed to provide maximum comfort for its guests. Energy efficient, to help retain its past life, Coastal Pods Wynyard has designed its property to create an industrial beach foundation feel. Situated on the banks of the Inglis River in north-west Tasmania, the pods have everything one needs while on holiday, as well as some little luxuries. With a central atrium, glass doors, a private deck area and a reading nook, the pods are a great way to experience something different whilst enjoying beautiful views and proximity to the local town.
Cradle Mountain Highlanders
If you’re looking for boutique accommodation in Tasmania, Cradle Mountains Highlanders should be at the top of your list. This family owned and run business, offers secluded and self-contained cabins near Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Each of the cabins are individually designed and made from Tasmanian timber in a rustic style to complement the natural world they are placed in. The cabins are cosy and are perfect for both couples, families or small groups. The accommodation is obviously made so unique by how close it is to Cradle Mountain, perfect for accessing, appreciating and enjoying the mountain year-round.
The Freycinet Lodge is located inside the Freycinet National Park, just outside of Coles Bay, overlooking the blue water of Great Oyster Bay and the rugged mountains of the Hazards. With views to die for, especially from the spa, Freycinet Lodge is also home a handful of superb dining options and a coastal pavilion that is the perfect location to watch the sun set. One of the best boutique hotels in Tasmania of 2023!
MACq 01 Hotel
MACq 01 Hotel has it all – a central location in Hobart’s CBD, 87 rooms, 27 suites and, interestingly, one of Hobart’s Best Bars. This boutique and luxury hotel in Tasmania was designed to emphasize on quality and character. Focusing heavily on the emotion and character traits that inspired each of the rooms, which was designed by Pike Withers, visitors will find a balanced mix of comfort and quirky. If you’re curious, creative, hearty and resilient, MACq 01 Hotel is for you. With rooms that overlook Hobart’s harbour, this hotel is encapsulated by its funky and modern finishings throughout.
Picnic Island, in Freycinet National Park, is one of only two private island experiences on this list. Found two-and-a-half hours north-east of Hobart, Picnic Island is available year-round pending on the type of stay you’d like to indulge in. Picnic Island can be booked exclusively for up to 10 guests with the hosted retreat focusing on activities such as kayaking, hiking, yoga, art and cooking. And, if you’re lucky, you can book overnight trips to view the penguins and shearwaters. Dolphins, seals and even whales regularly visit, so there’s no doubt you’ll get to know your neighbours quite well. There is nothing like having a whole island to yourself, so what are you waiting for?
If you’re in search of Tasmania’s best hotel for the ultimate getaway, Piermont Retreat should be at the top of your list. Located in the tranquil Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s remote east coast, Piermont Retreat is best described as a small community of sustainably built lodges on an 180-year-old homestead. Encapsulating the wild and untamed Tasmanian landscape they are surrounded by, visitors will find 15 charming and equally peaceful cottages perched high on a hill. With expansive spa bathrooms that float over the tree tops, your stay will be topped by the log fire and mesmerising beachfront deck.
Found in Lake St Clair, Pumphouse Point is best described as a house that is suspended over water surrounded by a magical natural wonderland. Found quite literally on top of Lake St Clair, Pumphouse Point’s beautiful surrounding landscape and completely unique location is just some of the reasons why it’s made it on this list. Built in 1940, Tasmania’s Hydro Electricity Scheme built Pumphouse Point, 900 feet out in the lake, to house enormous water turbines for their system. Recommissioned in the 90s, just eight years ago this boutique hotel welcomed its first visitors. A must visit in 2023 if you ask us!
No list of the best hotels in Tasmania would be complete without featuring glamping. And, no one does it better than Sandridge Estate. Unlike others, Sandridge Estate really nails the glamorous camping brief. Located in Boat Harbour, guests will be welcomed by nature. We’re talking wombats, wallabies, the milky way and, some of the best wine and cheese the region has to offer. On top of that, you’ll also have 500 acres of private forest to explore – ordinary glamping seems trivial in comparison. Sandridge Estate is renowned for their eco-village of eight luxury tents equip with queen sized beds, luxury linen, fireplaces and an on-site bathroom.
If you’ve ever wanted to stay on a private island, now is your chance thanks to one of the best boutique hotels in Tasmania: Satellite Island. An experience that is perfect for visitors wanting access to a secluded secret hideaway that is just yours to explore, Satellite Island allows this and much more but in style. Found near Alonnah, this waterfront experience is perfect year-round thanks to the cosy fireplace with front-row ocean views and, of course, its own private beach. With walking tracks, kayaks, a boathouse jetty to fish from and even opportunities to shuck your own oysters; what more could you want on your next weekend getaway?
If you’re looking for Australia’s best outdoor bath, chances are you’ve come across Thalia Haven. But, now is the time to experience all the beauty that this luxury accommodation in Tasmania has to offer. Set on a private 130-acre wooded peninsula that is then surrounded by five kilometres of secluded coastline on the Great Oyster Bay, Thalia Haven promises to provide an experience like no other. Built to sleep up to eight guests, Thalia Haven is renowned for its incredible views, spacious land and, of course, the legendary bath. With four ancient stone bedrooms, a surrounding olive tree courtyard and the ocean’s edge, what more could you want from an off-the-grid sustainable experience?
If you’re looking for things to do in Tasmania, check out our guide to 10 Unique Getaway Gems to Discover around Tasmania. And, if you’re hungry for more, appease your tastebuds with our list of the Top 10 Things You Must Eat and Drink in Tasmania.
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