Australia's luxury escapes

22:11, Oct 17 2013
ONE OF TWO: Palazzo Versace hotels in the world (the other is in Dubai), this striking and opulent hotel is situated on the Gold Coast.

There’s nothing like an indulgent break from the daily grind to help you relax and unwind – and luckily, Australia has no shortage of places with that WOW-factor.

From chic city breaks to intimate waterfront getaways and tropical island paradises, there’s a deluxe destination for everyone. Here are some of our favourites.

Art Series Hotels, Melbourne

CKAIM TO FAME: As the world’s first fashion-branded hotel, but what stands out is its rich textures.

Melbourne is known for its vibrant arts scene, and if you want to take full advantage of the culture that Australia’s second largest city has to offer then the Art Series Hotels in Melbourne are well worth considering.

With three premier boutique hotels to choose from, each inspired by celebrated and unique Australian artists – Adam Cullen, Charles Blackman and John Olsen – a sophisticated yet relaxing stay is offered in some of Melbourne’s stylish suburbs, giving you the perfect base to explore this uber vibrant city.

The Cullen, in trendy Prahran, is a shopper’s dream and boasts views of the CBD, while The Olsen in South Yarra puts guests right in the heart of one of the city’s most chic shopping districts.


The Blackman is located on St Kilda Road – a stone’s throw away from inner Melbourne with its huge array of wining and dining spots and St Kilda Beach, where you can take a dip on a sunny day or simply watch the kite surfers in action.

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

One of only two Palazzo Versace hotels in the world (the other is in Dubai), this striking and opulent hotel is situated on Queensland’s vibrant Gold Coast.

Its claim to fame is that it’s the world’s first fashion-branded hotel, but what really stands out here is rich textures and accents that explode with vibrant colour; this is Versace after all.

Craftsmanship abound the rooms with bespoke furnishings, rich parquetry flooring and unique Italian marble open plan bathrooms. Sublime relaxation is guaranteed in a couple-sized spa bath, enhanced by exclusive Palazzo Versace custom bath amenities range.

The rooms are adorned with magnificent sliding glass doors so the natural Gold Coast sunshine always fills your spacious sanctuary.

From the expansive marbled entrance to the three award-winning restaurants, luxury spa, a unique Water Salon and a heated 65 metre outdoor lagoon pool which wraps around the hotel, complete with its very own private white sandy beach. You will indulge in luxury at its finest at the Palazzo Versace Gold Coast.

Beach Club, Hamilton Island

The Whitsundays are one of the world’s top eco-tourism attractions and when you stay at Hamilton Island’s Beach Club, you’re in the perfect position to take in everything the area has to offer.

As an absolute beachfront boutique resort exclusively for adults, every single room here offers stunning sea views – the hotel has direct access to striking Catseye Beach and also offers guests VIP chauffeur service on the island.

If you’re the type of traveller who likes to stay and play, you’ll find plenty to like about Hamilton Island. You can indulge in a cocktail by the heated infinity-edged swimming pool, enjoy a round of golf at Hamilton Island Golf Club, get back to nature with a relaxing bush walk or take to the crystal blue water – as paddle skis, catamarans, windsurfing equipment and snorkeling gear are all included.

Order a tantalising breakfast or lunch overlooking the palm tree lined pool and in the evening, the restaurant transforms for cool cocktails and romantic candlelit dining under the stars to complete your sensual retreat in absolute paradise.

QT, Sydney

Sydney has plenty of fabulous things to see and do – and when you stay at QT Sydney, you’ll have a funky base from where you can explore everything that’s awesome about the harbour city.

These guys admit they’re “not your ordinary hotel” – instead, it’s a space where hospitality, design and art collide. The result is a cutting-edge, award-winning hotel in the heart of the city with plenty of style and substance.

Located within the former Gowings department store and adjoining historic State Theatre in the middle of the Sydney CBD, the hotel is nestled in a historic setting.

Its rooms are anything but old-fashioned – keep an eye out for bright, bold and contemporary design details. Boasting 200 designer guest rooms, the luxurious spaQ, eclectic artifacts from around the world and a striking LED wall of digital art sums up the dramatic and intriguing playground experience that is QT Sydney.

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with your local HOT holiday specialist to find out more about Aussie’s luxury escapes. Call 0800 838 747, visit or come instore.

This article was originally published on the House Of Travel website.