New boutique hotels and dining experiences continue to open up across Australia. Be first to visit the latest urban hotspots, seaside escapes and rural getaways with our wrap up of the finest accommodation, restaurant’s and unique experiences to hit the Australian hospitality scene. These are the latest luxury travel and dining experiences across Australia to book now. October Edition.
START THE DAY WITH A SUNRISE BREAKFAST AND SYDNEY HARBOUR VIEWS, NSW
Watch the sunrise over Sydney Harbour with the new breakfast offering at Altitude on level 36 at the Shangri-La Sydney. As the sun hits the sails of Sydney Opera House, guests can enjoy an opulent lobster breakfast with a glass of Veuve Clicquot in hand. This is served with a banquet of treats including scrumptious pastries, artisanal cheeses, luscious salads and charcuterie. After a delicious banquet, breakfast lovers can opt to round off their morning meal with a bit of indulgence with Black Oscietra Caviar served with blinis, crème fraiche, chives and a glass of Dom Perignon to wash it down in style. Bookings are available on the Shangri-la website.
TAKE A PARISIAN STYLE URBAN GETAWAY IN SYDNEY.
The Strand Hotel in Sydney/Warrane’s Darlinghurst has completed the final phase of 99-year-old pub’s multi-level redevelopment. Joining the recently opened Strand Bistro, the precinct now houses a 17-room boutique hotel and city-view Rooftop Bar. The unveiling comes as George Gorrow, co-founder of denim brand Ksubi, joins the hotel as Creative Director which has seen Gorrow and team craft a boutique Parisian-styled refuge in the heart of the city’s CBD. Meanwhile, in addition to serving up classic cocktails, The Strand Rooftop will host a series of live entertainment and weekly DJs from Friday to Sunday.
STAY IN CLASSIC LUXURY & MEET DIGITAL CONCIERGE, DIGIT, AT SYDNEY’S NEWEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL
The heritage facade of one of Sydney’s most recognisable buildings, Porter House, is now home to the CBD’s newest boutique hotel. The multi-million dollar luxury hotel occupies the first 10 floors of a mixed-use tower within the re-imagined Porter House precinct, alongside a multi-level food and bar offering. Located next to The Porter House dining precinct, the hotel offers a choice of classic and superior rooms for two guests, and junior suites that accommodate up to three guests. All hotel guests also have access to the fitness centre, heated pool and rooftop garden. The new hotel is also the only one in Australia to offer Digit – a walking, talking iPad concierge service to help guests make the most out of their stay. Book a stay at The Porter House Hotel website.
TAKE A RELAXED SURF COAST BREAK AT ALL NEW MOTEL MOLLY (TIP: Bookings Open November 1.) MOLLYMOOK, NSW
Looking for the perfect summer getaway? Motel Molly, a retro-inspired boutique hotel in Mollymook, is set to open its doors just in time for summer. Award-winning design practice Richards Stanisich have reimagined the former Surfbeach Motel, with a cool, curated twist that’s heavily inspired by the laid-back coastal town and the motel’s 1980s past. Just steps away from Mollymook Beach, the property will reopen as a sophisticated yet welcoming retreat, perfect for weekend escapes or longer beach holidays with a group of friends or family. Guests can choose from a mix of accommodation sizes ranging from the 3-bedroom Residence to the King Suites, some with kitchenettes, Moroccan-style sunken baths and balconies. The motel also features an outdoor BBQ area and a central swimming pool set amid landscaped surrounds to create a welcoming and private oasis. Keep an eye out for opening details at the Motel Molly website.
ENJOY INFAMOUS BAILLIE LODGES HOSPITALITY AT THE NEWLY OPENED LOUISE. BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
Fresh from a multi-million dollar makeover, Baillie Lodges’ new-look The Louise has opened in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. Visitors arriving to stay at The Louise, or to dine at her popular restaurants, award-winning Appellation and the charming new Contour (formerly three75), will appreciate a stylish and contemporary look and feel in line with the Baillie Lodges character. The luxury lodge features designs by esteemed South Australia-based architect Max Pritchard include sweeping curved walls which cleverly draws the eye to the peaceful tableau of rolling hills, criss-crossed with old-growth vineyards and a patchwork of small farms that characterise the Barossa landscape. Artworks commissioned from South Australian artists Emma Hack, Janelle Amos and Renee de Saxe provide a warm welcome and a real sense of the surroundings.. Bookings are available on the Baillie Lodges website.
PASSING ADELAIDE? CALL INTO JENNIE WINEBAR. ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
A new must-see wine bar, Jennie, is taking its place alongside the other sophisticated and elevated wine-sipping favourites on Peel Street and Leigh Street in central Adelaide. Hole-in-the-wall bars and hidden gems are these street’s bread and butter, bewitching wine lovers with something that feels secret and exclusive, and Jennie is no exception. Offering local wines and bottles from further afield, alongside a short (but sweet) beer and cocktail list, Jennie is the perfect bar to discover a new favourite drink. Find out more via Jennie’s Instagram.
DO BRUNCH OVERLOOKING THE BOTANICAL GARDENS AT THE TERRACE, MELBOURNE
The Terrace, which overlooks the Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s beloved Royal Botanic Gardens, is set to be transformed into a new event space and all day café by the Darling Group. The venue will be home to two separate spaces – The Terrace and The Terrace Café – with both offering indoor and outdoor areas that overlook the lake, the gardens and the Melbourne CBD skyline. The Terrace will run as a functions venue that can be hired for private events including weddings; while the Terrace Café will be open to the public and serving a breakfast and lunch menu featuring classic dishes, homemade scones and to-go options.
EXPERIENCE INTIMATE FINE DINING AT MELBOURNE LATEST EPICUREAN HOTSPOT
March, the intimate bar and restaurant from two-hatted chef Peter Gunn, has opened next door to its sister restaurant, Ides. The 26-seater sources food from Ides’ kitchen and a wine list from sommelier Hayley McCarthy, with sake and sherry a focus. The menu includes Izakaya-style plates with small items such as pickled cucumbers dressed with two-year-aged soy, sake-steamed Goolwa pipis in yuzu-parsley butter or sweet-and-sour quail. Purin, creme caramel’s Japanese cousin, is paired with peach syrup. At the rear of the venue is Ides’ first private dining room, with seating for 14 people. Bookings are available on the March website.
TAKE A ROADTRIP TO THE VICTORIAN COUNTRYSIDE FOR A BOUTIQUE HERITAGE STYLE ESCAPE IN BATHURST
Wilga Station has welcomed a fresh addition to their stable of properties, with The Wool Store opening in the heart of Bathurst’s central heritage precinct. The new boutique hotel offers visitors the choice of five New York loft style, luxury apartments including a breathtaking penthouse with 360-degree views across the city’s historic skyline. The spectacular triple bricked heritage building was built in 1875 as a bulk-delivery store for selling wool and has been cleverly reimagined, with a welcoming and luxurious stay that pays homage to the original building’s heritage. Guests are only a short walk from Bathurst’s award-winning cafes, restaurants, bars, the Bathurst Conference Centre and more. Bookings are available on the Wilga Station website.
STAY AND DINE WITH THE BEST IN BEACHFRONT HOSPITALITY AT THE ALL NEW LANGHAM, GOLD COAST
The internationally-renowned, Michelin starred destination for fine Cantonese dining, T’ang Court has officially opened its doors on the Gold Coast. Reflecting the timelessness of the Tang Dynasty – China’s golden age – the new T’ang Court promises a unique and tantalising Cantonese fine-dining affair, embracing the essence of the Southern Chinese region with authentic Cantonese flavours. Presenting elevated culinary masterpieces, seasonal delicacies and exquisite flavours crafted with the finest local produce, diners can look forward to a choice of three set menus and a range of a la carte dishes. Housed inside the region’s newest luxury destination hotel, The Langham, diners of T’ang Court will be welcomed with a unique melding of modern luxury and traditional authenticity within the 80-seat indoor restaurant Bookings are available on the Langham Hotels website.
SWING INTO LA LUNE AT BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER FOR AN ELEGANT RELAXED DINING EXPERIENCE
La Lune is a charming Parisian-style cafe, bar and bistro, which recently opened in the buzzing foodie haven of East Fremantle in Perth. The venue’s relaxed all-day dining concept is inspired by New York’s French-style neighbourhood bistros. The menu developed with the help of chefs Jesse Blake and Josh Chen – both formerly of Petition at State Buildings – features French classics such as steak frites, nicoise salad, steak tartare and lighter offerings, with a big focus on Western Australian produce and seasonality. No bookings are required.