What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Communing with Nature
- Dig for bivalves at the sustainable Freycinet Marine Farm
- Daily à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner (including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages), minibar and beverages at Saffire lounge, and a $100 credit to Spa Saffire are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Chef Hugh Whitehouse’s succulent dishes made with all local ingredients
- Nature activities from swimming and cruising to fishing and hiking
What To Know
- It’s all about quiet escape at this serene, secluded lodge
- It’s around a three-hour drive from the island’s capital, Hobart
- Unlike many other intimate, romantic resorts, children are very welcome here (for a fee)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
An architect’s outpost in the jungle. The main lodge resembles a manta ray that landed in the middle of a eucalyptus forest, surrounded by wave-shaped cottages that house the suites. Architect Robert Morris Nunn’s uncluttered contemporary design is a delightful success in this untouched landscape, thanks to the use of all local stone and timber, including Tasmanian oak, gray ironbark and pine. Inside, soaring cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows lend a feeling of infinite openness and space.
Bed and Bath
Decor is minimalist and complements the world outside. Expect taupe couches and Eames chairs in clean modern lines, dark Tasmanian timber floors and a natural palette of gray, green and blue. The few colorful accents are thoughtfully placed: an orange cashmere throw across the white bed (with its 1,000-thread-count sheets), carpets with designs in shades of red simulating the granite shapes of the Hazard Mountains. Bathrooms are also sleek, with heated floors and deep tubs, some next to the enormous picture windows. And there’s an outdoor deck for admiring the view.
The destination restaurant Palate is just one of the hotel’s big draws. Keep it simple with upscale fish and chips, or opt for the daily tasting menu and discover Tasmania’s natural bounty in such dishes as citrus-cured ocean trout with pickled cucumber, and local lamb with pistachio and eggplant. Work off any overindulgence in the gym or on one of the nearby hiking trails, or give in to the pure sybaritic pleasure of the Saffire Experience — a body scrub, clay body mask and body crème with sapphire dust — in the light-filled spa.
How to Get There
We returned to Saffire for the third time with the intention of relaxing fully and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We were made very welcome again from the moment we drove up to the front door, to the moment we left the Saffire Lounge at Hobart Airport.
As before, the suite was delightful, the views kept us enthralled and the wildlife kept us delighted.
The food was scrumptious, the wines were delicious and we simply ate far more than we should have, savouring every mouthful!
As ever, the team at Saffire looked after us immaculately - wonderful service, great conversation, warm hearts.
We will return ...
Incredible setting and beauty, striking architecture which is contemporary but not stark, amazing rooms, are surpassed by the exceptional service which is friendly, welcoming, precise and sincere. While my husband and I were there, we found out that my father suffered a major heart attack back in the US and died a day later. The staff was compassionate and efficient, offering an environment that made me feel comfortable during very difficult circumstances. We will return for sure. A special thank you to Ross the general manager, Filipino in the dining room and Renee in guest services. The mix of people and their training provides a flawless experience which is consistent with the informal and friendly spirit of Tasmania and Australia in general. Have to mention the amazing, flawless and invisible housekeeping. And yes, the food is excellent.
Service, service, service....just absolutely first class friendly personalized service. The food is better than ever and super nice accommodating to any dietary restriction. The rooms are amazing and the views breathtaking. The bottom line is that we have visited the property already five times and already booked to return next year and we fly from the US. Words say something, returning over and over again clearly states that the place is fabulous!