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
I have never stayed at a resort with such attentive staff! Russel provided a wonderful welcome on arrival. A few days later we mentioned how we enjoyed a particular wine at dinner and on returning to our room we found a note from Russel letting us know he had arranged for another bottle from the same vineyard to be placed in the mini-bar fridge. Wonderful. Chella, Paul and Bianca on the Activities Team were also great in organising and guiding our trips. The Marine Farm tour and oyster tasting was a highlight and the view from the Wineglass Bay lookout was stunning. Philippe and Corinne provided the perfect start to a day with wonderful service throughout breakfast which continued throughout the lunch serving. I particularly want to note Philippe ensuring I was supplied with Pirate Life IIPA when it arrived by coincidence as we had spoken about IPAs the day before. Josh and Cassie were absolutely brilliant at dinner and their service, knowledge and attention to detail was second to none. I would particularly like to acknowledge Josh for an exceptional wine experience throughout our stay. My partner was looking forward to her wine journey at Saffire and she couldn't have asked for a better guide than Josh. His recommendations each night always hit the mark and the custom wine matching he presented on our second last night was a pleasure to drink. The whisky tasting that Josh led was informative and showcased a number of Tasmanian distilleries. It is customised to taste and requirements and is a great introduction to local whiskey. Although we didn't get to converse for long with those toiling in the kitchen, Iain and his staff present an amazing variety of local dishes that is as well presented as it is delicious. Adi and his team kept our room spotless and well supplied. It was such a good job that we hardly ever noticed them as rooms were cleaned and made up without ever once disturbing us.
I cannot speak highly enough about Saffire. The rooms, the food, the activities and the staff have all exceeded expectations on every occasion that my partner and I have stayed there. The location is spectacular and there is a wide range of free guided activities and tours offered by Saffire. The walk to the beautiful Wine Glass Bay is truly unforgettable.
On arrival we were greeted at the front entrance by the lovely Ross, escorted through the grand timber entry towards stunning views, luxurious furnishings and sparkling wine.
It was a real 'Wow' moment, realising that we were in for an experience that was beyond special.
I instantly forgot the pain and guilt of spending X amount of dollars and it was suddenly worth every cent.
Its the hospitality - the art of fine service combined with over the top luxury, breathtaking views and one on one personal service that makes Saffire truly unique and a must do inclusion on the 'luxury travel experiences' bucket list.