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
- 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
From the moment we arrived at Saffire & were warmly greeted by Russell, Ross, & champagne🥂Saffire continued to impress us with their personal & discreet level of service. Our Signature room was divine with stunning views through the trees to Coles Bay. Fully appointed with everything we could require.Fishing rods & kayaks were supplied which was fabulous for my husband to catch & release bream🐟 The restaurant was outstanding, the degustation menu with paired wines in the evening a great way to experience all the talented chefs, who served their signature dishes personally. Breakfast & lunch were also of a superb standard. A hike up to Wineglass Bay was accompanied by a backpack full of refreshments. We shall return!
We stayed for three nights in November 2018 and had a wonderful stay. The staff were very attentive (and clearly taking notes), and the rooms were very nice, all with amazing views of the Hazards. We found the food to be generally very good, but the crab linguine with burnt butter sauce was the highlight for both of us. There was a good selection of mostly Tassie wines included in our package, so we never felt compelled to buy grog. Unfortunately, the spa was completely booked before we arrived, so we weren't able to use our voucher, but the other included offerings were good. We visited a couple of local vineyards, did a bit of archery and visited the Tassie devil sanctuary.
But, the highlight of our stay, by far, was the 'connection to country' walk with Mick Quilliam; it was outstanding. We went out with Mick and just one other couple (from Germany), and we hadn't walked more than 10 metres before Mick was showing us how to make rope from flax. I think he'd shown us about five things before we even left the main property, but he also shared a bit of his personal history and the history of his people and their culture as well as pointing out medicinal plants and bush tucker. Our only disappointments were that the walk wasn't longer and that more people weren't doing it. This really should be a 'must do' for Aussies and overseas visitors alike.
To sum up, Saffire isn't cheap, but it delivers exactly what you would expect in this price bracket, and it deserves its reputation as one of Australia's finer luxury resorts.
We stayed here for 2 nights while on a trip to Tasmania and this was the highlight of our journey. When you book at Safire, you are booking an experience, not just accomodation. Although some people may feel this is an expensive place to stay, it is well worth it and we were not disappointed. The initial contact sent by Safire by email is a questionnaire enquiring what our interests are and then they tailor experiences to what you are interested in and provide an itinery for your stay based on these.
We drove a hire car from North Motton to Safire, Freycinet and on approach, we were quite excited in anticipation as to what the next couple of days would bring. On arrival, we were not sure exactly where to go as there was a sign for car parking and a sign for reception so we went to the parking area to find out this was the wrong place to go, however, Kate from Safire came down in an extended golf buggy to direct us where to go. When we arrived at reception, Kate took our keys and informed us that they will arrange the car, baggage and anything else to be sorted and that we were to relax and she will show us around Safire.
Kate then took us into the reception area and explained how every thing works and made us feel very welcome. We were also greeted by Adi, Justin and all other staff and they were all very warm. Kate then took us to the lounge area and left us to have lunch which was Devine. Once we were taken to our luxury suite, our baggage had all been arranged and we were absolutely in awe at the room itself and the view which we were to enjoy looking out of for the next 2 nights. This place is perfection and the rooms are designed so that you have an uninterrupted view of the Hazard Mountains with not a person in sight.
The first afternoon, we did the Tasmanian devil feeding experience. The guide was interesting and our anticipation was through the roof awaiting the Devils to make their way out of the bush. When they did arrive, we were in awe of these animals and their plight with Facial Tumour disease which Safire actually contributes to research and maintaining this beautiful animal.
The other experiences we did while staying here was the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk, Massage and the Oyster Shucking. The oyster shucking is a must do if you are an oyster fan as these would have to be the freshest oysters that we have ever eaten. You also are told about the whole oyster farming technique and then don some water proof waders to have oysters shucked straight from the water for you with a glass of champagne. I can't recommend this more. The massage was excellent and the masseuse that we had (Marie Claire and Maddison) were superb at relaxing you.
The food and drinks are all included in the price of the stay and in general, this was excellent. The only negative comments on this aspect of the stay was that the cherry desert was not very tasty and we had a spine left in one of our king fish dishes. Other that that, the food and drink were extraordinary.
The feeling you get when you stay here is sheer relaxation and indulgence. Your eyes are constantly attracted to the stunning view of the Hazard Mountains no matter where you are at Safire. Thankyou to all the staff who always are willing to make you feel like nothing is a problem and make you feel absolutely special.
Wonderful place and staff exceptional. I was surprised that at not one meal was Tasmanian Salmon on the menu? Yes - the food was extremely salty as per one of the reviews. Salads served for lunch were delicious but no fresh proteins other than oysters were available. Overall 4 stars
We visited Freycinet Peninsula with friends for 2 nights (needed 4 nights!). Saffire is absolutely world class in every respect. The walk to Wineglass Bay is spectacular and the the Quad bike trip was exhilarating. The service levels were the best I have ever encountered. Sharon in particular was outstanding. The only negative was we all felt the food was over salty. The level of service, quality of the rooms and facilities were out of this world. I hope I can return soon.