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
Here, you are treated mostly like an individual, special and important with genuine care. I love all the offers and inclusions. The oysters! oh wow. Just wonderful time. We were very lazy, we could have done more, so the score is as much our commitment as it is the resort!
My wife and I have been coming to Saffire for seven years. Is it possible that a five star luxury and multi award-winning luxury resort can keep on getting better? Absolutely! The staff at Saffire have never ceased to amaze us at how brilliant they are at making us and our friends feel like you we are walking through the door to a family reunion.
The constantly evolving food and wine menu is art. It speaks for itself.
The artisanal suits are as timeless as The Hazards,Tasmania’s very own Uluru, complete with its own palette of hues in the ever changing east coast light. Soft, clean and brilliant. All visible from the worlds softest and most comfortable beds or bath. Again, artisanally crafted for ultimate luxury.
Does Saffire play some kind of weird time warp game on the weary mind? You bet.
All of the friends that we’ve taken down for a visit have all strangely commented that they have felt like they’ve had a two week holiday after staying just two or three nights.
Put simply, the Saffire experience is a work of genius. It awakens our inner child. Reminds us of our inquisitive nature. Reintroduces us to Mother Earth. It is nothing short of slow cooked warm wholesome food for the soul. It has to be experienced to be believed.
Believe me xx
The Japanese have a phrase that describes our experience, it’s Omotenashi, which defines unique approaches to hospitality. The Saffire delivers this in abundance, you cannot help but be impressed by the team of professional and friendly people who work so hard to make your stay unique and personal for you. The architecture and scenery are breathtaking and blend so well together, I don’t think we’d ever get tired of waking up to that view! The quality of food and wines is world class and encourages you to be adventurous. We’ll definitely be back soon.
We loved the contemporary architecture of this hotel, and the level of service/care and feeding was over-the-top – really extraordinary. Our Signature suite was beautifully designed, and we thought the additional space it provided was worth the extra bucks.
The "oyster experience" and Schouten Island Cruise were our favorite activities (although a visit to see the Tasmanian devils is also a must). The spa is amazing; I had the best massage and facial of my life.
The cuisine was terrific. As just one example of the lodge's level of service, when our server at dinner told us that a dish had been prepared sous vide, I remarked that we had just bought the Joule sous vide device, and that I had been disappointed with the results of the two dishes I'd prepared using it. Immediately the server said he would have the chef come out and discuss sous vide cooking techniques with us - which he happily did about two minutes later.
The highly professional staff is super friendly, constantly making you feel like a special guest. It was very hard leaving this place at the end of our four-night stay.
Saffire is all-inclusive, in terms of food and beverages, and the complimentary activities are a lot of fun, e.g., the bee-keeping and oyster farm trips. Each guest room overlooks the scenic bay and the peaks on the other side of the bay, and each has an outdoor deck for wattching sunsets and sunrises. Helpful and friendly staff too.