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
This resort is the very definition of excellence from your greeting on arrival, throughout your stay,
Nothing is too much trouble for every single member of staff.
The hotel does not make the mistake of relying on it’s unrivalled location, but instead creates, mainly through its unparalleled service, an oasis of stress free tranquility, from which it is incredibly difficult to leave.
My experience here has changed from a ‘once in a lifetime ‘ trip , to a ‘must return ‘.
While being high end on cost, it is absolutely value for money.
We were delighted to spend a long weekend at this beautiful property overlooking the delightful hazards of freychinet.
Check-in involved being greeted in our vehicle, and escorted around the property whilst the complimentary valet parking also included a swift delivery of our luggage to our suite.
Every room overlooks the hazards, and our delightful host Kelsey took great pride in showing us around the well appointed suite. At the premium end, this one bedroom pavilion included a full minibar comprising of wines, spirits and beers, and when we stated our wine presence, Kelsey changed up the botttles for something more to our liking.
A particular stand out member of staff is Katherine in the restaurant. Her infectious smile and laugh made us very happy, and she delicately explained our way through the 6 course tasting menu with paired wines with sophisticated intelligence and class - she was a complete joy, and the food and wine were delicious and paired to our previously stated tastes.
Rosalyn in the bar treated us to a mixology class based on our favourite cocktails, and was equally charming and knowledgeable.
Cannot recomend this property more, it’s an exercise in sophisticated all-inclusive indulgence with breath taking views and amenities.
Waking up here is a treat every morning. The rooms have a spectacular view of the hazards and there is nothing better than being in the most comfortable bed, surrounded by pillow with a cup of tea and newspaper and watching the sun come up.
The experience at Saffire is exceptional, from the communication before we arrived to help us plan our time there to the attentiveness throughout the stay - we felt thoroughly spoilt.
The food was wonderful (apparently the wine was too but I couldn’t drink as I’m pregnant). We miss David at dinner time, we loved his company and he was fantastic at helping us pick food and wine.
We had such a relaxed and enjoyable stay in one of the most beautiful places.
I definitely recommend heading to the beach for a morning walk when the sun comes up, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
A rather special small 5* (20 suites) hotel in Coles Bay near Fracinet National Park. Fabulous location and views. Suites are perfect with everything you need. Lots of included goodies such as wine, spirits, snacks etc. Bathroom with shower, separate bath and all amenities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner also included. Food is very good but we did have a few things under cooked and I had to send back one fish dish.
Lots of experiences to do. They include their own compound with 6 Tasmanian Devils, organised walks, a visit to an oyster farm, fishing and archery. The beach an easy walk below the hotel is beautiful, but the sea is cold.
The walk up to see Wineglass Bay from the lookout is well worth doing, but it is a steep climb for 45 minutes to the top. You can go on down to the beach but it is 1000 stairs each way!
Oyster farm is also good fun as you are served oysters and sparkling wine in the water wearing waders!
Other experiences are also very good.
Restaurant is for breakfasts and evening meals. Lunch is served in a relaxed sitting area. Food is very good if not outstanding.
Good free Wi-Fi and Valet Parking.
Best points are the rooms and excellent staff. Only downside is no swimming pool.
Another feature is the good private lounge for you to use at Hobart airport both on arrival and departure.
It is expensive but you get a special experience.
My sisters and I visited Saffire last week. We stayed three nights instead of the initial two nights we thought would be enough. So glad we chose to stay three. Everything about Saffire is top class, from the rooms, the food, the service and especially the staff.
The staff - just to name a few and we couldn't get all the names. Simone who made me doughtnuts on a days notice (so yummy). Waiters and waitresses - Imogen (wonderful cocktails), Jake - extremely happy and helpful, Phillipe and Corrine, beautiful, gentle and friendly, Coralie, amazing knowledge of wines, lovely and helpful with anything we asked for, Sharon, bubbly, fun and very helpful (set up doughnuts for me). Erica - overseeing at meal times - so lovely and organised! Sorry if I have missed any one - they are all so wonderful and a great asset to Saffire.
Chefs - Remi (thank you for the Banana Split), Ian and Paddy - food was truly delicious!
Renee who greeted us on arrival and organsied a lunch bag for us on the last day.
Paul - lighthouse and Sleepy Bay tour - overall knowledge of the area was fantastic.
Cody - Oysters on the water. What an great experience and I don't eat Oysters!!
The cost to stay at Saffire is well worth it. I have never stayed somewhere with such attention to detail and quality in accommodation, food and staff.
When we left we felt like we were leaving family and hugged as many of the staff that we could find before we left.
Highly recommend a stay here!