Joining the ranks of Australiaâ€™s top wilderness lodges, Saffire spreads across national parkland on eastern Tasmaniaâ€™s rugged Freycinet Peninsula. While the undulating roof of the main lodge looks like a manta ray cast in metal, the 20 suites are much more down-to-earth, featuring native timber, stone, leather, and epic views of the cobalt waters of Great Oyster Bay and the pink-granite Hazard Mountains beyond. Food is an asset here: at the degustation-focused Palate, chef Hugh Whitehouse turns out complex dishes that make the most of Tasmaniaâ€™s paddocks and produce. Guests can also sign up for guided excursions to the peninsulaâ€™s celebrated Wineglass Bay, from which a parade of seafoodâ€”crayfish, scallops, plump oystersâ€”is plucked daily, destined for Whitehouseâ€™s kitchen
61-3/ 6221-1856; saffire-freycinet.com.au; doubles from US$1,195
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