The Luxe List 2010, Australia: Saffire, Tasmania

Joining the ranks of Australia’s top wilderness lodges, Saffire spreads across national parkland on eastern Tasmania’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 Tasmania’s paddocks and produce. Guests can also sign up for guided excursions to the peninsula’s celebrated Wineglass Bay, from which a parade of seafood—crayfish, scallops, plump oysters—is plucked daily, destined for Whitehouse’s kitchen

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