Australia & Pacific Travel News

Discover sapphire waters in Tasmania

Tasmania's rugged landscape is a stunning feast for the eyes, abounding in sprawling coastal panoramas and rolling mountain views. Freycinet Peninsula is a particularly grand Tasmanian retreat, with a sand-laden spit of land and beautiful bays, lagoons and coves acts as its front and back yards. Saffire, a contemporary boutique hotel situated on Great Oyster Bay, serves as a great destination to take in these surroundings. 

The art of blending
One of Saffire's greatest selling points is its view. Suites from this luxury hotel drink in the grand spectacle that is the nearby Great Oyster Bay, made all the more elegant due to the backdrop that is the Hazards mountain range. Rich green foliage and azure skies top off the visual feast. Saffire recognizes this view as one of its strengths, and plays into it with huge paneled windows that let Tasmania serve as its greatest decorative piece. 

Subservience to the landscape is not just an aesthetic choice at Saffire - it's a design principle. While being a luxury hotel, Saffire aims to connect with its environment in a grand but modest fashion, offering beautiful modern architecture built to reflect its surroundings and reduce its visual contrast against them. According to the hotel, it incorporates pink, white, sapphire and gray - colors of the mountains, beaches, waters and bush - into its own construction, which is brought together with natural materials such as timber, stone and leather. These elements, when combined with extensive glasswork and the broad, sloping roofs of the lodge, create a quiet, romantic retreat that can just as easily be marveled as the nearby terrain.

Exploring the peninsula
Great Oyster Bay sits just outside guests' front door, but the white sands of Wineglass Bay are no more than a few minutes drive away. According to Fodor's, sheer cliffs along the ocean side of the peninsula make for dramatic sightseeing, as does the lighthouse at Cape Tourville. Travelers can also hike up Mt. Amos, one of the many mountains that make up the Hazards. Hiking, bicycling and kayaking are all doable from Saffire. 

People more interested in relaxation than exercise have the option of lounging at one of the shores or coves around the region, or taking a boat tour of the coast. One hidden gem, however, is the plentitude of wineries of the area - according to Saffire, there are more than a dozen ripe for visiting. For location alone, Saffire may be considered one of Tasmania's best hotels.

Recommended Tours

Sydney, Rock & Reef Highlights

9 days from $2,691 pp*
Custom Private Tour
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart. This itinerary includes Australia's true highlights, from the red earth of Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef.
More Info

Adventure Seeker of New Zealand

10 days from $4,480 pp*
Custom Private Tour
If you need an adrenaline rush, New Zealand’s natural theme park is for you. See New Zealand from the tops of volcanoes, through the caves of Dart River, while free falling from 12,000ft, or from the top of the original bungee bridge before you make the plunge. Spend the bulk of your time in The 'Adventure Capital of the World' and it is a reputation well earned. Queenstown is the home of adventure in New Zealand, and this tour includes it all. From black water rafting to challenging hikes, bike rides and bungee jumps it has something for anyone seeking adventure.
More Info

Bora Bora Signature

7 days from $4,865 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Journey to the spectacular islands of French Polynesia on this premium tour of Tahiti & Bora Bora! Includes accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated, transfers and inter-island transportation.
More Info
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.
Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime Travel Leisure Award 2015