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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.

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