One minute you’re standing on a rugged coast being buffeted by the Roaring Forties, the next you’re in an estuary dining on fresh oysters and sparkling wine.

Surprising place, Tasmania. You can easily drive from the top to the bottom in less than a day, but for such a small island there is a huge range of thrilling experiences, photographic opportunities and unforgettable adventures at your fingertips. You can travel, in a matter of a couple of hours, from deserted beaches with talcum-fine white sand to great expanses of wild bush where creatures like wallabies and possums abound – literally. You can drop in at cellar doors and sample the sophisticated Chardonnays and Sauvignons of the Tamar Valley and the Southern Wine Route. And on your luxury tailor-made holiday to Australia you can also stay at the Saffire Freycinet; a designer hotel standing on stunning Oyster Bay, beside a national park – with the pink granite Hazards Mountains in the background.

Lilianfels Resort, at a glance

  • Designer hotel with architecture inspired by the pink granite peaks of Hazards Mountains
  • Beautiful setting on the edge of Oyster Bay
  • Choice of luxury and signature suites and private pavilions
  • Suites have awe-inspiring views of the surrounding countryside and décor that uses Tasmanian timber in stylish new ways
  • Signature suites have extra living space, relaxing deck lounges and en suite bathrooms overlooking Oyster Bay
  • Pavilions feature dining areas with kitchens, plus stunning views from the bedrooms
  • Palate Restaurant and The Lounge serving first class cuisine based on Tasmanian produce and complimented by excellent regional wines

For leisure and pleasure

  • Stylish swimming pool and sun deck
  • Ultra-modern spa with a wide range of relaxing and restorative treatments
  • Cruising around the coast to hidden coves and beaches
  • Dine in the estuary at Freycinet’s Marine Oyster Farm
  • Wine and vine tours
  • Meet one of the world’s most ferocious beasts at the Tasmanian Devil Experience
  • Nature hikes including Wineglass Bay lookout points
  • Cycling
  • Country and nature walks with expert guides
  • Archery and canoeing
  • Of your various competitors, Ayesha stood out a mile ahead with her advice, decisiveness and willingness to help

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    RW, India, 2014