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Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania 
$$$$

2352 Coles Bay Road

Tasmania
Australia 7215

Tel: 61 3 6256 7888

There's no point in trying to compete with a setting as majestic as the Freycinet Peninsula, with its powder-white beaches and iridescent-blue bays. Instead, the Saffire pays homage to its surroundings with a sweeping entrance—a jetty-like walkway flanked by waterfalls and rose-hued marble walls; an airy, stingray-shaped main building that mimics the undulating landscape; and 20 timber-paneled suites arrayed in a line, evoking waves breaking on the shore. The suites meld muted colors and clean lines with smart technology. Electronically operated blinds, for example, reveal floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of picturesque Oyster Bay and the Hazard Mountains; Luxury Suites even have views from the bathtub. The service is a blend of informality and attentiveness, and guided activities include kayaking, quad biking, and visits to an oyster farm. Nearby are Freycinet National Park's walking trails; one leads to the ivory sands of Wineglass Bay, which ranks among the world's finest beaches. It's also tempting to stay within the Saffire's cosseting embrace, indulging at the spa (guests get one treatment gratis), building sand castles on Muirs Beach (shovels and pails provided), and dining on local seafood creatively prepared by Hugh Whitehouse, formerly of the Darley at Lilianfels, in the Blue Mountains.
Which room to book: No. 5, a Luxury Suite, is relatively secluded and has a particularly good view of the Hazards.
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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