- Style Arty avant-garde architecture
- Setting Banks of the Derwent River
Maverick, multi-tasking MONA Pavilions mixes a serene riverside setting with ultra-contemporary pavilions, original art, a winery, microbrewery, lip-smacking restaurant and alternative festivals – and comes up trumps. With an ambitious private museum also on site, this is one for culture vultures, gourmets, gadget heads and style fiends.
Need to know
- Rooms Eight pavilions, all suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $349.21 (AU$382), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include cooked breakfast in the Source restaurant or continental breakfast in-room, a seasonal local platter on arrival and a bottle of Muse Series wine.
- Facilities Winery, microbrewery, gym, sauna. In rooms: free WiFi, TVs in bedrooms, living areas and some bathrooms, integrated CD/DVD players, iPod dock, Bang & Olufsen phone, original art, minibar, temperature-controlled wine storage, kitchen, Aesop amenities.
- Poolside Low-lying and intimate, the heated infinity lap pool nestles beside Roy pavilion, with angled floor-to-ceiling windows so you can gaze out to the tree-fringed river while you swim. Work out at the gym alongside, then wind down at the sauna.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible for Smith members (or for the 'flirtatious', as MONA's cheeky in-room compendium suggests). Check-in, 3pm.
Children MONA Pavilions has a sophisticated adult vibe, but kids are welcome and the private, two-bedroom pavilions make cool family cocoons. The hotel can supply baby cots (AU$20 a night), roll-out beds for older kids (AU$50 a night) and babysitters.
- Eco‐friendly MONA Pavilions draws on locally sourced, seasonal and organic food at its restaurant, recycles water and is committed to a comprehensive environmental policy at its on-site vineyard.
- Also The adjacent MONA gallery, and its café and bars, are closed on Tuesdays, but pavilion guests can enjoy an exclusive museum tour at 3.45pm. The Source restaurant will still be open to guests for breakfast and alternative dinner arrangements can be made.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms MONA's eight bold pavilions are all unique. The original four, celebrating Australian artists Sidney (Nolan), Brett (Whiteley), Arthur (Boyd) and Charles (Blackman), each boast a painting by their namesakes, as well as ancient artifacts. Intimate and modernist, they cantilever dramatically over the river, with Zen-chic rooms and serene water views from outdoor decks. We like spacious two-floor, two-bedroom Brett, but cosier one-bedroom Sidney has a great bathroom. The four newer pavilions, named after architects Robin (Boyd), Esmond (Dorney), Walter (Burley Griffin) and Roy (Grounds), are set back from the river; three-storey, two-bedroom faceted-metal penthouse Roy is the most spectacular, spacious and private (ideal for families), with a spa bath on the deck for bathing alfresco.
- Packing tips Swimsuit, gym and yoga kit if you're the sporty type. Forget bag-clogging books, though – each pavilion comes with a stack of art and architecture tomes, novels and mags, all personally recommended by MONA staff.
- Also MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest private museum and the brainchild of MONA Pavilions' owner David Walsh. Carved into the cliffside alongside the accommodation, this sexily lit temple showcases a 'subversive Disneyland' of modern art and rare global antiquities worth over AU$100 million, including works by Brit artists Damien Hirst and Chris Ofili, US sloganeer Jenny Holzer and Australian icon Sidney Nolan. You can even stream highlights of the collection into your room via your TV screen for a more personal viewing.
Food and drink at MONA Pavilions
- Hotel restaurant On the first floor of MONA's sharp-suited, ultra-contemporary reception building the Ether, you'll find destination restaurant the Source, a cool confection of minimal white tables and crisp glass walls which make the most of killer rustic views. Charming manager Joseph Burton will guide you through chef Philippe Leban's delicious French-influenced Mod Oz dishes, which embrace the mantra 'think globally, but act locally' with great oysters, scallops, lobster and trevalla on offer, as well as delicious desserts, and own-label wine and beer produced on the premises.
- Dress code Go minimal and modern to match the mood; stylish sartorial statements for admiring the art, architecture and gourmet offerings, plus lower key threads for lounging in your private pavilion.
- Top table Request a table by the window overlooking the river – or venture out onto the terrace in warm weather to soak up fresh air, sunshine and aquatic horizons.
- Last orders The Source is open for breakfast daily, for lunch Wednesday–Monday, and for dinner Wednesday through to Saturday, from 6.30pm to 9pm. Bartenders mirror the same hours.
- Room service A la carte room service is available from 6pm to 8pm; the selection changes daily. Continental breakfast can be ordered to your room between 7.30am and 10.30am.
- Hotel bar The glass-walled, airy Source restaurant also boasts a sleek bar, but it only stays open late on Friday and Saturday evenings. You won't go thirsty, though, as free tastings of Moorilla vineyard's cool-climate Huon and Tamar Valley wines are yours for the sipping from 10am-5pm daily, adjacent to Source at the stylish Cellar Door bar. Marvel at the vibrant John Olsen artwork on the ceiling, while you savour world-class wines or limited-release Moo Brew beers from the bespoke microbrewery also housed here. Brewery Nights take place Fridays from 5pm, for quaffing the cool stuff on the terrace, or pop to the MONA museum Wine Bar out near the lawn for tempting drops and cheese platters.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details