- Style Elemental sanctuary
- Setting Curving Coles Bay coastline
Hugging Tasmania's pure shores, Freycinet Peninsula boutique hotel Saffire is a natural gem, with sunset-strewn beach views from sleek suites, tasty local seafood and a seductive spa. At first sight it resembles a close encounter with a shiny UFO, but this jaw-dropping stingray-shaped sanctuary embraces the landscape, encouraging you to chill out in style. Iconic Wineglass Bay is just minutes away.
Need to know
- Rooms 20 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $1483.31 (AU$1,636), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 1% per booking on check-out.
- More details Rates usually include full board, activities, a welcome spa treatment, open bar until 6.30pm and free minibar treats.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, spa, gym, gardens, beach, mountain bikes, kayaks, board games, library of books, CDs and DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, preloaded iPod, minibar, Gaia toiletries, Reidel glassware, Bugatti kitchenware, flowers.
- Poolside With the beach so close Saffire doesn't offer a communal pool, but the four Premium Suites feature private plunge pools.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability (a late departure fee may apply); check-in, 2pm.
Children Welcome: Saffire supplies free baby cots; extra beds are free for under-fives, AU$300 a night for children aged between five and 17. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged for AU$35 an hour, for a minimum of two hours, given 24-hours' notice.
- Eco‐friendly Eco-chic Saffire uses locally sourced, seasonal and organic food, growing produce in its chef's garden. It also recycles, employs motion-sensors for lighting efficiency, and is designed to make the most of natural air flow for cooling and warmth.
- Also Deluxe and Luxury Suite rates include one 60-minute spa treatment a suite; Premium Suite rates include a 120-minute treatment a suite. In keeping with the healthy natural setting, smoking is not allowed.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms If you fancy your own private courtyard plunge pool, then snaffle one of the four Private Pavilions (rooms 1 to 4, aka Mayson, Amos, Dove or Baudin), which include cat-swingingly spacious living and bedroom areas, a kitchen, dining zone and front deck. Saffire's chef can even come and cook for you in-room. The six Luxury Suites also have front-facing decks for drinking in views of the beach, sea and islands. Numbers 18 (Osprey) and 19 (Peregrine) are nearest the beach.
- Packing tips Trousers to wear under waders on visits to the nearby oyster farm. Sneakers during snake season (October–March), when you may need to do the 'Saffire stomp' to warn these shy creatures you're coming. Sunscreen, as there are over 300 days of sunshine.
- Also Blending uncontrived stone and timber with bespoke fabrics, leather and soothing neutral hues, Saffire's suites take their nature-inspired names from the Hazards peaks on the horizon, the earth, stars, water, flora and birds. Enter through the rear courtyard, and you'll find a separate bath, power shower and double sinks, wardrobes and a king-size bed on the first level, with a kitchenette, sofa and sitting area a few steps down. Balcony decks on the front or side offer prime sunset-scoping spots.
Food and drink at Saffire
- Hotel restaurant Chef Hugh Whitehouse presides over Palate, Saffire's top-notch contemporary restaurant on the sinuous second level of the stingray-shaped main Sanctuary building. Tasting menus of local oysters, crayfish, scallops, mussels and fish are a big focus, with fruit and vegetables grown on site and delicous regional produce such as goats cheese, beef and lamb. Typical dishes span Szechuan pepper-encrusted yellow fin tuna with sweet ginger dressing and vanilla panna cotta with roasted pear. Sussed local staff are a dab hand at matching each course with over 320 wines, including Tasmanian tipples.
- Dress code This is laid-back Tassie, so casual chic rules. Bring a jacket or pashmina for evening dining as it can get chilly once the sun goes down.
- Top table Bag a table for two by the curving floor-to-ceiling windows at Palate for romance-fuelled views over the villas to the Hazards peaks. Groups should ask for a larger table on the upper level under the glam Hazards-shaped lighting installation.
- Last orders Palate stays open for dinner until 9pm. The bar whips up free drinks until 6.30pm and keeps pouring until the last guest leaves.
- Room service Available 24-hours, and your wish is pretty much Saffire's command.
- Hotel bar Taking its cue from eclectic Fifties cool, the Saffire Lounge, adjacent to Palate, offers a homely bar for retiring with a book or cocktail. The inviting fireplace draws you in on winter nights and there are boardgames if you're feeling competitive. For an aromatic way to pass time here, check out the professional wine lover's training kit, Jean Lenoir's Le Nez du Vin, a red case of 54 bottled scents for honing your nose. Alternatively, just grab a novel from the library upstairs and settle in with a glass of the real thing. Both the bar and Palate offer outdoor terraces, with a barbecue deck for balmy evening feasts.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details