Gourmet hotel breaks, Australia
Hungry for a gourmet break? From fine-dining country-house hotels and restaurants with rooms to Michelin-star-spangled kitchens at the culinary cutting edge, we've truffle-hunted hotels and foraged the world to cherry-pick those Smith stays that go above and beyond when it comes to cuisine. Whether you want a gastronomic experience par excellence or delectable farm-to-table fare, our gourmet breaks collection has a hotel to suit your foodie taste. Bon appetit!
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Stay at super-central Ovolo Hotel Melbourne to explore the city’s atmospheric laneway restaurants. Longrain, at 44 Little Bourke Street, is a favourite of Rick’s for delicious Thai-influenced food. Rick also suggests MoVida at graffiti-strewn 1 Hosier Lane. ‘I filmed with MoVida’s Frank Camorra in Seville – his tapas bar serves fabulous, simple, authentic tapas with great chorizo’. Hot newer venues include Tonka, Chin Chin and Mamasita. Don’t miss Queen Victoria Market for seasonal snacking.
Spend a day touring the iconic Yarra Valley wine region, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Rick loves De Bortoli Wines: ‘We started selling their Noble One botrytis sémillon 20 years ago, and list both their excellent chardonnay and pinot noir.’ Australian Wine Tour Co offers vineyard-hopping trips. If you’re driving, call in at Tarrawarra Museum of Art, which has a restaurant and wine tastings. Swing by Healesville Sanctuary to see koalas, kangaroos and platypuses, then lunch at chic Innocent Bystander. Once you’ve supped and sipped to your heart’s content, catch your Emirates flight home from Melbourne.
Treat yourself to downtime at Victoria’s sybaritic spa town Daylesford, where gourmet getaway the Lake House hotel beckons. It’s two hours 20 minutes drive from Dunkeld (stop off at goldrush town Ballarat). Co-owner Alla Wolf-Tasker has long championed Victorian produce, so book ahead for her award-winning restaurant. You can also sample her food at casual café Wombat Hill House in the Botanic Gardens. In-house Salus Spa features treehouse-style treatment rooms, or indulge at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa’s hydrotherapy Sanctuary.