Need to know
11am, but flexible subject to availability (a late departure fee may apply); check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1524.10 (AU$2,045), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional of 1% per on check-out.
Rates usually include full board, activities, a welcome spa treatment, open bar until 6.30pm and free minibar treats. A one per cent surcharge applies for stays prepaid by credit card.
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.
At the hotel
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.
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 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.
With the beach so close Saffire doesn't offer a communal pool, but the four Premium Suites feature private plunge pools.
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.
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.
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-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.