A stunning fusion of Japanese decor and traditional 19th century South Australian architecture.
When you first enter the building you are mesmerized by the beauty of the foyer and can't wait to explore further.
There is beautiful art work on the walls, furniture that just seems right, and a feeling of space that betrays the fact that this is a buiding from the 1850s. The owners have devoted a great deal of thought and effort to produce a very special experience for their guests.
Our suite was superbly decorated and cleverly designed by an excellent architect. The bathroom was amongst the best we have experienced - spacious, well lit, with clever touches such as a heated mirror to prevent fogging, excellent exhaust fans hidden by high quality stainless steel fittings, good quality tapware and great attention to detail.
Our suite had a large glass table with 2 very comfortable Oriental style chairs on castors. The divider between the sitting area and the bedroom was an antique Asian cabinet with a mirrored back and sides, it housed the T.V. There was a large bath, set up on a raised platform which was illuminated around it's periphery.
All in all the room was such an attractive place to be in, that we were very happy to spend time there.
The owners' hospitality was one of the joys of staying at The Australasian. We were provided with lots of information about the local area, and made to feel more like welcome guests in someone's home than patrons in a hotel.
We had dinner in their atmospherically decorated dining room on both nights that we stayed there, and the meals themselves were worth the trip to Goolwa.
Julliet is clearly a very talented and innovative chef with a real passion for food; she prepares eveything from scratch, and manages to combine Asian flavours seamlessly with Australian produce. The food is beautifully presented, the flavours are clean and fresh and the portions are just right.
Breakfast is served in the room. The bell rings and when you open the door, there is a trolley ouside with a cooked breakfast, good tea and lots of little goodies. You don't see who brought it up, and no one to see you at your worst first thing in the morning!
There is secure parking in a courtyard accessible by a coded electric gate. Their attention to detail is such, that even this courtyard is paved and landscaped to foreshadow the interior decor.
The Australasian is not just a luxurious place to stay, it is a real event and a fascinating experience that we can't wait to repeat.
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