The slogan for Saffire is 'The Jewel of Tasmania'. And in some ways I'd have to agree.
This hotel is rather stunning. Yet understated at the same time. I have to say that this well-seasoned traveller found the design choices a little interesting. Not really what I'd expected and certainly like nothing I've seen before. The whole place 'works' - but in a strange 'eclectic' way. The hotel was only 6 or 7 weeks young when my husband and I stayed. And I suspect a little bit of wear-and-tear might make this property a little more homely and cosy. Regardless: Huge suites (only 20), a great bathtub with a beautiful view, an astonishingly perfect bed, and some amazing personal touches throughout our stay that we would have never in our wildest dreams considered requesting. Turn-down was very special indeed. I won't spoil your stay by telling you what happens at the end of the movie. But it's clear the staff here have been directed to think of the 'extras'. They've also done away with 'check-in'. You're welcomed at your car and immediately escorted to your suite via a tour of the hotel. A signature in your suite is all that's required.
Our stay was very memorable, for the better. Staff here address you by your first name. The service: informal and friendly, but proper. Perhaps a little clunky at times. But credit where credit's due, the staff were clearly still getting used to their new digs. By the way the food and beverage staff introduced the evening's dishes (6 course tasting menu with matched wines - devine!) it was clear they hadn't yet sampled the entire menu. But this was the only thing I could fault. That, and perhaps the occasional muddy footprint on the beautiful central timber staircase. Admittedly, we (the guests at large) were to blame - returning from the day's activities with sloppy boots. Otherwise, it was an impeccable property indeed. We did feel a little uneasy when an itinerary filled with activities we'd been booked into was presented to us at check-in. How do you politely say 'no-thanks'? We simply wanted to relax.
To add to the 'plusses': My facial was one of the best I've ever received. A handful of staff were absolutely faultless: Shanon, our waitress for a few of our meals was superb; Marc, in guest relations - absolutely charming. And the view alone is worth half the nightly rate.
My husband and I expected a lot from this property considering what we were paying. ($1700 AUD per night - a significant sum in Australia.) But once we drank, ate, soaked-up (the products) and walked our way through all the inclusions, we left feeling as though it was decent value-for money. Especially considering we'd recently paid the same for a 'room only' at the George V in Paris. (But that's Paris!)
I suspect that in a few months, the staff and the building will have settled-in, making this an absolutely astonishing holiday experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saffire Freycinet is Australia’s luxury lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast adjacent to Coles Bay and overlooking the Freycinet Peninsula, famed for the iconic Wineglass Bay. Delivering sophisticated and intimate style and an inspirational experience, our Tasmanian accommodation blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. Featuring 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar, this five-star plus luxury lodge experience is a celebration of the art of service, internal and external wellbeing, local culinary delights, ancient landscapes and abundant wildlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saffire Freycinet Hotel Coles Bay
- Saffire Freycinet Tasmania - Coles Bay