Nestled halfway along Tasmania’s East Coast, just two and a half hours’ scenic drive from Hobart and two hours’ drive from Launceston, the Saffire Freycinet Resort is a jewel of a getaway any time of the year, and for any occasion. Come in from the air and you’ll spot its unusual “wave” roofline, making the building look like an exotic tropical bird, perched and ready for flight. Pause in the lobby for a look around and you’ll see the lofty ceiling that roofline enables, along with panoramic views out the windows beneath it. Book one of its luxury suites and you’ll be pampered from start to finish: your suite’s beautiful appointments include Tasmanian timber furnishings and fittings as part of their eclectic decor, with sublime privacy and seclusion the perfect “icing on the cake.”
All suites include king-sized beds, private courtyards and outdoor decks, living room areas, double showers and “baths with a view,” and entertainment options including LDC TVs, Blu-ray DVD, Wi-Fi, and iPod music systems. Your package also comes with abundant “goodies”: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including your choice of beverage; mini-bars and drinks in the lounge; complimentary “experiences” (from beach activities to pelican cruises to wine adventures, to name a few), and credit in the Spa Saffire toward not-to-be-missed treatments. Of course, this is in addition to swimming, kayaking, games, and other fun — in fact, so much is included at Saffire that there’s no way you can do it all in one stay. But that’s all right, too: it just gives you more reason to come back for a second “helping” of this magical place.