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2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards- Saffire

  • #1 Best Luxury Hotel in Australia and South Pacific Region and #10 Best Luxury Hotel in the World
  •  #1 Best Service in Australia and South Pacific Region
  •  #1 Best Small Hotel in Australia and #3 Best Small Hotel in the World

What a Year for Spicers Peak Lodge

Dec 30, 2015

Spicers Peak Lodge wraps up the year with some commendable industry recognition with these well-deserved awards and accolades. A wonderful achievement for their dedicated and passionate mountain team - congratulations!

•   Winner Fine Dining Restaurant in a Hotel 2015 (Restaurant and Catering Awards)

•   Gold Winner Best Luxury Accommodation 2015 (Queensland Tourism Awards)

•   Australasia’s Best Boutique Hotel 2015 (Boutique Hotel Awards)

Located on 8000 acres at the peak of the ridge, with breathtaking views of the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park and Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is Queensland’s highest mountain lodge retreat. This architecturally stunning lodge is an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic design. With ten luxurious suites and two Private Lodges, Spicers Peak Lodge serves as an intimate and relaxing accommodation experience in one of South East Queensland's most beautiful wilderness areas.

Where Nothing Is Impossible

Dec 23, 2015

Conde Nast Traveler (US) have announced the 2016 Gold List ~ and Longitude 131º is on it!

"The luxury tented camp Longitude 131º, situated deep in the Red Centre in Australia’s Northern Territory, seems to disappear into the sand dunes, always reflecting one thing we discerning travelers seek: primacy of place".

This year’s Gold List— the editors’ annual selection of the properties doing it best. At its best, a world-class hotel asks as much of its guests as the guests do of it, inspiring visitors to be better versions of themselves long after they have left.

"... in our culling process, we kept coming back to this idea of hotel as arbiter—not just of those characteristics one ascribes to hospitality but also of culture more generally. ...The luxury tented camp Longitude 131º, situated deep in the Red Centre in Australia’s Northern Territory, seems to disappear into the sand dunes, always reflecting one thing we discerning travelers seek: primacy of place".

KI Food Safari August 2016

Nov 09, 2015

The fabulously popular KI Food Safari returns in 2016 to Southern Ocean Lodge for seven rollicking nights from August 20-27!  Charting a route of culinary discovery across Kangaroo Island in search of plentiful food and wine hand-picked straight from the source.

South Australia’s own much-loved food legend Maggie Beer will star as Safari Leader, interchanging with a yet to be announced chef of culinary renown (think big!). There will be appearances throughout by local producers and food personalities, feasting in the field and a celebration of the day’s harvest enjoyed around the table at Southern Ocean Lodge.

Inclusive of 7 nights accommodation, return Regional Express flights between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, itinerary of epicurean excursions, KI Food Safari kit and standard rate inclusions. To whet your appetite further, visit KI Food Safari. It's not too early to reserve a place - taking reservations now!

Picture courtesy Craig Wickham, EKI

Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World

Oct 25, 2015

Congratulations Southern Ocean Lodge - the only Australian property to make the list of the world's top 100 hotels and resorts in Conde Nast Traveler's readers' choice awards for 2015.

The respected luxury travel publication announced the list voted by more than 128,000 travellers who submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments to determine the list.

Not only did Condé Nast Traveler Reader's vote Southern Ocean Lodge among the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World in the 2015 Awards, but also #3 in Australia & the South Pacific.

Conde Nast praised the lodge's spectacular location and singled out the food as one of its best experiences.

Southern Ocean Lodge also recently made Traveller's own list of Australia's best hotels and resorts, with contributor Ute Junker writing: "What sets Southern Ocean Lodge apart is the way an afternoon spent doing nothing is turned into a memorable experience. Swathe yourself in a cashmere blanket, grab one of the superb South Australian wines from the help-yourself bar, and curl up in an armchair to spend an afternoon gazing out at the mesmerising sight of the Southern Ocean pounding towards you. Unforgettable."

Baillie Lodges, owner of Southern Ocean Lodge, managing director James Baillie welcomed the result. "I think the world's best hotels, resorts and lodges offer much more than style or luxury, they create a complete experience for their guests and allow them to make a connection with their surrounds," he said. "That's what we have always aimed for at Southern Ocean Lodge - to create a uniquely Australian standard of luxury that gives guests a connection with the natural beauty, wildlife and lifestyle of Kangaroo Island."


Join Australia's largest offshore keelboat regatta on Hamilton Island. qualia plays host to many of the headline off water events including showpiece dinners with celebrity guests and fashion parades.

The 28th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week welcomed another week of spectacular sailing and off-water events August 16-24, 2013. Sailors and spectators alike were privileged to view the infamous America’s Cup as it made a star appearance on Hamilton Island during the week, and a forum about the 34th America’s Cup held an eager audience with its unique and inspiring content.

KI Food Safari | Southern Ocean Lodge

Food Safari kicks off at Southern Ocean Lodge

on August 24th and charts a route of culinary discovery across Kangaroo Island in search of fabulous food and wine, hand - picked straight from the source. The six night KI Food Safari is a hands-on, muddy-boots paddock and vineyard discovery of Kangaroo Island’s best produce and its journey to the plates and glasses at the lauded Southern Ocean Lodge.

South Australia’s own much-loved food legend Maggie Beer returns for an encore performance as Safari



Each will guide excursions from farm to winery to choose the finest and freshest produce for the evening’s menu. Guests can expect star appearances throughout by local producers and food personalities. The Safari will travel across Kangaroo Island, a destination emerging globally as an island of exceptional food producers who operate on a mostly small scale, sustainable and personal basis. The Safari ‘troopers’ will meet producers, taste straight from the source and hear remarkable stories along the way. The six night itinerary will include a working experience at the Sheep Milk Dairy,a visit to the green pastures of Southrock Lamb and the shady groves of KI Olive Oil. Guests might pluck marron and

Abalone from the farm, savour pure Ligurian honey straight from the hive and shuck oysters from the

leases at American River.

Relax with good company and enjoy fine winery lunches, cooking demonstrations, Southern Ocean

BBQs and sunset drinks at Remarkable Rocks. Finish with the day’s harvest celebrated in a spectacular

menu enjoyed around the table at Southern Ocean Lodge.

Three major awards received in the past three weeks
Barossa Valley, 23rd August 2013 - Appellation restaurant, based at The Louise luxury vineyard
retreat, has been honoured with top marks in the recently released 2014 Australian Restaurant
Guide by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine. Published for more than a decade, the Guide is
Australia’s most authoritative and well-respected source for information about restaurants across
the nation.
For 2014, Appellation is rated two-stars and three goblets and achieved the numerically highest
position of any South Australia restaurant out of their ranking of the top 100 restaurants in Australia.
There were only nine restaurants in the country earning higher marks (three-stars) and Appellation
was the only SA restaurant earning the two-star award, which the Guide declares: “Two-stars make
an establishment a superior dining experience in all respects, worthy of a detour.”
This is the seventh year that Appellation has rated among the top 50 restaurants in Australia and
makes Appellation the most consistently awarded restaurant in South Australia. “We are naturally
pleased to achieve this recognition,” notes Ryan Edwards, executive chef of Appellation since
taking over from Mark McNamara just over a year ago. “The kitchen team here is incredibly focused
on fresh locally-sourced supplies and implementing innovations that are showing through to guests.”
Earlier this month, Appellation was named for the sixth year in a row as the restaurant with the Best
Wine List in South Australia at the Wine List of the Year Awards sponsored by Gourmet Traveller
WINE magazine and Fine Wine Partners. Appellation was one of only a handful of ‘three goblet’ top
tier winners from over 300 restaurants across Australia in this year’s awards,
Additionally, Wine Spectator magazine, published in the USA, has just announced the 2013 issue of
The World’s Best Wine Lists. For the third time, Appellation’s wine list was accorded a Wine
Spectator Award of Excellence in this prestigious selection and is the only South Australia
restaurant to achieve this recognition.

Jeremy Strode at The Louise – Food Tour, Dine and Stay

Stay at The Louise and discover the flavours and produce of the Barossa region.

Join Executive Chef Ryan Edwards and visiting chef Jeremy Strode from Sydney’s Bistrode CBD and The Fish, with a day out and about in the Barossa visiting local food providores and lunch at iconic Hutton Vale. Followed by drinks on the sunset terrace and dinner in the Six Seasons private dining room where Ryan and Jeremy will be creating a wine paired menu featuring the stunning produce of our region.

Saturday 20th April 2013

Day excursion – 9am until 3:30pm

Dinner – 6:30pm until late

Stay Friday and Saturday nights and take advantage of the amazing accommodation, food tour and dinner package starting from $1395 per couple. Numbers are limited.

qualia named the Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region
 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

17 October 2012: qualia, Hamilton Island’s world class luxury resort on the Great Barrier Reef, has been named the Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

One of only four properties to ever receive a flawless score in the survey’s 25-year history, qualia has also become the first Australian property to ever top the prestigious survey. Scoring a complete 100 in all categories including Rooms, Service, Food, Location, Design and Activities, qualia has been described by Condé Nast Traveler as ‘sheer perfection’ and ‘flawless’.

A unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, qualia’s vision to deliver an exceptional experience from award winning cuisine to the finest resort leisure facilities anywhere in the world sees it topping a list that includes many of the world’s most highly recognised luxury hotel chains and names.

‘This recognition by such sophisticated and well-travelled readers is truly gratifying,’ notes Sandy Oatley, Chairman of Hamilton Island Enterprises. 

‘When we bought Hamilton Island nearly 10 years ago and developed the vision for qualia, it was to create a luxury oasis that maximised the sheer beauty of the idyllic location with a standard of service that was uniquely Australian, yet that would meet and exceed the expectations of the most discerning travellers from around the world. This award is testament that we are doing our job.’

Situated on Hamilton Island's sun-drenched northern-most tip with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea, qualia’s unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool.

For something truly special, guests can experience qualia’s Beach House. With its main bedroom and ensuite, spacious entertaining area with large flat-screen TV with surround sound, 10-person dining area, private full-sized swimming pool and separate guesthouse, the Beach House is an indulgence like no other.

The resort's myriad recreational offerings include two tranquil infinity-edged pools, two bars and restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, which offers an array of unique, indigenous Australian treatments. Guests of qualia also have full access to Hamilton Island's world-class Yacht Club and 18-hole championship golf course on neighbouring Dent Island.


qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ outdoor performance, Great Barrier Feast series featuring internationally acclaimed visiting chefs for gourmet culinary weekends and the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – the largest offshore sailing regatta in Australia.

2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards will be featured in the November issue of the magazine and now at For more information visit

NEW YORK, NY – (December 29, 2011) Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, the most respected publication in luxury travel, today revealed its 2012 Grand Award winners. We are pleased to announce that The Louise was named to the prestigious list, which is comprised of Mr. Harper's favorite 19 properties he visited within the past calendar year.
The Hideaway of the Year and the 18 Grand Award winners around the world are identified in the January 2012 issue of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and online at
Each of Mr. Harper's Grand Award winners possesses exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. Mr. Harper does not evaluate hotels by means of a checklist, but uses his three decades of experience to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent.
“This year, I was thrilled to find sophisticated hideaways in places as unexpected as China, Ecuador and Panama. But 2011 also yielded striking discoveries in classic destinations such as Rome, Corsica and the south of France,” says Mr. Harper.
The full list of 2012 Hideaway Report Grand Award winners:
Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Ocean House, Rhode Island
Glenmere Mansion, New York
Panamonte Inn & Spa, Panama
Hotel Plaza Grande, Ecuador
Jumby Bay, Antigua
Hôtel Le Toiny, St. Barths
Sasaab, Kenya
Elsa’s Kopje, Kenya
Casa Manni, Italy
La Coquillade, France
The Yeatman, Portugal
Domaine de Murtoli, France
Amanfayun, China
Four Seasons Hangzhou, China
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia
The Louise, Australia
Trump International Hotel, Chicago
The Resort at Pelican Hill, California

About Andrew Harper
Free of advertising since its inception in June 1979, Hideaway Report is a private monthly publication for sophisticated travelers. The selection of hotels, resorts and restaurants for inclusion in this newsletter is made on a completely independent basis, with Andrew Harper LLC paying full rate for all meals, lodging and related travel expenses. Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write candid and unbiased travel reviews for a private membership service, which provides personalized travel-planning assistance, bespoke tours and valuable travel privileges to its members.