With its borders re-opened to the world and travel recovery on the rise, Tourism Australia is highlighting new and upcoming luxury accommodations for visitors to the country.
Launching in 2022 and 2023, new openings and upcoming properties range from the first Ace Hotel in the southern hemisphere, to the first Marriott Luxury Collection property in Australia, to a lodge experience for nature lovers.
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Ace Hotel – Sydney
Opened on 18MAY 2022, the Ace Hotel Sydney marks Ace’s very first home in the Southern Hemisphere. Nestled in Surry Hills, Ace Hotel Sydney is a “reimagination of a historical location,” with 257 guest rooms and a variety of suites. The hotel also offers a range of dining options, including ground-floor restaurant, LOAM; craft cocktails, wine and beers at Lobby Bar; day-to-night cafe and bar, Good Chemistry; and the “genre-bending” restaurant Kiln, located 18 stories above Ace and helmed by Chef-Partner Mitch Orr.
Finniss River Lodge – near Darwin
Perched on the edge of a vast floodplain, the newly opened Finniss River Lodge is located a 90-minute drive or 20-minute private charter flight south-west of Darwin. For guests looking for a relaxing escape, suites and amenities fill the venue, along with a wet-edge pool, all offering views out over the surrounding floodplain and sunsets. Otherwise, for those wanting to explore the region, there are a range of immersive experiences led by guides, including air boating, on-property four-wheel drive or open buggy tours, heli-fishing and cultural learning with Indigenous guide, Tess Aite.
The Tasman – Hobart, Tasmania
The Tasman Hotel in Hobart’s city centre is the Marriott Luxury Collection brand’s first in Australia. Located in Parliament Square just a six-minute walk from Hobart’s city centre, the hotel features 152 rooms and suites with restored features and Georgian and Art-Deco design elements throughout. The hotel also houses a range of premium dining options, including a lobby lounge, whisky bar and signature Italian restaurant in partnership with Chef Massimo Mele.
Sequoia at Mount Lofty House – Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Located within an hour of ADL in the Adelaide Hills, Sequoia houses 14 “sustainably designed” suites each with panoramic views of the city and surrounding region. The lodge, situated on the Mount Lofty Estate, features spring-fed stone hot pools, an infinity pool, day spa and valley rim campfire amphitheatre. Sequoia has an on-site team of local Experience Hosts who guide guests through activities themed around the lodge’s key experience pillars of Food and Wine, Wellness, Nature and History.
QT Newcastle (opening JUN 2022) – Newcastle, New South Wales
Located a 90-minute drive north of Sydney, Newcastle may be known for its laid back beach culture, but it will soon also house its own luxury accommodation offering. The boutique QT Hotel brand will be making its debut in Newcastle in JUN 2022, marking the fourth QT property to open in Australia. Set to take over the former 111-year-old David Jones department store building, QT Newcastle will be located on Hunter Mall right in the centre of the beach-side city. The hotel will feature 106-rooms, a rooftop bar and its signature QT dining concept.
The Langham Gold Coast (opening JUN 2022) – Gold Coast, Queensland
Located on the sands of Surfers Paradise, The Langham Gold Coast will feature 169 rooms and suites and an additional 170 serviced apartments as part of the new Jewel Residences by The Langham. Visible throughout the Gold Coast, the hotel will be located inside the tallest of three waterside skyscrapers. It is the first and largest development with direct beach access to be built in the coastal city within the last 30 years, offering uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean or the Hinterland. Surrounded by the dining district and nightlife of the Gold Coast, the hotel offers guests a base to explore the region. The hotel will also offer a Cantonese restaurant T’ang Cou, an afternoon tea experience similar to that found at The Langham in London, and several wellness offerings built around traditional Chinese medicine.
Ritz Carlton (opening late 2022) – Melbourne, Victoria
Australia’s culture capital is getting set to ‘put on the Ritz,’ with the arrival of The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Melbourne in late 2022. Located on the CBD hive of Spencer Street within walking distance of some of the city’s iconic dining and shopping destinations, the hotel will be housed in the West Side Place. The precinct will include four towers accommodating more than 2,600 one, two and three bedroom residences, many with views across the city and the bay, and lifestyle facilities. The Ritz Carlton hotel itself will also set a record as Australia’s tallest hotel, complete with a “sky check-in”, a restaurant on level 79 and 263 hotel suites.
W Sydney (opening late 2022) – Sydney, New South Wales
Set to be the biggest W Hotel in its portfolio of more than 60 across the globe, W Sydney will be re-imagining the site of the old IMAX theatre in the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The hotel is within walking distance of the dining and shopping district as well as the surrounding CBD suburbs. will. The glass building will boast 593 guest rooms and an assortment of larger serviced apartments, along with a restaurant, two bars, spa and an infinity pool overlooking the harbour.
The Westin Margaret River (opening 2023) – Margaret River, Western Australia
Located on the southern headland of Gnarabup Beach in Margaret River, 2.5 hours’ drive south of Perth, the Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa is slated to open in 2023. The resort will be home to 120 guestrooms, including 45 suites, featuring views of the coastline. Seeking to offer guests an opportunity to rest and recuperate, the resort will feature a range of spa packages from the iconic Heavenly brand as well as a signature Westin fitness studio and a resort-style outdoor swimming pool. Drawing heavily on local produce, there will be a diverse range of culinary offerings on site including an all-day dining restaurant, lobby lounge and pool bar.
For more information, visit Tourism Australia’s web site.