Guide to South Australia’s best luxury group accommodation

Here’s a guide to South Australia’s best luxury group accomodation stays, all the way from tranquil coastal havens to award-winning wine regions.

Finding the perfect luxury group accommodation isn’t always an easy task, especially when you’re planning a getaway with your family or a group of friends.

South Australia boasts a diverse range of stunning destinations, from the tranquil coastal havens of Kangaroo Island to the lush wine regions of the Barossa Valley. Whether you’re travelling with a cozy crew of six or a lively group of sixteen, we’ve got you covered.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the finest luxury group accommodations South Australia has to offer. Discover the ideal retreats to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. We’ve arranged the options below by your group size below to make it easy for you.

Sleeps up to 6 guests

Barossa Glasshouse – Barossa Valley

Barossa Glasshouse is a house unlike any other, nestled into the hillside capturing breathtaking panoramic views of the Barossa Valley region. Barossa Glasshouse was built in 2012 and became recognised as one of Australia’s most iconic houses.

It features three stunning bedrooms, a sunken lounge with panoramic views of vineyards and the Barossa Ranges and a stunning open wood fireplace.

Sleeps up to 6 people
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Dune House – Kangaroo Island

Nestled on the crest of a protected sand dune in a natural bush setting, dune house overlooks a length of pristine Emu Bay coast.

The circular design of dune house provides light and views for every room. You can step off the timber and stone deck and find yourself right on the sand. Swim or walk along the 5km white beach, watching the dolphins as you go. Lounge on the deck with koalas, wallabies, penguins, an echidna or a goanna, all likely to visit at leisure.

Dune House can accommodate up to 6 people, so if you love the look of this but have a larger group (or you’re two separate families travelling together) you can also book in conjunction with Hamilton House nearby to bring the maximum guests up to 12.

Sleeps up to 6 people (but you can book both retreats to sleep 12)
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NAIKO Retreet – Fleurieu Peninsula

Nestled between Deep Creek National Park and Talisker Conservation Park, Naiko Retreat (pronounced Nay-co) is located approximately 90 minutes from Adelaide, South Australia on the tourist treasure Fleurieu Peninsula.  Situated on a 2000-acre farm known as “Rarkang”, the Retreat is set majestically on a cliff overlooking its own pristine and secluded beach and beyond with uninterrupted views across the Southern Ocean to Kangaroo Island.

The eco-conscious and secluded Retreat sleeps a maximum of six guests in three spacious, identical king bedrooms each with its own luxury ensuite bathroom.

Sleeps up to 6 people
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Sleeps up to 8 guests

Altamira Retreat – McLaren Vale

Tucked away amongst McLaren Vale’s rolling hills and the postcard-blue waters of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Altamira Retreat is nestled into a little corner of paradise. Set amongst ancient gum trees and shiraz vines, the stresses of everyday living are left at the top of the driveway.

Featuring four luxurious bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen and spacious entertaining areas, Altamira coolly blends mid-century aesthetics with modern design. 

Sleeps up to 8 people
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Maridallah Retreat – Inman Valley

Escape to South Australia’s latest luxury eco-tourism retreat located one hour south of Adelaide, in the luscious Inman Valley. Maridallah Retreat sits proudly on 66 acres of your own private conversation park, brimming with natural wildlife. Perched high up on a hill it allows you to enjoy the tranquillity of nature, whilst marvelling at the distant sea views.

Each room of the four rooms in the retreat offers sweeping panoramic views, as the architectural design leaves no stone unturned to astonish you.

Sleeps up to 8 people
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Martin House – Port Willunga

Martin House is the designer home in Port Willunga’s most exclusive pocket on Martin Street overlooking Linear Park. The stunning architecturally designed home, styled with beautifully curated pieces, is the perfect escape for families, friends or couples wanting to relax & reconnect in nature. There are 4 beautiful modern bedrooms matched with three equally beautiful bathrooms.

An 800m walk along the reserve to Port Willunga beach & the Star of Greece. 10min drive to McLaren Vale’s stunning wine region

Sleeps up to 8 people
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Pago – Middleton

Pago is a deeply private retreat; a sanctuary in the heart of the village of Middleton. Each of the 4 king-size bedrooms has their own ensuite bathroom, created within the old Middleton stables. They nestle around a large swimming pool and spa in an acre of private garden.

Built in the 1850s from local stone and handmade red bricks, these 4 rooms have been restored into luxurious, private rooms that allow you to unwind and retreat.

Sleeps up to 8 people
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Reef House – Aldinga Beach

The new Reef House Airbnbs at Aldinga Beach is redefining luxury along South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, with uninterrupted sea views overlooking the stunning turquoise reef and exceptional architectural elements. The two cushy Airbnbs are owned by media sensation and newsreader Kate Freebairn and her partner Nick Fahey who saw a gap in the market for luxury beachfront holiday rentals.

Each house sleeps 8, but on request, the backyards can be combined by rolling back a retractable fence – creating one huge holiday home for up to 16 guests. 

Sleeps up to 8 guests (can accommodation 16 across both Airbnbs)
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River Hamptons – Riverland, Berri

In the heart of the Riverland, amongst the red dirt and gums that line the Murray is the River Hamptons.

The main Homestead sleeps 8 people in 4 bedrooms: 2 full-size bedrooms, a bunk room and the massive self-contained master suite. The Barn accommodates 4 people across 2 bedrooms. Perfect as a separate retreat for the kids.

This garden oasis also offers a stunning pool area, tennis court and many outdoor entertaining areas with expansive lawns.

Sleeps up to 8 people (with another 4 people able to sleep in the barn)
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TIMBA – Fleurieu Peninsula

Switch off and reconnect with nature at this unforgettable off-grid escape by Rtreet. The 100+ acre four-bedroom luxury bush retreat caters to lovers of art, design and the environment. You can marvel at all the grandeur of the Fleurieu Peninsula with stunning panoramic views of rolling hills, vineyards and beyond out to the horizon where the sun meets the sea.

There’s a stunning freshwater swimming pool (heated from Nov-Apr) and a Japanese-style cedar hot tub, which is heated year-round.

Sleeps up to 8 people
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Yondah Beach House – Yorke Peninsula

Yondah Beach House really is the perfect place to coast. Privately located on 300 oceanfront acres on the wild southern coast of South Australia’s beautiful Yorke Peninsula, this multi-award-winning architect-designed (and pet-friendly) deluxe beach house is all about seclusion, space and simple elegance by the sea.

The accommodation is an architecturally-designed 4.5-star deluxe beach house with 3 deluxe bedrooms with 3 sparkling designer bathrooms, 4 separate decks, campfires, outdoor hot water shower, and also pet-friendly!

Sleeps up to 6 people
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Sleeps up to 10 guests

Atlantis – Port Elliot

This stylish property is only 200m from Horseshoe Bay and a short walk to the cafes, hotels, shops and the famous Port Elliot bakery of Port Elliot.

Over two levels, there are 4 bedrooms, 2 living areas with TVs, 2 bathrooms & toilets bath in the main bathroom, and a stunning outdoor dining and BBQ area.

Sleeps up to 10 people
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Cimicky House – Lyndoch

Cimicky Wines in the heart of the Barossa now has a stunning stunning Tuscan homestead on the property that can sleep up to 11 guests. The historic home was even once the residence of Charles Cimicky himself!

Positioned in an oasis of lush gardens and surrounded by vineyards you have full privacy and an abundance of space to enjoy, while still being a step away from Cimickys’ cellar door. Whether playing in the pool in summer or having a bottle of red by the fireplace in winter, Cimicky House has been thoughtfully set up to be the perfect family or friends getaway.

Sleeps up to 11 people
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Hollywood Tree House – Burnside, Adelaide

Hollywood Tree House is approximately 800 squares on a nicely sized property, complete with a pool and glorious balcony views over Adelaide. The home is contemporary but cosy. There are 5 big bedrooms all complete with King and Queen size beds and 3 bathrooms.

There is a home theatre and a games room complete with a bar, as well as a 20-meter-long front balcony and 3 3-level decking/entertaining area at the rear. It’s perfect for entertaining with your whole family or a bunch of friends.

Sleeps up to 10 people
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Pethick House – McLaren Vale

Spend your holidays jumping between some of the country’s best beaches and wineries, made all the more comfortable by staying in a luxury estate in McLaren Vale. The newly-renovated, contemporary four-bedroom 1.5-acre retreat is perfectly situated amongst the award-winning wineries and cellar doors the region has to offer. 

The house has multiple bright and airy open-plan spaces, one of which opens up to breathtaking views of the Willunga Hills but it’s the new outdoor heated pool and alfresco dining area that steals the show. At sunset, you can bring out a glass of wine from a bottle you most definitely would have bought that day and sit around the outdoor fire pit.

Sleeps up to 10 people
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Saltbush Farm – Cape Jervis, Fleurieu Peninsula

Saltbush Farm is a Luxury Farmhouse situated on one of the most beautiful landscapes at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. An architecturally designed home sits atop 100 acres of rural land, giving you unobstructed views of Kangaroo Island. Saltbush Farm is a working farm, so if you’re ready to experience what living on a farm in a luxury house with your crew is like, then this is the place for you.

It comes with 3 King size beds, 2 bunk beds king single, a fully equipped kitchen, it has a heated pool, there’s wifi, 2 TVs with complimentary Netflix and stunning indoor & outdoor fireplaces.

Sleeps up to 10 people
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Simon Tolley Lodge – Adelaide Hills

You may already be familiar with fifth-generation grape grower Simon Tolley and his award-winning range of classic Adelaide Hills cool-climate wines, but have you discovered the Simon Tolley Lodge yet?

Set amongst the expansive vineyards of Simon Tolley Wines, the newly renovated Simon Tolley Lodge offers premium vineyard accommodation in the heart of the world-renowned Adelaide Hills. Surrounded by 56 acres of land, including 32 acres of functioning vineyard, Simon Tolley Lodge boasts spectacular, picturesque hill views from each corner and every room. 

Perfect for a range of occasions, the Lodge offers 5 beds, catering for groups of 4 up to 10 guests and offers all the features and facilities you will ever need along with endless views and scenery.

Sleeps up to 10 people
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Sleeps 12 or more guests

DRIFT by Riverfun Houseboats – Riverland

Drift is a million-dollar houseboat offering a luxury holiday experience in the Riverland. Drift heralds a new benchmark in luxury mobile accommodation on Australia’s iconic River Murray. Moored at picturesque Renmark, Drift is an exercise in making time to sit back, relax and enjoy time with your loved ones.

Comfortably sleeping 12 people whether it’s a large family, a group of friends, or a cooperative get-together, it enjoys luxurious appointments inside and out. You can watch the sunset from the heated spa, lounge, bedroom, kitchen, or swim deck; the possibilities are endless with this full 360 view.

Sleeps up to 12 people
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The Station – Kapunda

All aboard a luxurious group accommodation experience at a 160-year-old refurbished railway station in Kapunda where revamped land and revitalising environment are worth celebrating – Welcome to The Station.

For groups of 10 to 14 guests, it’s a unique environment and within a short drive to both the Barossa and Clare Valleys. The Station elevates the idea of a getaway and creates a world of its own. The building gives cause for celebration and an atmosphere that instantly creates something incredibly special. This is a prime location for milestone birthdays, smaller weddings or even an escape for like-minded friends and pleasant company.  

Sleeps up to 14 people
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Waverley Estate – Port Elliot

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Set on 4 acres of private grounds, surrounded by luscious gardens, gum trees and a vineyard, a stay at Waverley Estate offers the ideal setting for those seeking intimacy and seclusion. Oozing with luxury, all rooms have been beautifully styled with French provincial furniture, antiques and rugs collected from travels abroad, and South Australian and Danish art.

Able to sleep up to 22 in fully self-contained accommodation, Waverley Estate has a portfolio of luxurious options for large groups.

Sleeps up to 22 people
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