Another day, another list South Australia kicks ass in. This time it’s the Travel + Leisure Top 100 Hotels In The World, and guess what? We’re listed twice! Guess what else? No other Australian hotels are, which is yet more proof that South Australia is the best Australian state (not that we needed anymore proof, but ya’know, even the Queen likes to be appreciated every now and again). Move out the way NSW and Victoria, there’s a new champ in town.
Placing at number 47 and with a score of 96.30 is the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. At the Lodge, situated on top of a secluded cliff, you’ll sit on your balcony and have views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness uninterrupted by the harshness of city buildings. Described as ‘sensitive, intimate and sophisticated’, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe.
The Lodge offers many itineraries so you can be sure you’ll see the best of what Kangaroo Island has to offer. Whether it’s sea lions at Seal Bay, an exploration of the vast wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park or a journey through coastal flora along the limestone clifftops, they’ll lead the way.
Just look at how gorgeous their photos below are, and check their Instagram for more drool-worthy pics.
Close behind at number 53 and with a score of 96.22 is The Louise in the Barossa Valley. Passionate about celebrating the bounty of the Barossa’s fine food, world-class wine and people, The Louise is a true experience like no other. Their restaurant, Appellation, understands the true meaning of fresh food, using produce from their own kitchen garden, located just meters from the restaurant.
Their suites are the definition of pamper, with luxury linens, deep spa tubs, rain showers, gaslog fireplaces and private outdoor spaces, you’ll feel like you’ve walked through the pearly gates and stepped into heaven. If you’d like to get out of your private oasis and see the Barossa, that can be arranged too, whether it’s the romance of champagne, an in-suite massage and flowers, or something a bit more adventurous like a balloon flight, trike tour, exclusive wine experience with a local winemaker, or breakfast with the kangaroos.
Basically, this list confirms what we’ve been saying all along: South Australia is the most beautiful state in Australia. From our pristine beaches free from pebbles and rubbish, to our incredible selection of fine wine, to our stunning landscapes, sunsets and scenery, we cannot be topped.