Wallpaper* readers often frequent luxury lodges on Australia's eastern and southern coasts and in the country's red center, with favorite destinations including Bedarra and Lizard Islands off Queensland's coast, One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains, El Questro in the Kimberley, Longitude 131 at Uluru, and Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. However, Western Australia has remained relatively unexplored until now.
New openings in the region offer the opportunity for an upscale grand tour, ranging from desert camps to urban sanctuaries, winelands, and beach retreats. Como Hotels, for instance, has unveiled its first Australian property in Perth, making it easily accessible to European travelers with direct flights from London and Rome to Perth. Here's a complete list of the latest and improved destinations for those heading west from the east.
Sal Salis in the Ningaloo Coast: Sal Salis offers an exquisite beachfront experience that seems reminiscent of Mozambique. Sixteen canvas bush tents blend seamlessly into the landscape, with careful attention to minimizing the impact on the local turtle population. Ningaloo Reef, one of the world's largest fringing reefs, is just meters away, offering opportunities for snorkeling and enjoying the marine life.
Smiths Beach Resort in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park: Smiths Beach Resort presents a modern and scenic escape, where you can surf and dine amidst stunning ocean views. Surfing spots are ranked from beginner to legend, and the resort offers excellent local wines and craft beers.
Ampersand Estates in Peerabeelup: Ampersand Estates is a project by Melissa Bell and Corrie Scheepers, who transformed a winery into a haven of luxury. With three historic houses set amid a vineyard, guests can enjoy the charm of traditional accommodations and explore the beautiful surroundings.
Como The Treasury in Perth: Como The Treasury, situated within Perth's historic State Building, offers a contemporary experience in a classic setting. Light and space dominate the design, and the hotel features a Shambhala spa and exquisite cuisine options.
Samphire in Rottnest Island: Samphire Rottnest blends seamlessly with the rugged landscape of Rottnest Island. With rustic interiors and stunning outdoor spaces, guests can enjoy various adventurous activities, from skydiving to helicopter tours and thrilling boat rides.
Cape Lodge in the Margaret River Wine Region: Nestled in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region, Cape Lodge offers a country club-like atmosphere, complete with a vineyard exclusively for guests. The estate boasts a variety of amenities, including guided hikes and helicopter tours.