My wife and I are dedicated admirers of the Baillie Lodges (Capella and SOL) and visited Tasmania and Saffire at their suggestion. We were certainly not disappointed!
I need not describe the fantastic setting and ultra-modern new buildings- they are just as described on the website- except to say that the view of the Hazards from the restaurant and rooms has to be one of the best in the world. The room itself (number 14, a mid-level suite) was spacious and well-appointed. Some guests have remarked about lack of privacy of the bath and the need for drapes on the upper windows. We found neither to be an issue- in fact we always leave all of the blinds up anyway! We had one day of rain and spent it relaxing in the room with champagne from the mini-bar. The only thing missing was an Ecosmart fireplace (as at SOL).
We had a private one-day guided tour with Veronica (who we knew from SOL) of the nature park (the wombat is to die for) with a plentiful lunch at Frecinet Winery and visit to several beaches. This was a most memorable day and the weather was lovely. Due to our short stay (2 days) and rainy weather we did not partake of the many other possibilities (boat trips, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, etc) and will leave them for next time. We had massages at the spa upon arrival that were probably the best we have ever had- a great cure for jet-lag.
The food at the restaurant was another highlight. Service was friendly and efficient and the servers were very knowledgeable about the local wines (which flowed quite freely). Although we usually do not do tasting menus, we tried it the second night and were so impressed we had it again the next night. The tasting menu changed every two nights so we had a different menu each night. Portions were significant (but not too large) and the food was highly imaginative. We allowed the server (usually Byron) to pare Tasmanian wines with each course and they just seemed to get better and better (large pours helped of course!). We had been in London the previous month and there was nothing that compared with the food at Saffire! We highly recommend the all-inclusive package (all meals, wine, etc.) as there is probably no restaurant in Tasmania that could compare, let alone locally. We noted that the dining room was full on our last evening and we can understand why.
Matt, the GM, was present every evening and was a welcoming host. He was very interested in our impressions of the hotel and noted our comments about the fireplaces. As the hotel is only one year old we are sure they will sort out this kind of issue in the future.
It would be hard to match a Baillie Lodge but Saffire comes close. Like Capella and SOL, Saffire is expensive to be sure. Given the remote and stunning location, fantastic architecture, professional level of service , and with virtually everything included, it seemed like a bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saffire Freycinet is Australia’s luxury lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast adjacent to Coles Bay and overlooking the Freycinet Peninsula, famed for the iconic Wineglass Bay. Delivering sophisticated and intimate style and an inspirational experience, our Tasmanian accommodation blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. Featuring 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar, this five-star plus luxury lodge experience is a celebration of the art of service, internal and external wellbeing, local culinary delights, ancient landscapes and abundant wildlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saffire Freycinet Hotel Coles Bay
- Saffire Freycinet Tasmania - Coles Bay