Swoon-Worthy Stays: The 10 Best Hotels In Australia

Dying to book your next holiday? Fancy a mini staycation? Get ready to dine, drink and de-stress at some of Australia’s best hotels. From botanical beauts to poolside sanctuaries and luxurious bedrooms, we’re breaking down a top-tier list so you can snap some Insta-worthy pics while soaking in every moment at these retreats.

Brisbane: The Calile Hotel

Searching for one of the top 10 hotels in Australia? In Brisbane, The Calile Hotel is one of the coolest resorts around, thanks to the unique Miami vibes throughout. Whether you’re lounging in one of their minimalist pastel-coloured rooms, taking a dip in the pool or soaking up the sun on a mint green beach chair, you’ll be sure to get your R&R. To top off your holiday, check out the swish cocktail bar The Sound Garden, which is just a 10-minute walk away.

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The Calile Hotel is easily one of the most Instagrammable stays on our list.

Sydney: Shangri-La

Spread across 22 countries, Shangri-La has some of the best hotels in the world. However, it’s the Sydney site that we’re singling out. Flaunting panoramic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the haunt features 564 rooms, two bars and a beaut restaurant. For another Instagrammable hotspot, take a short 15-minute drive to the all-pink Misfits.

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Shangri-La's afternoon tea includes sky-high views and a lovely array of miniature treats.

Canberra: Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Ideal for family get-togethers and quirky couples’ stays, Jamala Wildlife Lodge is one of the most unique hotels in Canberra. The wildlife wonder boasts an African-inspired restaurant and bar, as well as a scenic outdoor pool. Overlooking the Molonglo River, their Giraffe Rooms have alpacas, deer and giraffes just inches away from your window. And if you’re seeking a little escape, make your way to Molly, a jazz and cocktail bar in Canberra.

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Animal lovers will go wild at this quirky retreat.

Perth: COMO The Treasury

After the best luxury hotels in Australia? You’ll love COMO The Treasury. Situated in Perth, the gorgeous sanctuary is home to 48 modern rooms and suites designed by Kerry Hill. If you love an all-white moment, you’ll be a fan. And to add to the calming ambience, the wellness centre has holistic treatments and a beautiful pool. Thirsty? Mosey down to The Lucky Shag, a waterfront bar slinging out brunches and signature sips.

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Head to the wellness centre and take a quick dip in the pool.

Sydney: Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

When it comes to boutique hotels in Australia, it doesn’t get better than a stay at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour. With prices for less than $100 per night, the hotel has quirky rooms boasting primary colours, exposed brick walls and abstract artwork. For something different, CityDays offers an immersive adventure in Sydney.

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One of the best hotels in Sydney, Australia? You betcha.

Sydney: Pier One Sydney Harbour

Built on the waterfront, Pier One Sydney Harbour gives you a one-of-a-kind experience. While the rooms evoke a cosy chic feel with plush interiors and decadent décor, it’s the dining and drinking destinations that make this haven extra special. Pop outside and enjoy alfresco views and chow down on grilled octopus and brown butter risotto. For a post-dinner walk, saunter to The Orient Hotel and nab a passionfruit mojito.

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The aesthetic of these rooms are on point.

Melbourne: The Westin

One of the best 5-star hotels in Melbourne, The Westin definitely deserves a shoutout. From the serene spa in the wellness centre to the lobby’s decadent interiors and afternoon tea, this hotel has plenty to offer. And the rooms are equally luxe, promising sophisticated furnishings, quirky frames and a deep-soak spa bath (if you ask for their spa studio). As for food, there are eateries and bars nearby such as The Last Jar.

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For hotels in Melbourne, Australia, this one is a real winner.

Sydney: Park Hyatt

This next haunt is perfect if you’re looking to splash the cash. Along with eye-catching views of the Opera House, Park Hyatt promises everything from spa services and dining by James Vile to a poolside roof terrace and modern bedrooms. Want to explore the bar scene? We recommend walking 8 minutes to The Glenmore Hotel for a killer cocktail.

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Imagine seeing these views outside your bedroom...

Queensland: Lizard Island Resort

While it might not be the most expensive hotel in Australia, it's definitely up there (over £1000 for an overnight). Ideal for weddings and honeymoon destinations, Lizard Island Resort is a gorgeous getaway located right on the Great Barrier Reef. The rooms and villas showcase beachfront views, private decks with daybeds, espresso machines and walk-in showers. Absolute luxury? You got it at this paradise palace.

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One of the best resorts in Australia? You betcha.

South Australia: The Louise

Wine lovers will absolutely adore their time at The Louise. As you walk in, you’ll see grandiose gardens and a sculpture by the entrance before being shown your unique bedroom. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of Barossa Valley vineyards, these folks offer the best private winery tours. Another highlight includes breakfast with the cutest kangaroos on-site – you read that right.

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While a 7-star hotel in Australia might not be a thing, this hotel comes close in our books.

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