Luxurious Stays in Australasia

Lounge and Dining area, Eichardt's Private Residence

Lounge and Dining area, Eichardt’s Private Residence

On these trips, a wealth of different accommodations await their guests, from homestays with indigenous people, to cruise staterooms and the most opulent suites in exquisite boutique hotels. Over in New Zealand, while heli-surfing across the islands, stay at the Eichardt’s Hotel in Queenstown. We recommend booking the Eichardt’s Residence, with amazing views of the Queenstown Bay, Queenstown Gardens and the Remarkables mountain range. Should you require it, the entire hotel, with its five hotel suites, guest bathroom and parlour can be exclusive to you and your guests at about US$6,268 per night. The marae with TIME Unlimited, in comparison, might seem relatively basic, but it provides an unparalleled opportunity to really sleep like the indigenous locals. It consists of an area of cleared land that is rectangular, bordered with stones or posts. In Auckland, for the most luxurious accommodation, stay at Hilton Auckland’s 140sqm Presidential Suite, with a 32-in television, DVD player, double shower and island bath.

The Richardson Perth

The Richardson Perth

In Perth with Quintessentially, guests will stay in the Richardson Hotel and Spa and the Cape Lodge on Margaret River. For ultimate comfort, be sure to book the 170sqm Kings Park Suite at the Richardson, which offers three bedrooms, a lounge and a study, as well asamazing views of the King’s Park and Botanic Gardens. A garden oasis surrounds you at the 70sqm Forest Spa Suite in Cape Lodge, with a private balcony and double spa bath overlooking the private lake and woodland. Even out in the El Questro Wilderness Park, guests can still avail of the usual comforts at the Homestead. We recommend booking the Chamberlain Suite, with a wraparound veranda, floor-to-ceiling windows and the far-reaching views of the Chamberlain Gorge. While onboard the True North cruising through the Kimberley, reserve the Explorer Class stateroom with a king-size double bed, amenities, fridge, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.

Explorer Stateroom, True North Cruises

Explorer Stateroom, True North

While in Papua New Guinea, stay in the Ambua Lodge, one of the four recommended hotels for your Remote Lands itinerary. It sits almost 7,000ft above sea level and has fantastic views of the Tari Valley below. Choose one of the round houses with landscaped gardens in this ecolodge. At the Bensbach Wildlife Lodge, the eco-lodge is teeming with flora and fauna. Nearly 200 species of birds have been sighted in the area. Only 16 guests can stay in this lodge, built entirely out of local materials. The highlight of the stay would be dinner, featuring freshly caught Bensbach barramundi and locally hunted venison. With Steppes Travel, stay in the TUFI Resort PNG, located in the Oro Province. Choose the Deluxe Bungalows with private balconies and ensuites, which are also fully air-conditioned, screened and fanned. Each bungalow is different, so check with the management to secure your ideal one. The Karawari Lodge, another accommodation recommended by Steppes Travel, is accessible just by river or air and has just 10 cottages that are made of local bush materials.