From the coast to the Outback, there’s a five-star hotel, retreat or luxury holiday house just waiting for your arrival. Escape, relax and indulge with our 7 most luxurious places to stay in South Australia.
1. Dune House, Kangaroo Island
Perched atop the Dunes of Emu Bay, Dune House of Hamilton & Dune is superbly located and decorated making it one of the most luxurious properties on Kangaroo Island. Nestled among the natural bush setting, Dune House has private access to Emu Bay which, because of its north facing aspect, is often protected from the winds making it one of the most swimmable beaches on Kangaroo Island. With an outdoor shower and sweeping deck, settle in with a local gin and enjoy the local dolphins swimming by or koalas enjoying their eucalyptus up above. Dune is only 15 minutes from Kingscote and 20 minutes from the Kangaroo Island airport, but a world away from reality.
2. Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
The Mayfair is Adelaide’s premier five-star boutique hotel, listed as one of the top hotels in Australia and New Zealand by Condé Nast Traveler and taking home the award for Best Bed in Australia at the Gourmet Traveller 2018 Australian Hotel Awards. Located right in the heart of the city, The Mayfair offers luxury accommodation, contemporary dining, as well as the stunning Hennessy Rooftop Bar. You’ll find the Mayfair Hotel right in the centre of Adelaide; a stone’s throw from our top Adelaide restaurants and bars.
3. Cambourne, Barossa
Luxury abounds at Cambourne, which is surrounded by 25 acres of premium Indulge in style in a luxurious freestanding tub at Cambourne Boutique Accommodation’s Suite One. With one-way glass offering uninterrupted views of the Shiraz vineyard beyond, a soak in this bath is the perfect way to top off a day well spent wine tasting around the iconic Barossa Valley wine region. Did we mention this stunning 25-acre vineyard is conveniently located on the palm-tree-lined Seppeltsfield Rd, within stumbling distance of Seppeltsfield Winery, private access to Hentley Farm and many of the region’s most iconic wineries?
4. One Kangaroo Island
One Kangaroo Island offers one of Kangaroo Island’s best private luxury beachfront accommodation and wildlife experiences. Situated on the beautiful north facing Brown beach, this stunning architectural accommodation features five double king bedrooms (four with en-suites), internal and external entertaining areas, and an expansive deck space providing amazing views along the coastline.
5. Oceanview Eco Villas, Kangaroo Island
A seamless connection between sustainability and luxury, at Oceanview Eco Villas you can kick back in complete comfort while doing your bit for the environment. Perched cliff-top on a secluded and private 500-acre property on the stunning Kangaroo Island coastline, these brand-new villas are just a short stroll to the beach. A fully hosted experience, your hosts Tim and Tasmin will ensure your every need is catered for including gourmet meals. And this property has serious eco-cred; designed by leading eco specialists, the property is completely off-the grid and solar-powered, and every element has been carefully considered, down to luxe furnishings made from recycled materials. All that’s left to do is kick back in 5-star comfort with the reassuring feeling that your stay is having a minimal impact on the environment.
6. Arkaba Conservancy, Flinders Ranges
Arkaba Conservancy is at the foot of the dramatic Chace Range in the Flinders Ranges. It offers an exclusive experience for a maximum of 10 guests on its 259 kilometre-spanning property. Safari walks and drives reveal remarkable wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and emus, as well as breathtaking views of the surrounding Elder Ranges. As part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, it’s the perfect place to sip on your evening cocktail, lounge in the outdoor pool and watch the light fading on the Chace Range. You’ll find Arkaba Conservancy in Hawker; an easy 5 hour drive from Adelaide in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.
7. Yondah Beach House, Yorke Peninsula
Yorke Peninsula‘s Yondah Beach House is the perfect coastal hideaway. Set on 300 secluded oceanfront acres, the deluxe beach house exemplifies simple elegance by the sea. In summer, bask on a golden beach of your very own, then relax with a long cool drink as the setting sun turns the landscape to gold. You’ll find Yondah Beach House in Foul Bay; an easy 3 hour drive from Adelaide and moments away from our 5 must-visit Yorke Peninsula beaches.
8. The Frames, Riverland
Situated in South Australia’s Riverland, The Frames is made-up of three separate luxury retreats, each boasting their own sense of style and featuring stunning artwork throughout. Each retreat features its own private outdoor area overlooking the beautiful Murray River, as well as heated pools, spas, saunas and BBQs. You’ll find The Frames in Paringa; just a 7 minute drive away from the town of Renmark, home to the legendary 23rd Street Distillery.
9. The Louise, Barossa
Located in the heart of the Barossa, The Louise is a luxury vineyard retreat, surrounded by hundreds of acres of grapevines. The Louise has 15 suites and offers a private experience that brings together the very best of the Barossa’s food, wine and hospitality. A stay at The Louise is made extra-special with a meal at its restaurant, Appellation, regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences. In 2017, The Louise was the only Australian hotel listed in Travel and Leisure’s top 100 hotels in the world, alongside Southern Ocean Lodge. You’ll find The Louise on Seppeltsfield Road; just a 1 hour drive away from Adelaide.
10. Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
Perched above the famed Adelaide Hills wine region, surrounded by breathtaking botanic gardens and overlooking the stunning Piccadilly Valley, you’d never guess Mount Lofty House is just 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. Snuggle up with a good book in the library, stop in for a warming nightcap in the lounge bar, indulge in a hot stone massage at the day spa or treat yourself to an incredible feast at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant. All the pampering you need to keep the winter blues at bay!
11. Hotel California Road, McLaren Vale
Inkwell Wines‘ luxe, contemporary Hotel California Road is comprised of three luxury vineyard suites, nestled in a secluded valley near South Australia’s famed McLaren Vale wine region. Each private suite features a huge soaking tub overlooking rows of vines as well as floating king-size beds, large private decks and dual showers and vanities. Guests receive a private tasting and are offered a concierge service to famed Fleurieu Peninsula restaurants and wineries nearby. You’ll find Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines, McLaren Vale; just a 40 minute drive away from Adelaide.
12. Stowaway, Kangaroo Island
This Kangaroo Island lodge allows guests to see wildlife up close without having to leave the comfort of a cosy window seat. At Stowaway Kangaroo Island, which boasts two luxury self-contained lodges situated on 80 hectares of private land, wildlife spotting is guaranteed. Guests can also enjoy sweeping views over native bushland down to Kangaroo Island’s north coast and the beautiful beaches of Stokes Bay. Designed to be the ultimate couple’s retreat, features include a king bed, alfresco hot tub on a private deck, glass fronted sauna and double-sided wood fire.
Find the perfect place to stay
No matter which region you’re exploring, find the perfect place to stay with our full list of South Australian accommodation.