You read that right, we’ve rounded up five incredible boutique breaks all with top-rated restaurants attached. Think unbelievable regional produce, award-winning wine lists and chefs you wish you could keep on speed dial. Take your pick, or take time off for a tour of Australia’s tastiest gourmet getaways.
Take a foodie pilgrimage to the Royal Mail Hotel
Nestled in the foothills of Mt Sturgeon with spectacular views of the Grampians, the Royal Mail Hotel is the jewel in the crown when it comes to gourmet getaways. The multi-award winning restaurant boasts an incredible chef’s tasting menu centred about locally sourced produce. After working your way through the wine list (which has just taken out the Best Wine List – Australasia award) you’ll be glad your luxury room is within walking distance.
Melbourne’s design, music and food scene all rolled into one luxe stay
Eclectic St Kilda is a constant drawcard for locals and travellers alike. At the epicentre of this buzzing beachside bolthole, the Prince Hotel dishes up an award winning restaurant, Circa, headed by chef Ashly Hicks. You’ll be hoeing into suckling pig, grassfed Black Angus and the freshest oysters in town before sinking into your ultra-luxe bed ready to do it all again at brunch. Or, you could work up an appetite dancing at the hotel’s iconic music venue – the Prince Bandroom. Your call.
Just add award winning French chef and expansive ocean views.
Perched on a cliff edge just one hour south of Sydney, Tumbling Waters Retreat serves up a modern Australian menu with unbroken Pacific Ocean views. With award winning French chef Thierry Mollimard at the helm of Dining on the Edge, you’ll want to leave room for dessert. Or, you could tuck in to a private dining experience in one of the luxury ocean suites. Here you really can have your cake and eat it too.
When what your life needs is a private piazza with wood-fired pizza oven
For a gourmet getaway where local produce is perfectly matched to Italian-inspired cuisine, look no further than the mod-luxe guesthouses at Casa Luna in the King Valley. As a member of the slow food movement, these guys taking dining seriously, so be ready to settle in. We recommend going the whole hog with a five incredible courses matched to King Valley wines, all hosted in the glass walled dining room with views across the valley. Hot tip: wear stretchy pants.
This stylish stay ticks all the boxes, including top-rated winery ranking
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a gourmet getaway in the Yarra Valley, but this top-rated winery stay really takes the cake. Just an hour from Melbourne, Balgownie Estate boasts panoramic views and a restaurant you’ll want to tick off your bucket list. Did we mention the winery has the seal of approval from revered wine critic James Halliday? It goes a little something like this: relax in luxurious room, taste your way through the cellar door, indulge yourself at Rae’s Restaurant. Repeat.