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Places to add to your post-isolation bucket list

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Places to add to your post-isolation bucket list

While international travel seems to be off the cards for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of seriously beautiful destinations right at our doorstep. I think it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live in Australia, and often we become so complacent with our surroundings that we forget just how much of the world is itching to experience what we can every day. And if Coronavirus has taught us anything, there’s never been a better time to pause, reflect and appreciate the slower side to life.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a collection of our top destinations to visit after isolation.

Melbourne: Jackalope

Having opened in 2017, Jackalope is a luxury hotel and personal project by Louis Li. Overlooking Mornington Peninsula’s rolling hills and Willow Creek Vineyard, Jackalope was designed by Australian architecture studio Carr and is swept in black and gold finishings by Melbourne furniture maker Zuster. The whole hotel acts as a visual representation of alchemy through its series of artwork. Expertly curated, Jackalope’s Art Collection takes guests on an immersive journey and comprises international works by Rick Owens, Emily Floyd and Nick van Woert amongst others. Upon check in, slip into a sleek hooded robe and run a bath in one of the Japanese tubs or book in a tasting to sample the wines from on-site labels Willow Creek and Rare Hare. By night, head downstairs to fine dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot and enjoy a degustation menu by Head Chef Guy Stanaway. More than just a winery hotel, Jackalope offers everything you need for an indulgent weekend away.

Dinner with a view. Image: Carr.

Jackalope’s metal-clad form is the creation of Australian architecture studio, Carr. Image: Conde Nast Traveler.

Dinner with a view. Image: Carr.

Jackalope’s metal-clad form is the creation of Australian architecture studio, Carr. Image: Conde Nast Traveler.

Sydney: Little Albion Guest House

Situated in Surry Hills, Little Albion Guest House takes personalisation to new heights. Promising guests a “local experience for the modern luxury traveler”, Little Albion prefers to treat their guests like old friends, swapping out tired check in processes for stimulating conversation on a first-name basis. The boutique, which only has 35 guest rooms, is the creation of 8Hotel’s founder and CEO Paul Fischmann. The contemporary décor and furnishings are the work of Archemy’s Connie Alessi and Space Control’s Cressida Kennedy and pair rich timber textures with marble surfaces and brass fittings.

Can we move in? Image: Little Albion Guest House.

Brisbane: The Calile Hotel

Having opened in 2018, The Calile Hotel is the creation of renowned local architects Richards and Spence. The $100 million “urban resort” is designed to offer its guest a summer vacation, every day of the year. Inspired by the natural Queensland environment, each room in The Calile echoes Australiana through brass fixtures, timber and marble surfaces in natural pinks, blues and greens. Most of the hotel’s 175 rooms overlook a 30-metre-pool framed with palm trees and cabanas. For a staycation like no other, guests can indulge in the Kailo Wellness Medispa, or dine in at Simon Gloftis’s Hellenika restaurant.

It’s always summertime at The Calile. Image: Delicious.

Some serious bathroom inspo. Image: Venue Mob.

It’s always summertime at The Calile. Image: Delicious.

Some serious bathroom inspo. Image: Venue Mob.

Adelaide: Mount Lofty House

Situated on 30 acres amongst Adelaide Hills overlooking Piccadilly Valley, Mount Lofty House was built in 1852 originally as a summer house by prominent statesman Arthur Hardy. Likened to Jay Gatsby, Hardy became infamous for throwing parties for Adelaide’s elite. Over the years the manor passed through a number of South Australian families and was even a commune for a period in the 1970s. Today, it’s a travel destination for romance, celebration and indulgence. Combing rich heritage with modern luxury, Mount Lofty is home to 3 Chef Hat restaurant Hardy’s Verandah as well as Stables Day Spa, and is only moments away from award-winning vineyards and micro-breweries.

Mount Lofty House overlooks Piccadilly Valley. Image: Booking.com

Perth: The Premier Mill Hotel

A restoration project for the history books, The Premier Mill Hotel is located 300 kilometres from Perth in Katanning and is the creation of Nigel Oakey, CEO of Dome Group. A true visionary, Oakey is also behind another 19 converted heritage buildings in Western Australia. Set in the heart of wheat country, the boutique hotel houses 22 rooms that feature original raw timber silo walls, with raw, industrial finishings throughout. There’s even a fossilised cat that was discovered in the wall of the building permanently placed in the hotel’s bar. Behind The Premier Mill is a team of architects, builders and stylists led by architect Michael Patroni of Fremantle’s Space Agency.

Sunset at The Premier Mill Hotel is a sight to behold. Image: SilverKris.

The view from the second level of the hotel. Image: Space Agency.

Sunset at The Premier Mill Hotel is a sight to behold. Image: SilverKris.

The view from the second level of the hotel. Image: Space Agency.

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