Check out Australia’s (W)A list stays and spots for luxury travellers

Taste master Rich Keam enjoys outdoor bubble bath at the El Questro Homestead at the El Questro Wilderness Park

Have you got a client who is a little bit fancy?

Someone who’d usually be sailing around Croatia in a private yacht or hauled up in the latest Maldives resort?

Get them up and travelling again by throwing together an itinerary full of unique and opulent experiences in their own backyard.

Western Australia is home to some of Australia’s most indulgent retreats and experiences so your clients can enjoy paradise with privacy, pampering and perhaps some pearls.

We’ve teamed up with Tourism Western Australia to bring you some of WA’s top luxury experiences.

Luxurious retreats

The Kimberleys’ Berkeley River Lodge, accessible only by boat or plane, is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most indulgent adventures – offering luxurious rooms with 180-degree panoramas of the turquoise Timor Sea and the rugged Berkeley River.

Also in the Kimberley, your client can relax in a suite at El Questro Homestead overlooking Chamberlain Gorge and dine on a private clifftop under a canopy of stars.

On the coast, Broome’s The Pearle of Cable Beach offers luxury self-contained accommodation with private plunge pools in a lush tropical setting.

In the State’s South West, Margaret River’s Injidup Spa Retreat’s private pools overlook the Indian Ocean, and the award-winning Cape Lodge boutique hotel has hosted the likes of musician Sting and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.

Cruise or fly the Kimberley

Small cruisers such as True North, Kimberley Quest and Great Escape can meander through secluded gorges that aren’t accessible to larger vessels, passing towering red cliffs and pockets of rainforest.

After feasting on quality food and wine – which could include freshly caught seafood – your client can relax in the comfort of their own suite.

The Kimberley is spectacular from the air. HeliSpirit, Kimberley Air Tours and Air Kimberley are just some of the operators that will take you on a soaring safari like no other, with the option to land and explore remote paradises like Cape Leveque and Mitchell Falls.

Exquisite jewels

WA’s mineral and marine wealth shines with world-renowned Kimberley diamonds – including the elusive pink diamond – as well as Broome’s South Sea pearls and Kalgoorlie gold.

In Perth, your client can shop for pearls and diamonds on King and Hay Streets in the city, or Rokeby Road in Subiaco.

Broome’s Dampier Terrace is home to pearl showrooms including Kailis, Allure, Paspaley, Cygnet Bay and Willie Creek Pearls and in the east Kimberley outback town of Kununurra, step inside Kimberley Fine Diamonds to marvel at exquisite pink and natural diamonds and the master jewellers at work.

Wine and dine like a star

WA has the perfect ingredients for world-class food and wine experiences – top international talent combined with fresh local produce like Manjimup’s rare black truffles, Pemberton marron, Broome pearl meat, Rottnest Island crayfish, Exmouth prawns and the State’s famous wines.

Perth’s dining scene is flourishing – Hearth at The Ritz-Carlton puts a new spin on the classic Australian barbecue and hotel bar Songbird is Perth’s newest hotspot for sunset drinks, which include cocktails with a focus on native botanicals.

You’ll also find top-notch dining experiences across the city at Fleur, Le Rebelle, Young George, Lulu la Delizia, Must, Balthazar, Guy Grossi’s Garum at the Westin, David Thompson’s Long Chim and the multi-award-winning Wildflower at the State Buildings, and Nobu, Rockpool, Silks and Bistro Guillaume at Crown.

Treat yourself to a luxe staycation in Perth

Perth’s newest hotel offering, The Ritz-Carlton, is the brand’s first return to Australia in 10 years. Overlooking the Swan River it features a dedicated spa and wellness centre.

Named by Travel & Leisure as the number one city hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in 2020, and occupying the top floors of the immaculately restored State Buildings in the heart of the city, COMO The Treasury continues to impress with its exclusive offerings including COMO Shambhala.

Crown Perth’s portfolio on the picturesque Burswood riverfront precinct includes the luxurious Crown Towers, where accommodation options include a top-floor deluxe villa with butler service and panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Westin in Perth’s revitalised East End, comprises 368 rooms, an infinity pool, Bodhi J Wellness Spa and signature restaurants.

Eco-retreat ‘glamping’

Your client can enjoy the tranquillity of stress-free camping at safari or cabin-style wilderness accommodation with personalised service. After exploring the pristine natural landscapes with an expert guide, they can relax with fine linens on king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and gourmet produce prepared by their personal chef.

Kimberley Coastal Camp, Faraway Bay Bush Camp, Eco Beach Broome, Sal Salis at Ningaloo Reef, Olio Bello lakeside bungalows, Karijini Eco Retreat, El Questro’s Emma Gorge Resort, Kooljaman and Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge are just some of the options.

Most recently, Rottnest Island welcomed the opening of Discovery Rottnest Island – environmentally-conscious accommodation, nestled behind the dunes of the spectacular Pinky Beach.

Walking to luxury

With some of the best walking tracks in the world, Walk into Luxury offers visitors to WA’s South West the chance to walk the famous Cape to Cape Track and the Bibbulmun Track in style and comfort.

A member of the Great Walks of Australia group, the walks combine the best of nature, with gourmet food and wine, and luxury accommodation such as the Parry Beach Breaks, Cape Howe Cottages, Cape Lodge, Pullman Bunker Bay and Injidup Spa Retreat.

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