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The Top Places to Stay in South Australia

From its charming capital of Adelaide to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, local critters on Kangaroo Island and dreamy beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia is one of those places where time stands still and your days can be spent doing as much or as little as you want.

South Australia Tourism recently announced their pick of South Australia’s most luxurious places to stay, and here they are with a few of our Luxury Escapes favourites thrown in too.

Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide

Rated the number one hotel in Adelaide by TripAdvisor, Mayfair Hotel represents the ideal marriage of traditional grandeur and modern convenience – offering chic and modern boutique amenities such as dreamy custom-made king-size beds housed in the grand splendour of a historic, heritage building complete with ever-watchful gargoyles.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is only a short 30-minute flight or 45-minute ferry ride off the coast of South Australia but feels as though it is a world away. The native wildlife has flourished on this secluded and untouched hideaway, granting guests the opportunity to walk with sea lions along pristine beaches, watch wild dolphins play in the waves and see kangaroos grazing at sunset.

Southern Ocean Lodge is the most luxurious property on the island and was recently rated #4 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World by Travel+Leisure. The lodge is also a member of the highly prestigious Luxury Lodges of Australia and part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Image credit: Great Walks of Australia

Arkaba Conservancy, Flinders Ranges

Accommodating up to just ten guests at a time on a remote 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s unique wildlife and birds, this unique property is perfect for those looking to experience some of the best of the country’s natural beauty. Expect to see kangaroos, emus and more on safaris across the bushland, with upscale bush tucker and fine wines waiting for you on your return.

Yondah Beach House, Yorke Peninsula

Coastal escapes don’t get much better than this. Set on 300 acres of secluded oceanfront, Yondah Beach House is a simple, yet elegant property that invites guests to soak up stunning beach views while snuggling up by a roaring fire with a glass of wine, with whale and seal watching also on offer during the winter months.

Mount Lofty House, Adelaide

Walk in the footsteps of Victorian high society at the historic Mount Lofty House. Set amongst 22 acres of manicured gardens and vineyards and perched majestically atop a hilly landscape, this stunning country manor – which dates back to 1852 – was once the summer home of politician Arthur Hardy, who used it to host lavish parties. To this day, indulgence is still a cornerstone of Mount Lofty House. Part of the renowned MGallery by Sofitel collection, this boutique hotel is home to a two chef-hatted-restaurant and a beautiful day spa.

Abbotsford Country House, Barossa Valley

Located in the famous Barossa Valley, Abbotsford Country House is set against a backdrop of rolling hills and manicured vineyards dotted with the magnificent wineries and acclaimed restaurants that make this region one of the most popular for wine lovers.

Nestled on 50 acres of farmland this countryside wonderland offers guests peace and tranquillity with just eight beautifully appointed guestrooms featuring panoramic valley vistas, as well as resident golden retrievers Rosie and Sarge ready to greet visitors on arrival.

Discover the best places to stay in South Australia at southaustralia.com. Images courtesy of the South Australia Tourism Commission (unless otherwise stated).

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