Getting away in winter is just about the only thing that gets us through the colder months. And it doesn’t hurt that the best winter retreats all embrace the wilder weather and STILL make you feel like you’re holidaying like a Queen. Think steamy hot tubs, cosy cottages, winter feasting, and even some snow. Bliss. (And, let’s be honest, the opportunity to wear earmuffs is a rare privilege that you should embrace with open arms when it comes along.)
We’ve teamed up with the winter-loving peeps at Tasmania-Go Behind The Scenery to bring you our top five winter holiday picks around the island, so you can beat the winter SADs and treat yo’ self to some cosy, winter retreating—think hygge but with a unique Tassie twist!
1. Pumphouse Point
Winter getaways don’t get much better than Pumphouse Point. Housed in an old power station on the edge of Lake St Clair, high in Tassie’s rugged highlands, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the rest of the world… but also in the absolute lap of luxury. There are two accommodation options: on shore or off shore. We recommend the off shore for the best views, and if you nab a top floor room with a spa, you’ve really made it in life. Head here in winter and there’s a decent chance there’ll be snow, which makes for an even more beautiful experience.
2. Piermont Retreat
Staying on Tassie’s East Coast, Piermont Retreat is another of our absolute ‘must stays’. Fitted out for the ultimate immersive retreat, Piermont is all about relaxation, relaxation, relaxation. Set up with a scattering of boutique cottages along the coastline, many with water views, Piermont is also home to a top-notch restaurant. You can expect to find dishes such as pepper crusted kangaroo loin with roasted garlic mashed potato, bacon and caramelized onion, or chocolate fondant with a smoked yoghurt sorbet and white chocolate crumbs. Piermont is the ideal base to either explore the east coast or simply stay in, marvel at the wilds of the coast, put your feet up and unwind. Take a look at Piermont’s Instagram and you’ll feel what we’re feeling—utter lust.
3.Thousand Lakes Lodge
Tasmania’s newest alpine lodge, Thousand Lakes Lodge sits high on the central plateau. Surrounded by a vast wilderness, Thousand Lakes Lodge is the place you go to lose yourself. Offering guided tours, the lodge is an ideal base for fishing fans and bushwalking enthusiasts. Sitting close to some of the best fly fishing in the world, we’re keen to try our hand at catching dinner with a few casting lessons!
4. Cradle Mountain Lodge
As far as Tasmanian winter retreats go, Cradle Mountain Lodge is a total no-brainer. The beauty of the Cradle Mountain National Park only increases in winter time when everything is snow capped, the days are crystal clear, and the tracks are significantly quieter. The on-site restaurant is delicious and it’s the perfect base for walking at Dove Lake—and the perfect Instagram opportunity to snap the Enchanted Forest and the Ballroom Forest. Book in to the King Billy Suite and you’ll be sinking in to a wooden hot tub and enjoying a double open fireplace. Say it with me now, ‘ahhhhhhhh’.
Winter might not strike you as the most perfect time to bathe outdoors, but alas, you’d be wrong, my friend. Tucked away on 130 acres of glorious wooded coastline, Thalia Haven is home to THAT bathtub with THAT view. Set on Tasmania’s East Coast, Thalia Haven is right on the cliff’s edge, leaving it exposed to experience Tassie’s nature at its best (and wildest!) If you’re a foodie who likes to cook, this getaway is for you—the kitchen is huge, beautifully equipped, and the pantry is basically a full deli.
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Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Innkeepers, Stu Gibson, Adam Gibson, Alice Hansen, Michael Walters Photography and Paul Fleming.