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Hobart: Luxuriate!

Emily Breen
Facade and entrance of Henry Jones Art Hotel. (Photo: Grant Dixon / Lonely Planet Images)
Facade and entrance of Henry Jones Art Hotel
For every rough and rugged adventure to be found in Tasmania, there's an equally luxurious experience to be found. You've just got to know where to look.

Hadley's

Hadley's Hotel is one of the grand old stalwarts of Hobart's many Victorian-style buildings. The plush interior has been tastefully refurbished over the years and has traditionally been the place to meet for hushed business meetings, lingering romantic dinners and long ladies' lunches. But where Hadley's reputation really lies is in their elegant high tea. The menu changes season-to-season — winter is the time to indulge in the Annual Chocolate High Tea, showcasing delicate pastries and other sweet treats.

Henry's

Henry Jones Art Hotel tops the list of luxury accommodation in Tasmania — if not Australia. And if you need to ask how expensive a night at Henry Jones is, then chances are you probably can't afford it. It's seriously decadent, and dripping with class. Base yourself here, and the attractions of the rest of Tasmania will pale in comparison to what you'll find within the walls of the hotel itself.

Fine contemporary art lines the suites and corridors, and sumptuous modern furnishings marry seamlessly with the architecture of the original jam and preserve factory that's been standing on the waterfront since the late 19th century. Pair all this opulence with a top-class restaurant and The IXL Long Bar downstairs, and you've got a recipe for the perfect relaxation package, but it comes at a pretty hefty price.

The Key Australia

The Key Australia is a locally owned relaxation haven specialising in individual massage and skin treatments, expert Nora Bode oxygen treatments and the only hydra-therapy massage bed of its kind in Tasmania — but it's not just a day spa. Besides the indulgent body treatments, you can browse the art gallery and eclectic mix of Tasmanian handcrafted gifts for sale in the one stunning venue, all housed in the same historic complex as the Henry Jones Art Hotel. For a totally unique experience, sign up for an art class or a traditional Japanese Oki yoga class in amongst the gallery.

Heliadventures Tasmania

If your idea of luxury is getting the best of both worlds — experiencing spectacular scenery and remote wilderness without getting your feet dirty — then splurge on a helicopter tour to get a bird's-eye view of the most remote Tasmanian sights. Based at Launceston Airport in the north of the state, Heliadventures Tasmania are happy to tailor a ride to include all the tourist hot-spots on your wish list.

There are set tours to choose from that include the best sights on offer — for instance, with the Winery Experience tour you're able to select from any of the list of northern Tamar Valley wineries and arrive at each destination James Bond-style, no need to worry about a designated driver!

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