Last year we asked Getaway viewers to help us and Hotel Club, the on-line reservations giant, search for the best hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Over 74,000 of you answered that call and tonight we announce the state winners.
Cable Beach Club & Resort, Broome
An indulgent oasis in Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort is made up of luxurious villas, suites and rooms set in tropical gardens. It has a day spa, an excellent collection of Australian paintings, culinary delights and Cable Beach at the door.
InterContinental Burswood Resort Perth
Non-stop entertainment and shows, special events and functions with five star luxury accommodation and service. Parkland views and overlooking the Swan River, the Resort is renowned for catering to every whim. 395 rooms and 18 suites with balconies, nine restaurants and six bars range from relaxed and informal to fine dining.
Rendezvous Observation City
Perth's only 5-star beachside resort hotel, just 15 minutes from the city's CBD. It has 327 newly refurbished deluxe rooms and views of the Indian Ocean. Drinks at sunset in the Club Lounge are special.
Hobart Grand Chancellor
On Hobart's waterfront, Hotel Grand Chancellor has the ultimate in accommodation with beautiful views of the Derwent River, Mount Wellington and the CBD. Salamanca Place is close-by.
Wrest Point Casino
Right on the Derwent River, Australia's oldest casino has 269 well-appointed rooms and suites, excellent dining choices and a wide array of table games and gaming machines.
Cradle Mountain Lodge
A wilderness retreat on the edge of the World Heritage Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Surrounded by awesome beauty, this is a warm retreat of cosy cabins and fine food and wine. Lakes and mountain peaks and a King Billy pine over 1000 years old. The perfect place to be at one with nature.
Winner of Best Luxury Hotel, this hotel of rooms, apartments, private marina and everything Italian oozes luxury. It has five lagoon pools and a man-made beach, three restaurants, a European-style spa and is full of touches imported by the Versace family from Italy.
Sea World Nara Resort
A 4 ½-star low-rise resort with five restaurants and bars, linked to Australia's only theme park resort by monorail. Close to downtown Surfers Paradise, Sea World Nara has direct private access to Gold Coast beaches.
Surfers Paradise Marriott
Five-star elegance with casual Queensland charm, right in the heart of the Gold Coast. Over a hectare of grounds holds blue lagoons, sandy beaches, an artificial coral reef with tropical fish and waterfalls. All guest rooms have great views.
Sails in the Desert
Ayers Rock Resort's premier hotel. Beautifully designed and furnished, it focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture with significant artworks in rooms and public areas. Comfort and luxury in the heart of the Central Australian Outback, along with excellent cuisine and cocktails to sip as the sun sets and the surrounding desert changes colour.
This is the top end's number one boutique hotel. Guests can relax in the pool, laze on the beach or play tennis and golf. 24-hour entertainment is on offer, as well as three restaurants, coffee shop, several bars and a world class casino. Work or play, Skycity has something for everyone.
Novotel Atrium Darwin
Overlooking Darwin Harbour, the Novotel Atrium has 139 spacious rooms and suites, restaurant, bar, pool, spa and conference facilities. Its atrium features a wonderful tropical indoor rainforest with cascading vines, palms and soothing running water.
Stamford Grand Adelaide
Guests enjoy fantastic views of the ocean, city and Adelaide Hills from Stamford Grand. Set on absolute beachfront in Glenelg, it is minutes from the airport and CBD yet has the casual lifestyle of being by the sea.
Hyatt Regency Adelaide
This beautiful 5-star hotel has river views, 367 rooms and suites, three restaurants, Atrium Lounge and Waves Nightclub. For those who enjoy fitness the Hyatt Regency offers Choicefitness Health Club, pool, massage services and jogging track.
Radisson Playford Hotel Suites
Right in the heart of Adelaide, Radisson Playford is a stylish boutique hotel with luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. It has a Tuscan-inspired indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, fitness centre and is opposite the Convention Centre, Exhibition Hall and Adelaide Casino.
Park Hyatt Melbourne
In the centre of Melbourne, Park Hyatt has captured the essence of Melbourne. At the top of Collins Street it overlooks Victorian architecture and Fitzroy Gardens. Sophisticated and contemporary, the hotel is set among century-old elms and is a haven from the busy city.
Crown Towers Hotel and Casino
On the southern bank of Melbourne's Yarra River, the luxurious Crown Towers is lavishly appointed and winner of many awards. A short stroll from the CBD it has 482 oversized guest rooms with views to the city or Port Phillip Bay. It has a wide range of restaurants and bars, entertainment complex, nightclubs and is right next door to the world renowned Crown Casino.
New South Wales
At the Paris end of Collins Street, Sofitel accommodation starts on the 36th level, making the most of views of the city, gardens, river and bay through floor to ceiling windows. Contemporary furnishings, marble bathrooms, restaurants and bars make this a beautiful place to stay in Melbourne.
Set in Sydney's historic Rocks, Shangri-La offers outstanding views over one of the world's most beautiful harbours. Rooms are generously sized and there is a range of restaurants and bars, a business centre and gymnasium. Relax in a beautifully appointed Roman-style heated pool and spa, visit the Health Club and indulge in a visit to Renee Coppin International Hair+Salon.
A Sydney favourite, the Hilton has re-opened after a total refurbishment. Its 577 rooms and suites have lots of natural light and are decorated in warm, earthy tones. There are Relaxation rooms and suites with distinct bathrooms, work and relaxation zones taking indulgence to new heights. It has an elegant glass brasserie, Zeta Bar, the quirky GAB Bar and the Marble Bar, full of history, has made a glorious return.
Star City Hotel Casino
Australian Capital Territory
First class accommodation and Sydney's premier entertainment venue. Star City is a 5-star hotel with a vast array of extras. Refurbished self-contained and serviced apartments are perfect for families, business trips or an outing with friends. Nineteen restaurants and bars cater for all tastes and needs, Turbines Health Club, Star Spa and Salon and a 24 hour casino. Darling Harbour is right at your doorstep and the city of Sydney is an easy walk.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Sitting beside Lake Burley Griffin, the Hyatt Hotel is a heritage listed site, full of history and offering the feeling of visiting a country estate. The 5-star, low rise boutique hotel makes the most of its 1920s art deco beginnings, reflected in its furnishings and staff uniforms. It has two restaurants, bars and a Tea Lounge, allowing guests to step back in time.
Capital Hill Canberra
Part of the highly regarded Rydges Group, Capital Hill Canberra is a boutique hotel with some of the largest rooms in the city, many with spa. It has a bar and the Fig Tree Café is in a lush garden atrium. Capital Hill Health Club has indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, gymnasium, solarium, masseuse and qualified instructors on hand.