Spend the night in the latest, greatest and most fabulous new stays in the country.
1. W Brisbane
The funky W brand returns to Australia with the opening of the new-build W Brisbane in the city’s CBD. Overlooking the Brisbane River, the property has 312 guestrooms, including 29 suites, two Wow Suites and the Extreme Wow Suite, as well as a signature restaurant serving up the best local produce, vibey Living Room lobby space and a poolside oasis known as WET Deck for cocktails and snacks. There’s also a signature W Away Spa. starwoodhotels.com/whotels
2. The William Inglis – MGallery by Sofitel
The south-west Sydney suburb of Warwick Farm doesn’t seem like the kind of place that needs a boutique five-star hotel, but it is part of the ambitious $140 million Riverside Stables development by thoroughbred horse sales company William Inglis & Son, which will attract breeders and buyers from all over the world. The 144-room property boasts paddock-to-plate dining at the Newmarket Room, a whisky and wine bar, and a rooftop bar and pool deck, as well as a day spa. accorhotels.com
3. The Anchorage Port Stephens
Once a forerunner to the boutique hotel boom, The Anchorage at Port Stephens (long known as Peppers Anchorage) has reopened after a multi-million-dollar renovation. With an East Hamptons aesthetic, new elements include two restaurants, the Wild Herring and the Galley Kitchen, a whisky bar and Spa Lucca, while each of the 80 suites has a luxe resort-style vibe with French amenities and a boutique minibar. anchorageportstephens.com.au
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