Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes This two-story colonial cottage overlooking Darwin’s natural harbour and esplanade sets the standard for holiday homes in the area, and will have you reaching for your Panama Hat and gin and tonic in no time. As veteran travel journo Bruce Elder jotted in their guestbook: “I have reviewed accommodation for 12 years for the SMH and, after hundreds of places, this is seriously in my all-time top three. Sensational.” Big words, Bruce.

But with its fresh white exterior, wrap-around balconies, mahogany shuttered windows, cream furnishings, scattering of Asian antiques, tropical garden full of fuchsia frangipani and shady pool to escape the heat, Mandalay Luxury Stay is an undisputable picture of good taste. Located just a stone’s throw from the waterfront and minutes from the CBD, it’s the ideal base from which to enjoy NT’s multicultural capital in style.

Details // The Esplanade, Darwin, NT. From $395 per night., (08) 8942 3012.

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