Monocle travel guide— Global


Avant-garde dining in an Athens art gallery, designer apartments in the Bavarian mountains, whale-sighting off the unspoilt Tasmanian coast – explorations to savour in this month’s Monocle travel round-up.

33will, Berge, Meat & Bread, Saffire Hotel



Once a forgotten island, the rustic outpost of Tasmania is in the process of repositioning its brand. Along the pristine east coast, a two and a half hour drive from the recently opened Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) in the capital of Hobart, is the AU$32m (€23m) Saffire hotel, which opened in June 2010. The family-owned hotel boasts a total of 20 suites, with floor-to-ceiling views of the bay. It was designed by the award-winning Tasmanian architects, Circa Architecture, who made good use of Tasmanian wood to produce the hotel’s…


Matt Casey

GM of Saffire Hotel

Best restaurant: Richardson’s has amazing views of Great Oyster Bay, and you’re also treated to local seafood and an extensive wine list.
*Best spot:** The southern end of Friendly Beaches, via Saffire’s quad bike. You’ll find crystal-white sands bordered by fiery red granite with some of the world’s clearest waters. It’s absolute paradise and can only be reached by quad bike.
Best local secret: Accessible only via boat, the Seal Haul off Schouten Island is populated by over 50 Australian fur seals.
Best view: Freycinet Air offers scenic flights over Wineglass Bay across Great Oyster Bay and over Friendly Beaches. From November to May you’ll get amazing sightings of whales and whale calves – and pods of dolphins all year round. For walkers, it is impossible to beat the view of Wineglass Bay from the Lookout, an easy climb from our car park just a few minutes from Saffire.


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