Hobart Luxury Staycation

Enjoy the best of Hobart and surrounds with this luxury couples retreat

Hobart is a compact city, oozing with both modern and historic charm. Wander through colonial architecture and take in the vibrant energy of the creatives who choose to live here. Find pristine nature and artisanal produce, daring modern art and hip bars and restaurants. Hobart is a very special place. Tap into its eclectic magic.

Your holiday includes:

4 nights at the 5 star Islington Hotel, Hobart with breakfast daily
Four-course degustation dinner at the Islington’s Mountain View Conservatory
A private guided tour of Port Arthur with dinner
A luxurious day of wine and art at Mona
Gourmet food & wine experience on Bruny Island
All transfers

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Arrive Hobart

A late afternoon flight arrival into Hobart, a private car will transfer you from Hobart Airport to the Islington Hotel.

The 11-room Islington Hotel is a few minutes from the city center, with views of Mount Wellington. This historic urban lodge overflows with an eclectic collection of art and antiques, including Picasso sketches, Khmer statues, Persian rugs, and Japanese lacquer furniture. The two-story glass conservatory is a standout and houses the main dining area, serving bespoke menus. Pluck a good tome from the inviting library and stroll the garden for its reflecting pond, exotic blooms and 100-year-old willow. The hotel makes a posh base for day trips to nearby sites.

For dinner enjoy a beautiful four course degustation menu that is served in the Islington’s mountain view conservatory. The menu is designed with an emphasis on seasonal, local and organic Tasmanian produce from small producers, or the hotels garden where possible.

Overnight Islington Hotel with breakfast

Salamanca Place and Port Arthur

After breakfast a private transfer will take you into Hobart. Start your morning with a stroll along Hobart’s pretty working waterfront toward Salamanca Place, where rows of Georgian sandstone warehouses have been converted into galleries, theatres, restaurants and cutting-edge boutiques. On Saturday mornings you can wander around more than 300 stalls at the Salamanca Market (8.30am-3pm) for fresh local produce, handmade arts and crafts and antiques. Or browse the works of designers and artists at the Spacebar Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre.

A private transfer will collect you from the Islington Hotel at 2pm and transfer you to Port Arthur (approx. 90min)

Call it what you will, the ‘luck of the draw’, the ‘lottery of life’, ‘wheel of fate’; it led to the forced migration of tens of thousands of men, women and children, convicted and free alike, to Van Diemen’s Land, thousands alone to Port Arthur. Fate here often hinged on social class, trade, integrity, and interpersonal aptitude. Would you be willing to spin that wheel?
Join us for an evening exploring the ‘wheel of fate’ of some of Port Arthur’s most notable individuals, see where they worked, slept and ate. You will have exclusive access to Port Arthur’s unique buildings, go behind the bars to explore 19th century life in this infamous prison settlement, sample the Peninsula’s amazing produce, prepared by our in-house chef.

Overnight Islington Hotel with breakfast

Mona

After breakfast a private transfer will take you to the pier to meet the MONA ferry departing at 9.30am

Kick off your Moorilla Experience by sailing from Hobart to Mona on their super-flash, high-speed ferry, complete with onboard bars and sheep to sit on. You’ll be travelling in style in the ferry’s Posh Pit, which includes complimentary Moorilla wine, Moo Brew beer, canapés and a private deck. Arriving at Mona, begin your self-guided exploration of the subterranean galleries with an introduction to Mona’s “O” device by a gallery attendant. At 11.30am, Moorilla’s Wine Ambassador – a bone fide expert in all things wine – will take you on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Moorilla winery and vineyard. You’ll taste the wine as it’s being made and delve into the backstory of Moorilla, David Walsh and Claudio Alcorso, who planted Moorilla’s first vines.
At 2pm, indulge in a delicious two-course lunch of seasonal local produce, with matched wines from Moorilla’s Cloth Label and Muse Series. The rest of the afternoon is yours to see the rest of the museum before heading back to Hobart on the ferry at 5pm. Your driver will meet you upon arrival and take you back to the Islington Hotel.

Overnight Islington Hotel with breakfast

Bruny Island

After breakfast your private guide and car will collect you from the Islington Hotel and take you south to Kettering, here you will take the car ferry to Bruny Island.
First stop for the day is Get Shucked Oysters where you have the opportunity to taste some of the freshest and best oysters in Tasmania. Bruny Island Cheese Company is the next stop, here you can sit and enjoy a cheese tasting, have a coffee or sample their beer. Then it is onto Bruny Island Honey, they have been collecting honey from their 400 hives on the island for over 20 years. You will then make your way to the most southern end of the island to Cape Bruny and South Bruny National Park. Here you will see the stunning coastline of South Bruny and views across the ocean sometimes as far as Pedra Branca. Back to Bruny Island Premium Wines for lunch and have the opportunity to try their wines and ciders. First stop after lunch is Bruny Island Chocolate Company where you can purchase some of their famous Bruny Island Fudge.
The Neck is the next stop, is an isthmus of land which connects the north and south of Bruny. You can take the stairs up to the top of the lookout for a spectacular 360 degree view. Last stop before the ferry is Bruny Island House of Whisky who make their own delicious Single Malt Whisky, Trappers Hut and also provide tastings and sales for over 110 of Tasmania’s best whiskies. Returning back to Hobart in the late afternoon.

Overnight Islington Hotel with breakfast

Goodbye Hobart

After breakfast a private car will collect you from the Islington Hotel and take you to Hobart Airport

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