Saffire Freycinet

So...Stu and I found a little slice of heaven right here in Australia (Tasmania, to be exact). I mean, will you just look at this view?
View of The Hazards, from our room
For the Australia Day long weekend just past, Stu and I treated ourselves and Alexander to a couple of nights stay at Saffire Freycinet. It was great to escape the humdrum of everyday life and be somewhere so special. The best part was, we received an upgrade (woohoo!) to the private pavilion, which boasts of spectacular views, a separate bedroom and living/dining room, a kitchenette and a private courtyard with a small heated plunge pool. The staff had even set up a cot for Alexander in the bedroom on arrival!

All that extra space made our stay that much more comfortable. While bub napped, Stu and I were able to have a rest in the living area, eat in peace and enjoy that gorgeous view.
One of the first things Stu and I did was to take turns to visit the spa where we received much needed personalised massages to soothe our aching bodies. It was so nice to have that one hour of pampering and we felt the most relaxed we'd been in months.

The lovely staff at Saffire Freycinet had organised a babysitter for us for a couple of hours each night. So while Alexander slept, Stu and I ducked out for a romantic dinner at the on-site Palate restaurant where the food (oh the food!) was simply spectacular. We feasted on beautiful fresh local produce served with matched wines; rib eye with a rich creamy sauce, duck with baby beetroot and chocolate filled mini spring rolls, succulent lamb and grilled lobster served simply with herb butter. Just the mere thought of our meals is making my mouth water.
Palate restaurant: photo from Saffire Freycinet website
Our room was a mere 5 minute walk to Muirs Beach, so the next morning, we brought Alexander for a walk on the beach, where he felt sand on his feet for the very first time!
He also had a little splash around in the private pool.
Saffire Freycinet offers a number of complimentary activities such as hikes, canoeing, archery, vineyard tours. Because of our love for oysters, we decided to go on the marine farm tour. That afternoon, we left Alexander in the safe care of the babysitter and headed off with our guide to the Freycinet marine farm, where we donned (very glamourous looking) waders, learned about the cultivation of oysters and even got a taste of freshly shucked oysters, right where they're grown! It was the most fun I've had in a long long time.
Freycinet marine farm
'Luxury' and 'baby-friendly' don't often go together, but somehow Saffire Freycinet makes it work. Our first holiday with Alexander was incredibly enjoyable and fun. And that had a lot to do with the warm hospitality and service we received; from being able to prep and clean bub's bottles in the kitchenette, the privacy of having a separate bedroom, to the wonderful babysitting and overall guest service.

I would like to make mention here the outstanding service that was provided on our second night's stay, when part way through our dinner, I was so tired, I decided to skip dessert and go straight to bed. Upon hearing this, our waitstaff, Hayley, offered to bring our desserts to our room so we can enjoy it in comfort and not miss out. Which is of course what we did - with absolute delight.



42 Responses to Saffire Freycinet

Anouka said...

Wow, great that you got to go on this amazing trip away and you were able to take your baby with you, yet still spend some couple time. Your room looks amazing and the view is very impressive indeed!

Kate from Clear the Way said...

Cutest baby in the world! That place is seriously so gorgeous.

Indie by heart said...

Ooh this looks so beautiful, and sounds like the most perfect vacation. Especially since you also had some time together with Stu. :) Great service with the nanny and extra room and all. ^^

Satu
Indie by heart

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Neat! I want to shuck oysters! And that view.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Looks like a beautiful place to stay!

Briseidy said...

oh my! what an awesome place! love those sandy baby feet ;)

Rachel Elizabeth said...

It's beautiful! Looks like a truly peaceful place to spend the weekend.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Trishie, I now have view envy. It is amazing. Your suite is filled with the most amazing light too. I am glad you and your darling family had a great time!

Niken said...

oh yes, this is just wow!!!
wish i had that kind of view from my bedroom window

burntfeather said...

oh my gosh I'm feeling relaxed just reading about your holiday, I'm so glad you guys had an awesome fun time. I love Tasmania and was blown away by their appreciation of food too, everything we ate on our trip seemed to be delivered with a lot of love and oysters, ahhh *drooling*

rae said...

This hotel looks just absolutely amazing! How did you get the upgrade? That is just too cool and it is wonderful that they even organised a babysitter so you both could have some much needed couple alone time! So important when you are on holiday. I would love to stay here too one day. I always love hotels that are aesthetically pretty.


rae at lovefromberlin

Chrissie said...

Fantastic break! Gosh, I know how that precious personal hour of relaxation feels - I think every new family should have a break like this! So glad you had a great time, wonderful photos! Chrissie x

Sam said...

This is such an exquisite place, the scenery and hotel are pretty amazing. Alexander is getting cuter by the day!

Ice Pandora said...

Wow its truuuly a slice of
heaven c: I'd love to have
a massage and other SPA
treatments :P the interior
is lovely as well and glad
you 3 had a great and
wonderful time! Xx

Jane said...

wow. they organized a babysitter for you? that's amazing. and this is a slice of heaven. it's beautiful here!

CQUEK said...

"Gong Hei Fat Choi" - beautiful place .

Alla said...

That property is incredible!! Like James Bond set up... and I'm with you, luxury and baby friendly is a huge win! Tazmania is on my list...

MaysaAndSunshine said...

Tasmania is nothing short of heaven on earth but it is sooooo far from the US. How wonderful you all got to pamper yourself. That babysitting service sounds so awesome too. You must be so rejuvenated. Oh talking about sleep, mine is never the same after a baby. Those days were long gone. You get used to erratic sleep pattern to the point your body is used to it.

Lia Crystal said...

Such lovely and cute pics. Great view from the place. :)
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OtherMix said...

It looks good! :]

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place! Luxurious but homey, and that view!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place! Luxurious but homey, and that view!

Lady Lilith said...

Nice photographs. You all look like you are having a wonderful time.

Jay said...

That looks and sounds absolutely perfect! Glad you got a chance to enjoy it.

Tina Bradley said...

How wonderful you were able to enjoy time away at such a lovely spot. Little Alex is adorable!!! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

akiko hiramatsu said...

Hi! such a really really beautiful place!!!
Amazing!
I want to go there!

akiko

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What an awesome place! That view! Oh my goodness. It's nice that you were able to bring along Alexander but also get someone to care for him while you guys could enjoy dinner together. And the massages sound heavenly! So glad you had a nice time.

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

this is a very lovely place. wow.

Susannah sparkletwoday said...

To say I'm jelous is an understatement. Wow! Great photography too. Glad you had such a nice time :D

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Carmen ShuGar said...

I just love that you took this vacay with your plus one and little man, but you were able to have some alone time, too. I fell in love with Australia when we were there for 3 weeks on our honeymoon. I wish we would have gone to this location, though. It's so dreamy! My fave pic is of Alexander with the sand. Gets me all emotional!

Lauren said...

Wow, amazing photos! It looks like a magical place. And your son is the cutest!

Sarah Jane said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

How wonderful to have a fabulous trip away - you so deserve the pampering and special time - looks like a gorgeous place. Alexander having his first experience of the seaside must have been exciting.

happy Thursday
Carolyn

Ananka said...

Wow those views are amazing!

Looks like you all had a great time.

I love the picture of Alexander's feet covered in sand, too cute :-)

Beauty Box said...

You've found quite the gem. What a beautiful pavilion with excellent service! We opted for a babysitter at our Boracay hotel too so we could have dinner with our friends in the evening.

Shirley Tay said...

Trishie sweetie, you've certainly captured some amazing shots at Saffire Freycinet. Gosh, you little one is too cute! Love his little feet!

Shirley Tay said...

Trishie sweetie, you've certainly captured some amazing shots at Saffire Freycinet. Gosh, you little one is too cute! Love his little feet!

London Loafers said...

Absolutely wonderful! I could totally use a spa day right now haha and the photos you took are making me long for a nice warm holiday :)

Hayfa
www.londonloafers.com

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

Oh my word, this looks amazing! I'm so glad you were able to spend some time in such a gorgeous location.

x Jasmine

Michelle said...

What a fantastic place to stay and it looks like you had an absolute ball. I think we need to do these mini getaways every now and then its good for our soul and our love life :)

M @ onthesamepage.com said...

The views were RIDICULOUS!!!! Amazing! - You sure know how to pick the locations to get away... will definitely need to keep this in mind if I'm ever out your way :)

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Wow, what an amazing room!!! And sounds like you had quite the stay. Omg, I love that pic of the little, sandy, chubby baby feet!!! :)