We just had to pick this dazzling boutique hotel as the first to review from Tasmania’s high-end hotel portfolio. It has something to do with the way Saffire cradles in the headland location—its captivating organic form echoing the shape of a stingray, and interiors reaching out to the landscape and ocean views.
Saffire Freycinet’s roof is the most striking feature. Made from a polymer membrane stretched out over curved rib-like beams of the local pine, its arching structure undulates into the breathtaking landscape… almost as if some ethereal shape drifted out of the sea, to gently settle in the Tasmanian rugged terrain.
Humanism and beauty
Saffire seems genuinely inspired by the raw, otherworldly Tasmanian landscapes surrounding the hotel. Sand dunes, water, colour of rock and stone and plants and animals are all subconsciously referenced in the design.
Responsible for the dramatic vision of the Saffire Freycinet is the “enlightened, socially humane architecture” mantra of the maverick Morris Nunn and Associates architectural practice.
The interiors—entrusted to Sydney’s leading interior design firm CHADA—follow this humanist principle.
A muted colour palette (calming grey, taupe, green and blue with splashes of orange) and austere materials (mainly stone and timber) echo the enviable location and surroundings of the hotel.
Lighting in the rooms is unobtrusive and carefully designed to control mood and limit excessive light—important also outside, when the low level of exterior illumination helps to minimize light pollution.
Design classics (e.g. Eames pieces) and custom-designed furniture made of wood, woven fabrics and leather complete the interiors.
Space and warmth
Guests enjoy an inordinate amount of space. The hotel has 20 suites (ranging in size from 80m2 to 140m2) and the open-plan public spaces are huge.
The manta-ray roof covers the vast lobby and Palate, the two-level restaurant, with tables positioned to make the most of the stunning vistas.
The Lounge features five-metre fireplace, there is also the three-room spa and library.