01 Sep 2022
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It’s time to stop dreaming and start doing. Take a sneak peek at 10 of the hottest new luxury South Australia stays and begin plotting your next ‘pinch-me’ escape.  

Whatever you settle on, your next stay in South Australia will be unforgettable; we've got your holiday inspo covered. Explore the most intriguing accommodations - from a luxury eco retreat settled amongst 52 acres of private pristine wilderness, to a remote luxe beach shack perched in the middle of nowhere, overlooking the dazzling Fleurieu Peninsula. Wondering where to stay in South Australia? Wonder no longer.

1. CLIFFS END BEACH SHACK, MYPONGA BEACH, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

Cliffs End Beach Shack, Fleurieu Peninsula
Cliffs End Beach Shack, Fleurieu Peninsula

Secluded and utterly exclusive, you’ll gasp as you take in the absolute beach front views that envelop you. Nestled into the cliffside at the end of a meandering rutted approach, the home, one of Carrickalinga’s original beach houses, soothes the soul. Settle in, with the only noise around you that of the roiling waves as they crash below and perhaps the clinking of wine glasses as you “cheers” to your good fortune in finding this gem of a holiday spot. Child and pet friendly, you’ll never want to leave.

2. 1884 SUMMERTOWN, SUMMERTOWN, ADELAIDE HILLS

1884 Summertown, Adelaide Hills
1884 Summertown, Adelaide Hills

You’ll say ‘hallelujah’ as you tuck into the authentic historical ambience at this haven in the Adelaide Hills. Originally built circa 1884 (hence the name), careful renovations have made this spot a very in-demand accommodation. While away languid mornings in the outdoor bath and at night, enjoy your spoils from a day of vineyard hopping. Take the bikes on a self-guided wine tour and roll back home just in time to light the fire.

3. ESCA, INMAN VALLEY, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

ESCA, Fleurieu Peninsula
ESCA, Fleurieu Peninsula

Where to stay in South Australia for luxury lovers? Try ESCA, where everything is first-class, but without the pretension. High quality furnishings are meticulously modern yet surround you in stylish sanctuary, and everything from the crystal wine glasses to the egg-shaped tub adds to this remarkable getaway. Curated locations serve to immerse you in nature’s grandeur, all the while nurturing your desire for intimate spaces and connection. Stay close by or have a wander in one of the conservation parks nearby.

4. LOST IN MOUNT OSMOND – SKYLINE RETREAT, MOUNT OSMOND, ADELAIDE

Lost In Mount Osmond, Adelaide
Lost In Mount Osmond, Adelaide

Get lost in the magic of moments and free your mind from the daily minutiae at this off-the-grid jewel. It’s where you’ll want to stay in Adelaide. The outdoor dining and lounge set up under the protective cover of the porch are made for cosy cuddling and wildlife spotting. Fully utilise the gift of splendid simplicity as you feast on the unrivalled views from the very top of Mount Osmond. Bring a book, or even write one here. Prepare to truly unwind.

5. GRASS TREE GULLY, DEEP CREEK, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

Grass Tree Gully, Fleurieu Peninsula
Grass Tree Gully, Fleurieu Peninsula

Tucked into the hillside’s pristine bush with a deck that longs to host you for abundant wildlife sightings and cosy morning coffees, consider this your respite from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Weatherboard perfection is your home base for the area’s dazzling landscape with views that guide your eye from the valley to the sea and then across to Kangaroo Island.

6. AGATHA AT DEVON VALLEY FARM STAYS, PARIS CREEK, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

Agatha farm stays, Fleurieu Peninsula
Agatha farm stays, Fleurieu Peninsula

One of the most unique South Australian stays you can book, say ‘yes’ to a night in a bespoke, fully equipped Clipper caravan. With a nod to art deco elegance inside, the outside is a celebration of nature – rolling hills, sparkling sky and a sunken outdoor bath where you can relish the sounds and songs of the countryside. You’d be remiss not to roast marshmallows on the fire.

7. CABN (ELSIE), SEPPELTSFIELD, BAROSSA

CABN Elsie, Fleurieu Peninsula
CABN Elsie, Fleurieu Peninsula

Vineyard outlooks are yours to savour when you choose this sweet cabin as your off-grid escape. Make the most of your proximity to the Barossa for a well-placed wine tour (or several) and return at the end of the day to the tranquil tininess of sustainable South Australian accommodation done superbly. Elsie is small but very well-appointed.

8. ECO EYRE, PORT GIBBON, EYRE PENINSULA

Eco Eyre, Eyre Peninsula
Eco Eyre, Eyre Peninsula

Modern, sleek and with a prime spot smack in front of the sea, this Eyre Peninsula accommodation – aptly named Eco Eyre - lets you enjoy your holiday in style without sacrificing your eco cred. Metres from the beach, bliss out on sultry sunrises, sandy toes and salty breezes. Fishing, swimming, bushwalking, sand surfing, it’s yours to discover.

9. WEEMILAH LUXURY RETREAT, WILLUNGA SOUTH, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

Weemilah Luxury Retreat, Fleurieu Peninsula
Weemilah Luxury Retreat, Fleurieu Peninsula

52 acres are all yours to discover at this smart stay near Adelaide. 180 degree views through the floor-to-ceiling windows treat you to a bird’s eye perspective of the wineries in the area, so many within a 15-minute drive of Weemiliah that you’d be hard pressed to visit them all in a weekend. While away the evening soaking in the splendid outdoor bath and enjoy whipping up a gourmet meal in the well-appointed kitchen. Local breakfast provisions are included.

10. TIMBA RTREET, THE RANGE, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

Timba by Rtreet, Fleurieu Peninsula
Timba by Rtreet, Fleurieu Peninsula

Art lovers and culture connoisseurs, rejoice! We just found your next ‘rtreet’. Timba is the first property by the makers of Rtreet, who plan to build a series of “nature focused havens” to help us disconnect from the hustle and bustle of 21st century living. Rtreet is the result of marrying luxury, seclusion and artistic taste. Think intentional, detailed homewares set against Good Studios hemp linen. A pool and spa fit for an Italian chalet, but with the backdrop of 120 acres of McLaren Vale views. Bring a film camera and recreate the works of Slim Aarons, book in Timba for your pre-wedding night with the bridal party or simply enjoy having the spacious four bedroom estate all to yourself.

11. MALDHI BY EYRE WAY, EYRE PENINSULA

Eyre Way Maldhi, Eyre Peninsula
Eyre Way Maldhi, Eyre Peninsula

Maldhi means night or night sky in the language of the traditional owners of the area - the Barngarla people. The latest installment in the EYRE.WAY tiny cabin collection, Maldhi is the moodier - and fittingly darker - cousin to the hugely popular EYRE.WAY Yambara. Almost night and day, if you will. The earthier and more rustic aesthetic was inspired by the surrounding environment and natural formations of the coastal cliffs that the property is perched along, just a stones throw from Port Lincoln. Similar to its predecessor, Maldhi is decked out with all the comforting details - from a double shower, to limestone tiles from Turkey, a gas cook top, full sized sink and stone top breakfast bar with panoramic views over Sleaford Bay.

CONTINUE THE DISCOVERY…

This is just a taste of the unique stays on offer in South Australia. Continue searching through our curated guides to pet friendly accommodation and winery accommodation and never again wonder where to stay in South Australia.

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