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The most luxurious accommodation in NSW

Slip on your satin gloves and peruse our selection of the swankiest spots around the state

By Divya Venkataraman
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Sometimes you just want to exchange your everyday for an alternate reality where plush robes come hand-laundered to your door and birds trill on command. While we can't promise the latter, we have rounded up some of the most luxurious hotels in NSW for you to escape the rigours of modern life with on a truly indulgent vacay. 

Whether travelling in style is your usual MO, or you're picking out a spot for a special occasion, these are hotel rooms that'll make you feel like you've wandered out of normality and into a Baz Luhrmann film. Think obscene square footage, uninhibited ocean views, and bountiful hampers of fresh, local delicacies waiting in your room. Money can't buy you happiness, but it can get you a claw-footed bathtub for a night – and the difference there is semantics, really, isn't it?

Here are the best luxury hotels in New South Wales that will give you the five-star treatment you've always known you deserve.

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The best luxury accommodation in NSW

Spa pool at the Langham
Spa pool at the Langham
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The Langham, Sydney

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For old-world opulence, the Langham is the place to be. Friday afternoons are reserved for tea, scones and petit fours – a fixture of the hotel since 1865. With the charm and ruffled curtains of a bouqtiue hotel, but the class and glamour of an international institution, the Langham will have you feeling like a royal with its plush suites, panelled walls (for real) and sumptuous, velvet furnishings – and that's before you set your sights on the Observatory Suite's ornate, gilded fireplace. The otherworldly Roman bathhouse style indoor pool is waiting for you downstairs, so be sure to stop in for a splash.

Prices range from $423 - $2,548 per night. Reserve online.

Room with wicker chairs and pillars
Room with wicker chairs and pillars
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Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay

Just at the mouth of Wategos Beach is a whitewashed villa nestled between the sand and surf. Raes on Wategos embodies the essence of luxurious coastal living, with its sarong-wrapped clientele, in-house dining room serving platters of fresh-caught seafood, and soft trails of sand weaving up the stone stairs from the beach and into the hotel's foyer. In terms of which rooms you should stay in, the penthouses are where the magic happens – with sunken baths, plump daybeds, and multiple expansive balconies, your biggest problem will be choosing which stunning view to marvel at first.

Prices range from $650-$1850 per night. Reserve online

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Houses in mountain range
Houses in mountain range
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One and Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains

Considered the blue-chip in Australian luxury accommodation, the Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley retreat in the Blue Mountains has earned a reputation for exclusivity. Situated in a 7,000-acre national park, the resort consists of scattered, secluded villas from which you can watch wildlife, take in the crisp, mountain air, or just luxuriate with a full wineglass in hand and soap suds in your hair – oh, and there's a private pool in each villa. The exposed brick and taupe-toned furnishings go for a country chic aesthetic, so pull up those RMs and escape into the Blue Mountains' worst-kept secret.

Prices range from $2,950-$11,500 per night. Reserve online

Interior of BSBH
Interior of BSBH
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Byng Street Boutique Hotel

There's a trend you start to notice walking along the high streets of the cool, westerly country town of Orange: old, heritage-style façades give way to interiors that have the look of someone's fashionable aunt having been let loose on the décor. The opening of Byng Street Boutique Hotel in 2019 was a strong indication of Orange's arrival as a hot getaway destination for city-slickers. It's high on the creature comforts –embroidered robes, marble bathtubs, sleek U-shaped lounges, pillowy macarons delivered before bedtime – but with a decidedly local lean. The spacious, uniquely decorated rooms are stocked with local Remy and Max tea, coffee by Bill's Beans from "down the road", and right outside is a secret guest passageway to Ferment, a funky local wine seller where you can get a taste of many of the high-altitude, cool-climate wines of the region before you scatter to visit the individual vignerons dotted around town.

Prices start from $276 per night. Reserve online.

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Floating villa
Floating villa
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The Lilypad, Palm Beach

If seclusion sounds like the ultimate luxury, then Palm Beach's most sea-worthy getaway, the Lilypad, is for you.  Designed by master boatsmen, the floating villa sits on an island platform which drifts gently in response to the keens and rhythms of the ocean. There's no compromising on luxury here – the villa's hardwood floors, sleek décor and a bathroom plentifully stocked with Aesop tonics and tinctures won't leave you wanting. You can arrive in style, too – either by boat along the crystal clear waters or hire your own seaplane, care of the Lilypad. Steer your wings over to Jonah's Whale Beach if you're looking for a little more indulgence to finish off your weekend away.

Prices start at $1,800 per night. Reserve online

Chairs overlooking pool at sunset
Chairs overlooking pool at sunset
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Spicer's Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains

You won't be called to lift even a single finger at Spicer's Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains, where 'all-inclusive' service is the drawcard – but, you know, not in a carpeted cruise buffet kind of way. Stay in expansive, sumptuous lodges nestled in the forest and be plied with matched pairings of food and wine – with a continually restocked, complimentary bar fridge too, in case you get peckish between courses. If you're feeling adventurous, you can book in for a scenic helicopter flight to see the sweeping vistas from above. Abseiling sessions on the cliffside or private canyoning sessions are also available. In fact, you might want to work up a sweat just so you can sink into that freestanding bathtub afterwards.

Prices range from $1,499 to $1,799 per night. Reserve online

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Balconies, Park Hyatt
Balconies, Park Hyatt
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Park Hyatt, Sydney

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Sydney's Park Hyatt is the place to feel like an international spy, or at the very least, their mysterious lover. Situated in the historic Rocks district, this is a hotel for lovers of hotel rooms – a stay here comes with a mile-long pillow list, fluffy snow-white robes, and 24-hour room service meals delivered to you in shiny steel cloches. The Opera Suite has six (!) private balconies, while the Sydney Suite is a mind-boggling 350 metres squared and has its own sauna, you know, in case the thought of sharing your steam-space was just too much. The floor-to-ceiling glass doors will send you spinning while you're having dinner – that's if you bother to venture out of your room as all. 

Prices start at $525 per night. Reserve online

King Deluxe at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
King Deluxe at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
Photograph: Elise Hassey

Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

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The most glamorous way to earn your camping credentials, Paperbark Camp near Jervis Bay is luxury made even more striking because of its coupling with the rugged, natural beauty of its surroundings. Wake up in a safari tent to kookaburras laughing, with sweeping bush views and a deck to sit, sip tea and watch the wind swish the gum leaves. Off the back of a devastating fire season, your stay at Paperbark Camp is not only a decadent getaway, but it's also supporting local communities in recovery. When you feel like socialising, the Gunyah is the heart of the camp with a reception, restaurant and communal lounge space among the treetops. 

Prices between June 5 to August 29 range from $995–$1195, for two people. Check other rates and reserve online

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Bath tub at Sierra Escape glamping in Mudgee
Bath tub at Sierra Escape glamping in Mudgee
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Sierra Escape, Mudgee

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Situated just outside of Mudgee, Sierra Escape is an earthy luxury experience for those who fancy themselves children of the planet, even while shelling out the big bucks for a luxury stay. There's abundant wildlife cawing and ribbiting around the camp, from crismon rosellas to nimble green tree frogs. It's a tent, but with all the trappings of a deluxe hotel suite: think soft linens, hardwood floors and a platter of local delicacies and Mudgee-made wine on arrival. The outdoor bathtub is perfect for sipping a glass in the evening as the sky changes colour and the low serenade of wildlife takes you into the night.

Prices range from $490-$650 per night. Reserve online

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Bubbletent, Capertee Valley
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