Five South Australian properties fit for a Duke and Duchess
Ahead of Harry and Meghan’s tour, discover some of our favourite retreats in Australia promising a royally pleasant stay.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to arrive on the sunny shores of Oceania in October 2018, more than three decades after Charles and Diana embarked on their first tour of the region. Harry and Meghan will be meeting and greeting crowds across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, as well as enjoying some sporting action at the Invictus Games – this year held in Sydney.
As you’d expect, the royal couple won’t be hostel hopping, couch surfing or Airbnb-ing. They’re tipped to be spending their nights in one of Sydney’s finest ocean-front villas, among other opulent Antipodean retreats.
We’ve hand-picked some of our favourite properties in Adelaide and across South Australia, fit for a Duke and Duchess. So – even if you aren’t royalty – you can experience a royal standard of stay during your own South Australia holiday.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
A scenic 30-minute flight from Adelaide brings you to Kangaroo Island, famous for its wildlife and rugged good looks. This is a place to kick back, relax and forget about one’s duties back home.
You won’t find a better place to stay here than Southern Ocean Lodge. The award-winning property sits on Hanson Bay in the southwest of the island, and boasts breathtaking vistas of the Indian Ocean and surrounding wilderness. You have a choice of 21 contemporary suites, each with outdoor terraces from which to enjoy the views. For couples (royal or otherwise) we particularly recommend the Osprey Pavilion; this premier suite perfectly showcases the Southern Ocean Lodge’s dramatic scenery, best appreciated from the comfort of the outdoor plunge pool and sun loungers. Despite its sense of seclusion, the property puts you within easy reach of Kangaroo Island’s main attractions.
Arkaba, Flinders Ranges
Prince Harry is no stranger to Australia’s rural charms, having spent much of his gap year working with cattle on a ranch here. And, after all the red carpets and welcoming parties, an escape from pomp and ceremony might be just what the newly weds need.
If they want to get down-to-earth down under – without sacrificing exclusivity and comfort – we recommend Arkaba. This charming homestead puts you in the heart of Flinders Ranges, South Australia’s largest mountain range. With a maximum of 10 guests at any one time, expect a royal welcome and attentive service throughout your stay. Each of the property’s five rooms is generous, refined and sprinkled with homages to Arkaba’s rustic heritage. Away from your room, you’ll have more than 20,000 hectares of rugged outback to explore, from pine woodland to rosy rock ridges. To truly immerse yourself in this landscape, take up the challenge of the Arkaba Walk – four days of guided trekking, wildlife spotting and camping beneath the stars.
The Louise, Barossa
Meghan Markle often speaks in the press about her fondness for fine wine (especially reds), and where better for wine lovers to spend a break than on a picturesque vineyard?
From the top of a gently sloping hill, The Louise overlooks the Barossa Valley – a region synonymous with South Australia’s exemplary viticulture. The interior of each suite is soft and stylish, with marbled bathrooms, large beds and luxurious linens. All 15 include a private terrace, so you can gaze dreamily over the hectares of sun-drenched vines, tipple in hand. Pair that drop with seasonal cuisine from acclaimed on-site restaurant Appellation. When you’re not curling up in comfort behind closed doors, head out to explore the surrounding valley. Guests can even borrow bicycles for an idyllic ride through South Australia’s wine country.
The Mayfair, Adelaide
Harry and Meghan are the proud owners of Adelaide Cottage – a gift from a certain, well-known grandmother. But, despite its name, it’s actually situated near Windsor Castle. Whereas The Mayfair hotel – also despite its name – is in Adelaide proper.
For a flavour of South Australia’s glamorous capital, the royal couple would be wise to stay in one of The Mayfair’s chic rooms and suites. The five-star hotel comprises the entirety of the heritage-listed Colonial Mutual Life building, its façade retaining the Roman-esque, 1930s design which has made it iconic. Inside, everything is the epitome of elegance. You’ll find sleek, contemporary furnishings complemented by Art Deco flourishes throughout. The Mayfair’s concierge team are on hand to keep guests abreast of Adelaide’s events, from film festivals to comedy nights. After enjoying the bright lights of the city, head up to your room to sink into your luxury mattress – proudly designed and made in Australia – for a good night’s sleep and indulgent morning.
Jacobs Creek Retreat, Barossa
Jacobs Creek needs little introduction, thanks to the internationally famous wine bearing its name. This stream trickles several kilometres through Barossa Valley, where wine has been produced since the 19th century.
This would be another perfect fit for oenophile Meghan, then. Situated along the riverbank in Moorooroo Park Gardens, Jacobs Creek Retreat is a tranquil boutique hotel with its own on-site vineyard. This pretty property encompasses historic stone buildings dating back to the 1840s, considerately converted into modern accommodation. There are just six suites, so you’re guaranteed exclusivity and privacy. The interiors are classically styled, with a mix of antique furniture and patterned furnishings in each open-plan suite. The sun-dappled gardens are the ideal place to unwind, and you can relax further with an in-room spa treatment or massage.