100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


Romantic Places in Australia


National parks and endless beaches; sparkling azure blue waters contrast dramatically with lush green tropical rainforests. Fringing Queensland’s shoreline is a vast snorkeling and scuba diving paradise, the Great Barrier Reef. Fly into Cairns and drive north to Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation.

Kewarra Beach Resort

Smithfield, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

A sophisticated blend of colonial heritage and indigenous culture on 60 acres of beachfront property in Smithfield, a suburb of Cairns.

T: +61 7 4057 6666. US$ 100-

Daintree Eco Lodge

20 Daintree Rd. Daintree

Awarded winning eco-lodge set in secluded forest. Features aborginally-led nature walks.

T: +61 740 986 100. 15 bungalows. US$ 260-

Silky Oaks Lodge

Finlayvale Rd. Mossman, Queensland, Australia

Stay in a timber treehouse set in the rainforests or in one of their Mossman River riverhouse rooms. Decor is understated tropical style.

T: +61 740 981 666. 50 rooms. US$ 350-.

Coconut Beach

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

An eco-lodge, with polished native woods and aboriginal art, fronting a white sand beach.

T: +61 740 980 033. 34 villas & 27 hillside rooms. US$ 135-

New South Wales

Includes Sydney—the “Emerald City”—and the beautiful Blue Mountains.


Beautifully sited around one of the world’s most dazzling harbours, Sydney features beaches, sunny weather, and cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants.


1888 Hotel

139 Murray St. Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW

Rustic industrial-chic boutique hotel.  Originally built in 1888, it was relaunched as a hotel in 2013.  It has high ceilings, exposed brick walls, original iron beams, recycled timber work stations, bespoke furniture and  artwork by Australian artists. Located near the Sydney Fish Market, the Sydney Exhibition Centre and Darling Harbour.

T +61 2 8586 1888. 90 rooms.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

93 Macquarie St. at Albert St. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Boutique hotel located in a Victorian building opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and close to the Opera House.

T: +61 2 9252 4600. 106 rooms. US$ 300-

Simpsons of Potts Point

8 Challis Avenue Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A restored 1892 mansion located in bohemian Potts Point, a leafy Sydney suburb filled with Art Deco buidlings, restaurants and cafés and just a 15 minute scenic walk from the heart of town.

T: +61 2 9356 2199. 14 room b&b. UQ$ 95-

North Coast, New South Wales

Golden beaches and remote coves and inlets. Located north of Sydney.

Halcyon Hotel

21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach NSW

Former surf motel stylishly transformed into an excellent restaurant and boutique lodging experience.  Located in the tiny surf town of Cabarita Beach, 30 miles south of the Gold Coast and 30 minutes north of Byron Bay.

T: +61 0 438 442 323. 21 rooms US$ 436-

Casa Belle

Bellingen, Coffs Coast, New South Wales, Australia

A bit of Tuscany and the Mediterranean up the coast in northern New South Wales, Casa Belle sits on 13 acres of lawn and garden overlooking mountain and Bellingen Valley views. This romantic hotel is located just outside the arty town of Bellingen, 15 minutes away from secluded coastline beaches, the Dorrigo rainforests and the Promised Land.

T: +61 2 6655 9311. 3 room b&b. US$ 125-

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Favorite mountain romantic getaway destination for Sydney’s urban dwellers, known for its wilderness parks, hiking trails and scenic views.The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage designated wilderness area.


Lilianfels Avenue, Blue Mountains, Echo Point, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

New 86 room luxury country house hotel built next to the original 1889 historic house. Lilianfels sits in two acres of English-style gardens and is a five minute walk away from one of Australia’s natural scenic wonders, the Three Sisters.

T: +61 2 4780 1200.. 86 rooms. US$ 350-

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

With a wine heritage that goes back several centuries and over 80 wineries currently open for business, the Hunter Valley is popular with wine-tasting circuit. Hunter Valley is a several hours’ drive northwest of Sydney.

Tower Lodge

Halls Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales, Australia

A luxurious lodge set on the Tower boutique winery estate.

T: +61 2 4998 7022. 12 rooms. US$ 420-

Northern Rivers, New South Wales

Delightful villages and rural hamlets are found in the northernmost coastal region of New South Wales.

Ballina Manor

25 Norton Street, Ballina, North South Wales, Australia

An antique-filled restored Edwardian manor originally built in 1925 as a boarding school for girls. The town of Ballina is located up the far northern coast of New South Wales, 1.5 hours drive south of the Gold Coast and a 1.5 hours direct flight up from Sydney. Here you’ll find white sandy beaches, surfing, fishing and pastoral countryside.

T: +61 2 6681 5888. 12 rooms. US$ 100-

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Located a two hour flight northwest of Sydney is this magical South Seas island. With few tourists, almost no vehicles, and no mobile access, it remains delightfully isolated and pristine. Lord Howe is only one of four islands in the world designated a World Heritage site.

Arajilla Retreat

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Newly built chic and luxurious resort located near a romantic Australian beach.

T: +61 2 6563 2002. 12 rooms. US$ 900.

Capella Lodge

Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia

With views over the Pacific Ocean, the contemporary Capella Lodge rests above Lord Howe Island’s tiny,secret beach at Lover’s Bay and at the foot of the imperious twin peaks, Mounts Gower and Lidgbird.

T:+ 61 2 9918 4355. 9 rooms. US$ 670-per person, all inclusive.

Southern Highlands, New South Wales

Fascinating mix of heritage towns and villages, stunning country gardens and beautiful waterways. Located south and inland from Sydney; includes the capital, Canberra.

Fitzroy Inn

26 Ferguson Crescent, Mittagong, Southern Highlands New South Wales, Australia

Fitzroy Inn is a recently restored 1835 heritage-listed building. The inn is located on the banks of the Nattai River and is known for its modern Australian cuisine.

T: +61 2 4872 3457. 10 rooms. US$ 145-

Ginninderry Park

468 Parkwood Road via Macgregor, Canberra & Surrounds, ACT, Australia

The 70 acre working farm is located in a scenic area 15 minutes from Canberra’s city centre. The Georgian-style homestead is surrounded by gracious gardens meandering down to Ginninderra Creek which borders it on three sides.

T: +61 2 6254 6464


Historic towns, vineyards, skiing and surfing. The culture capital of Australia – Melbourne – is located here.

Eastern Victoria

Just south of Melbourne and located along Port Phillip Bay, the crescent-shaped Morningston Peninsula is filled with seaside towns, wineries, farmhouses and art galleries.

Woodman Estate

136 Graydens Road, Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula Victoria, Australia

An elegant Victorian manor located one hour south of Melbourne, this romantic hotel sits in 50 acres of pasture, bushland and formal gardens overlooking its own private lake.

T: +61 3 5978 8455. 8 rooms & chalets. US$ 215-

Castle Villa by the Sea

Cowes, Phillip Island, South East Country Victoria, Australia

Mediterranean-style villa and restaurant located steps away from the beach.

T: +61 3 5952 1228. 3 room b&b. US$ 275-, includes dinner.

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Birthplace of the first Australian wineries, the pretty countryside one hour north of Melbourne boasts blue mountain vistas, rolling hills and vineyard-filled valleys.

Chateau Yering

Melba Highway, Yering, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Built in l854, a magnificently restored Victorian classic. Set on 250 acres on the Yarra River, this romantic hotel getaway has views of the Great Dividing Range.

T: +61 392 373 333. US$ 395-

High Country, Northeast Victoria

Green valleys, gold rush towns and mountains, the High Country includes Mt. Buffalo National Park with its stunning cliffs and gorges.

Villa Gusto

Bright, Victoria, Australia

This Tuscan-style romantic hotel is set in 2 acres of gardens has views of Mt. Buffalo and offers simple yet stylish modern Italian lodging.

T: +61 3 5757-2000. 9 rooms. US$ 210-

Adelaide, South Australia

One of Australia’s best kept secrets, Adelaide is an alluring city with tree-lined streets, sidewalk cafes, Victorian architecture and innovative cuisine. Located at the gateway to some of Australia’s best wineries.

The Franklin Hotel

92 Franklin St. Adelaide, South Australia

19th century pub with an updated industrial-chic look. 7 rooms located above the popular bar.

T: +61 8410 0036. 7 rooms.

Thorngrove Manor

Glenside Lane Stirling, Adelaide, South Australia

A turrreted and gable baroque fantasy in the Adelaide hills, this romantic Austrailian hotel is 20 minutes from city centre.

T: +61 8 8339 6748. US$ 405-

Clare Valley Wine Country, South Australia

Vineyards, old stone buildings and heritage towns; known for its Reisling wines.

Thorn Park by the Vines Country House

College Road, Sevenhill via Clare Valley South Australia

This newly built guesthouse whose owners live next door is known for its gourmet food. Located in the rolling hills in the heart of the Clare Valley wine country, 90 miles north of Adelaide.

T: +61 8 8843 4304. 3 room b&b US$ 270-

North Bundaleer

Jamestown, South Australia

A grand, pastoral homestead set in 400 acres of bush and farmland 2.5 hours north of Adelaide at the edge of Clare Valley in route to the rugged outback. Built in 1900, this 106 year old gabled, iron-roofed manor house has been magnificently restored.

T: +61 8 8665 4024. 4 room b&b. US$ 280-

Arkaba Station

South Australia

T: +61 2 9571 6399. 5 rooms. US$ 790-, includes all meals & activities

Experience outback life combined with luxury touches at this recently refurbished 1851 homestead with deep stone walls and wide verandas. Arkaba station is a working sheep station located at the edge of the remote Flinders Ranges, 4.5 hour’s drive north of Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Filled with native animals, Kangaroo Island is the Australian Galapagos.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Cliffside luxury eco-lodge with ocean vistas.

T: +61 2 9918-4355. 21 rooms. US$ 1,100, all inclusive

Northern Territory

Home to aborigines, wild cattle, wallabies, dingoes and crocodiles. Monsoon floods give way to summer desert dryness. Located on a wind-swept peninsula is the capital city, Darwin.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Northern Territory, Australia

Wilderness eco-resort with a touch of luxury located at the top end of the Northern Territories midway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park.

T: +61 8 8978 8955. 10 cabins + 15 tents. US$ 460-, includes meals.

Longitude 131°

Uluru-Kata-Tjuta, Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territories

Luxury tents situated in the crimson earth and desert scrub known as Australia’s Red Centre. Longitude 131° is the closest lodging to the sacred monoliths of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, once known as Ayers Rock and The Olgas. The entire lodge is built into the curve of a sand dune, invisible to the township where most tourists stay when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

T:+61 08 8957 7131

Margaret River, Western Australia

Quiet country roads, surf, wineries and caves.

Cape Lodge

Caves Road, Margaret River, Western Australia

Cape Lodge overlooks a lake and natural swimming pool. This romantic vineyard hotel includes an award-winning restaurant and a cooking school.

T: +61 8 9755 6311. 18 rooms. US$ 415-

Kimberley Outback, Western Australia

Bush, red rock, and vast cattle ranches. The Kimberley region in far North Western Australia is one of the world’s last unspoilt frontiers – an ancient land extending from Broome in the South West to Kununurra and Wyndham near the Northern Territory border.

El Questro Homestead

Kununurra, Western Australia

Luxury accommodations on a huge cattle ranch.

T: +61 8 9169 1777. US$ 360-, per person, includes all meals.

Broome, Kimberley Outback, Western Australia

Located off the Indian Ocean at the top of Australia’s northwestern coastline, Broome’s fame centers around the South Sea pearls farmed here. Orient meets the outback here since the 1880’s with Asian pearl divers, Anglo cattle stations and Aboriginal cultures adding to the cultural melting-pot that makes Broome unique today. From Broome you can ride camels on the beach, tour a pearl farm or arrange an excursion into the outback.

Cable Beach Club Resort

Cable Beach, Broome

Located on a long stretch of golden sand beach, this is the romantic hotel resort that jump started Broome’s reputation as a chic destination. Some of the studio rooms are modeled after pearl managers’ quarters with corrugated iron walls and private verandas. The Dutch colonial suites come with a butler, antiques and original works by Australian artists.

T: + 61 8 9192-0400. US$ 200-


Glacial lakes, alpine moorlands and rainforests; eco-tourism country.

Northern Tasmania

The relatively wild region of Tasmania with old growth forests and pristine beaches. Here also is horse country, wineries and grand prix racing history.

Quamby Estate

1145 Westwood Rd. Hagley, Tasmania, Australia

Tree-lined drive leads into a former 1820’s era homestead. Modernized suites with colonial antiques and views of farmland. Located 17 miles outside of Launceston.

T: +61 3 6392-2211. 10 rooms. US$ 345-

Central Highlands

Includes Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, a World Heritage Wilderness Area.

Pumphouse Point

Derwent Bridge, Lake St. Clair Tasmania, Australia

Includes two buildings, the Art Deco–inspired Shorehouse and the Pumphouse, formerly a hydroelectric plant, and located in the heart of the Lake St. Clair at the end of a long jetty.  The aesthetic is understated industrial chic. Nearly every room has a picture window with views of glacial mountains or the indigo-blue lake itself.

T:  +61 428 090 436. 18 rooms. US$ 200-

Southern Tasmania

Georgian villages, wineries.

Millhouse on the Bridge

Richmond, Tasmania, Australia

Originally an 1853 flour mill, now a National Trust listed property. Millhouse on the Bridge overlooks a graceful sandstone bridge in one of Australia’s most historic Georgian villages.

Note: this has been turned into a private residence and no longer a b&b.