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PLACES TO STAY

FREYCINET LODGE

Australia

When get lost stayed at Freycinet Lodge, we got a knock on the door at 5pm on our first night for housekeeping. The ‘housekeeping’ turned out to be a complimentary shot of local whiskey, and some chocolate. We knew we were in our place.

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PLACES TO STAY

FREYCINET LODGE

Australia

When get lost stayed at Freycinet Lodge, we got a knock on the door at 5pm on our first night for housekeeping. The ‘housekeeping’ turned out to be a complimentary shot of local whiskey, and some chocolate. We knew we were in our place.

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This touch is one of several small details that takes Freycinet beyond any average nature lodge.

From the balcony of a gorgeous array of secluded rooms, you can see Freycinet’s jagged peaks, called The Hazards, and Richardson’s Beach, a quiet bay which backs onto the Tasman Sea that never seems to have more than about 10 people on it at one time.

You’re surrounded by gumtrees and the call of kookaburras, and the luxuriously-sized bath that backs onto a floor to roof window allows you to bask in all of that while completely starkers.

From AU$479 per night

BIGGER AND BOLDER

Norway

The Bolder Sky Lodge is about as close as you can get to sleeping a cloud.

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Prior to 2010, people looked at the majestic Skjerafjell Mountain at Lysefjord in Norway’s southwest and probably thought, “how beautiful.” Fortunately for us, a man named Tom Norland looked at it and thought, “let’s put a cabin there.”

And now we have the Bolder Sky Lodge, perched 70 metres in the air, on the edge of a cliff, in between rocky mountains. With that in mind we think the Bolder Sky Lodge’s name is in reference to both its location and its daring.

There are two cabins, each 22 square metres of typically contemporary scandi-furnished living, that includes a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

But it’s the wall to floor windows showcasing the most breathtaking views you are ever likely to get from somewhere you can stay that is the highlight here. Unbelievable.

From AU$610 per night

SECRET, MIRRORED CABIN IN THE CANADIAN WOODS

Canada

Arcana’s extraordinary mirrored cabins in the Canadian woods really are a secret – from before you book until you arrive.

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Arcana’s extraordinary mirrored cabins in the Canadian woods really are a secret – from before you book until you arrive.

You’re not told where you are you are staying until after you book (all we know is that they’re within a few hours drive of Toronto) and when you do arrive, the shimmering mirrored walls of the cabins give the impression they are camouflaged.

There’s forest bathing and hiking but if it’s us, we’re hanging out in the cabin…invisible to the rest of the world.

From AU$410 per night

EXTRA TERRESTRE-AL

Mexico

The only thing Puerto Escondido’s brand new Hotel Terrestre could get anymore chic is if the band Chic (Nile Rodgers) walked through the front door and started playing Freak Out.

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The only thing Puerto Escondido’s brand new Hotel Terrestre could get anymore chic is if the band Chic (Nile Rodgers) walked through the front door and started playing Freak Out.

There are 14 multi-storey villas to chill out in, overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the Oaxaca Mountains on the other.

If doesn’t do it for you, or the low-key brickwork that looks so cool throughout the hotel, or the open air restaurant, then we reckon the two terraces, outdoor shower and private pool in every apartment will.

It just doesn’t get much better than this.

From AU$485 per night.

CHIMNEY HOUSE

Denmark

Copenhagen’s chimney house looks less like a house, or a chimney, and more like some sort of 1960s Soviet rocket-ship, if rocket-ships were made out of brick.

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It is in fact a 1902-built water pumping station, with what seems like an excessively large chimney, although get lost acknowledges that travel is our expertise, and not early-20th century water pumping stations.

The interior of the Chimney House is nothing short of exquisite, with futuristic Scandinavian furniture, an epic staircase and wall to floor windows with stunning views over Copenhagen.

From AU$1560 per night.

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