10 incredible places to stay in Adelaide and South Australia

From boutique accommodations to lavish lodges and luxury camps, a stay in South Australia promises more than the average hotel

These 10 properties in Adelaide, South Australia, are more than just places to sleep – they offer a warm welcome and an incredible experience that will linger long in guests’ memories.

1 Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

This sleek and stylish wellness retreat is the last outpost between Australia and Antarctica. Perched above a cliff, the eco-lodge’s dramatic and distant location – plus its proximity to kangaroos, koalas and seals – draws you in, while its opulence makes you want to stay longer.  Kangaroo Island is just a 30-minute flight from Adelaide.

From £654pp per night, fully inclusive of all dining, open bar, signature experiences and island airport transfers

Al fresco: the Mayfair Hotel’s glass-topped terrace commands epic views over the city

2 Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide

Occupying a handsome heritage property in central Adelaide, this boutique hotel is a relatively new addition to the city, where it has really raised the bar. The lobby’s mini-library sets a sophisticated tone. Check out the buffet breakfast and lavish rooftop bar Hennessy, leading out to a glass-topped al fresco terrace and balcony with views over the city.

From £113 per room per night

3 The Frames, Murray River

Perched on a cliff overlooking the meandering Murray River – around 200  miles east of Adelaide – The Frames comprises three award-winning luxury retreats. Each comes with its own pool, spa, sauna and outdoor kitchen. The views from the balconies are epic as are the sunsets.

From £840 per couple per night

4 Arkaba Conservancy, Flinders Ranges

This rural-homestead-turned-luxury-bolthole sits in its own 60,000-acre wildlife sanctuary. An hour by plane from Adelaide, Arkaba offers an unparalleled all-inclusive experience to guests, who can wine and dine like royalty in between safaris. Want to get closer to nature? Ask about the glamping trek.

From £725 per person, per night

Switch off: unwind in the remote surroundings of CABN

5 CABN, Adelaide Hills

This quirky off-grid property in the Adelaide Hills is the place to go if you want to disconnect. The minimalist cabin is designed to assimilate with its woodland surroundings and promote meaningful interactions with nature. Cook food on an open fire and don’t forget to bring the wine.

From £108 per night

6 Hotel California Rd, McLaren Vale

Oenophiles rejoice, for this modern micro-hotel is a grape’s throw from the vines that produce Inkwell Estate’s wines and features on every list of the best places to eat and drink in Adelaide. Sunsets are a joy at the property, which is the very height of good taste. The lavish beds and soaking tubs are obvious highlights.

From £128 per room per night, maximum two people per room

7 Kangaluna Camp, Gawler Ranges in the Eyre Peninsula

Pack binoculars if you’re staying at this all-inclusive safari camp, as the woodland setting is teeming with indigenous wildlife including rare bird species. Located nearly 400 miles from Adelaide, this glamping site is remote but the luxury tents don’t compromise on comfort. For something really wild, book a stay in the converted wagon.

From £200 per room per night, including touring and all meals

8 Beach Huts at Middleton

These charming beach chalets overlook a scenic stretch of South Australia coastline, 40 miles south of Adelaide. The colourful, self-contained huts are easy on the eye, while the on-site restaurant and tennis court give the place a village feel.

From £92 per night per two adults

9 Bellwether Wines, Limestone Coast

Another prime pick for oenophiles, who can glamp amidst the vaunted vines of Bellwether Wines. There are six boutique bell tents at the camp, which is about 230 miles south of Adelaide, near the Unesco-listed Naracoorte Caves. Ask about the Table for Twelve dining experience.

From £115 for two people per night, single rates available

Vineyard viewpoint: cheers to the luxurious vistas on offer at The Louise

10 The Louise, Barossa

Overlooking the beautiful Barossa Valley about an hour by car from Adelaide, this lauded country resort is renowned for its interior design and superb regional cuisine in award-winning Appellation restaurant. The sumptuous suites, spa baths and surrounding vineyards add to the appeal.

From £331 per room for two people, per night

Adelaide is the best place to start your Australia adventure

With a modern bustling city framed by sandy beaches and vine-dotted hills, and a region packed with unique wildlife, great food and wine, and stunning national parks South Australia offers an incredible range of holiday experiences.

Visit for more information and to start planning your trip.


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