The best luxury hotels Melbourne, Victoria has to offer

From stylish urban sanctuaries and coastal spa hotels to off-the-grid getaways and cliffside camping, we’ve got you covered with the best places to stay in Melbourne and greater Victoria.

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1 The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne

BEast Melbourne hotel for panoramic views

Pool with a view: head to the Ritz-Carlton for the ultimate luxury stay

Opening its doors in September, the Ritz Carlton, Melbourne will bring the luxury of skyscrapers to the city’s hotel scene. The luxury hotel brand’s first opening in Melbourne, it promises spacious rooms and captivating views from its location on levels 64-80 of West Side Place, a gleaming new development in the central business district. The 257-room and suite hotel will feature an infinity pool, destination bar and exclusive restaurant.

2 Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

Best hotel in Melbourne with infinity pool

Dive into the Marriott’s elegant infinity pool

Until the Ritz-Carlton opens later this year, the five-star hotel Marriott Melbourne Docklands Hotel boasts the tallest infinity pool in town. And what a spectator it is. Located on the 15th floor and overlooking the bustling waterfront district, the curvaceous 28m swimming pool offers breathtaking views of the horizon. They can also be enjoyed from its submerged pool beds and cocktail bar. A hub of entertainment and urban art, the Docklands makes an ideal base for exploring the city.

3 United Places Botanical Gardens

Melbourne’s Best Hotel for Stylish Sustainability

Boutique hotel: Eco-friendly additions are the order of the day at United Places Botanic Gardens

Small, elegant and durable. These qualities are at the heart of everything at United Places Botanical Gardens, a chic boutique hotel in South Yarra overlooking beautiful city parks. Its interiors ooze contemporary style and guests can doze off knowing that every effort has been made to be sustainable. Renewable energy comes from solar panels, rainwater is collected for toilets and all products and products are meticulously sourced from local (where possible) and environmentally friendly suppliers.

4 Notel Melbourne

Melbourne’s Best Quirky “Hotel”

Single Retreat: No Road Required at Notel

Cool and creative, sophisticated yet playful, this trendy urban retreat is quintessentially Melbourne. notel is a collection of six chrome airstream trailers repurposed into designer accommodation. Perched on the rooftop of a nondescript downtown parking lot, entry is through a secret “speakeasy” style entrance (naturally). Be sure to book ahead to get the one with an outdoor hot tub, complete with disco lights and a view of Flinders Lane.

5QT Melbourne

Best hotel in Melbourne for rooftop cocktails

Aperitif time! The view is as spectacular as the cocktails from the QT’s rooftop bar

There are several reasons why the city center QT Melbourne Always attracts the cool crowd and QT’s Rooftop is one of them. The large outdoor terrace is where they come to drink cocktails and drink while admiring the view of the horizon. For a more intimate rooftop evening, seek out the Secret Garden space behind it where an all-Victorian food and drink menu awaits. Elsewhere, the hotel charms with its playful approach, design details, and intriguing artwork.

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6 Sky Pods, Cape Otway

Best hotel in Victoria for sustainability and ocean views

Green Room: Sustainability Meets Sea View at Sky Pods

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On Victoria’s rugged Cape Otway coast, this hilltop off-grid eco-escape offers sweeping views of the Southern Ocean from floor-to-ceiling windows and endless opportunities for wildlife encounters. Set in a 200 acre estate, with coastal rainforest all around, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and native birds are in abundance. The two luxurious independent apartments Heavenly pods have been designed to have the least possible impact on the environment. The Great Ocean Walk, Station Beach and Rainbow Falls are just steps away.

7 Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula

Best Hotel in Victoria for Sophisticated Vineyard Dining

Foodie heaven: Expect top-notch meals and world-class wines at Jackalope

With upscale restaurants, elegant architecture and wacky artwork, jackalope is the place to stay in the Mornington Peninsula. Its striking black facade and elegant interiors are a stark contrast to the verdant Willow Creek Vineyard that surrounds it. Do not miss the tasting menu of its famous Doot Doot Doot restaurant and a swim in its superb 30m black infinity pool at the edge of the vineyards. If you want some solitude, follow the property’s two-mile walking trail to find spots for meditation, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing (watch out for emus, echidnas, kangaroos, and wallabies).

8 Billabong Falls, Dandenong Ranges

Best stay in Victoria for a forest getaway

Retreat in the woods: check in and out at Billabong Falls

Reconnect with nature at this unique and exclusive escape in the forests of the Dandenong Ranges, less than an hour’s drive east of Melbourne. There aren’t many vacation homes that come with a natural swimming pool, complete with cascading waterfalls. When you’re not swimming there, you can gaze upon your own fern-clad oasis (and across the Yarra Valley) from the endless windows of this two-bed house on stilts. On the coldest days, stay comfortably installed near the wood fire.

9 Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Springs, Warrnambool

Best hotel in Victoria for hot springs

And relax… The hot springs of the Deep Blue Hotel are not to be missed

Relaxation, rejuvenation and the revitalizing sea air is what a stay at deep blue hotel and hot springs on the historic Warrnambool Foreshore is all about. After thrilling walks or bike rides along Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast, slip into the mineral-rich geothermal waters of the hotel’s Hot Springs Sanctuary. It offers 15 different bathing experiences and a “Nourishing Dome”, as well as a range of indulgent treatments in its day spa.

10 Bulleroo Luxury Lodge, High Country

Best stay in Victoria for amazing sky views

Settle in: style meets comfort at Bulleroo

Breathtaking views of Victoria’s Hill Country are a given at this large architectural chalet near Mansfield. With a charming stone cottage, it is set on a 24 acre dwarf goat farm close to the Mount Buller ski slopes. But there’s nothing rustic about this luxury modern chalet with its floor-to-ceiling windows and stylish interiors. Accommodating up to five people, it also has a rooftop terrace, designed for sunset and stargazing.

11 Beyond the Rim, Mount Buffalo

Best stay in Victoria for a unique one night experience

Buckle up: Beyond the Edge is calling all adventurers!

Australia’s only cliff camping experience (and the highest in the world), beyond the edge, can be found clinging to the rock face of Mount Buffalo Gorge in the alpine region of Victoria. Game guests abseil 300m to a portaledge for a thrilling night. While it may not be the most restful night’s sleep, you’ll remember it as you watch the day turn to darkness through the park’s snow gum forests, granite tors and waterfalls. See the sunrise then rappel back down to earth.

12 The Sebel Yarrawonga, Murray River

Best new hotel in Victoria for exploring the Murray River area

New hotel: the sunset from the Sebel swimming pool

Ultra-luxurious The Sebel Yarrawonga has a truly enviable setting on the Murray River overlooking Lake Mulwala, a magnet for water skiing, swimming, boating and fishing. Golfers will also love this newly opened hotel with its 18-hole championship course. If golf isn’t your vibe, the infinity pool and sun terrace surely will be and there are wonderful vineyards and artisan producers to stop by nearby.

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Live the various adventures of Victoria

Victoria is a diverse and exciting getaway for adventurers, day-trippers and foodies. From its rugged coastlines and hidden beaches to its alpine landscapes and verdant forests, it’s a special destination with a huge amount to offer.

Whether you’re looking for great wine and dinner with the friendly locals or looking to spend time with the area’s amazing wildlife, book a trip to Victoria and be prepared to exceed your expectations.

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