With the mid-December opening of Hobart's Tasman, the highly-rated MACq01 has been presented with some serious competition.
''The guest of the Ladies Lounge feels completely indulged, showered with attention, champagne and beautiful food.''
Time stalls the minute you enter this historic sanctuary.
The vibe around Hobart these days couldn't be better and this smart and affordable four-star hotel is only one part of the city's elan.
Tasmania's capital offers history wherever you look, along with cutting edge modern art at Mona.
Once a source of pride, this abandoned zoo in now best known for its role in Australia's most infamous animal extinction.
The Apple Isle serves up a crisp offering of mountain lodges, coastal treasures and splendid isolation, primed for any kind of explorer to sink their teeth into.
Natural beauty and a rich colonial heritage are Hobart's longstanding charms, but Australia's most southern city has an unexpected funky streak. Here, trendy bars, fine restaurants and great festivals, along with the edgy and intriguing MONA, make this city a burgeoning cultural hub. All that is delicious and delightful can be found here, but don't forget to check out the city's lush surrounds.