The Top 5 Resort Hotels in Australia and NZ

Jul 10, 2020

Travel and Leisure announces the Top Five Resort Hotels in Australia and New Zealand.

The No. 2 and No. 3 spots go to two Luxury Lodges of Australia members, both of which incorporate environmentalism and learning into the guest experience.

The #2 spot goes to Lizard Island Resort, located on the northernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef, just seventeen miles off the coast of Queensland. Here, travellers can divide their days between soaking up rays on the beach, snorkelling the inner and outer reefs on guided tours, and visiting the island's research station.

In spot #3 located on 7,000 acres in Australia’s Great Dividing Range,  Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley immerses guests in a deeply luxurious bush setting (all 40 villas come with their own private heated pools). While on-site, guests can roll up their sleeves to participate in conservation activities, such as tree planting and wildlife surveying. 

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