Tasmania has weaved its way into Virtuoso‘s Top 10 Global Destinations for 2022.
The luxury global travel network released its list of destinations late last month, placing Tasmania alongside the likes of Slovenia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Italy’s Dolomites and the Caribbean, to name a few.
“Welcome to the joyful renaissance of epic journeys. This is the year of going far, and of celebrating our lifelong love for crossing borders,” Virtuoso said on its blog. “As travel slowly returns, we’re focused on taking the trips of a lifetime.”
Virtuoso described Tasmania as “isolated but accessible,” combining “pristine wilderness with serious gourmet and cultural cred”.
After being the first Australian state to close to the world, Tasmania is back, reopening to domestic travel in mid-December after almost two years, and is expected to welcome international visitors again later this year.
Tassie is the ultimate trip for food, culture and wellness and has re-opened with a slew of new luxury hotel stays, and experiences for foodies and adventurers.
“It is fantastic to see Tasmania’s value as a travel destination recognised in this way,” said John Fitzgerald, CEO of Tourism Tasmania. “Tasmania is a premium and distinct destination, with world-class mountain biking and walking trails, extremely good fly fishing and stunning coastal golf links courses.
“The state’s wide-open spaces, breathtaking world heritage wilderness and excellent food and wine are the perfect complement to recently opened luxury hotel stays and new experiences for foodies and adventurers.”
“Tasmanians are ready to welcome back international travellers,” Fitzgerald told LATTE.
Visitors will want to spend at least a week in Tasmania, using Hobart as the base and maybe the freshly-minted The Tasman, Marriott’s first Luxury Collection hotel in Australia. Another option is Islington Hotel, a Virtuoso property perched above Hobart’s lively harbor and with views of Mount Wellington.
Re-vamped luxury stays include Satellite Island’s new clifftop bath and yoga decks including private dinners with chef Analiese Gregory; Pumphouse Point’s new outdoor eating decks/grills with a nod to safe distance/being in nature, and tours that use Hobart as a base including heading to Tassie’s Southwest Wilderness Park, located at the bottom of Tasmania; among the most remote wilderness to be had anywhere on earth, or to MONA, a quick 20-minute boat ride away.
MONA’s new Ladies Lounge (guests are IN the art) and a major revamp of the galleries, with fresh art from the personal collection of owner David Walsh are new for 2022.
Hobart is also the starting point for extraordinary walks – new ones include collecting seeds for bush fire recovery efforts on the iconic Overland track, or a health meditation focus walk in the Bay of Fires. For biking enthusiasts, there are new trails at Derby and there is a floating sauna, for icy dips in the lake after.
Additionally, Hobart has a number of new restaurants and bars; as well as new food tours (including indigenous, foraging trips).
Images courtesy of Tourism Tasmania