Equal parts boutique hotel and bucket-list experience, Pumphouse Point is the ultimate getaway in the experiential age. Minimalist luxury colours every aspect of a stay at this heritage hydroelectric landmark on Lake St Clair, from lakeside Shorehouse rooms to the new ultra-modern retreat. Mohair throws, wood-fired lounges and in-room fridges stocked with Tasmanian treats mean that roughing it in this World Heritage wilderness sanctuary is confined to the great outdoors. Walks range from gentle to challenging, or borrow a rowboat and fishing rod for offshore exploration. The setting screams Instagram, but the absence of WiFi and abundance of serenity suggest switching off is the better option.
The Shorehouse's dining room and lounge has been cleverly renovated with exposed timbers, firefly bulbs and grey-felt seating pods.
Staff are on speed dial, to deliver a complimentary loaf of warmed bread, emergency brie or pâté, or simply to provide guidance on catching that elusive trout (and then arranging for the chef to cook it).
A breakfast buffet with a difference features free-range eggs for guests to boil to taste (timers provided), toasties to assemble and granola to anoint with local yoghurt and honey. Communal three-course set-menu dinners ($56) are served family style. Raid in-room fridges for Coal River Farm brie, wood-roasted salmon, Mures chowder and plenty more for a carpet picnic.
Three honesty bars and in-room fridges feature a top-notch selection of Tasmanian wine, beer and mixers.
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.