Love a room with a view of the water? As the only Australian state entirely surrounded by water, Tasmania has lots to choose from. Here are our pick of the five best.
1.Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart
Since its reincarnation from IXL jam factory to hip 21st-century art hotel in 2004, Henry Jones Art Hotel has been showered with international accolades. The designers did a brilliant job of transforming 19th-century warehouses into a unique 56-suite boutique hotel that is a showcase for Tasmania's top visual artists. Most of the art is for sale and can be viewed in catalogues.
The fashionably decorated rooms will appeal to those with an artistic eye. Most have huge Kohler spa bathtubs and furnishings that hint of Indian and Chinese influences. Think bright silk bed covers, contemporary leather furniture, timber Venetians and wide-screen plasma sets. For a real treat, the two-bedroom two-storey Peacock Terrace is a treasure trove of artworks. This section of the hotel was once Sir Henry Jones' residence.
What to do? Take a break and immerse yourself in Hobart's art and culture. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (www.tmag.tas.gov.au) has a substantial collection of Tasmanian colonial and decorative arts such as silver work, ceramics, furniture and textiles. The Salamanca Arts Centre (www.salarts.org.au) has a calendar of upcoming exhibitions. The Taste Festival (www.hobartsummerfestival.com.au) is a waterfront celebration of food, wine, music and arts.