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Best in Travel 2014

As we start a new year, we take a moment to reflect on the places we've been, the good times shared and the adventures we've had in the year gone by. In 2014, we travelled to 19 different regions of Australia to unearth the best of the best in each region, conducting site inspections and experiencing these unique getaways. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it! 

Here's our list of our favourite, memorable and amazing accommodation to add to your bucket list for 2015.

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Hotel Hotel, Canberra

One of the most exciting new developments in Australia, the striking Nishi building houses a hotel that's breaking all the rules. This 68-room boutique hotel is crammed with bespoke, curated and unique artisan elements all specially commissioned. The surrounding development ensures you're only have to walk a few steps to be fed, watered and entertained in this hipster hood.

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Royal Mail Hotel, Grampians

We expected to love the food, and we did, but we were also impressed with the quality of accommodation at the Royal Mail Hotel. Quality inclusions and attention to detail such as a walking map and stationery box ensures the rooms are perfect for the discerning traveller. Three hours scenic drive from Melbourne, make a getaway to the Grampians a 'must do' in 2015. Read our review of Royal Mail Hotel for more...

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Palm Bay Resort, Whitsundays

Hands down our favourite experience last year was feeling like a castaway on Long Island at the heavenly Palm Bay Resort.  Swinging in the hammock, sipping Champagne and watching the sunset on this secluded island makes for a romantic getaway or holiday to recharge the batteries. Read our review of Palm Bay Resort for more.

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Netherby Rise, Sunshine Coast

Seriously jaw-dropping from the moment you enter this 5 bedroom holiday house at Sunrise Beach. With an expansive lounge and dining room flowing through to spacious deck with stunning vistas, this house is built for entertaining for a family gathering or group of friends.

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Heal House, Brisbane

One of the most impressive new openings in 2014 was Heal House in Brisbane's New Farm. This stunningly restored Queenslander with stylish interiors, wrap around balcony to capture the summer breezes is the perfect choice for corporate travellers or a romantic weekend getaway.

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Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne

We're not normally one to be wooed by a 'theme' hotel, but when your theme is sweets and treats, then we are there! It's very easy to be tempted by Melbourne's most exciting boutique hotel with free mini bar, edgy design and central location, settle into the sweet life at Adelphi Hotel Melbourne.

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Ayana Beach House, Byron Bay

This wow factor luxury Byron Bay beach house ticks all the boxes for a family holiday in style. The hub of the house is the lounge, dining, kitchen and deck for entertaining, but the house also features four spacious bedrooms and plenty of space to retreat with a good book. 

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Polperro Villas, Mornington Peninsula

Combining some of our favourite things - luxury accommodation, cellar door winery and onsite restaurant you'd be tempted to cocoon yourself in winery heaven at Polperro Villas. However, there is much to explore in the Mornington Peninsula and you're centrally located at these modern, luxurious digs.

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Points South by the Sea, Apollo Bay 

Divine in any season, Points South by the Sea is a Great Ocean Road favourite. Coastal Cool in summer, a  great vantage point during whale watching season, curl up on the window seat by the fire in winter. Take me there now! Read more in our review of Points South by the Sea.

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Mountain Whispers, Blue Mountains

It's hard not to fall in love with the Blue Mountains. We visited in Autumn with cool temperatures, falling leaves and warm fireplaces making it a cosy and relaxing weekend getaway. Staying at Varenna, one of four magnificently restored houses in the Mountain Whispers collection was a step back in time with beautiful antiques but all the modern conveniences for a luxury escape. Read more in our review of Varenna.

What were your 2014 travel highlights and what's on your 2015 travel bucket list?

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