Our conscious curator this month is Lauren Williams – co-founder of Will & Bear. Although natural fibre hats are Will & Bear’s bread and butter, the company is more than just a hat brand – with a holistic approach to marketing and a hands-on approach to adventure, Will & Bear is a go-to destination for travel inspiration.
The idea for Will & Bear was born when the founders Lauren and Alex were travelling Tasmania, so as an ode to the place that inspired the movement, we’ve put together a round-up of our favourite eco-hotels hidden in this magical corner of the world.
Uniquely, majestically positioned in the middle of a glacial lake surrounded by myrtle forests, this adults-only retreat sets the gold standard when it comes to rustic-luxe, eco-sophisticated stays. With gourmet picnics delivered to your door and electric bikes waiting to help you explore, stays at Pumphouse Point have a dreamlike quality – a surreal combination of individual adventure and utter indulgence. We love the Pumphouse Point commitment to showcasing and preserving the beauty of the local environment, through everything from the materials used in the design to the ingredients that form their communal dinners and private hampers.
This private island is one for the long-term bucket list, and although it’s inaccessible for most budgets, it’s worth exploring their website and Instagram anyway just for a dose of indulgent inspiration. The accomodation comprises a three bedroom hilltop summer house and a two bedroom boathouse, both designed combining the owner’s Norwegian heritage and interior expertise from award-winning stylist Tess Newman-Morris. Completely off-grid, the island escape offers complete submergence into Tasmanian magic – oyster shucking, paddle boarding and uninterrupted walks through wild forests and along private beaches. The Satellite Island inn-keeper is on hand to pack your picnics and dive for fresh fish, but otherwise the island is yours.
The passion project of husband and wife team Clare and Jimmy, Hobart Hideaway Pods is a thoughtful boutique escape hidden in the hills above Tasmania’s capital city. The family-run approach is evident in Hobart Hideaway Pods’ holistic commitment to sustainability, with the local environment considered in everything from the building materials to the grey water treatment system to the solar passive design. These two hillside pods feature bifold doors which open onto views of Hobart and the River Derwent, and each booking sees the owners donate to Wildcare Tasmania: a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to preserving Tasmania’s wildlife and cultural heritage.
Currently the only in-house accommodation option offered by the subversive, boundary-breaking Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Mona Pavilions reflect MONA’s playful, creative approach while showcasing the stark natural beauty of the setting. Perched on the banks of the River Derwent, the eight architecturally bold structures feature everything from original MONA artwork to river-view jacuzzi baths. Along with private museum tours available on request, booking a Mona Pavilion includes breakfast at The Source restaurant and a bar stocked with organic, bio-dynamic Moorilla wine and preservative-free craft beer from MONA’s brewery. With green roofs, water recycling systems and a recently launched charity beer (with profits donated to Australian essential workers), the team behind MONA are on a constant mission to support the local community and environment, and the pavilions are no exception.
When it comes to eco-credentials, Freycinet Lodge – the eco-luxe hotel nestled on the shores of Great Oyster Bay – takes first place, and has been awarded the highest level of recognition by Ecotourism Australia for its sustainability efforts. This multi-award winning hotel goes above and beyond to protect and preserve the beauty of its setting in Freycinet National Park, with a”leave no trace” philosophy guiding everything they do. Cabins are designed to blend seamlessly into the natural forest setting, the on-site restaurants use seasonal Tasmanian produce and guests can join the Freycinet Lodge team on educational tours which highlight Freycinet National Park’s unique ecosystem and native heritage.
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