And then there are the Pavilions. Four of the eight Pavilions are named after famous Australian artists, and the four that followed are named after leading 20th-century architects. They are architecturally beautiful. Three are glass cubes that appear balanced on the landscape, one is a three-storey diamond shaped building enclosed in a silver metallic skin, and the remaining four cantilever over a river.
Each self-contained Pavilion contains avant-garde artwork from MONA’s collection, with custom furniture by Tasmanian designers as well as pieces by recognizable names such as Philippe Starck and Ron Arad. Each suite comes with a full kitchen – although with an award-winning restaurant onsite, who really wants to cook on vacation – and (we’re excited about this one), a private cellar stocked with Moorilla wines and Moo Brew beer from the onsite winery and micro-brewery.
The four artist Pavilions – Charles, Brett, Sidney and Arthur – are contemporary in design, with light wood and steel (these are the ones that have the gorgeous cantilevered decks). The architect-inspired Pavilions – Roy, Robin, Esmond and Walter – are more modernist in style, full of dark wood, minimalist white and hits of lush color.
Prices will set you back a hefty $490 AUD (approximately $482 USD) for the Sidney or Arthur Pavilions, and up to $950 AUD ($935 USD) for beautiful Roy. But, come on - these rates do include breakfast.
[Photos: Tourism Tasmania/Brett Boardman]