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Halloween got upstaged by Mother Nature who spooked the hell out of us in the form of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve been rattled so much that we'd like to circle back to what we wanted to show you--one of the freakiest "hotel" ideas we've ever heard--not counting the Japanese toilet one (that's just strange, and we've seen a few).
I doubt it’s by accident that Australian businessman Hadyn Pearce coordinated his most recent announcement with the end of October: He is hoping to convert a former mortuary in southern Tasmania into a hotel, concrete deathbeds and all. The original surgical equipment and a stainless steel bathtub once used to wash bodies would also highlight the dark décor.
Okay. We’re just going to say it. These accommodation Pavilions on the grounds of Australia’s largest private museum are sexy. As in sizzlin’.
First, there’s the museum itself. MONA (as in Museum of Old and New Art) is an edgy, subterranean gallery owned by multi-millionaire David Walsh, who is said to have gained his vast wealth through gambling. Four underground levels built into an old sandstone quarry contain a $110+-million USD collection including pieces by Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
You know how we’re into our eccentric spa treatments, and while we were snooping around at the Australian Tourism Exchange a few weeks ago, we came across a spa that uses not only diamonds and gold in its products, but also sapphire dust…in Tasmania, of all places.
That’s where you’ll find one of Australia’s newest luxury properties, the 20-suite Saffire Freycinet. The resort is part of the just-announced Luxury Lodges of Australia association of fifteen independent resorts, which includes such high-end gems as Cape Lodge in Western Australia’s Margaret River and two of the most talked-about resorts in Australia: the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, and the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains.