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Darwin luxury accommodation: 10 best hotels and holiday homes

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While your Darwin luxury accommodation options used to be a tad on the limited side, over the years they have grown and now include luxury resorts, hotels, apartments, and holiday homes. 

The northernmost capital city in Australia, Darwin is both the gateway to incredible outback adventures and a great place to enjoy a city stay.

The Northern Territory’s capital is the first stop on your way to Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, while the city itself has great museums and art galleries, including some wonderful places to explore local Aboriginal arts, as well as a strong Asian influence particularly in the city’s food scene.

When it’s time to book your Darwin getaway here are some of the best ways to stay in style.

Mindil Beach Casino Resort

Set on 30 acres of gardens just one minute’s walk from the beach, the Mindil Beach Casino Resort has 154 rooms and luxury suites to choose from including some where you can step straight into the lagoon pool from your private deck.

The resort’s spacious hotel rooms come with private balconies or patios and have everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel, while the resort rooms are more 5-star luxury with extra touches and facilities.

As well as having Darwin’s only swim-up bar, the resort has a private white-sand beach, two in-house restaurants to dine in, as well as live DJs by the pool on the weekends. 

Mindil Beach Casino Resort luxury hotel room in Darwin

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter

Looking for a modern and convenient place to stay in Darwin? Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter is an ideal choice. These spacious, fully self-contained hotel-style apartments all have water and /or city views along with large balconies. And to make you feel more at home they also include a fridge, washing machine, microwave, cooktop, and more, perfect for short or extended stays. 

Guests will love cooling off in the gorgeous 28-meter saltwater infinity pool. There is also an air-conditioned gym, an in-house cafe, and complimentary parking spaces.

The hotel is conveniently located in Darwin’s vibrant inner city to explore the nightlife, local shops, and famous spots like Sky City Casino and Mindil Beach Market. 

Ramada Suites Zen Quarter Darwin accommodation

Hilton Darwin

Overlooking the harbour in downtown Darwin, the Hilton Darwin is designed for comfort and convenience with enough space and privacy to work or simply relax.

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Guest rooms include LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access, workstations and modern bathrooms with intelligent lighting and walk in showers, and guests have access to the open air pool and fitness centre.

The hotel’s award-winning Pepper Berry restaurant shares modern Australian cuisine with bush spices, while the Palm Court Bar & Lounge is where guests can sip on wine, champagne and cocktails over some bar snacks.

Hilton Darwin bedroom

DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin

Just to make things nice and confusing on the Darwin luxury accommodation front, there are two DoubleTrees by Hilton right next to each other with very similar names. There’s the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin (did that make you do a DoubleTree double take as you tried to tell the difference? Us too).

While they’re both good options (and both serve those DoubleTree cookies) for this story we’re sharing the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin.

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In the centre of Darwin, next to the Darwin Entertainment Centre, the hotel’s rooms range from King Guest Rooms with Sweet Dreams beds and mini-bars up to the split level, King Executive Suite with a private terrace overlooking the Arafura Sea and a full size dining and lounge room.

Cool off in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool before drinks and dinner at Aqua where you can dine on Mediterranean inspired food and wine either in the air conditioned interior or on the terrace overlooking the pool.

DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin luxury accommodation

Palms City Resort

In the heart of the city, the Palms City Resort is an oasis on The Esplanade providing easy access to the Darwin Waterfront Precinct and the Mindil Beach Markets.

Relax by the outdoor swimming pool in the landscaped tropical gardens and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in the resort’s bar and restaurant.

The resort offers a range of accommodations from the more modest and budget-friendly hotel rooms to luxury villas, including the Palms Villas with private outdoor Jacuzzis.

The villas feature Japanese sliding doors that separate the bedroom from the living and kitchenette area and are fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a wooden deck with a table, chairs, and an electric BBQ, and sheer and block-out curtains that let in natural light or provide complete privacy.

Palms City Resort Darwin room

Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites

Part of Darwin’s vibrant waterfront precinct, Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites offer breathtaking views of the sparkling sea, lush green parks and city skyline.

All of the spacious self-contained apartments have balconies to take in the view, including some that are large enough to have outdoor dining spaces. The fully equipped kitchens have all of your basics, as well as ovens and Nespresso machines, and the living area, has a large flat-screen streaming TV.

The free high-speed internet makes the Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites

an excellent choice for business travelers in Darwin as well as holidaymakers.

The apartments are right next to the Wave Lagoon and 20 minutes drive away from Darwin International Airport. And while some apartments come with free parking others come with a free car. Or at least, free use of a car during your stay (insurance charges apply).

Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites deck

Mercure Darwin Airport Resort

You may be just 350m from Darwin Airport but you’ll feel like you’re in your own little world at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort.  

Surrounded by a lush green garden with a pool overlooking the Rapid Creek Wetlands, the resort offers a range of accommodations from hotel rooms, to resort bungalows and luxurious tropical pool villas with a terrace and private pool.

Every room comes with an ensuite bathroom and access to private balconies or landscaped patios, and some also have cooking and dining areas.

And when it’s time to eat you can choose between indoor and outdoor dining at the Cossies Poolside Bar and Bistro and cooking up your own meal on the outdoor BBQ under the night sky.

Mercure Darwin Airport Resort room

Darwin City Lights

Enjoy a luxury Darwin getaway with up to ten friends at Darwin City Lights. This five-bedroom home is only relatively new and has three modern bathrooms, a hot tub and a hot spring bath, and a large, well-equipped kitchen for when you want to dine in.

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Play games of pool in the pool room and board games in the lounge. Relax on the manicured lawn and enjoy a barbecue with chilled beers and bubbles looking out at the Darwin skyline.

Darwin City Lights kitchen

Tropical Tiwi

Nestled in a lovely Bali-style setting, Tropical Tiwi is a three-bedroom holiday home designed with a perfect balance of modern luxuries and comfort.

There’s a Bali gazebo overlooking the large swimming pool in the tropical garden and an undercover BBQ area for those times when a tropical storm hits.

All three bedrooms have queen size beds and there’s cable TV and high speed internet throughout the house, which is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and cinemas at the Casuarina Mall.

Tropical Tiwi Darwin living area

Skytower Sea Views Apartment

Located on the 14th floor overlooking the sweeping views of Darwin, Skytower Sea Views Apartment is an excellent accommodation option for business or pleasure.

It features three bedrooms suited for six guests, two modern bathrooms, high-standard amenities like a well-equipped study, WIFI access, 42″ LCD TV, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and much more.

There is also a refreshing swimming pool, modern gym, and generous space for children to play on the 2nd floor. The balcony has an outdoor six-seater setting and BBQ area, a favorite lounge hangout facing the scenic skyline. 

Skytower Seaview Darwin holiday apartment

For more holiday home options in Darwin you can see your VRBO and Stayz options here.

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