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Friday 20 August 2021

South Australia gets a new luxury lodge with a view

South Australia has a brand new luxury lodge just a short drive from downtown Adelaide. 

Sequoia, part of the Mount Lofty House property, is the first luxury lodge in Australia to be situated within an hour of an international airport.

The $18 million lodge in the Adelaide Hills aims to treat guests to some of South Australia's best food and wine, wellness experiences, history and nature experiences. 

Sequoia sits on the side of Mount Lofty, high above the Piccadilly Valley, a region currently being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status. It is also home to some of Australia's finest boutique wine producers. 

Comprising fourteen luxury sustainably-designed suites, the lodge has an intimate lounge centred around social connection along with immersive nature-inspired experiences, natural artesian spring-fed stone hot pools, an infinity pool, new day spa and valley rim campfire amphitheatre. 

It is owned and operated by South Australian local David Horbelt and his business partner Malcolm Bean. 

Horbelt said: “Malcolm and I are delighted to be able to build upon our world-famous luxury offering at neighbouring Mount Lofty House. At Sequoia, we have created an entirely new level of opulence, every detail has been carefully planned to take guests on a journey that will touch the senses, connect with the soul and create a pure sense of delight.” 

Led by a team of "experience hosts" (that sounds dreadfully pretentious), there will be activities themed around the pillars of food and wine, wellness, nature and history. 

Think guided nature walks through the bush home of the world’s largest surviving koala population, star gazing, private helicopter tours and private tastings with some of Australia’s leading vintners. 

The d├ęcor at Sequoia includes a collection of artisanal pieces and amenities including Nick Mount glass, JamFactory ceramics, Jurlique products, Hahndorf soap and OrganiQ bath salts.

One of the highlight amenities located on the estate is the Gatekeeper’s Day Spa.

Guests can dine at the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, one of Australia’s most acclaimed fine-dining restaurants with a la carte and degustation menus. 

Sequoia can be booked for private use to create an entirely exclusive experience. See

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