20 August 2021
Sequoia is one of only two luxury lodges to open in a decade and the first in Australia within an hour of an international airport.
The $18-million intimate luxury lodge located in the grounds of Mount Lofty Estate in Adelaide Hills will officially open its doors on 18 August 2021.
Sequoia sits on the side of Mount Lofty, high above the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, a region currently being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status.
The lodge offers 14 luxury sustainably designed suites boasting panoramic views over the valley, an intimate lounge, natural artesian spring-fed stone hot pools, an infinity pool, a new day spa and a valley rim campfire amphitheatre.
Led by a team of Experience Hosts, a range of activities themed around the pillars of Food and Wine, Wellness, Nature, and History will take guests on a journey of learning and self-discovery.
During their stay, guests will be invited to choose from a curated collection of experiences that celebrate South Australian stories – many not available to the general public.
From tasting the abundant local produce and fine-dining cuisine, wellness and rejuvenation to guided nature walks through the bush home of the world’s largest surviving koala population, star gazing, private helicopter tours and intimate tastings with some of Australia’s leading vintners – guests will feature centre stage in the region’s iconic attractions.
Many of South Australia’s strongest luxury brands, including RM Williams, Jurlique and the country’s most celebrated wine-makers – think Penfolds, Henschke, and Torbreck – contrasted with exciting and boutique vineyards like Yelland and Papps or Bekkers, taking guests behind the scenes on an intimate journey of discovery.
The 75-square-metre, open-plan suites boast 180° views of the patchwork Piccadilly Valley below from every part of the suite. The rooms feature sunken lounges complete with stone fireplaces, king-size beds with moon windows, expansive balconies with outdoor daybeds, a hidden television, elevated freestanding bathtubs, switch-glass privacy windows and heated floors.
The décor at Sequoia includes a collection of artisanal pieces and amenities such as Nick Mount glass, JamFactory ceramics, Jurlique products, Hahndorf Soap and OrganiQ bath salts.
Sequoia guests will have exclusive access to the natural artesian spring-fed stone hot pools, infinity pool, campfire amphitheatre and lodge grounds.
The semi-private hot pools along the valley rim, unique to Sequoia and the first in Australia, allow guests to soak up the healing minerals of the estate’s natural springs. The spring water is also bottled and available to guests.
One of the highlight amenities located on the estate is the Gatekeeper’s Day Spa.
Transforming one of the estate’s original cottages, the beautifully appointed spa overlooks the stunning Adelaide Hills with three treatment spaces, including two double rooms and a private post-treatment landscaped garden. The spa offers a range of relaxing rituals, rejuvenating experiences and beauty treatments.
Also located on the grounds of the estate is the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, one of Australia’s most acclaimed fine-dining restaurants with a la carte and degustation menus, along with the Arthur Waterhouse Cocktail Lounge and Champagne Bar, offering some of South Australia’s finest wines, spirits and craft beers.
Dining options for lodge guests also include private dining on their balconies, elevated regional dining in the Sequoia lounge and regular private events like the lodge’s seven-course Taittinger Champagne dinner later this month.
Sequoia is named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner, Arthur Hardy, which remain on the property.
Landscape artist David Tonkin has created a native garden with pathways lined by tall fescue lawns, bottlebrush, banksia, grevillea and African lilies.
The Adelaide Hills is located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD and 30 minutes from the airport. Known for its spectacular rolling hills and quality local wine and produce, the Adelaide Hills region is one of Australia’s most popular city-escape destinations.
Sequoia can be booked for private use to create an entirely exclusive experience.