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Mount Lofty House and The Reef House take out first and second place at the 2023 Trip Advisor Hotel Awards

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Boutique Hoteliers David Horbelt and Malcolm Bean, of Australian Bespoke Collective, are celebrating five awards in the 2023 Trip Advisor awards announced yesterday.

Mount Lofty House, Adelaide, was named the number one Luxury Hotel in Australia and the South Pacific and The Reef House was voted second at the 2023 TripAdvisor Best of the Best Awards.

Additionally, Sequoia Lodge was voted Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award, marking three of the boutique hotel group’s properties to list amongst the top hotels in the world.

South Australian Owner David Horbelt and business partner Malcolm Bean said they would be celebrating again this year with another welcome back offer for all their loyal guests.

“We’re delighted to take out these awards, and we’re really thrilled to have three of our properties win an award this year,” said David.

“The Trip Advisor awards are so important to us, given it’s voted by our guests. It’s also testament to the passion and dedication of our incredible team.

“We look forward to celebrating this achievement with our wonderful guests in coming weeks with a celebration sale.”

Malcolm Bean said the awards were recognition of the partnership and the group’s commitment to excellence in luxury.

“We have spent 15 years building our brand and our experiences, and our measure of success is how we make our guests feel,” said Malcolm.

“We continue to elevate our offering at all our properties every year, always investing in our customer service and the luxury experiences we deliver.

Last year, Mount Lofty Estate was also recognised as the 2022 Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best award winner for Top Hotels, ranking first in Australia and the South Pacific.

The awards are decided by travellers going, trying, and sharing their experiences. Reviews, opinions and experiences are collected over a 12-month period recognising businesses that consistently receive outstanding reviews and are among the top 1% of listings on Trip Advisor.



Mount Lofty House 

#1 Luxury Hotels in Australia and The South Pacific

#1 Small Hotel in Australia and The South Pacific

The Reef House 

#2 in the Top Hotels in Australia and The South Pacific

#2 in the Luxury Hotels in Australia and The South Pacific

Sequoia Lodge

Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award



Mount Lofty House was built in 1852 by prominent statesman Arthur Hardy as his summer house. Arthur Hardy is reminiscent of a South Australian Jay Gatsby; indeed his daughter Mabel described their lifestyle as ‘a kind of feudal splendour’. Their beautiful manor soon became the state’s premier address for lavish and infamous parties for Adelaide’s elite of the day.

Today, this treasured state icon stands as a boutique hotel offering luxury escapes, a three hatted fine dining restaurant, indulgent day spa, conference retreats and breathtakingly beautiful weddings.

Sequoia Lodge is the most recent addition to the Estate, celebrating its first birthday in September 2022. A massive 170-year-old Sequoia tree is the centrepiece of Sequoia Lodge, planted by Arthur Hardy. The luxurious lodge is the story of the Mount Lofty region, its nature, and produce.  Every suite brings the outside in with local materials in earthy tones and uninterrupted views over the valley.

Mt Lofty Estate is proudly SA owned and operated. Mount Lofty House, was also voted #1 Hotel in Australia and the South Pacific in 2022 by Trip Advisor.


In 1972, Brigadier, The Hon. David Thomson, acquired the property and operated Reef House as a private residence where visitors were treated as personal guests.

The Reef House guest list in the Brigadier’s days could often read like an excerpt from ‘Who’s Who’ and included the Prime Minister, various ministers and celebrities from around Australia and overseas.

Today, The Reef House operates as a boutique hotel, has a beachfront restaurant and multi awarded Spa. The Reef House team takes great pride in its customer service and bespoke offering as guests are taken on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation at the adults-only wellness resort from the moment they book. The journey starts when The Reef House Escape Planning Specialists customise a personalised itinerary of experiences with more than 21 signature Inclusions available and continues throughout the guest’s stay with attentive and thoughtful service.


The Reef House is proudly Australian owned and managed and was also awarded Best of The Best in 2022 in Australia by Trip Advisor.