Peppers the place to be

PEPPERS Cradle Mountain Lodge was yesterday named in Lonely Planet's inaugural top 10 of the world's best places to stay.

The lodge was ranked fifth in the extraordinary category with Mihir Gahr in Rajasthan, India, the number one accommodation establishment.

Botswana's Planet Baobab was second, Italy's Prendiparte B&B third and Qasr Al Sarab in the United Arab Emirates was fourth.

Lonely Planet author Anita Isalska said Peppers Cradle Mountain ``plunges you into the heart of Tasmania's wilderness, with luxury that feels as organic as your surrounds''.

``Don't get me wrong, I was happy to be exhausted by long hikes in the national park and I even enjoyed Cradle Mountain's dramatic weather.

``But the thrill of spotting echidnas and pademelons from the silky waters of a private hot tub is hard to forget.''

Sydney Harbour YHA was ranked second on the Best Value list.


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