11 Super Luxe Beach Hideaways to Take Your Break Up a Level
Treating yourself to a luxury getaway every now and then isn't just about the Facebook bragging rights. It does wonders for the soul too, and we reckon it's more therapeutic than lunch with friends, a deep-tissue massage and an afternoon at the driving range combined. With summer just around the corner and a beach escape likely to be high on your agenda, there’s never been a better time to head to the coast and hole up in some swanky accommodation. Go on, you deserve it...
Kims Beachside Retreats, NSW
Kims Beachside Retreats are a collection of timber bungalows and villas boasting a subtropical rainforest backdrop and outlook over Toowoon Bay on the NSW Central Coast. These comfortable bolt holes have all the hallmarks of the perfect beach house: high ceilings, timber floors, cane furnishings and glass windows that can be thrown open to let in the sea breeze. Some have extra luxuries too, like an open fireplace, a private pool and even a personal sauna. A communal pavilion-style restaurant is where you’ll mingle with other guests and feast on Kim's legendary buffets. These spreads are the stuff of gourmet dreams, and the tables overflow with outstanding seafood, meats, fruits, vegetables and cheeses. The buffets happen three times a day and are included in the tariff.
Bedarra Island Villa, QLD
A stay at Bedarra Island Villa promises romance, luxury and seclusion. The villa is set on a two-acre estate on the east side of Queensland’s Bedarra Island, a location framed by swaying palm trees and white-blonde beaches. It might sound cliché, but this villa really is a piece of tropical paradise. It’s perched near the water's edge at Doorila Cove, a stretch of sand worthy of a ‘Most Beautiful Beach’ gong. Whether you choose to kayak on the calm waters or laze an afternoon away in a hammock, your privacy is guaranteed: the island is home to only a few private houses and has no public access, meaning day-trippers won’t be around to disturb you.
Witta Circle, QLD
Witta Circle in Noosa Heads is the stuff of a beach-lover’s design dreams. This modern beauty is set on an exclusive island enclave behind Hastings Street, putting it within an easy strolling distance to gorgeous beaches, shops and restaurants. The two-storey home is outfitted with honey-blonde timbers, crisp hues and a sprinkling of verdant foliage. Six bedrooms are strewn throughout but don’t think you’ll be tempted to spend all your time under the covers. Indoor-outdoor living is where Witta Circle excels, so you’ll while away your days padding barefoot between the entertaining spaces, the dining pavilion, the outdoor lounge and sparkling swimming pool.
Barefoot at Broken Head, NSW
Pavilion-inspired design and rainforest surrounds mean you don’t have to hop aboard an international flight to experience a slice of Balinese luxury – you just need to make for Barefoot at Broken Head near Byron Bay. This home is one of Australia’s most exclusive beach hideaways and certainly lives up to the hype. Four separate bedroom pavilions are clustered around a central lounge pavilion and are connected by decks and walkways. The tropical gardens are impeccably landscaped and feature a unique reading area and reflection pool, which flows into the 20-metre lap pool. When it’s time for ocean dips and beach walks, a private path leads to a well-known surfing break. Plus, you’re only minutes from buzzing Byron Bay and its boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
A La Plage, WA
A La Plage isn’t your pick-up-the-keys-from-the-agent type of beach house. Instead, it’s the kind that will totally redefine your standards for future beachside stays. A La Plage is modern and sophisticated, with all the whiz-bang mod cons you need to make your stay here more than comfortable. There are five bedrooms and the property can sleep up to 15 guests. It makes a great luxe getaway for a group of girlfriends, loved-up couples or just good friends. Families are catered for as well - kids young and old will love the games area and splashing about in the heated swimming pool. A La Plage is located in Gnararup, a township in the famed Margaret River wine region, so you’ll have a selection of award-winning wineries and restaurants at your fingertips too.
Seven Mile Heaven, NSW
Seven Mile Heaven in Gerroa on NSW’s South Coast is an impressive waterfront home. The property has an open floor plan and comes complete with five bedrooms, a spacious living area, rumpus room and balconies. The owners of Seven Mile Heaven designed the accommodation with families and large groups in mind: the bunk bedrooms and downstairs lounge will be a huge hit with kids. For parents, there is a plush master bedroom and soaking tub. It’s the views here that steal the spotlight though, and Seven Mile Heaven offers outlooks of both the ocean and hinterland. Seven Mile Beach is easily accessible from the house, with surfing, swimming and windsurfing just a few of the activities on offer. Back at the beach house, we can imagine epic billiards and cricket tournaments, as well as lazy barbecues and afternoons spent whale watching.
Tammar Ridge, SA
Sweeping ocean views meet modern design at Tammar Ridge on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. From its lofty perch atop a hill, this pretty pile overlooks Snellings Beach and is blessed with panoramic 360-degree views. A perch at the outdoor setting on the timber deck is the best vantage point to admire these vistas, or gather in the open-plan living, kitchen and dining area to gawk at it through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows. The house can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests, and comes with sleek entertainment systems, a roaring wood fire, and a stash of games. When it comes time to get your feet sandy, simply wander down the gently sloping hill to the beach.
Ocean Retreat, TAS
You’ll be treated to gorgeous sea views no matter where you are at Ocean Retreat in Falmouth in Tasmania. This property is nothing short of stunning and is a luxuriously indulgent retreat, whether it’s for two guests or 10. A generous living area is flooded with natural light and each of the four bedrooms has an ensuite. The outdoor space is just as impressive, with its huge deck dotted with sunloungers, a heated plunge pool and another separate lounge area. The closest major town to Ocean Retreat is St Helens, the game-fishing capital of Tasmania. Be sure to pick up some ocean-fresh seafood before heading back to the chef’s kitchen at Ocean Retreat to prepare a sumptuous feast.
You’d be mistaken for thinking you’d somehow ended up in Malibu, California when you pull up to Newhaven in Mount Martha. The magnificent interior and incredible outdoor entertainment space makes this boutique stay the equivalent of any exclusive coastal resort. And when you catch a glimpse of the saltwater swimming pool, Jacuzzi, full-size tennis court and private driving range, you’ll probably agree. Newhaven hasn’t forgotten to look after its smallest guests either, and provides a dorm-style room with bunk beds, a rumpus room with game consoles, a cubby house and trampoline.
Tree Top Beach House, VIC
Tree Top Beach House is a six-level property perched above a lofty tree canopy in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. From its elevated position, the house boasts spectacular views of the coastline and makes a palatial base for a luxurious seaside break. You’ll be able to share all Tree Top Beach House has to offer with your friends and family too: the house has space for 15 guests and pets are also welcome. On your arrival, the first thing you’ll notice is the lush cascading garden. When you head inside you’ll be greeted with a contemporary interior, heated floors and a theatre room. Our tip is to make a beeline for the top floor, which has an enormous living hall that flows on to a sun-blessed terrace. Of course, when you’re headed to the beach, getting sand on your feet is probably high on your to-do list and Tree Top is just a short walk from secluded stretches of coastline.
Berkeley River Lodge, WA
On one side, Berkeley River Lodge on the Kimberley Coast has views over its namesake river; on the other, it looks out over the Timor Sea, so wherever you choose to point your peepers you definitely won’t be disappointed. Located in an otherwise uninhabited area, the only way to access the Lodge is to fly over the wild and beautiful Kimberley, and once you’re here you’ll hole up in absolute comfort. The villas come with either oceanfront or riverside views, and each has been designed with privacy in mind. It would be too easy to not venture far from your front door during your time at Berkeley River Lodge, but when you do explore the lodge’s grounds you’ll find a lap pool, library and restaurant just paces away.