Beautiful Accommodation's best places to stay, according to you.
The most popular getaways, as clicked by you.
As travel experts we spend a lot of time holiday house hunting and boutique hotel hopping (it's a tough gig, but someone's got to do it) so we think we're in a pretty good position to round up a selection of sweet suites. But this time it's over to you. Here's the most popular Beautiful Accommodation properties of 2014, they're your favourites, and you've got really good taste.
Victoria’s famous coastal highway and cool-climate wines are your top picks
The Deck House, Wye River
In 2014 you loved The Deck House in Wye River, and with good reason. This studio suspended above the coast has one of the most expansive ocean views in our collection. The cyan coloured interiors match the sweep of shoreline that stretches all the way out into the horizon. If we could, we’d have these blues all of the time. Besides being ultra romantic and serving up jaw dropping panoramas, the location along the Great Ocean Road is certainly part of the appeal. This scenic coastal drive inspires many a road-trip year-after-year.
Botanica Editions, Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s best-known wine region; home to Coldstream Hills, Domaine Chandon and renowned wine critic James Halliday. And it seems that amongst the award-winning wines, scrumptious dining, rolling ranges and rose studded vines, Botanica Editions has got your attention too. With Mt Riddell and Mt Toolebewong as its backdrop, this home mixes contemporary, minimalist design and repurposed furnishings to the result of a unique character. Surrounded by rainforest and beautiful gardens (plus veggies and herbs for the taking), this is a true back-to-nature retreat – even the wash products are plant based and made by your hosts.
In Western Australia, treetop retreats and luxe resorts on the beach are where it’s at
Skyhouse Retreat, Denmark
There’s something whimsical about sleeping amongst the treetops; it’s the stuff childhood dreams are made of. And apparently as we grow up, nothing changes – in 2014 you loved Western Australia’s Skyhouse Retreat. This glass-walled home surrounded by tall Karri trees has a leafy outlook in every direction, and sunlight filters through stained glass details adding another magical element to the space. Hippie Denmark has everything required for you to get your Zen on, with its plentiful organic cafes, food co-ops and incredible beaches. Plus, the host here is a yoga instructor and his classes are just a short stroll away. We feel relaxed just thinking about this stellar combination.
Aqua Resort Busselton, Busselton
Everybody loves a beachfront escape. Add five-star resort facilities, including lap pools and sink into spas positioned with ocean views, and of course Aqua Resort Busselton has got you looking twice. Here, you can step onto the unspoiled sand of stunning Geographe Bay from the foreshore just outside your door. For the ultimate in summer luxury you’d be lusting over their houses by the beach, with private plunge pools and uninterrupted bay views. Throw in a few Margaret River winery visits, and you have yourself one hotlist worthy getaway.
From lush hinterland to a private island, you’re huge fans of sunny Queensland
Glass on Glasshouse, Glasshouse Mountains
The Sunshine Coast is a Beautiful Accommodation favourite, with a hinterland that winds right up into the hills looking across mountains and farmlands to the sea. As the name would suggest, Glass on Glasshouse takes advantage of these views with floor-to-ceiling windows welcoming in the surrounds. Three cottages each look out to the volcanic cores of the Glasshouse Mountains, where many a hiker has ventured upward to catch an outstanding sunrise. Located near Montville and Maleny, staying here will mean visits to their strips of quaint cafes, fudge and chocolate shops. Tucked behind these towns are trails through rainforest and around waterfalls, with rock pools to wade in and rope swings to splash from.
East Bedarra Island Retreat, Bedarra Island
East Bedarra Island Retreat is a luxurious, romantic, private island getaway that’s on bucket lists around Australia – and probably the world. This is the ultimate coastal retreat, and there’s no question in our minds as to why you love it. If you can book it, the island and villa are all yours – no resort crowds, no sharing the reef with boatloads of travellers. The showpiece of this stunning home is the deck suspended over the Great Barrier Reef, housing a saltwater plunge pool that imitates its natural sea-stack surrounds. Oh, and did we mention it has its own moonlight cinema? A starlit sky over a string of islands makes for a pretty spectacular backdrop to your movie night.
In pretty Tasmania it’s all about seclusion by the sea
The Ocean Retreat, Falmouth
You only have to look at The Ocean Retreat to understand the attraction. Striking architecture and an incredible position on the beach draw people to this place in droves. Everybody loves a great view, but to feel as if you’re hovering above the dramatic waters of the Bass Strait? That’s something else. In a secluded corner of east coast Tasmania, this glass-walled home makes you feel as if you’re outside all of the time. And there are so many luxury features it’s hard to know where to begin – preparing local delicacies in the chef’s kitchen, lazing on the plush sofas watching the wild breaks, swimming in the heated plunge pool, or catching sun on the deck’s chaise lounges? It really is a hard life on the Apple Isle.
South Australia: whether Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale, you’ll take countryside with a splosh of good booze
Cladich Pavilions, Aldgate
Within easy access to the Adelaide CBD yet far enough from the hubbub of it all, Cladich Pavilions is a tranquil bushland retreat in the hills. So what is it that draws you in? Straight away you notice the distinctly Australian architecture, with its waves of corrugated iron. Huge windows frame the native surrounds and flood the interiors with light, making for a serene hideaway that connects you to nature. But the best part, we think, is that the wineries and gourmet foodstuff of the Adelaide Hills are at your doorstep, and the Barossa not much further from that.
Mt Bold Estate, Kangarilla
Mt Bold Estate is an idyllic rural retreat at the gateway to McLaren Vale. Cathedral-style ceilings, big picture windows and French doors work together to create a sense of space that feels indulgent for two. But in fact it is made just for you and your love – a double spa with a view, a cosy loft bedroom and a sundrenched balcony overlooking the vineyards and rolling farmlands complete the package. Again, proximity to wine country wins popularity, making it all too easy to spend your days hopping between cellar doors. Need we say more?
In New South Wales, access to a pool AND the ocean is what you’re after. You guys love a body of water.
Amala Luxury Villa, Byron Bay
Who doesn’t love Byron Bay’s laidback bohemian vibe? It has rainforest, beaches (both open stretches and hidden coves), quirky hinterland enclaves, great seafood, fun bars filled with friendly locals and better-than-average late-night kebabs. Folk bands. Melt-in-your-mouth burgers. Super smoothie bars. The list goes on and on. Amala Luxury Villa is a romantic retreat tucked away in the midst of all this, with a private lap pool and spa in exotic Balinese style. This is not only your New South Wales hot ticket, but also the all-time Beautiful Accommodation favourite. We think it’s a combination of cool location and an incredibly inviting outdoor area just asking to be lazed in.