12 of Our Most Extravagant and Exclusive Escapes
Do you have a Pinterest page dedicated to swanky loft apartments, palatial beach houses and private island paradises? Do you watch Grand Designs religiously and make mental wish lists for your home?
If you answered 'yes' to either of these questions, you’re in for a treat. And even if not, you’re still going to want to check this out. We’ve gathered 12 of the most extravagant holiday homes in the country, each overflowing with high-end comforts and refined style. This luxurious accommodation will please even the pickiest of aesthetes. You may not have your dream home yet, but you can indulge in an ultra lavish getaway to one of these stunners. Go on, splash out – you’ve earned it.
A luxurious beach house in Byron Bay, NSW
Nestled in rainforest south of the Byron Bay Lighthouse, you’ll find Barefoot at Broken Head. Surrounded by lush greenery and with the ocean at your doorstep, this is pretty much the perfect luxury beach house. Five bedrooms are housed in separate Balinese-style buildings connected by walkways and decks, so you can retreat to relax whenever you wish. While only five-minutes from Byron’s hub, this home feels completely secluded. There’s a pathway leading from the house to a world-class right-hand break, and you’re nearby two of the most deserted and beautiful beaches in the area – Bray and Kings. When you’re ready to rinse off the saltwater and sand, you can plunge into the infinity edge basin that flows into a lap pool.
A lavish lair in McLaren Vale, SA
An extraordinary escape located right on the McLaren Vale beachfront at Moana, Luxe Haus is a four-bedroom break was custom built with no expense spared. In other words, it is as luxurious as beach houses come. Spanning three incredible levels, Luxe Haus has every mod con you could imagine. Lights dim, TV screens descend from the ceiling, and blinds close at the touch of a button in each of the king bedrooms. There is an in-built espresso machine in the upstairs kitchen that grinds coffee beans to order; a glass elevator to ferry you between floors; underfloor heating to warm chilly toes; and a 20-person spa perched on the ground level’s balcony. Luxe Haus is a destination, not just a place to stay. It would make a divine weekend away for four couples or a group of friends that want to put the ‘luxury’ in their next luxury escape.
A Grand Slam getaway on the Sunshine Coast, QLD
Hit an ace the next time you’re planning a luxe escape by booking Racquet Retreat, a palatial Noosa mansion on the Sunshine Coast. This prestigious, architect-devised home is a design savant’s dream destination. Light-filled with all of the striking modernist angles, Racquet Retreat lays claim to a waterfront location, six bedrooms, a private theatre and an array of entertaining and living spaces. Of course, given the home’s moniker, there is a modgrass tennis court. But if swimming rather than slices or smashes is more your style, there is also a sparkling pool for you to cool off in at the end of the long day under the Queensland sun. Racquet Retreat comfortably cossets up to 16 guests in luxury so works for any families, groups or even a single couple looking to splash out on their next stay.
An exclusive string of tents along the Ningaloo Reef, WA
Glamping is good, but glamping at an exclusive resort that sits on the doorstep of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is in a league of its own. A venture to Sal Salis is about unplugging from your world for a day or two, and thoroughly immersing yourself in the rugged wilds of this spectacular coastline. Guests will find no WiFi, TVs or tablets. Rather, there are only 16 safari tents, all lined up like soldiers along a pristine patch of Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Wander from your tent’s private deck into the temperate waters of the reef, or sink into one of the comfortable chairs at the central lodge for an afternoon drink, board game tournament, or chinwag with your fellow guests.
An island lodge in the Freycinet Peninsula, TAS
Having the chance to step foot on Picnic Island, an isle just off the coast of Wineglass Bay, is an opportunity few get to enjoy. Unless, that is, they have booked into stay at this one-of-a-kind lodge. Situated atop a rocky shoreline, Picnic Island stretches out into five cabin-style bedrooms and one communal ‘Birdhouse’ living space. The peace of having this place all to yourself is one of the island’s major draws and along with that magnetism comes plenty of perks courtesy of Mother Nature. Say hello to the resident penguin colony; fish for flathead or squid off of the jetty; or scour the rocks for mussels. When you are ready for another dose of civilisation, journey to the mainland to explore your world-famous neighbour Freycinet National Park.
A swanky adults-only resort on Hamilton Island, QLD
Hamilton Island is known to be a destination for those with a penchant for the finer things in life, and the Beach Club is no different. An escape to Hamilton Island Beach Club is about taking each day at your own pace, indulging your every getaway whim and doing it in the most luxurious surrounds possible. This boutique resort is strictly adults-only, giving couples seeking a spectacular, tranquil stay even more reason to flock to the Club’s divine rooms and suites. Make time to soak up the sun on your private terrace, and definitely put a paddle in the resort’s infinity-edged swimming pool on your daily agenda. Beyond that, you might wake up late, take leisurely brunches at the on-site restaurant, or head out to sea on one of the resort’s catamarans, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards.
A contemporary and secluded crashpad along the Great Ocean Road, VIC
A coveted location, impeccable design and breathtaking ocean views are just the start at Rotten Point House in Johanna on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. This low-lying rammed-earth house sits on 100 acres of coastal scrubland and includes the Great Otway National Park as one of its premier neighbours. This polished pile is a sleek and modern juxtaposition to its wild and untamed surrounds, and guests are guaranteed to never be too far from these spectacular views thanks to the home’s vast floor-to-ceiling windows. Rotten Point House works as well for a family or group (even your pooch is welcome here) as it does for a couple wanting to really hide themselves away for a weekend of quality time.
An elite collection of sumptuous suites on Lord Howe Island, NSW
Australia is no stranger to exclusive island destinations but Lord Howe Island has to be one of the most enigmatic. The stock of Lord Howe has skyrocketed in recent years, as visitors cottoned on to the fact that this sanctuary is an untouched haven of pristine beaches, magnificent peaks and all-inclusive luxury. There are just 400 tourist beds on Lord Howe Island and Arajilla Retreat boasts some of the most lavish. 12 stylishly-appointed suites are all nestled beneath the canopies of Kentia Palms and Banyan Trees, and are complemented with evening turndown services, private outdoor decks and guest bicycles. Also at the retreat is a sublime day spa and a great restaurant. Rates for Arajilla Retreat are all-inclusive, so with daily breakfast, lunches and dinners all covered, the only thing you need to worry about is how best to spend your time on the island.
A boutique, vine-flanked hotel on the Mornington Peninsula, VIC
When this boutique bolthole first landed on the Mornington Peninsula it made one heck of a splash. For good reason too, because this curated crashpad is unlike any getaway the Peninsula has seen before. Jackalope is anchored by alchemy; it is a theme that runs throughout the 44 designer rooms, the hatted restaurant, the art installations and even the cocktail bar. This exclusive experience begins from the moment you pull the car into the elongated driveway and check-in, right up until you tuck into the free minibar supplies or sink into the deep Japanese soaking bathtubs. All of Jackalope’s room types represent the upmost in lavish indulgence, but look towards one of the hotel’s Lairs to really go the extra mile on your getaway. These signature suites include daily massages and a champagne and caviar service on top of the extras already included in your stay.
A cool coastal retreat in Rocky Hills, TAS
A modernist haven on Tasmania’s East Coast, Avalon Coastal Retreat gifts its guests a private patch of this pristine coastline. With its sleek design and wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows, the retreat will appeal to those searching for serenity by the beach. The star of this stay is definitely the views across the bay, but to pick the best vantage point from inside the house is a tough ask. A water-facing deck seems the natural choice, but then there is the burnt orange couch in front of the fireplace, the sun-kissed courtyard attached to one of the three bedrooms, and even the sink in the kitchen.
A jaw-dropping hideaway in Eagle Bay, WA
When you want a getaway that really does have all of the bells and whistles, it is hard to pass up Inspiration on Wedgetail in Eagle Bay. This palace will forever change your getaway game, because it is more akin to a resort than a simple holiday let. In addition to seven excellent bedrooms and bathrooms, Inspiration on Wedgetail has an arsenal that boasts a bowling alley, swimming pool, spa, squash court and a private theatre room. There are also two kitchens, a bar area and more living spaces than you could need. The location of Inspiration on Wedgetail is just as impressive and the home’s raised perch offers guests views that skim out across to the blue waters of Eagle Bay.
An idyllic island paradise near Mission Beach, QLD
Does your idea of the perfect break include swaying palm trees, paddles in tropical water and the sense of bliss that comes with being on a serenely private island? How lucky it is then, because East Bedarra Island Retreat delivers on all of the above. Clinging to the rocky foreshore on a secluded corner of East Bedarra Island, this luxury beach house has views smack-bang across the Great Barrier Reef. It also has direct access to a stretch of white sand and from there it is only a couple of barefoot steps until you are knee-deep in turquoise waters. Dry off by lounging on the sundeck (not before topping up your SPF, of course), or keep the aquatic thrills rolling by taking another salty dip in the retreat’s natural rockpool. By night, watch the latest movie releases courtesy of the open-air 3D cinema or simply gaze at the stars overhead.
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