To truly treat yourself to a special kind of getaway, The Glasshouse on Hamilton Island is the way to go. Wherever you find yourself in these lavish digs, you’ll be looking out to blue waters and a string of islands on the horizon. The showpiece of this spectacular home is the come-hither infinity pool and its swim-up bar. The open living area is an entertainer’s dream, with a long dining table, Teppanyaki bar and a handful of plush lounges. When the sun sets on that gorgeous vista and it’s time to say goodnight, you’ll retire to beautifully appointed bedrooms featuring Sheridan and Ralph Lauren linens. If you’re up for exploring, you’ll find plenty to do. Take a leisurely stroll to Catseye Bay, a short catamaran trip to Whitehaven Beach, or simply wander between the island’s bars and restaurants.
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.
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 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.