Is there a better excuse to book a weekend away than the fast-approaching Easter long weekend? We think not. It’s not every day you get a 4-day weekend, so allow us to assist you in making the very most of it. We’re thinking picturesque locations, first-class accommodation, and unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences—are you with us?
#1 Thirty One Degrees, Port Douglas, Queensland
Beach and interior lovers, look no further than Thirty One Degrees—a secluded beachfront paradise on Oak Beach, Port Douglas, that is as dreamy as it sounds. The three-bedroom private home was designed with black slate stone floors, a palette of fresh white interiors, and modernist designer furnishings (hello Fritz Hansen chairs)—a unexpected, but welcomed contrast to the tropical greenery, sandy beaches, and turquoise sea.
#2 Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
Resting above a jewel-toned lagoon with unrivalled views, Capella Lodge promises an escape to remember. The beachside retreat— which is complete with an intimate collection of just nine luxurious one-bedroom suites—offers easy access to Lovers Bay, where you can explore the world’s southern-most coral reef in a glass-bottomed sea kayak.
#3 Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
One word: Breathtaking. Set in a dramatic landscape on Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxury. Each suite features signature design elements such as sandblasted limestone floors and a dramatic glass-walled bathroom, plus artworks commissioned from local Kangaroo Island artisans.
#4 Bedarra Island Villa, Queensland
Sitting on a private white-sand beach that has to be seen to be believed, Bedarra Island Villa is Australia’s best answer to a tropical island paradise. The villa features a 20th-century studio utilised by the famed artist Noel Wood, and preserves many original touches such as a gin and cognac bottle wall, stone fireplace, bamboo panelling, and bamboo furniture made by the talented Mr Wood himself.
#5 Bondi Breaker, Sydney, New South Wales
In short: Bondi has never looked so good. Savour the sunny days at Bondi Breaker, a 3-bedroom villa located just steps from the soft golden sand of Bondi Beach. The contemporary villa features floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive outdoor lounge for alfresco dining, and is just a short stroll away from street-after-street brimming with first-class restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
#6 Sandy Abode, Melbourne, Victoria
There’s no denying that Melbourne is the ideal place for a long weekend escape. Get the best of the both of the city’s world—the beach and the CBD—at Sandy Abode, a three-bedroom beachside villa just a 30-minute drive to the hustle and bustle of town. The light-filled villa sleeps six, features two living areas, carefully-curated art, and an outdoor BBQ. Round up the troops!
#7 50 Aspen Grove, Queenstown, New Zealand
Where do we even start—with the 180-degree lake and mountain views? Or perhaps the heated lap pool? Or the award-winning design features? It’s safe to say that this stunning lakefront villa is the definition of the ultimate weekend away.
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