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Australia’s Best Luxury Villas & Private Homes

BLOG | Offering true exclusivity and premium amenities, luxury villas and private homes are the perfect accommodation choice for couples, families, and multi-generational groups of travellers looking for a truly special getaway. Discover our selection of Australia’s best luxury villas and private residences.

For many travellers, staying in an exclusive villa or private residence epitomises luxury travel. Located in outstanding locations across the country, these abodes offer outstanding privacy, the conveniences of a five-star hotel, and often have their own range of exclusive and immersive activities – thus combining the most memorable and desirable traits of luxury and experiential travel into one exclusive offering.

This type of accommodation also includes exclusive villas within a greater luxury resort where guests can access all premium resort amenities while enjoying additional privacy.

Why stay in a private villa or residence?

Our travellers seek authentic and exclusive adventures when travelling around Australia, and the use of a luxurious villa or home perfectly complements these desires. Staying in a luxury villa or private residence offers:

  • Unparalleled privacy with multiple bedrooms and living areas perfectly accommodating couples, immediate families, and multi-generational groups of travellers wanting to spend quality time together
  • Thoughtful amenities exclusively for your use, including private grounds, personal plunge pools, a range of signature activities and experiences, and direct access to pristine pockets of nature including beaches and National Parks
  • World-class servicing, including hosting by on-call staff and catering by expert chefs. Villas and homes are often hosted by locals who provide a warm welcome and fascinating regional knowledge
  • Fully customised to suit your specific travel needs – whether your interests include gourmet dining, wellness activities like massages and yoga, babysitting options for children, or expert guided touring into the surrounding landscape.

Island House (Lord Howe Island)

Interior of Island House South Villa, featuring open plan living and views over Kentia palms and banyan trees

Set amongst swaying Kentia palm trees and centuries-old Banyan trees, Island House is a hosted escape on remote and pristine Lord Howe Island. Two separate residences for eight total guests are staffed by a small and passionate team, have their own kitchen stocked with locally-grown produce, and offer access to an adventure room filled with snorkels, glass-bottomed paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, and fishing equipment. One or both of the houses can be rented, making it perfect for whole-site bookings.

Island House is the perfect base to explore remote Lord Howe’s extraordinary natural contrasts. Composed of 75% Marine and National Parkland, several picturesque beaches with snorkelling, relaxing, and surfing opportunities are accessible via short walk or bike. Explore rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons by day, and relax in the generously appointed home’s open plan lounge before settling into spacious bedrooms by night.

The House at Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef)

Exterior of The House at Lizard Island, showing surrounding bush vegetation, white sand beach and crystal-clear ocean

One of the country’s most exclusive villas within a renowned luxury resort, The House at Lizard Island offers unparalleled luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. Located on its own peninsula with direct access to a private, white-sand beach, The House sleeps six guests in three king suites, and two guests in The Cottage.

Providing access to all of Lizard Island’s resort amenities including the dedicated Spa and gym, The House at Lizard Island also offers its own private pool, stylish and spacious interiors, and exclusive access to a Searanger vessel for excursions onto coral-filled waters. Lizard’s finest amenities are included in your stay, such as an evening sunset cruise with drinks and canapés aboard a 56’ Riviera motor yacht, around-the-clock access to a dedicated host and chef, and private chauffeur-driven transfers around the island. For extra exclusivity, we can customise excursions to the Great Barrier Reef’s most pristine and rarely-visited reefs for fishing, diving, and cruising charters.

Dune Port Douglas (Tropical North Queensland)

Exterior of Dune Port Douglas private home’s pool and open plan living/kitchen area illuminated in early evening light

The most exceptional holiday villa located in Port Douglas’s exclusive Beachfront Mirage Estate, Dune Port Douglas welcomes you with spectacularly manicured gardens into a luxury home offering state-of-the-art comfort and its own path to the iconic Four Mile Beach. This high-ceiling, single storey villa accommodates up to 10 guests across five bedrooms and four bathrooms and features polished and modern ambience throughout, alongside gorgeous tropical gardens surrounding an outdoor dining room and a 20-metre swimming pool lined with sun lounges.

Infinitely customisable, a stay at Dune Port Douglas can include day excursions into the nearby township for boutique shopping and premium restaurant dining, as well as in-house catering, spa treatments and guided yoga sessions, babysitting, and concierge and driver services. Encouraging you to use the space as you see fit, Dune Port Douglas is not only a gorgeous holiday home to relax within, but is also the perfect base to venture to the UNESCO Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on a custom tour.

Makepeace Island (Sunshine Coast)

Communal lounge area of Makepeace Island in tropical theme with opulent couches and detailing

A secluded sanctuary close to Noosa’s famous beaches, restaurants and boutique shopping, Makepeace Island is a 25-acre, heart-shaped island only accessible by boat or helicopter. Only available for exclusive use, three oversized luxury villas, the four-bedroom Island House, and unique Boathouse cater for a maximum of 20 guests. Each stay includes full-service staffing with a private chef, skipper and host, all meals and beverages, and all on-island activities, making Makepeace one of Australia’s most decadent escapes. 

Each retreat offers spacious bedrooms, well-appointed bathrooms, and private decks overlooking scenic waterways and gardens. Displaying Balinese styling throughout, wooden boardwalks connect each area, and the communal Balinese wantilan (pavilion) offers plush lounges, silk furnishings, and antiques providing ambience alongside an enormous range of on-site activities including a media room, library, and an enormous 500,000 litre lagoon pool.

The Frames (Riverland, South Australia)  

Exterior of The Frames’ three romantic retreats on the banks of the River Murray

Perched upon the banks of the River Murray, The Frames offers three modern and secluded, retreats filled with luxe trimmings, each with their own stylish swimming pool and spa, high-tech kitchen, and serene views across the fertile river landscape. Designed to restore your body and spirit, each retreat offers their own distinct romantic touches, ranging from an outdoor freestanding bath to a hydrotherapy spa and sauna, making The Frames perfect for couples.

Hosted by a lifelong Riverland husband-wife duo, The Frames offers an intimate experience. Gourmet dinners made with local produce are a highlight, and can be prepared by the head chef in the comfort of your villa. Enjoy breakfast while overlooking Australia’s longest river, indulge with an in-house massage, or simply relax in your personal jacuzzi. The leisurely pace of the Riverland shapes your stay, and our custom touring options into the region invite you to discover the finer things in life – ranging from premium wining and dining, discovering profound insights into nature, and more.

Port Douglas Private Home (Tropical North Queensland)

Views of Port Douglas Private Home’s heated in-ground pool, tropical gardens, and master suite with views over the Coral Sea

Having undergone a multi-million-dollar makeover, this exquisite private home occupies prime real estate at the headland of Port Douglas. Nestled amongst gorgeous tropical foliage and overlooking the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea, this picture-perfect gateway rests directly between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Offering airy and contemporary design throughout, this home offers several ensuited bedrooms including a Master suite with walk-in robe and uninterrupted views over the water from the foot of the bed, three generously appointed King bedrooms, a children-friendly bunk room with four bunks with an included TV and games, and a retreat room with fold-down king bed. Multiple lounge rooms and dining areas, kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances and alfresco barbecue appliances, an in-ground heated pool, gymnasium, and other exquisite touches provide plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind. Customise with a dedicated private chef, daily servicing, and a personalised touring programme to ensure you discover the best this region has to offer.

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