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After too many years spent fighting over who would get the big bedroom on family trips away, designer Tania Hindmarsh and her partner, builder Charles Moore, decided enough was enough – and together they built Istania on South Stradbroke Island. No more sliding singles together to create a double bed. No more shared bathrooms for the grown-ups. Istania is an open-plan wonderland perfect for two large families, with both sets of parents spoiled by large bedrooms with ensuites, and a bunkroom and fourth bedroom set aside in a separate area just for the kids.

Tania’s field is interior decorating, and as such the look and feel of the place is spectacularly tasteful, while architecturally the emphasis is on bringing the outdoors to you. Istania’s position is an enviable one, with its own private jetty (and beach!) overlooking Couran Point Mariner. A gourmet kitchen completes the picture, as does Istania’s private swimming pool and full-size spa bath. You’ll never want to leave.

Details // South Stradbroke Island, Qld. From $615 per night. www.istania.com, 0412 241 064.

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