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At this lavish fortress on Hamilton Island, it is simply impossible to get out on the wrong side of the bed. Wake up in your sumptuous king-size in the master suite, press a button on a remote control, watch the electric blinds pull back to reveal 360-degree views of palm trees, clear blue water and coral cays, pour yourself a glass of ice-cold water at the suite’s private bar, and venture out to the warm deck for breakfast while you muse over plans for the day. Will you jump in your personal golf buggy for a round at the nearby course? Or will you call the skipper for a day on your 13-metre cruiser and lunch at Whitehaven Beach? A tough decision. But either way, it’s bound to be a good one.

Suspended over the Pacific Ocean with a stunning outlook over the Eastern Whitsundays, sleek marble interiors and a water feature that runs through the centre of the house to cascade into an infinity pool and frothing spa, five-bedroom Ala Moana (which means “Ocean Pathways” in Hawaiian) was developed as a holiday home for minted Melbourne businessman Martin Wagg, but is now also available to the public too. At $5500 a night, it’s not exactly a snip. But if you have it, what a way to spend it.

Details // Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Qld. From $5500 per night. (03) 9387 9712.

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