Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
A collection of thatched bures hidden on an 80-acre property in the thick Daintree rainforest 15 minutes north of Port Douglas, Bali Hai will confound the senses to the extent that you will forget you’re even in Australia. To visit this secluded spot, even for a little while, is to submerge yourself utterly in what can only be described as “alfresco living” – a rare treat that can be achieved in only a few tropical parts of the country.

The breezy, open-air, three-bedroom, fully self-contained Balinese residences appear simple in aspect, but are rammed with every mod con imaginable, and are complimented by outdoor dining areas, sunken baths and a dominant wet-edge pool. Hammocks and day beds entice you to do very little. But the encroaching forest and nearby river encourage you to explore. Whatever you decide, there’s no denying this is a holiday home WELL away from home.

Details // Mossman Valley, Port Douglas. From $650 per night. www.executiveretreats.com.au, (07) 4098 1418.

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