Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
How many houses do you know with a granite chef’s kitchen outside? On top of the usual Miele and Bosch appliance-strewn gourmet kitchen indoors (a pre-requisite these days for any swanky Australian holiday home), Mystique Beach House on Newell Beach has an extra industrial oven, fridge, freezer, sink, five-burner gas BBQ and dining table to seat eight on one of its numerous outdoor deck areas. The option to prepare and devour every single meal out in the elements means a holiday at Mystique is a bit like camping – but with four king-sized suites for tents, a shimmering wet-edge infinity pool for a creek, and Italian cross-cut travertine marble floors for sticks, scrub and damp earth. With absolute beachfront and views across the Coral Sea to Port Douglas, the Low Isles and Snapper Island, this is Aussie holidaying at its all-out, super-indulgent best.

Details // Newell Beach, Qld. From $650 per night. www.executiveretreats.com.au, (07) 4098 1418 and www.mystiquebeachhouse.com

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