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If you’re looking for a holiday home closer to the ocean than Oak Beach Villa, prepare to book yourself a boat. It’s set on absolute beachfront just five minutes south of Port Douglas, and this Balinese-inspired residence is far more laidback than some of the super-duper luxury options in the region. It was also the retreat of choice for Rove when he was a-wooing Tasma Walton (now McManus) back in August 2008.

Big functions and parties aren’t permitted at Oak Beach Villa – life is encouraged to be a little more lowkey, with the most strenuous activities being perhaps a walk along the beach. Or, if you can’t even make it that far, a stroll to the nearest palm tree-covered sun bed. It’s a relaxed home that sleeps four in two bedrooms – one raised in a treehouse, partially overlooking a private rockpool at the rear of the property.

Details // Oak Beach Road, via Port Douglas, Qld. From $395 per night., (07) 4099 1799.

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