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Tibetan for mythical kingdom, where heaven meets earth, this multi-award winning house set on six acres in the Daintree rainforest is in fact arguably closer to heaven than the name lets on. Another of Chris Vandyke’s architectural masterpieces, it’s made up of three separate pavilions, one housing the master suite and spa, one the kitchen, living area, media room and library, and one a further two bedrooms.
Built in Asian style and designed to echo the surrounding environment, Shambhala has lofty ceilings and is swathed in natural light. One of Shambhala’s bathrooms overlooks one of the highest mountains in Qld, while the other two look straight on to dense, green rainforest. And while the clean white walls are purposefully unadorned, the tropical vegetation, water lily ponds and bright heliconias bordering the swimming pool make for more than enough visual stimulation.
Details // Whyanbeel Valley, near Port Douglas, Qld. From $595 per night. www.shambhala.net.au, (07) 4099 1799.