Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
This whopper of a holiday home above Port Douglas has seven bedrooms and sleeps up to 18 guests – so, provided you have enough mates to feasibly cover the $1600 per night price tag, why not throw a party? Villa Empat Puluh Dua is, in a word, sublime. Its seriously secluded location set high on thickly forested Flagstaff Hill means you could walk around naked to your heart’s content without anyone but the daily housekeeper seeing, and bedrooms open out on to balconies which overlook canopies and the sapphire sea.

The house is built in Balinese style with airy, open frontage and several levels of sloping slate roofs, and features aquariums, fish ponds, a big swimming pool, a massage parlour, an inclinator and complimentary Belgian waffle bathrobes and slippers. And if you’re wondering what on earth a Belgian waffle bath robe is – there’s only one way to find out.

Details // Murphy Street, Port Douglas, Qld. From $1600 per night. www.villaportdouglas.com.au, (03) 9827 6658.

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