Check out the view: Saltwater Sunrise, Falmouth, Tasmania

Surprisingly, looking at this picture, this alluring haçienda, Saltwater Sunrise, is not sitting pretty on a far-flung coast of Mexico. Instead, its home is the equally captivating – but less exotic – north-east of Tasmania.

Saltwater Sunrise is a collection of three private villas located almost mid-way between Bay of Fires and Freycinet National Park in Falmouth, a tiny little seaside hamlet with a squeaky-clean beach and turquoise waters.

Known for its million-dollar views (and million-dollar clifftop houses) looking across the Tasman Sea, Falmouth is a wonderful spot to be between May and September when majestic humpback and southern right whales migrate south right under your nose. Guests can potter down to the private beach, which is scattered with those remarkable east coast Tassie boulders, and wave to them from there.

Each of the villas sleeps two and is decked out in a fresh beachy theme with a king-size bed, spacious bathroom and kitchenette. There are also two other buildings available to provide extra space for dining and relaxing, one of which boasts an indoor jacuzzi – where’s the bubbly?

Be sure to pick up a bottle on your way, along with other provisions for your stay. Although not in complete isolation (the closest shops are a 15-minute drive away), you’d best be prepared. Or pre-order picnic hampers and breakfast, which are made up of fresh, local produce by your friendly hosts.

We must warn you, though: don’t come here if you’re not into long sleep-ins, languid beach walks, and reading books to the sound of crashing waves – because that is exactly what this place is all about.

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