Hamptons Beachfront 5 bedrooms; sleeps 13 | $$ From $1000 per night (minimum four nights) | eliteholidayhomes.com.au
Relaxing in the master bedroom of this Hamptons-style holiday home, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re on New York’s Long Island. Crisp white interiors heighten the drama of cerulean water stretching to the horizon, while crashing waves provide the soundtrack. The only question is: where to take in the show? From the plush king bed positioned under the pitched roof or the freestanding bath – large enough for two – in the gleaming marble ensuite? Occupying the entire upper level and featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows that magnificently frame the ocean, the bedroom is the pièce de résistance of the property. But there’s much to like on the other floors, too – the vast living room that opens onto the outdoor deck, for instance, and the heated lap pool and spa.
Swimming, surfing and snoozing are perfectly legitimate options when staying at Hamptons Beachfront, which has direct access to Main Beach, a creamcoloured strip of sand with warm water, about five minutes’ drive from Surfers Paradise but well away from the crowds. Families should consider visiting nearby Sea World (seaworld.com.au) – the starting point for aerial tours operated by Sea World Helicopters (seaworldhelicopters. com.au). A 20-minute flight to the Currumbin Valley takes in the hinterland’s stunning rainforests and waterfalls before skimming the coastline for bewitching views of the city.
Enjoy the open-plan kitchen and dining area with striking stainless-steel lamps and a long antique-oak dining table or hit the restaurant precinct on nearby Tedder Avenue. Local & Co. Espresso Bar (localandco. com.au) is the place for zucchiniand-quinoa breakfast fritters, while seafood restaurant Shuck (shuck.com.au) serves crab lasagne, Tasmanian salmon and King George whiting.