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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.

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