Sir Richard Branson’s Australian home is only accessible – in true billionaire fashion - by boat or helicopter. However the great news is that Makepeace is available to rent by us non-celeb folk, because it is a pretty immaculate place to stay.

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The idyllic heart shaped 25-acre island is a few minutes downstream from Australia's beautiful Noosa Heads on Queensland's aptly named Sunshine Coast and can accommodate up to 22 guests in private bures (villas) and the Bali House.

The three individually decorated bures are discreetly dotted around in the foliage and feature volcanic boulder bathtubs and antiques and commissioned furniture from Bali, Java and elsewhere in Indonesia.

Bali House is the main four bedroom guest house. Each bedroom has its own private deck looking onto either the lush gardens or to bushland. Finally, the boat house is a small self contained queen bedded studio room.

There are two wantilans (Balinese open-sided structures), one overlooking the pool, and another two storey version with day beds, lounge chairs, Javanese antiques and a full size snooker table. Guests have full use of the tennis court, spa facilities, lagoon pool, theatre and expansive indoor bar. There are Hobie Cats and kayaks to borrow, flattie fish to catch from the jetty or boat and wakeboarding and waterskiing on the river.

Further afield Noosa's famous beaches, restaurants, surf school and fishing grounds are just a few minutes up-stream by boat, and the Great Barrier Reef is less than an hour away by charter flight from the local Noosa airport.


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