Need to know
Four ‘pavilions’ or lodges.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. On arrival day, guests are invited to take a leisurely lunch from 12 noon, before checking in to their pavilion at 2pm.
Double rooms from $1354.75 (AU$1,818), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include all meals, selected soft and alcoholic drinks, a free minibar, snacks, a 'welcome to the country' didgeridoo-smoking ceremony (with canapés and cocktails), and mountain bike hire.
Don’t miss the day-bed perched high out of sight on the edge of the property. Take Pretty Beach House’s skippered Cabo 38 Express fishing boat for a spin on Brisbane Water or seek out hidden, empty beaches where you can swim, snorkel and fish. Best of all, you can take a picnic hamper from the restaurant with you. To stretch your pins, try a guided walk through the Bouddi Peninsula or stroll over to private Tallow Beach and its tempting surf break. Keep your eyes peeled for works by renowned Aussie artists Sidney Nolan and John Olsen in the main house too.
At the hotel
Spa, lounge, parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, coffee maker and kettle with a selection of teas, Li’tya toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Shielded by gardens and gum trees, the Hideaway Pavilion lives up to its name as a secluded den decked out in natural fabrics, recycled timbers, bespoke furnishings and local art. For more elbow-room, check in to the Retreat, a two-floor stay with his ’n’ hers bathrooms.
Gaze over the treetops from the unheated infinity pool outside the main building, or stretch out on a day-bed with a good book and only the gentle rustle of branches to disturb you.
Bouddi Spa is small and serene with a dedicated couples’ treatment room and all-natural Li’tya products. You and your amour can be buffed with hand-carved crystals, slathered with aromatic native plant oils and revived with traditional aboriginal healing methods. Mani-pedis and a special massage for mums-to-be are offered too.
A penknife for whittling fallen angophora branches.
Guests must stay for two nights or more. Smoking is allowed outside only. During peak season (Good Friday – Easter Monday; 20 December – 8 January), the hotel charges an extra AUD200 a person, each night.
The air of romantic seclusion the guesthouse creates isn’t best suited to rugrats; children under 15 are not allowed.