Leave the rest of the world on dry land and hit the reset button in a place that feels a million miles away, yet is just a few metres offshore in Sydney’s high-end Palm Beach. Exclusivity exudes at Lilypad Palm Beach where access is granted on a membership-only basis with just ten applications accepted each year.
Wildly romantic and almost raw in its appearance, this floating villa captures the imagination with its 360-degree water vistas that provide the backdrop for one of Sydney’s most desirable new retreats. Approaching by seaplane from Rose Bay, it’s hard to believe that this minimalist, two-storey structure is anything more than a piece of driftwood, yet a closer look reveals luxurious accommodation for two with solid French-oak flooring, modern technologies, stone bench tops, Meir champagne tapware and exposed hardwood timber rafters throughout.
Embracing the soothing rhythm of the water under the floating daybed, it’s easy to forget that this dream-like setting is actually a reality, while on-board massages and beauty treatments aid the relaxation further. Use of a private vessel, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment lead to aquatic adventures exploring Pittwater and the surrounding local beaches, while a cosy open fireplace is perfect for cooler afternoons.
A private on-board chef can be easily arranged for gourmet dining experiences for two or hosted events on the deck. Delicate dishes and local flavours prepared using the finest Victor Churchill produce are to be expected and are accompanied by an aromatic matching drop from the 40 bottle wine cellar.
Likened to a floating penthouse, Lilypad Palm Beach is luxury at its highest level. And with an annual price tag of $43k per membership, becoming a five-star castaway for a few days never felt so exclusive.
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