Valentine's Day: A Private Island on Australia's Sunshine Coast

Here's a perfect escape for Valentine's Day Down Under! Check out Sir Richard Branson's Balinese-style private island, Makepeace Island at Noosa on Australia's Sunshine Coast. The 25-acre heart-shaped island can host up to 22 guests in either the Bali House or the three individually decorated bures.

Makepeace Island is a private hideaway a few minutes upstream from cosmopolitan Noosa Heads and is owned by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Blue (a/k/a/ Virgin Australia) co-founder Brett Godfrey. According to the official website, the secluded island can accommodate and entertain up to 22 castaways, with all the attractions that the Sunshine Coast has to offer just a mere boat ride away.

Makepeace Island, named after former resident and local character Hannah “Shotgun” Makepeace, was completed in 2009 as a private retreat for family and friends of the owners. In July 2011, it became available for specialized rentals.

What makes it tops? Maybe it's the private riverboat that can transfer guests up and down the Sunshine Coast, or the two-story open-air Balinese wantilan for relaxing or gathering of friends and family, the huge lagoon pool, the full-sized tennis court and pavilion, spa facilities, theatre, office facilities and an expansive indoor bar designed for entertaining on a grand scale. Cool touch: Gardens and indoor decor include giant sculptures, teak, granite and stone finishes, volcanic boulder bathtubs, ornamental lighting and antiquities and furniture commissioned and acquired in Bali, Java and elsewhere throughout Indonesia.

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