Tropical style in FNQPelorous Island, Queensland
It’s still a little way off, thanks to building delays caused by the global pandemic, but we’re still psyched about the exclusive Pelorous Island Retreat. Never head of Pelorous Island before now? That’s because, as part of the Palm Island group, it’s previously only been open to visitors who bring their own camping gear. Soon it will be connected to Townsville by a 30-minute helicopter flight.
Behind the new resort is Northern Escape group, which includes Mt Mulligan Lodge and Orpheus Island Lodge in its portfolio. It is creating a AU$6 million boutique retreat, with just four sprawling tropical dwellings making up a private residence for a maximum of eight guests.
There’s also a central lodge with fully equipped kitchen (you can cook for yourself or bring in the private chef), deck with uninterrupted ocean views and infinity pool.
And while it’s all very swank – how amazing are those clear plunge pools? – the real luxury here is being this close to nature and having it all to yourself. The island is fringed by pristine reefs for divers and snorkellers, and there are plenty of secluded beaches for picnics and sunning yourself. Fishing? Sure. And you can even cook up your own catch.
Pelorous Island Retreat is due to open at the end of 2021.