Peaceful Retreat At Makepeace

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Time-poor and needing a luxury escape that ticks all the boxes? Deb Caruso discovers the answer might just be in your own backyard.

Just minutes by boat from Noosa, the heart-shaped island known as Makepeace Island has been sensitively designed in keeping with the coastal wilderness. It may be best known as a getaway for the rich and famous, however, it is perfect for celebrations, corporate events or retreats for up to 22 castaways eager for an exclusive experience that is
just down the road yet feels like a million worlds away.

The island recently hosted a Slow Food Noosa event to celebrate the latest businesses to receive the globally recognised ‘Snail of Approval’ for their commitment to good, clean and fair food. Guests explored the stunning grounds while learning more about the resort’s commitment to sustainability.

There may have been a few starstruck moments while exploring the rooms where Chris Hemsworth (as in Thor, God of Thunder) and his family had been chilling just a few days earlier!

Exclusive use of Makepeace Island includes three oversized luxury villas, each featuring a stunning entry; spacious bathroom with carved volcanic boulder bath; a second twin/king bedroom and a large dressing room. There are also four spacious rooms in the Island House and a unique Boathouse; all linked to the main entertaining areas by tree-lined boardwalks.

The centrepiece of the island is the huge lagoon pool and 15-person spa, there is also a tennis court, gymnasium, walking paths and water activities. Other activities such as day spa services or tours are easily organised.

Co-owned by Sir Richard Branson, Brett Godfrey and Radek Sali, Makepeace Island re-opened in November last year after an extensive refurbishment headed by the interior designer for Necker Island and The Branson Estates.

The Island’s multi-award winning General Manager Bobbie Murphy recently joined the team bringing a wealth of experience and she is keen to place Makepeace Island firmly on the map in the boutique, luxury sector, particularly with locals and tourists eager to discover the Makepeace magic for themselves.

“Just minutes by private boat from Noosa and with exclusive use of the stunning facilities, all meals included and an array of activities, Makepeace should be at the top of the list for an accessible, easy and unsurpassed experience,” she said. “It is perfect for multi-generation family holidays, celebrations or corporate retreats.”

Makepeace Island Head Chef Lisa Mahar has been working her magic in the kitchen for almost six years and says the food is all about showcasing local fare.

“I love going to the table and introducing each dish. Seeing people’s reactions and being able to answer their questions and explain where the food is from is magic,” she says.

“It’s not only delicious food but it is good for you and it’s great to support the local community as well. They put their heart and soul into producing the food and it shows in the flavours and it’s nice to share that passion.”

Makepeace Island is a shining example of the Noosa ethos with its commitment to supporting local and employing sustainable principles as much as possible. Just spending a few hours on this beautiful space is enough to leave you wanting more.

As the Slow Food Noosa guests added up the normal cost and hassle of overseas flights, accommodation, transport and meals; we quickly realised the value and ease of holidaying closer to home, particularly with a group of family and friends. Now, we just need to find a date that works…

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About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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