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7 breathtaking luxury coastal stays

7 breathtaking luxury coastal stays

Whether nestling into overgrown rainforest or jutting out along a craggy shoreline – these are the most exquisite luxury coastal accommodations from around the Indo Pacific. Each one embraces its coastal context, offering a source of inspiration for how to bring tranquillity and leisure into the every day.

The House at Lizard Island

Lizard Island (Jiigurru), Queensland, Australia

Lizard Island is a remote paradise, 240 kilometres north of Cairns, with unparalleled natural beauty. The serene landscape now features a new luxury accommodation, “The House”, designed by JDA Co. The House is designed to reflect its unique location, with every detail tying back to its surroundings.

The building’s design, inspired by the reef, is meant to act as a frame to the beautiful site. The architectural plan of The House is reminiscent of the stingrays that swim nearby, featuring narrow slit windows on the south and west, serving as “gills”. These openings allow the house to breathe on hot days, while at the same time direct the prevailing breezes for natural cooling.


Havannah Boat House


Havannah Boat House is a newly opened beachfront accommodation located 35 minutes from Port Vila, Vanuatu. It offers complete privacy, as well as a connection to the local culture and customs.

The estate is designed to maximise the stunning views across Havannah Harbour and the surrounding islands. The focus is on providing an authentic and immersive experience, through the design and how it integrates with the location, but also local activities. The interiors blend casual coastal charm and luxury for a comfortable and relaxing escape.


Pretty Beach House

Bouddi Peninsula (Darkinjung people), Greater Sydney, Australia

Pretty Beach House is a 90-minute drive from Sydney, located on the Bouddi Peninsula, high above Pretty Beach and nestled within Bouddi National Park, a haven of untouched bushland and beaches. The name “Bouddi” has many meanings in Aboriginal languages, but most commonly translates as “heart”. The lodge features a sophisticated style of Australian casual elegance and luxury, created by interior designer Michelle Leslie in collaboration with local artisans and craftspeople. The overall atmosphere of the guesthouse is one of relaxation and connection to nature.


Lost Lindenberg

Pekutatan, Bali, Indonesia

Lost Lindenberg is a new accommodation in Pekutatan, Bali, featuring eight rooms elevated among the treetops of the palm jungle. The property is situated on a long and pristine glistening black lava sand beach, renowned for its surf.

Designed by Alexis Dornier and Studio Jencquel, the intent was to create a dreamy and unusual experience in the midst of a mystical jungle, with spaces and walkways high off the ground beside tall coconut trees. The towers provide a glimpse of the sea in front, and are grouped close together, forming a small floating society in the trees.

“The predominant material is sustainably sourced wood in various patterns and directions, the floors are covered with Bali green stone, and brass is used as an accent in the whole composition. With LOST we move in a dream world, somewhere between fiction and reality,” says Alexis Dornier.


Cap Karoso

Ate Dalo, Sumba, Indonesia

Cap Karoso is a new addition to the Design Hotel collection, located on Karoso Beach in Sumba, Southeast Indonesia. The accommodation immerses guests in the local culture through the integration of art, materials and crafts, all alongside references to the local religion Marapu. The design and vision were led by Jakarta-based Bitte Design Studio, which incorporates locally crafted elements such as hand-carved wooden headboards and Ikat wall hangings by Indonesian artist Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto in the guest rooms.

The hotel aims for minimal environmental impact, incorporating sustainability practices such as sourcing 50 per cent of its energy from onsite solar panels, banning plastic packaging and carefully designing the landscape to reduce reliance on air conditioning.


Latitude 35º5

Goode Beach, Albany, West Australia

Situated on a granite outcropping amidst the natural beauty of Torndirrup National Park in Western Australia, this secluded retreat offers spectacular 260 degree views from its double-height windows and expansive balconies.

The residence, which was completed in 2022, showcases a generously proportioned, architect-designed space that combines timber and crisp white with local granite and imported marbles. The walls disappear in this creatively designed space, providing a peaceful and stylish environment that redefines luxury accommodation with a distinctly Australian style.


K House

Godauda, Sri Lanka

AIM Architecture and Norm Architects have created an exclusive villa resort – K House – in Southern Sri Lanka, set on a secluded beachfront location surrounded by lush vegetation and striking views. The architecture blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings with large openings, smooth transitions and use of natural materials.

K House is comprised of two buildings: one perched on a hilltop facing the sea, and the other tucked away for a more private experience. Together, they form an L-shape, encircling the central garden and pool area. The barn-like structures harmoniously integrate with the landscape and enclose the common outdoor areas while providing views of the sea. The architecture is composed of natural materials such as local teak wood, polished terrazzo, polished cement and local granite stone. The roof is striking, made from recycled terracotta tiles, which add to the natural aesthetic and tactile feel of the resort.


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Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.