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The beauty of The Whitsundays makes it one of our favourite places to soak up the sun, so for today’s feature, we turned to our old pal Airbnb, for a roundup of some of our favourite Whitsundays properties. If resort-style isn’t your thing, this list of private homes and apartments offer up stunning beauty for a tropical honeymoon.

The Resort Style House

If grabbing a cocktail and climbing into your own private infinity pool sounds like the best way to spend your honeymoon (sunset for free!), then you need to meet Clearwater. The property, which of course features its own infinity pool, is all about resort style living, A stunning undercover wooden deck is the shining star (a view also available from the luxurious bath!), as well as featuring all the facilities you’ll need for a week in paradise.

The Room With A View

Pineapple House, Shute Harbour

If you’re dreaming of your own house with a view, then Pineapple House will certainly fit the bill!. It has four bedrooms and two kitchens (Woah!) plus it’s own pool. However, the real beauty of Pineapple House is the waterfront views (perfect for dreamy and romantic sunsets!)

The Secluded Escape

The Palms On Hamilton Island

The Palms On Hamilton Island has that beautiful blend of secluded country (think rolling mountain views) with the ease of being close to everything. The kind of place where you can arrive and hide away for a weekend away and you definitely won’t run out of things to do. It’s packed with its own theatre room, pool table and plenty of outdoor space to unwind.

The Compact Charmer

The Point Whitsundays

Most of what Airbnb has to offer in this part of the world is big and grand. Though, if something cozy is on your mind, then the studio apartment at The Point Whitsundays might be for you. It has all the trimmings of a luxurious getaway with a 10m infinity pool and a hot tub, yet is the most beautiful and romantic spot for two. Enjoy your bubbles on arrival as you sit on your private deck overlooking the passing boats. This one? It’s pure magic!

The One Amongst The Action

Yacht Club Villa 6 Ocean Front

Now for those who love to be amongst the action! Yacht Club Villa 6 Ocean Front is for you. It’s right on the water, next to the dining & entertainment hub of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. It comes with its own buggy, a free shuttle that transports you right to your door, a sunset view deck, BBQ and the amazing floor to ceiling glass doors allow for a real sense of indoor/outdoor living.

 

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The Fairytale wedding of Joshua & Joshua  (also celebrated as “the Joshua’s”) didn’t end at the Pinnacles Resort, Airlie Beach. This romantic Wedding affair continued on to a honeymoon unlike any other. Here they recount their fabulous 5 night escape in the Whitsunday Islands.

When and where did you honeymoon?

We kicked off our honeymoon 2 days after our wedding. We were gifted an amazing experience from Sunsail Whitsundays of a bareboat charter yacht for 5 days to sail around the Whitsunday Islands.

Why did you choose your honeymoon destination?

We didn’t – we were lucky enough to be gifted it.

Tell us about where you stayed?

We sailed around the Whitsunday Islands, sightseeing and experiencing as many islands, coves, reefs and beaches as possible. We were lucky enough to also have our own skipper who sailed the boat and acted as our private tour guide. He knew the area really well and took us to some amazing locations that many tourists wouldn’t even know of! A highlight of our stay was a day visit to Hamilton Island, anchoring overnight just off the world famous Whitehaven Beach and experiencing the tranquillity of Mantaray Bay.

Image Via Sharon Smallwood from iTalk Communications

What did you love about your accommodation? What special features did it have that you adored?

The Yacht itself was a 40ft catamaran with a full kitchen, bbq area, outdoor shower, spacious bedrooms, bathrooms and even enough room to lay and stargaze on the nets at night under a duvet! It was incredibly spacious and so comfortable being rocked to sleep every night from the swaying of the ocean.

Did your accommodation have any “honeymoon only” specials or sweet surprises?

Yes! We were greeted with a nice bottle of champagne, some caps to keep us SunSmart and an adorable note from the Sunsail crew, congratulating us on the big event. We were also lucky enough to meet up with our wedding photographer and videographer to get some honeymoon footage and photos on Whitehaven beach!

Did you do any fun activities or take any adventures?

Plenty! As we mentioned before, stargazing and eating chocolate on the nets at night was very romantic. The stars were brighter than we have ever seen. We also spent a lot of our time laying around the front of the boat relaxing. We would go for a swim, a snorkel or a stand up paddle board in the mornings before a light champagne breakfast on the deck almost every day. We had no where to be, no set agenda and it was so nice to just lay in the sun listening to our wedding music, talking and reflecting on the event. It was also cool because a lot of the time we had no phone reception, so we filled our day exploring the surrounding waters, looking out for wildlife and relaxing in between. We were lucky enough to see Whales (really close up), Manta Rays, plenty of sea turtles and lots of tropical fish amongst some neon coloured coral reefs.

Image Via Sharon Smallwood from iTalk Communications

What about tours? Any that you loved?

We called into Hamilton Island one day and raced around on a golf buggy to explore the island. That was fun, but we didn’t stay long. We stocked up on some chocolate and strawberries (the essential supplies) and headed back to the yacht before hitting the seas again. Having our own skipper was like having our own tour guide the whole time. We learnt so much about the area (and sailing).

Now onto the good stuff! Did you have any stand out meals? Amazing experiences with food that you must recommend?

All we did was eat and drink! We cooked all of our food ourselves. Before we left on the yacht we stocked up on plenty of ingredients for daily grazing platters and fancy dinners. The boat had an excellent kitchen, which meant everything we cooked was delicious! We made pastas, chicken salads, seafood platters, salmon, Mexican food…the list goes on. We made every meal special and either ate on the front or the back of the boat so we could enjoy our surrounds. We popped a champagne cork at almost every opportunity!

Image Via Phill Gordon, Riptide Creative

Were there any other “honeymoon only” surprises you received?

We were gifted matching Budgy Smuggler’s from our friends. They were great as they were a nautical sailor theme and seeing as we had also purchased sailor hats (to have a laugh) we ended up with some great photo’s! A lot of the time we ended up wearing the silly hats and wore our Budgy Smuggler’s to sun bake!

Do you have any top tips to share for those planning their honeymoon?

Do a bareboat charter! It was the most amazing experience for a honeymoon. You will feel so relaxed, enjoy peaceful tranquility (especially if you’re out of phone reception) and enjoy the luxury of being on your own private yacht! You will be the envy of everyone. At moments we forgot our reality and became a same sex version of Jay-Z and Beyonce!

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All courtesy of Sunsail Whitsundays

 

Venue: Sorrento Restaurant and Bar / Image: Brooke Miles Photography 

We recently sat down with the lovely team at Lure Abell Point Marina to find out all the hotspots that the locals love in the Whitsundays. From great bars to enjoy a drink and honeymoon essentials, Lure Abell Point Marina’s tips are not to be missed! 

Your Favourite Place That Only Locals Know About?

Our favourite place that only locals know about is Northerlies Bar & Grill at Freedom Shores resort. This resort is on the mainland about a 10 minute drive from Airlie Beach. From the marina you can see it across the bay on a clear day. It has cabin-type accommodation, but the highlight is the restaurant and bar area. It’s located on the water, beachfront with comfy sun-lounges and big couches. The restaurant serves up grill style food and you can get light snacks from the bar. The locals love it here and at the weekend it is jam packed with locals listening to live music and enjoying the view.
 

Venue: Northerlies Bar & Grill / Image: Image: Cherie Morel (staff at Lure Abell Point Marina)

Your Favourite Popular Place that is a Crowd Pleaser for a Reason?

Sorrento Bar & Restaurant at Abell Point is a definite crowd pleaser. It has a big sun-deck downstairs which is the perfect place to watch the boats return from the day tours and the sun setting over the islands. They do great share platters and cocktails and it’s a really casual vibe – mix of locals and holiday makers.

Your Favourite Restaurant?

Hemingway’s at Abell Point is our favourite. Located in their South Marina Village, Hemingway’s restaurant has a funky coastal chic style décor and an Ernest Hemingway theme. Black & white couches and cool furniture and fittings accompany an incredible modern Australian menu. The restaurant was awarded a Chef Hat in 2018 and that is definitely reflected in the menu. You won’t be disappointed with the food or the ambience.

Venue: Hemingway’s / Image: Brooke Miles Photography 

Your Favourite Bar?

The Garden Bar at Hemingway’s makes a great place to start the night. Open daily from 4pm, The Garden Bar offers a light bar menu of interesting and unusual snacks for those looking for something to accompany the ice-cold beer or signature cocktail. As the sun sets the trees light up with fairy lights creating this beautiful soft atmosphere, perfect for a romantic date night.

Venue: The Garden Bar at Hemingway’s / Image: Brooke Miles Photography 

Your Favourite Store?

Lotus Boutique in Airlie Beach is our must-visit store. They have a great range of casual, resort wear clothing with a bohemian theme. Some great evening dresses as well, for those looking for something more formal, but think bright colours, soft cottons and great accessories.

Store: Lotus Boutique / Image: Cherie Morel (staff at Lure Abell Point Marina)

Your Favourite Hotel?

There is some great accommodation located a short walk from the marina overlooking the water. Peninsular apartments, Mirage Whitsundays or the Coral Sea Hotel all offer 3- 4 star style accommodation with incredible water views. The beauty of a honeymoon in Airlie Beach is you can walk everywhere and it’s generally along the water front, which at any time of the day or night is romantic!

Hotel: Coral Sea Hotel / Image: Tourism & Events Queensland 

Your Favourite Way to Spend Time Outdoors?

Being outside is quintessentially Whitsundays, so our recommendation is put the sneakers on and go for a walk or hike. For the less adventurous amongst us, the Bicentennial Walkway from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach offers a relaxing (aka flat) waterfront stroll of approximately 5km. The walkway goes through Abell Point Marina so plenty of scope for light refreshments along the way.

For the more adventurous, try the Honeyeater Track which takes you on a serious hike up the mountain at the back of Airlie Beach. Not for the faint hearted, the Honeyeater requires a certain level of fitness, but perfect for that honeymoon couple looking for the ultimate Instagram post photo from the top – the view back over Airlie Beach, the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday islands is breathtaking.

Location: Shingley Beach / Image: Cherie Morel (staff at Lure Abell Point Marina)

The most interesting person you’ve met in The Whitsundays?

Motivational speaker Terry Hawkins recently did a talk at Lure, which was incredibly inspiring. Terry was a guest of Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling and was in the region to offer support and motivation to the local community in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Terry gave an incredible talk and really touched those who attended with her practical style of personal coaching. It really was a pleasure to meet such an inspirational Australian woman who has made a name for herself on a world stage.

Venue: Lure Abell Point Marina / Image: Cherie Morel (staff at Lure Abell Point Marina)

Ideal date night in The Whitsundays?

Sunset cocktails and a delicious dinner overlooking the water.

Anything else that a honeymooner needs to know about The Whitsundays?

Everyone should absolutely get out on the water or above the water when they visit the Whitsundays. Day tours, sunset sailing, jetski rides, bareboats, seaplanes or heli-tours are all available from Airlie Beach and there is something for everyone. Until you get out amongst the Whitsunday islands, you really cannot truly appreciate how stunning the scenery is in this region. Snorkel coral reefs, explore indigenous history or relax on a pristine white beach – all or any of these will make the perfect honeymoon memory.

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About the author Lure Abell Point Marina: Lure at Abell Point Marina is setting a fresh, contemporary standard for weddings, conferences and events in the Whitsundays. This new function venue space for hire, nestled in the heart of award-winning Abell Point Marina is the Whitsundays newest and most refined venue. With unrivalled waterfront views over the Whitsunday islands and the Coral Sea from the expansive waterfront balcony, it is clear how Lure is fast becoming the venue of choice in the Whitsundays, Queensland.