THE dream of owning a pristine private island getaway loved by Hollywood A-listers could be achievable now that a luxurious Island resort in The Whitsundays is on the market.
Paradise Bay Island Resort is an immaculate tropical getaway nestled between the crystal blue waters and lush rainforest on South Long Island. You have to see it to believe it – anyone who visits falls in love and never wants to leave.
Only accessible by helicopter or private boat, Paradise Bay is a short trip from Hamilton Island and can play host to a group of people or provide the perfect backdrop for a private, romantic getaway. It’s close to the mainland, but still feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Featuring 10 luxury beach-front bungalows for a maximum of 20 guests, a new infinity edge architecturally-designed swimming oasis, day spa and fully licensed bar and dining gazebo, extensive inventory, plant and equipment list — no expense has been spared on fittings, fixtures and furnishings.
Additional features include a five-bedroom staff quarter, full commercial laundry facilities, solar power provision (covering 80 per cent of needs) and water treatment facility.
During the wet season, the property features its own waterfall and during August residents can whale watch from their doorstep.
The resort was a surprise 50th birthday present for current owner Julie Pickering, who spent a lot of time alone with her husband at Paradise Bay.
“I love that I wear my sarong every day,” she said.
“I would do yoga every morning and eat fresh, clean food every day.
“We paddle board and swim, sunbake and lounge around the pool with our cocktails, sing like no one is listening because no one is, dance like no one is watching because no one is and live as though heaven is on paradise bay because it is.”
Julie said the couple love the privacy of the resort but also entertained friends throughout the year.
“I have a lot of gay friends who come here and they love it because we can be ourselves and be without judgement,” she said.
“This would be perfect to get some friends together and buy a bungalow each, they could each put a share in. A small price to own a piece of paradise”
With a beauty spa and a list of established guests including A-list celebrities, the resort has low running costs and is the perfect potential to be great money spinner as a high-end resort that currently commands $1500 per night.
There are two acres of waterfront land at the end of the bungalows which can be used to build a larger residence.
Another unique feature of the property is a 30-year rolling lease available to the new owners. The Pickerings are asking $4.5 million for the property, which is a steal considering the earning potential of the resort.
“It’s a priceless opportunity to own a piece of paradise,” Julie says.
“I feel like I am living like the rich and famous, every day I spend on the island feels like a dream.”
Julie also loves the luxurious but secluded feel of the Paradise Bay Island Resort.
“I wanted to keep that Gilligan’s Island feel,” she said.
“We turn up for dinner at night with friends, we’ve got our beautiful, long dresses on.
“There are candles going, there are candles everywhere.
“We’re looking glam but with Gilligan’s Island feel and native animals like little wallabies come out to feed.
“We’ve had such a great time here, we’re looking forward to someone else having a great time here.”
Included in the sale:
- 10 Beach Front Bungalows
- Gazebo / Lounge/Bar/ 5 Star Dinning
- Infinity Resort Swimming Pool
- 1x Helipad
- 2012 Mahindra Tractor / back hoe with buckets and fork lifts
- 2000 Seawind Catamaran with liquor license
- 2006 Sealegs Amphibious boat
- Fully renovated 5 Br staff accommodation
- Fully functional Commercial Laundry (all done in house)
- Day Spa and Beauty Treatments
- Creates all its own power on site 80% Solar with LNG backup generator
- Water catchment capacity of over 600,000 litres in tanks and tank farm. New Bore is producing over 1.5 – 2 million litres per year for irrigation