Great Escapes: Queensland, Australia

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    High Style Down Under
    Queensland—Australia’s second-largest state—occupies the country’s idyllic northeast corner, where the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef, with its 900 islands and nearly 3,000 reefs, attract those with a penchant for diving and other underwater and outdoor sports. Nearly every city and beach town, from Port Douglas in the north to Noosa in the southeast, offers unique ways to explore the region’s natural beauty. Travelers with a penchant for beauty and design should have no problem securing stylish lodgings for their adventure-filled sojourns. Villa rentals in Queensland range from city homes with coastal views, in proximity of shopping and dining, to more remote retreats on islands like Hayman and Hamilton, where golf carts and bicycles are the preferred modes of transportation. Regardless of location, homes in the region are designed to merge with the outdoors and are characterized by open walls, expansive windows, and indoor/outdoor living spaces.

    Molori Great Barrier Reef
    Retractable walls of wood and glass merge indoors and out at this Port Douglas property with contemporary tropical interiors. Part of the Molori collection, which also operates a safari lodge in South Africa and the yacht charter Told U So, the eclectic, nearly 6,000-square-foot retreat sits on an acre, a short walk from Four Mile Beach. Among the amenities are a home theater, a commercial kitchen, outdoor showers, a steam room, and numerous lounge areas. The four-person staff attends to guests’ needs, including scheduling zip-lining excursions in the nearby rain forest.

    Bedrooms: 5. Rates: from about $4,600 per night. Contact: +61.429.415.664, www.molori.com

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