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Berkeley River Lodge

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Guests of the Berkeley River Lodge can arrive by helicopter, dropping into a pocket-size valley of dusty buttes and emerald wetland and stirring up flocks of magpie geese and brolgas. Popping in on nature is part of the fun at the resort, a clutch of 20 villas that opened in April among the dunes in northwest Australia’s remote Kim­berley region. Flying and boating are the only ways to access the 47-acre property, which is set between the Timor Sea and the Berkeley River, about 100 miles from the closest small town.

Crews spent two years living like castaways to construct the resort, where angular, cyclone-resistant bungalows feature outdoor hot tubs on stylish verandas cantilevered over the sand. A main lodge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks a pool and a sprawling beach that serves as a nesting site for flatback sea turtles.

Despite the remote setting, chef James Ward’s meals of sous-vide eye fillet and other delicacies have a decidedly urban flare. The wild surroundings are within easy reach of guests, who can take the resort’s helicopter to fish for barramundi, to see nearby King George Falls, or to shorten the hike to view Aboriginal rock art of animals that no longer exist.

Berkeley River Lodge, +61.8.9169.1330, www.berkeleyriver.com.au

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