Lilypad Palm Beach (CLOSED)
Time Out says
A unique luxury retreat offering outstanding views, luxury service and a level of seclusion that's hard to beat
This holiday accommodation was damaged by fire on September 20 and has closed indefinitely.
When it was completed in 2018, this gorgeous villa floating serenely on one of Sydney’s most beautiful waterways was only accessible to a select few, making this members-only holiday home one of the most exclusive getaway lets in the country. Fortunately, the owners decided to make it accessible to everyone (or at least those who can afford the admittedly eye-watering price tag) in mid-2019, so start saving up because this luxe staycation is quite unlike anything else in the Greater Sydney area.
Designed by owner Chuck Anderson, the aptly named Lilypad can be found on Pittwater just off the coast of the Palm Beach peninsula, and thanks to some savvy engineering and its location on the gentle waters of an enclosed bay, a stay here is a surprisingly stable experience. The platform is also powered by 100 per cent solar, so its eco-credentials are equally impressive.
Other than it’s picture-perfect location and its unmatched privacy, another major selling point is Lilypad’s versatility. It can simply be hired as a holiday home for two guests, but it’s also available as a day spa venue for up to six guests, a private dining room complete with a gourmet chef or as a party venue for up to 16 guests.
A standard booking might seem on the exxy-side – $1,650 per night – but you get a lot of bang for your buck. In addition to your accommodation, you’ll also be ferried by private boat to and from Lilypad. The house comes fully stocked with chef-prepared sides and salads as well as a selection of premium meats and dessert options, gourmet breakfast provisions, and a selection of wines and bubbles including Veuve Clicqout, Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle, all complementary. The villa also comes kitted out with water equipment such as paddleboards, fishing rods and a floating day bed, so you can make the most of your aquatic surroundings. Should you book in for two nights or more, your hosts will also treat you to a slap-up meal at the superb Barrenjoey House, including boat transfers to and from the restaurant, valued at $350.
For those who want a truly OTT experience, there are a number of extras you can add to your booking, including a scenic flight with Sydney Seaplanes and a personal masseuse or beautician for a private pampering.