Richard Branson, who owns Necker Island, often lets the retreat to rich friends and celebrities. Yet, the Virgin tycoon, also owns a second destination, Makepeace Island, off the Sunshine Coast of Australia, which is available to the general public.
Makepeace, named for former resident and “colorful local character,” Hannah “Shotgun” Makepeace, was originally intended as a family getaway for the Branson’s, but in 2011, the founder of the Virgin Group and the co-founder of Virgin Australia Brett Godfrey decided to market the island for exclusive rentals.
The space, which is truly paradise found, features rooms with natural linens, luxury furnishings, a pool area overlooking the ocean, a fully stocked bar, and endless tropical views. The home was renovated in 2018 by June Robinson Scott, an interior designer for Necker Island and The Branson Estate, Moskito Island.
Most of all, the island retains its natural beauty since the owners make an effort to minimize their carbon footprint. They grow their own vegetables, raise chickens, produce honey, recycle and purify their wastewater. The island abides by a farm to table concept, using locally sourced products in order to support the community and promote sustainability.
The food on the island is prepared by the Makepeace staff. The cuisine can be chosen by guests and includes South-east Asian, Japanese, Mexican or Italian options. They also offer culinary classes and menu tastings for gourmands, as well as wine tasting and appreciation evenings. The cooking classes range from fresh pasta making to French patisserie.
The island, naturally, includes a series of upscale amenities, like a heliport, tennis courts, a spa, a fitness center, walking trails, paddle boards, kayaks, and much more. The home itself can easily accommodate up to 22 guests, who will pay a starting rate of $10,000 a night for a two-night minimum stay during the high season. The $1,250 per person per night includes food and activities, a limousine transfer, and a boat transfer to and from the island.
Makepeace Island is located minutes by private boat from Noosa Heads, a town on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 85 miles north of Brisbane, the state's capital.