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Five beach hotels to book this summer

Summer is just around the corner and we’re ready to hit the beach. Whether you are staying close to home or wanting to cross borders, these beachfront lodges will give you maximum salt water and sunshine.

Surfing, NSW
The arrival on the north coast of New South Wales of the 12-room boutique hotel The Surf reflects Yamba’s maturity as a sophisticated vacation town. Inside each room, Scandinavian-style wooden furniture frames soft, sand-soft green and pink soft furnishings. The bathroom features curved tiled walls and Italian terrazzo underfoot. Bemboka throws and bathrobes, organic Leif products, and a locally sourced minibar in the room add to warm touches such as vases, artwork, and potted plants on the balcony. There is a rooftop terrace with a heated plunge pool and EV chargers downstairs. Take a few steps to the sea pool for structured laps, float among the gentle waves of the main beach, or head to nearby Angourie for some surfing.

Wilson Island, Queensland
If you’re not yet tired of spending time alone, unwind on this epic private island off the coast of Gladstone. The crisp white sands, turquoise waters, and colorful reefs surrounding Wilson Island are a sight to weary lockdown eyes. The safari-style tents are sparsely equipped to showcase the sparkling views just beyond your private patio. There is snorkeling gear in the room, so you can explore the Great Barrier Reef whenever you feel like it. Ask the chef on site to prepare a picnic basket (bottle of sparkling wine included) to devour on the beach, before taking a nap in a hammock.

Lorne Hotel, Victoria
The Lorne Hotel may date back to 1876, but today it is home to tastefully decorated pub rooms and beachfront outposts for Movida and Coda. A few steps from the beach, it is the ideal place for those who like a close and comfortable place to fall asleep between two swims. Accommodation ranges from a double or triple room to a two-bed apartment with a living room and kitchen. Pick up picnic-ready supplies of cheese, pickles, and wine at Movida’s deli or head upstairs to Coda for seasonal seafood served with Thai and Cantonese flavors. If you’ve soaked up too much sun, Erskine Falls is a short drive away for a refreshing walk in the shade of a large eucalyptus forest and lush fern ravines.

Beach huts, South Australia
It’s only an hour’s drive from Adelaide to Beach Huts on the Fleurieu Peninsula, but life here goes at a significantly slower seaside pace. Each of the 12 striped chalets has a unique blend of vintage and modern touches. Old wooden dining tables engraved with memories join summery rattan furniture and chic bathrooms (some with a spa). The kitchenettes come with a bottle of local sparkling wine, and the on-site restaurant also serves wines and beers from South Australia. Relax on the common lawn between swims – it’s lined with daisies and lavender and is known to attract a kangaroo or two. Five minutes from Middleton Beach, you can surf, fish or simply take a stroll in the waters of the Great Australian Bight.

Sal Salis, Western Australia
Disconnect from technology and reconnect with the sand and sea an hour’s drive south of Exmouth. At Sal Salis, luxury safari tents nestle among the plush coastal sand dunes of Cape Range National Park, just yards from the Indian Ocean. Spend each day snorkeling the Ningaloo Reef, relaxing in your tent’s hammock, or quietly watching kangaroos and wallaroos emerge at dusk. In your tent, the artisanal bed is made of jarrah and the composting room is equipped with ecological shampoos and soaps tinted with native herbs. An on-site chef will prepare all your meals, fashioned with local ingredients and served outside. Sip wines from Western Australia amidst a majestic view, before ending the evening with some stargazing.

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