5 Luxury Homestays for When You Can't Travel Overseas

With international travel off the cards for a while, the domestic market is seeing unprecedented demand from Australians wanting to book luxury homes around the country. Luxico, an Australian-based luxury home service, reports a 138 per cent increase in travel inquiries on this time last year. According to Luxico CEO and co-founder Alexandra Ormerod, domestic travellers are seeking the isolation and distancing that can be achieved in a private home compared to a hotel stay - but still with hotel-style luxury. She says given the uncertainty of the times, people are also looking for more flexible cancellation policies.

We've picked five of the most luxurious homes on Luxico’s books, all of which are isolated but still come with such luxuries as a personal concierge. ​​ 1. The Residence at Bilongil - Byron Bay, NSW ​ With private beach front access, The Residence at Bilongil, a five-bedroom private resort-style villa in Byron Bay, is what summer dreams are made of. For when you're not at the beach, the villa offers a tennis court, billiard room and multiple outdoor entertaining areas in a perfect blend of high-end living and relaxing coastal vibes. 2. Hossegor House - South Coast, NSW ​ ​Hossegor House is a sublime multi-level, luxurious beach house on the New South Wales south coast. This five-bedroom modern family home is situated in the laid-back coastal town of Gerringong, only a short walk from the beach and the town centre.

This gorgeous coastal getaway brings you ocean views, contemporary design, outstanding indoor-outdoor living and an award-winning undercover lap pool. If you’re seeking to truly unwind, step out to the undercover pool where the beach and mountains are carefully framed. Dip your toes in the water, recline pool-side or relax in the private courtyard. Plus, there’s more room to stretch out in the upper garden, with a large expanse of grass the perfect play zone for the kids. Oh, and the beach is just minutes down the road. 3. Azure, Sunshine Coast, QLD​ ​ In the most spectacular location, with breathtaking ocean and coastal views. With every imaginable luxury, you will love the impeccable attention to detail, as no expense has been spared in the creation of this extraordinary home.

The sleek architectural lines are offset with sophisticated finishes, cascading water features, lush, tropical gardens and stunning views. And it's all within a short distance of the Sunshine Coast's most celebrated beaches. ​ 4. Hillview Homestead, Gold Coast, QLD ​If you’re looking for something a bit more remote, you can’t go past Hillview Homestead, circa 1905. This magnificent historical homestead is situated on an original dairy farm in the Gold Coast hinterland. The large swimming pool and spa has a spectacular back drop of mountains and heritage-listed national parks.

The extensive colonial verandas call for lazy afternoons in the hammock or reading by the pool. Take a 35-minute bike ride to the beach, have a surf or coffee and then cool down in solitude by the pool. A short 20 minute drive over Tomewin Mountain into the Tweed Valley brings you to a world of art galleries and organic gourmet dining options. Byron Bay and the delights of Bangalow are just a 45-minute scenic drive away. 5. The Samantha, Mornington Peninsula, VIC ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ A tree-lined private road leads you to The Samantha, an incredibly private Portsea estate, where you can get back to nature. This calming four-bedroom home provides a sophisticated, spacious interior. Outside, there's a pool, spa, fireplace and an Olympic sized in-ground trampoline. Beyond the native coastal garden, you have direct access to Portsea Lagoon, and you can walk to beaches, cafes and shops nearby.

Two floor-to-ceiling openings from the kitchen and dining area lead out to the deck. We love the open fireplace and ample seating, perfect for a lazy, cool afternoon. ​ All of these properties can be booked through Airbnb or directly with Luxico.#luxury #coronavirus #Australia #Luxico #five-star

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