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Honeymoon Venue: Makepeace Island

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

Opened in 2011, Makepeace Island is a 25 acre secluded island, just a short boat ride away from the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Owners Sir Richard Branson and Brett Godfrey – the co-founder of Virgin Australia, thoughtfully developed the heart shaped island to keep with the surrounding coastal wilderness. With its array of luxurious facilities and unique décor sourced from Bali, Makepeace Island is a truly tranquil getaway for your honeymoon.

Makepeace Island offers three lavish villas which provide complete privacy to its guests. The villas are expansive, with two bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, separate lounge areas and private decks. The spectacular foyers of each villa feature a gorgeous fishpond and waterfall to create a true Balinese atmosphere. For a larger option, opt for the Bali house accommodation wing, which offers guests four large luxurious rooms. Whichever you may choose, enjoy beautifully carved bathtubs made from volcanic boulders, palm gardens with gorgeous bromeliads and wooden boardwalks which will connect your villa to the main entertaining areas.

During your stay on Makepeace Island there are endless things to do. The 500,000litre lagoon style pool is the centrepiece to the property and the perfect place to be during the beautiful Australian days. For something more active, take out one of the islands hobie cats, paddle boards or kayaks – if you’re tempted, it should take you about 1 hour to circle the island. Head to the islands dock for the perfect fishing spot, or play a game of tennis on the islands court. The islands private outdoor cinema is the perfect option for a romantic evening with your newlywed - under the stars and complete with champagne, popcorn and cosy chairs.

Your dining experience while on Makepeace Island will be based around a table which overlooks the gorgeous lagoon pool and riverfront. Head chef Lisa Mahar will collaborate with you to create exquisite menus designed especially for you that will become some of the high points of your stay. Gourmet picnics are also available at your request. The perfect spot to enjoy one is at the secluded beautiful oasis at the northern beach.

As well as a gorgeous getaway location, Makepeace Island is also a koala conservancy with a focus on lessening koala mortality and improving koala health.

Makepeace Island is a perfect luxury Australian getaway for your honeymoon.