Makepeace Island in Noosa

 Makepeace Island, Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive home at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast has quietly opened its doors for private lease.

Located minutes downstream from Noosa Heads’ bustling dining and shopping precinct, the 25 acre authentic Balinese built property offers luxurious accommodation for up to 22 guests and is available from AUD$7900 per night.

Designed for privacy, and sensitively developed in keeping with its unique coastal habitat, the secluded property was completed in 2009 on a heart shaped island in the expansive Noosa River.

To date, Makepeace has remained a private retreat for family and friends of the owners Sir Richard Branson and Brett Godfrey, founders of Virgin Blue (now Virgin Australia).

In Australia last week on a brief visit to Noosa, his “favourite place in Australia”, Sir Richard announced Makepeace Island would occasionally be offered to other guests.

The British entrepreneur also launched, the island’s new web site providing a sneak peak of Makepeace magic beyond the property’s previously closed Balinese doors.

“When neither Brett nor myself are visiting Makepeace, we will make the island and its facilities available for others to enjoy the tranquility of what is a very special place,” he said.

Makepeace Island comes complete with its own riverboat to transfer guests, as well as a full-sized tennis court and pavillion, spa facilities, theatre, a substantial two-storey open aired Balinese wantilan for relaxing or gathering of friends and family, 500,000-litre lagoon pool, office facilities and an expansive indoor bar designed for entertaining on a grand scale.

Gardens and indoor decor include giant sculptures, teak, granite and stone finishes, volcanic boulder bathtubs, ornamental lighting and antiquities and furniture commissioned and acquired in Bali, Java and elsewhere throughout Indonesia.