If your idea of the perfect summer vacation is soaking up the sunshine on an idyllic tropical beach with an ice-cold drink in hand, look no further. It’s no secret that the largest inhabited island in the Whitesundays, Hamilton Island, is a legitimate island paradise, and with direct flights from most major Australian cities, Hamilton Island is the primary gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Anywhere where the primary form of transport is a buggy sounds good to us. If you’re eager to live your best life on the island, you’ll want an equally amazing place to rest your head. Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy true island luxury at Hamilton Island’s best Airbnbs.
There’s a reason (well, many of them) that this amazing Airbnb comes out months in advance. Casuarina 13 can accommodate up to 10 guests with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, so you can bring your whole crew. Located just around the corner from Front Street, the bustling heart of Hamilton Island, the sprawling two-story Airbnb villa boasts stunning views across the passage to the Hamilton Island Golf Course. Casuarina 13 is equipped with all the luxurious new finishes you could want and we love that there are multiple living spaces so you can relax on the balcony deck, chat in the fully equipped kitchen or relax in the living room depending on how social you feel This one deserves a top spot as one of Hamilton Island’s best Airbnbs.
Villa 16 The Edge
Setting a new standard for luxury accommodation on Hamilton Island, Villa 16 The Edge is the place to stay when you seriously want to impress (or be impressed). This opulent tropical Airbnb boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that ensure unparalleled ocean views, sleek and sophisticated furnishings, access to one of the island’s only pools, and a grill on your private deck, perfect for making food for. The opulent two-story Airbnb sleeps eight guests with three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms—we recommend snagging the master bedroom so you can enjoy the huge hot tub with an ice-cold cocktail in hand. Villa 16 The Edge is definitely one of Hamilton Island’s best luxury Airbnbs.
Hidden Cove 17
It’s not often you can relax and enjoy the finer things in life. We’re talking a four-person buggy, champagne on arrival, snorkel gear and luxury gear. No, we are not dreaming, this is the reality at Hamilton Island Hidden Cove 17 Airbnb. This two bedroom apartment is located on the west side of the island and you will have the unique advantage of enjoying your own private beach. You and five of your mates can enjoy the good life in this lush modern Airbnb with a wraparound balcony that promises unparalleled 180 degree sunsets over the water and surrounding islands.
Location, location, location. If it is a must-have for you to be centrally located on Hamilton Island, then you must book in at Poinciana 106. This slice of paradise overlooks Cats Eye Bay and is conveniently close to the Hamilton Island Sports Complex, marina, restaurants and beaches. Accommodating four guests with two bedrooms and one bathroom, this Airbnb is by no means a sprawling villa, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character, location and views. You will be treated to your own buggy to get around the island and airport transfers to make your holiday on the island that much easier. Ahhhh, life on the island is a hard life.
So recently renovated that the plastic is barely off the mattresses, Frangipani 102 is one of Hamilton Island’s best new Airbnbs, perfectly located across the road from Catseye Beach. This ultra-modern apartment has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, so up to six people can revel in tropical luxury here. This place practically oozes luxury island opulence – you have access to a swimming pool, your own personal buggy and an expansive balcony to enjoy all the sweeping ocean views. We’re already dreaming of summer days spent here, feet up and a cocktail in hand.
Pebble Beach Private House
Obviously, we couldn’t write about Hamilton Island’s best Airbnbs without including Pebble Beach Private House. This architecturally designed tree house style home sits on one acre of land with uninterrupted views of the Whitsunday Passage and direct access to your own private beach. Yes, we told you it’s damn impressive. Pebble Beach is one of the largest Airbnbs on Hamilton Island and will easily fit eight guests across its three levels and three guest pavilions. If you’re the entertaining type, you’ll love that this unique Airbnb has an entire level dedicated to an indoor-outdoor entertaining area with a private cabana. If this wasn’t enough, you also have your own buggy. Hands down, one of Hamilton Island’s best luxury Airbnbs.
Sea Jewel Villa
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a luxury getaway in the Maldives when you wake up in paradise at Villa Bijou De Mer. This absolute oceanfront yacht club villa is housed in a gated estate on the eastern side of Hamilton Island and comes decked out to the nines with your own private pool and access to the Yacht Club’s shared pool. Thoughtfully designed to mimic a nautical atmosphere, ‘Bijou De Mer’ translates to ‘Sea Jewel’ and after staying here, you’ll soon understand why. We would never leave this fully furnished Airbnb with breathtaking ocean views, but if you choose to explore, you can do so in the comfort of two private buggies.
the beautiful water
You should definitely save some pennies for a stay at La Bella Waters, but we promise it’s totally worth it. The recently renovated property is one of Luxury Holidays’ premier locations and for good reason. Enjoy the seemingly endless sea views across the Fitzalan Passage to Whitsunday Island and out to the Coral Sea while enjoying the huge pool, which is only available to eight residences – and comes with a swim-up pool bar. The expansive property sleeps eight guests in three bedrooms, all decked out to the max with beautiful furnishings such as granite sinks, spacious ensuites and walk-in wardrobes. La Bella Waters has easily earned its place as one of the best Airbnbs on Hamilton Island.
Casuarina Cove 15
Casuarina Cove 15 may not boast the luxurious AF finishes of some of Adelaide’s more boutique stays, but for affordability and location, you can’t beat it. The three bedroom Airbnb villa is nestled in the hills overlooking the Hamilton Island Yacht and you can enjoy the expansive views while relaxing on the huge deck with an outdoor pool table. Casuarina Cove 15 hosts up to eight guests with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is one of our top picks for a getaway with friends. We dig that there’s a cute hammock downstairs, and there’s also a BBQ grill, so you really never have to leave, do you?
Coastlines 28 throwing up all the goods and we’re here for it. And by ‘the goods’ we mean access to two pools, a free buggy, valet service and some of the most breathtaking views on Hamilton Island. This ultra-modern two-bedroom apartment can sleep up to four people, with each bedroom having its own private balcony. Views for days. The fully equipped kitchen is decked out with the latest and greatest in technology – Shorelines 28 brings a fresh, new face to Hamilton Island accommodation and definitely deserves a spot as one of Hamilton Island’s best Airbnbs.
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