Lilypad, an ultra-luxe floating villa set in the waters off Sydney’s Palm Beach, is back. Following a fire last September, Lilypad 2.0 is in the final stages of completion, and bookings for next year have opened. It’s the ideal isolated getaway for these pandemic times.

The high-level features enjoyed by guests since the solar-powered villa launched in 2018 have returned – including the onboard wine cellar (with Veuve Clicquot, Glenmorangie whisky, and a range of wines), lunch and dinner prepared by an off-site chef, breakfast from The Boathouse and a private boat to explore Pittwater. But Chuck Anderson, who owns and operates the property, has used the rebuilding opportunity to change a few things.

“This time around we’ve gone in a completely new direction, with a very different colour palette and overall style, as well as some big luxury inclusions,” Anderson tells Broadsheet.

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While its predecessor resembled a Scandinavian boathouse, the new Lilypad is leaning into a Spanish and Mediterranean aesthetic, with earthy tones and natural finishes. “Inside we have continued the timeless, luxury styling with … curves and arches, all finished in an incredible natural tadelakt-style render,” says Anderson. “We’ve designed and crafted our own furniture pieces to continue the natural lime-plaster feel throughout, so the detail and finishes are somewhat minimal yet incredibly considered and luxurious at the same time.”

The opportunity to make better use of the space means room for a sauna – Anderson believes it’s the only solar-powered floating sauna in the world. “To be able to have a sauna with a view like no other and then dive straight into the ocean will be an experience in itself.”

The pad sleeps two, and accommodation includes meals, champagne on arrival and transfers to and from the villa. It’s stocked with stand-up paddle boards and fishing rods, so you can make the most of the surrounding waters before snuggling up after dark in front of the open fireplace – there’s even wi-fi and Netflix.

For an extra fee you can enjoy an onboard massage and transfers via Sydney Seaplanes. If you’re staying for several nights, there’s a daily housekeeping service and afternoon tasting plates delivered directly to the villa, and you can have four mates can hop aboard to enjoy the luxe surrounds between 8am and 5pm.

Anderson says it was a no-brainer to rebuild after the fire.

“It wasn’t a hard choice, but it’s been an emotional one,” he says. “As a team we are now of the mindset that we certainly haven’t lost from past events – we’ve gained. There is a silver lining for sure. We now have the opportunity and ability to not only bring back what we had but refine and evolve the experience. After all that has been going on, to offer the opportunity to forget about the world for a few days and indulge in sustainable luxury right in the heart of Sydney is pretty special.”

Bookings are now open for stays from February 2022. Rates start at $1800 per night and include transfers and meals.