The luxury villa that floats off Sydney’s beautiful Palm Beach has opened bookings to the general public.
Access to the previously members-only Lilypad was $3600 a month as part of a 12-month contract (a whopping $43200 a year), but now guests can book one-off stays or hire the space for intimate events.
Palm Beach, at the tip of the Northern Beaches, sits on a peninsula between Pittwater and the Tasman Sea. It’s roughly a one-hour drive from the CBD, perfect for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Lilypad takes this further, secluding you from everyone else on land.
When you arrive at the wharf a tender-boat driver will take you out to the villa, which is a 30-second boat ride from the coast. The private shuttle can be called back whenever you need it from a phone inside the villa, which runs entirely on solar power.
Inside there’s just enough room for a loft bedroom with a king bed, a fireplace, and an outdoor patio, but it doesn’t feel cramped. It also comes with a private chef and a 40-bottle cellar with varieties from Veuve Clicquot, Glenmorangie whisky, and Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle wines.
Breakfast is delivered from The Boathouse Palm Beach, or hop on your private boat to visit in person. The boat is also available for exploring beaches and coastal towns around the area (Check out Broadsheet’s out-of-town guide to Avalon and Palm Beach).
Lead designer Chuck Anderson grew up in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, around boats, and says in a statement he wanted to “eliminate the pitfalls of traditional boating” while amplifying what makes it so enjoyable.
An overnight stay at the Northern Beaches floating home for two will set you back $1800, and basic event hire goes for $285 per guest for four hours, with up to 16 guests allowed.
Bookings can be done on the Lilypad website or through Airbnb.