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Paradise Bay Eco Escape, Long Island

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Biboohra, Australia, Australia + Pacific: South Long Island Nature Lodge
Long Island
Tel: 61 74 946 9777's insider take:

Just a dozen people at a time can stay at this rustic, comfy little eco-lodge, which offers the same seclusion as others in the Whitsunday Islands—minus the showiness. Low-key is the watchword here; the ten waterfront bungalows, which overlook Paradise Bay at the island's southern tip, are basic, solar-powered, and fan-cooled, and there are no phones, TVs, data ports, or children under 12. Instead, there's a common gazebo dining area where guests gather for meals (solo travelers are made especially welcome here—there's no extra charge for single occupancy), and a friendly staff that will point you toward the best hiking, kayaking, and wildlife-viewing spots. The lodge also has its own 34-foot sailboat, and rates include private yacht cruises (during which skipper Ian Stone imparts his extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna). Also included in the five-day minimum rate are snorkel equipment, helicopter transfers, and all meals and snacks. You'll have nothing to worry about…other than returning from a day of snorkeling in time to catch the sunset while you eat dinner.

Closed February.

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