Pretty Beach House, Bouddi Peninsula, New South Wales $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:An hour's drive north of Sydney, Pretty Beach House is a small retreat that caters to your every whim. Want lunch under the trees at 4 p.m.? No problem: Chef Stefano Manfredi's outstanding Italian-influenced menu is available anytime. In the main house, which has an infinity pool, sandstone structural details are complemented by recycled timber furniture and leather club chairs. Shaded by huge gum trees, each of the three guest pavilions has an extensive deck and plunge pool and comes with a fully loaded iPod (no TV, however). Although guests can walk through Bouddi National Park to deserted Tallow Beach, or charter the property's boat for a fishing trip, this place is all about relaxing. Look out for the resident eastern water dragon, nicknamed Eric, that visits the main house at meal times in case soft-hearted guests decide to share their food. 2009 Hot List
When to go: Spring (Sept.-Nov.) and fall (Mar.-May) are perfect for enjoying the outdoors in New South Wales.
Which room to book: The three pavilions are similar, but Hideaway is the most privateSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›