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The top 10 beach houses in South Australia

Kim Wildman
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The right alchemy for a break (Photo: Alchemy on Island Beach)
The right alchemy for a break!

South Australia is well-known for its fine wine regions, but it's also home to some incredible beaches.

From Kangaroo Island to the Limestone Coast here are our pick of the state's top seaside retreats where you can make the most of the beach this summer.

Adelaide Luxury Beach House

Where: Adelaide, Henley Beach

For a stylish beach escape without leaving the urban jungle, this is it. Just minutes from Adelaide's CBD, this sophisticated, three-level beach pad will quickly make you forget you're even in a city. From each of the three ocean-front balconies you can relish wide-angle ocean views and mesmerising sunsets. There are two living areas, three spacious bedrooms and a stunning rooftop terrace — perfect for entertaining. Indulgent touches include complimentary wine, handmade chocolates, personal fitness trainer and masseur.

For more information visit the Adelaide Luxury Beach House website.

Alchemy on Island Beach

Where: Kangaroo Island

In a peaceful part of the world where natural beauty abounds, Alchemy melds together modern design and luxury harmoniously with an unspoilt, sheltered environment. Overlooking beautiful Island Beach, this is a place to play: you can stroll along the beach, take a dip in the sea, discover the wildlife or simply enjoy a gourmet meal on the deck. Inside, Alchemy impresses with three large bedrooms, a beautiful open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with a cosy slow-burning combustion heater and Tasmanian oak floors.

For more information visit the Alchemy on Island Beach website.

Baird Bay Eco Apartments

Where: Baird Bay, Eyre Peninsula

Imagine a place where you can swim with sea lions while staying in a luxury beach house. Stop imagining and book yourself in at the Baird Bay Ocean Eco Apartments. The two architect-designed apartments, created from rammed earth, are brilliant for any group or occasion. The single-storey unit has three bedrooms, while the two storey apartment has two bedrooms on both floors. A barbecue and entertainment area separates the two, giving privacy, though is perfect to meet up for sunset drinks.

For more information visit the Baird Bay website.

Birubi Holiday Homes

Where: Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island

Just metres from the beach on beautiful Emu Bay, Birubi Holiday Homes provide a stylish alternative to run-of-the-mill holiday accommodation. The two new apartments situated side-by-side each accommodate six adults, making them ideal for families or friends travelling together. They both also feature large open-plan lounge/dining areas, automatic lighting, designer kitchens, and spacious decks that allow guests dine in privacy and drink in the dazzling views.

For more information visit the Birubi Holiday Homes website.

Grandview House

Where: Port Vincent Marina

Grandview's absolute waterfront setting, on Port Vincent's Marina, makes it a terrific seaside getaway. This is a real holiday home with flexible living areas — a one-bedroom apartment downstairs and a two-bedroom apartment upstairs. Meaning it can be booked separately or together, giving you all the privacy or contact you desire. From mooring your boat on your doorstep to catching fish from the private pontoon and enjoying the magnificent marina and sea views, you'll think you've found paradise.

For more information visit the Grandview House website.

Island Beach Lodge

Where: Kangaroo Island

Think of an island. Think of native bushland, wildlife and pristine beaches. You're thinking of Island Beach Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Located approximately 15km south of the ferry dock in Penneshaw, Island Beach Lodge is a special blend with its northern beach aspect widely regarded as one of the most prestigious sections of coastline on the island. It's modern, stylish, luxurious accommodation that can be offered separately as two apartments or one house sleeping up to 14 people.

For more information visit the Island Beach Lodge website.

Musgrave Manor

Where: Stansbury, York Peninsula

Musgrave Manor is a tranquil paradise set on half a hectare of lush landscaped gardens. This idyllic private sanctuary, with its stunning views over Mount Lofty and across the pristine waters of Gulf St Vincent, is designed to have you relaxing in no time. Featuring five luxurious bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area and an all-weather entertaining deck with an eight-person spa, it's a fantastic getaway for families and friends.

For more information visit the Musgrave Manor website.

Splash Luxury Beachfront Retreat

Where: Robe, Limestone Coast

Arguably the most luxurious beach house in Robe, Splash is sure to surprise and delight all. Located right on the beachfront behind The Caledonian Inn, you can drift off to sleep to the lulling sounds of lapping water. Accommodating up to eight guests, it makes the most of its beachside setting with muted sandy tones, crisp-white modern decor and uninterrupted coastal views. In summer the deck beckons to be lazed upon, while in winter you can curl up next to the open fireplace.

For more information visit the Robe Lifestyle Properties website.

The Pelican Shed

Where: Robe, Limestone Coast

Light and airy with delicious sea breezes and spectacular coastal views, this is the kind of place where you can kick off your thongs, slip on a sarong and just relax. Surrounded by peaceful coastal wetlands and just metres from Long Beach, this fabulous beach retreat is perfect for anyone wanting to get back to nature. The large open lounge, dining area and kitchen leads to a generous balcony with views of Brim Lake. With four double-sized bedrooms, there's plenty of space to accommodate the largest of families.

For more information visit the Robe Retreats website.

Villa Pescatore

Where: Robe, Limestone Coast

An original stone fisherman's cottage, Villa Pescatore has been designed as a smart yet unpretentious getaway with modern architectural additions taking advantage of Robe's wonderful beach views. Carefully designed to cater for the discriminating guest it is an eclectic combination of French provincial charm, tranquil Eastern ambience, mixed with dashes of romantic Mediterranean appeal. The thoughtful design of the property lends itself to romantic rendezvous for two, a great getaway for two couples or a special family beach escape.

For more information visit the Robe Lifestyle Properties website.

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