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Global hangout: Makepeace Island, Queensland

Lose your heart to this exclusive Aussie paradise

  • Named after former resident and colourful local character Hannah ‘Shotgun’ Makepeace, the spectacularly beautiImage Credit: Supplied picture
  • Dukes Hotel, London.Image Credit: Supplied picture

Makepeace Island, Queensland, Australia
Looking for your very own desert island retreat? Richard Branson and Brett Godfrey’s Makepeace Island is the stuff of fantasy destinations. In the shape of a perfect heart, the luxurious, private 25 acre hideaway, located off of QUeensland’s Sunshine Coast, was this year named one of ‘The World’s Best 101 Hotels, offering authentic Balinese accommodation, and can be hired privately from the VIrgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue bosses for up to 22 guests. Named after former resident and colourful local character Hannah ‘Shotgun’ Makepeace, the spectacularly beautiful island offering total privacy and seclusion is just a short boat or helicopter ride away from the cosmopolitan Noosa, with it’s stunning beaches, vibrant restaurants and shopping district, and a ninety minute flight from the Great BArrier Reef. Complete with a river boat, 50,000 litre lagoon pool, tennis courts, theatre, spa facilities and giant bar designed to accommodate large private parties, if you have a huge holiday budget and are looking for a superb island getaway, this tranquil island paradise retreat is a total must.

Inside Info  
The island can only be booked by one group at a time, and costs from Dh12,300 a night. But when you consider that this can be spread among 22 guests and includes transfers to and from Noosa, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, one barge dinner cruise, unlimited waterskiing and kayaking and daily servicing of
the property, it’s not that bad!

Details Makepeace Island, Queensland, Australia |
www.makepeace | +61 883 517 185

Horrorgami, London
Not had quite enough spooky Halloween action? How about checking out horror’s most famous houses in paper form? Showcased at London’s Gallery One and a Half for the next fortnight, Horrorgami is the work of scary flick fanatic Marc Haigan Guirey, AKA Paper Dandy, who has recreated 13 of the movie World’s most famous houses of horror by hand-cutting one single sheet of A4 paper. With constructions including iconic locations from The Shining, The Amityville HOrror, The Exorcist and rather less terrifyingly, The Addams Family, each piece is being sold as a very limited edition of 13, and comes complete with a perfect light box for extra creepy display purposes. The perfect addition to every haunted house, yes?
One and a Half Gallery, 1 1/2 Ardleigh Rd, LOndon N1 4hs 0044 207 923 1430

Dukes Hotel, London
Winner of ‘Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel at this year’s World Travel Awards, and keeper of 5AA red stars, if you are off to London on a Christmas shopping spree, head to Dukes Hotel in Mayfair and treat yourself to their festive afternoon tea. A stone’s throw away from the royal parks , the uber swankY BOnd street shops and a fave with the Made in Chelsea cast, the classic British tea at the legendary address includes a top-notch selection of posh sandwiches, and a mountain of homemade cakes, all topped off with a glass of bubbly for around dh225. How seasonally spiffing!
Dukes Hotel, St James’s PLace, London, Sw1A 1NY 0044 207 491 4840