Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sir Richard Branson’s paradise island for rent

RICHARD BRANSON has put his luxury island retreat at Noosa up for rent. As might be expected, Makepeace Island on the Noosa River, upstream from Tewantin, is an absolute cracker.

Branson bought the 9.2-hectare island with Brett Godfrey, the Australian head of Virgin Blue, in 2003. But it took another five years before building started. Branson wanted something a touch more extravagant than the local authorities deemed appropriate but in the end he settled for a Bali-style compound consisting of a main recreational building, a four-bedroom guest house and three two-bedroom bures. It can accommodate 22 guests. There's also a huge pool, tennis court and media room.

Prices start at $7900 for up to eight guests, rising upwards of $14,990 for 22. The tariff includes breakfast, lunch and dinner plus transfers. But anyone hoping for a glimpse of the bearded wonder will be disappointed, Makepeace Island is only available when the owners don't need it.

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