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Sydney’s luxurious floating villa Lilypad has been rebuilt with a sauna and wine cellar

Sydney's luxurious floating villa Lilypad has been rebuilt with a sauna and wine cellar

More than a year after the first iteration was destroyed in an accidental fire, the luxurious floating villa ‘Lilypad’, located on Sydney’s Palm Beach, has been restored with owner and designer Chuck Anderson doubling down to provide a top-notch experience. of range. Now featuring a solar-powered onboard sauna and private wine cellar, the new Lilypad Sydney is poised to be one of the most romantic getaways for those who want to leave Sydney behind without having to travel very far.

Unique North Beaches opened in 2019 and remained incredibly popular until a wildfire lit it all up in September 2020. Two guests were renting Lilypad at the time – luckily no one was hurt , but they had to jump into the water, of course.

The rebuild gave Anderson a chance to rethink his entire approach to Lilypad, changing things up by drawing inspiration from the earthy palettes of Spanish and Mediterranean coastal villas.

The luxury homestay, accessible by boat or seaplane, now features a more open design that seamlessly connects each of the spaces, from the fully equipped modern kitchen and king bedroom to this sleek new private wine cellar. which includes, among other labels, Veuve Clicquot, Las Vino and Glenmorangie whisky. Similar to Lilypad 1.0, Lilypad II’s living space opens directly onto the generously sized deck where guests can enjoy the airy Pittwater Bay lifestyle.

Inside Lilypad II in Sydney

Full on-and-off service is still in touch with the kind of level of luxury on the water with no expense spared that Lilypad II is designed towards. And from photos released this week, it looks like Anderson used the blank slate approach to elevate the offering, from the Roman-tiled outdoor shower to the Mediterranean-inspired interior with plastered walls. whitewash and terracotta accents against creamy linens and natural materials.

Given the larger space, Lily pad II can now be used as an event venue to accommodate a group of up to 18 people standing, or 12 people seated for an intimate lunch.

The Scandi styling of the pre-fire Lily pad was replaced with Hacienda hues; earthy tones and natural finishes to complement bespoke furniture designed to stay consistent with a natural lime plaster aesthetic. The space has apparently been used more wisely this time, making way for the aforementioned sauna which has direct access to the water and of course those sparkling ocean views.

Lilypad, Sydney's floating home, is back

Lilypad II is completely solar-powered and was specifically designed with immobility in mind, with Anderson claiming it can stay still while still working with the natural movements of the surrounding water.

Amenities included in a reservation at Lilypad include meals with a private chef on request, champagne on arrival, and a private tender boat for use during the stay so guests can get ashore and back. Guests can also shell out a bit more if they want to arrive at Lilypad in style with Sydney Seaplanes.

Paddle boards, fishing rods and access to onboard massages are also included, nicely capping off an already attractive accommodation option for Sydney residents and visitors. Wi-Fi and Netflix are also included, and we assume you’ll be able to access all the other streaming services as well.

Reservations for the new Lilypad are available for stays of 1 to 5 nights, with accommodation packages starting at $1,950 per night. The pad can only accommodate 2 people, but customers can bring their companions on board at certain times.

One night stays are available from April to September on weekdays only. If you want to book outside of these months or a weekend, you are looking at a minimum stay of two nights.

Sydney's luxurious floating villa, Lilypad, has been rebuilt with a sauna&  Wine cellar
Lilypad in Sydney
Sydney's luxurious floating villa, Lilypad, has been rebuilt with a sauna&  Wine cellar

Where is Lilypad in Sydney?

Lilypad is a full-service luxury floating villa located in the waters of Palm Beach, Sydney.

How much is a night at the Lilypad?

Lilypad is available for single night bookings only between April and September and only on weekdays. Other than that, Lilypad is only available for a two-night minimum stay with accommodation packages starting at $1,950 per night.

How to get to Lilypad in Sydney?

Lilypad in Palm Beach is accessible by boat or seaplane from Sydney.

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