You can stay at Sir Richard Branson's exclusive Makepeace Island resort in the Noosa River for a lazy $7900-a-night.
You can stay at Sir Richard Branson's exclusive Makepeace Island resort in the Noosa River for a lazy $7900-a-night. John McCutcheon

Enjoy stay for $7900 a night

VIRGIN boss Sir Richard Branson has thrown the doors to his exclusive Makepeace Island resort in the Noosa River open to the public...for a lazy $7900-a-night.

That won't get you time with one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs.

But it will get you and seven other friends a riverboat transfer, use of the island's two-storey, open-aired Balinese wantilan for relaxing, as well as access to the full-sized tennis court, spa facilities, theatre, 500,000 litre lagoon pool and expansive indoor bar.

The authentic Balinese-built property also offers luxurious accommodation on the secluded 10ha heart-shaped island located just minutes from Hastings St by river.

Those rates by the way were for the low season.

Stay in the high season and you'll pay from $8990-a-night for up to eight guests, to at least $16,890-a-night for the maximum 22 guests.

Makepeace Island is owned by Sir Richard and Brett Godfrey, founders of Virgin Blue (now called Virgin Australia), who initially said the redeveloped facility would be for the occasional use of Virgin Blue staff.

Sir Richard, who can be seen by Noosa locals enjoying the dining and shopping in Hastings St from time to time, describes the iconic resort town as his “favourite place in Australia”.

He said, “When neither Brett nor myself are visiting Makepeace, we will make the island and its facilities available for others to enjoy the tranquillity of what is a very special place”.

The island comes complete with oriental gardens and indoor decor featuring giant sculptures, teak, granite and stone finishes, volcanic boulder bathtubs, ornamental lighting and antiquities and furniture commissioned and acquired in Bali, Java and elsewhere throughout Indonesia.

In the past two years since the redevelopment was completed, Makepeace Island has remained a private retreat for family and friends of Sir Richard and Mr Godfrey.



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