THIS property is just 20 minutes from Port Douglas and five minutes from Mossman, but you’d never know it was there.
Known as Bali Hai, this retreat is in demand due to its privacy and exclusivity and was designed by a couple who understand the extraordinary value of offering guests the chance to simply disappear.
Ray White Port Douglas agent Mark Flinn said the 32 hectares of rainforest, waterways and swimming holes were a stunning backdrop to the glamorous wet edge pool sitting outside a thatched-roof, main pavilion.
There are four Balinese-inspired pavilions on four hectares of level lawn but the names of those who have spent time at the property have been sworn to secrecy, mostly.
“Oh, I do wish I could tell you,” said Hans van der Wolf, who owns the property with wife Wendy.
“But there are non disclosure agreements – you know how it is. But I can say Rebecca Gibney was married here and Dannii Minogue stayed here too.
The paradise is the result of very passionate owners, who spent decades working in hospitality roles serving the rich and famous.
The pair have had jobs as first class stewards with Qantas, owned restaurants in Sydney and created a number of luxury properties under the Executive Retreats brand.
Attention to detail and unparalleled service have been their legacy.
“When I was chief steward with Qantas, I was selected to look after Queen Elizabeth and her entourage on her trip out from England,” recalled Mr van der Wolf.
“The jumbo jet travelled fully laden from Australia over to England, then it was completely converted so that there were beds and cupboards, the whole first class was just for the Queen and the Duke.
“They were very nice, very nice people. There were six of us to look after 28 passengers. Can you imagine that? Amazing.”
After settling into the Port Douglas property, the van der Wolfs realised how popular renting out their private sanctuary was.
They grew tired of having to move out all the time for their celebrity clientele and decided to move out permanently and extend their property range to cope with the demand.
So confident are the van de Wolfs of the ongoing clientele for Bali Hai, they have offered to lease back the property from the new buyers for $100,000 per year.
Mr Flinn said the couple were “pioneers in the industry of private home rentals in this area – and have become leaders in the business”.
Mr Flinn won’t give away the location of the property either, except to say it is on Syndicate Rd, a thoroughfare which winds through cane fields and swathes of rainforest of various shades of green.
“We’ve called it zero Syndicate Rd ” said Mr Flinn.
“It offers luxury and privacy in a really intimate setting. We really don’t want it to be found.
Unless of course you’re a buyer.”
The property is being offered for sale with a guide price of $3.2 million and was last on the market in 2015.