We at La Maison Pacifique recently hosted Jane Scott of the Brisbane News (introduced to us by the lovely Sally Scott of Alluxia.com) and below is her great (and much appreciated) review of our beautiful property (Nov 5-11, 2014) . We loved having you and your family stay Jane and are so pleased that you had a chance to visit local restaurant Osteria and the Margaret Olley Art Centre. You can view the original article here (pages 22-23).
What do you look for in a beach house? Proximity to the water? For sure. Plenty of comfy spots to lounge about in? Yes. Peaceful location away from the high-rises and busy roads? Definitely.
Our home for a recent weekend away at Casuarina Beach, just across the border in New South Wales, ticked all of these boxes, and a whole lot more. La Maison Pacifique earns the grand title by being the uber beach house of your dreams – spacious, elegantly appointed and large enough to cater for a couple of family groups or a gaggle of friends. Stylish and supremely comfortable, it’s an A-list escape.
Arriving late on a wet Friday night, we made a beeline for the gas fire, which forms a striking centrepiece to the kitchen, dining and living space with its high ceilings and expanses of glass. The flames popped up with the flick of a switch and tensions began to slip away.
While there is no shortage of TVs in La Maison Pacifique – we counted three, plus DVD players, games consoles (Wii, PlayStation and XBox), iPod docks and the like – but they’re all cleverly placed in bedrooms or comfy media nooks, leaving the main space pleasantly screen free. We lounged on the large leather sofas while the kids loved the two cute “bubble chairs”. A 10-seat dining table brings the focus to eating and talking, and keen cooks are invited to plunder the flourishing herb garden just outside the back door.
Beyond the lap pool, at the bottom of the long garden, is a boardwalk and track through to a vast expanse of white sand that reaches from Cabarita to the south to Salt and Kingscliff in the north. The wild seas and stiff breeze on the weekend of our stay made for a bracing, beautiful walk the next morning. It’s amazing the diversions that an apparently empty beach can deliver – bluebottles, shells, even a washed up jerry can that housed a couple of uncomfortable fish: Dad’s chance to play wildlife warrior and release them back to the ocean.Coffee lovers should head north, towards the distant towers of Tweed Heads and take a left at access lane 11. A couple of blocks in is the popular Osteria at the Casuarina Domain development. An unexpected slice of Italy, Osteria offers cake and coffee, deli goods, and an excellent lunch and dinner menu – I recommend the line caught sardines with the pan-fried gnocchi with duck and porcini mushroom ragout.
Back “home”, we took a dip in the outdoor spa pool, and then it was time to put our feet up and read, – or nod off. Where to put oneself though? La Maison Pacifique has – not counting the queen size beds in its five bedrooms – at least seven chill out zones, a couple with spacious, comfy sofas facing big-screen TVs, cushioned bench seating around a large outdoor table, and other thoughtful groups of two or three seats, with stacks of magazines and books in case you’ve neglected to bring your own.
Guests with a keen design eye will find much to admire, with the main suite offering some real wow factor. Bedroom and bathroom blend into one, with a free-standing bath surrounded by floor-set mood lighting that changes colours while you soak. The bed, a high set, four poster Balinese-style number, invites lounging, contemplation (a Buddha hovers above the headboard), and, naturally, romance – unsurprisingly, La Maison Pacifique is a popular boutique wedding destination.
Leaving such luxury and comfort behind is never fun, but spirits were lifted by a detour up the Tweed River to the Margaret Olley Art Centre at Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah. A re-creation of the much-loved artist’s home and workspace, the display is at once poignant and fascinating, and inspired interest in visitors young and old. Fortify yourself at the gallery’s excellent cafe before hitting the road home.
The writer was a guest of the owners. From $422 per night (min seven night stay). Mention Brisbane News when booking by November 30, 2014 and receive a complimentary French Champagne pack including Veuve Cliquot and Lindt Chocolates. Book at alluxia.com
Our very sincere thanks (again) to Jane of the Brisbane News for her kind words. Thanks also to Sally Scott of Alluxia for all her arrangements for the weekend. It really has been a pleasure working with you both.
…and… if you are looking for a resort-style luxury beachfront holiday home for your family holiday, romantic break wedding accommodation, (watch our video here), or a girls getaway contact us at La Maison Pacifique for availability and a quote…. Remember, our rates compare really well with local 5-star resorts – and La Maison Pacifique is private – on the beach – walking distance to cafes at Cabarita Beach – perfect spot for whale watching (June to November each year) – children optional!
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