This incredible retreat is perched hillside overlooking Catseye Bay on the secluded sideÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Hamilton Island, theÃ‚Â crown jewelÃ‚Â within the group ofÃ‚Â Whitsunday Islands, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.Ã‚Â Ala Moana is named after the Hawaiian term “ocean pathways” a reference to the winding path that circumnavigates the house before arriving at the entry. Designed by Omiros One Architectureas both a holiday home for businessman Martin Wagg and his family, as well as a part-time rental destination. Designed around its coral sea views,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â homeÃ‚Â has five spacious bedrooms with open plan en-suites featuring views of the ocean or the surrounding lushÃ‚Â tropical gardens. The master bedroom encompasses the top floor the home, boasting a wraparound deck, privateÃ‚Â bar and lounge, complete with a remote control that operates electricÃ‚Â blinds that pull back to revealÃ‚Â 360-degree views of the island and the sparkling blue ocean.Ã‚Â The homeÃ‚Â features an open plan kitchen, dining area forÃ‚Â dinner parties and aÃ‚Â separate living area with Aboriginal artwork.Ã‚Â With its plush furnishings accented with earthy greens and browns;Ã‚Â ample wood andÃ‚Â Pietra Grigio marble traversing throughout the home helps to bring the outdoors in. There are cowhide mats in the bedrooms, and luxurious contemporary rugs in theÃ‚Â lounge and entertainment den.Ã‚Â A soothing water feature flowsÃ‚Â through the building’s core into a bubbling spa and infinity-edge pool.
The design of the home responds to the orientation and micro climate of the site, drawing in the cooling ocean breezes from below via the rosewood-framed folding glass doors which open onto generous outdoor terraces, the infinity-edge pool and a lush garden backdrop.
Summer shade is maximized by the generous roof overhangs, slatted cedar screens and strategically-placed trees which protect the privacy of the occupants within. Together with the harmonious exterior color scheme, these elements diffuse the perimeter and help to integrate the building form with the natural character of the site. Wherever possible, materials were selected to meet sustainable criteria such as low embodied energy, low environmental impact and recyclability.
So, what do you think of this incredible Australian house? I love their view, it is spectacular! The simplicity of the home is wonderful if you were staying there for a vacation, so low maintenance. Oh, and that pool is so inviting, I would love to take a dip in it!