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🍃Aquila Retreat Mansion - Sleeps 30 - Book 2 nights get 1 FREE

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16+ guests9 bedrooms30 beds11 baths
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When you stay at Aquila between the 1st of June and the 20th of December 2020, if you book 2 nights, we'll give you a third consecutive night FREE! The most hygienic and luxurious group accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Aquila provides ozone sterilized rooms, hand sanitizer on tap, and 40m2 square of personal space for each guest! Aquila is a 1200m2 boho-luxe mansion, sleeping 30, located just 11 mins from the Sunshine Coast airport, and an hour's drive from Brisbane.

The space
Aquila Retreat is following industry and government guidelines as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Our commitment to you is to ensure that every possible safety measure is in place to protect you and your groups health. We want to minimise the risks so that you can enjoying every moment of your stay in our comfortable and luxurious environment. Our staff have received COVIDsafe training and continue to receive regular COVID up-dates. We have in place stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols as well as a comprehensive COVIDsafe management plan.
Please note that we do not accept quarantining guests who have knowingly been exposed to Coronavirus. The health of our team is also monitored daily. At Aquila, you can be social and be safe. Please read further down on this page about our unprecedented cleaning standards at Aquila Retreat.

A magnificent, super-central-hideaway, situated on 9.5 acres of rainforest on top of Buderim Mountain, Aquila Retreat is just 8 mins from Mooloolaba and 11 mins from the Sunshine Coast airport. Travellers can enjoy an authentic Sunshine Coast experience that captures the best of both worlds - rainforest and beach!
Boasting stunning, sweeping views, to Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains, Aquila’s main-house is an interior-designed, luxury, eco-mansion, with an exotic boho-luxe look and feel. A lavish treat for 2 or the perfect space for a group of up to 30 persons, Aquila has 9 spacious bedrooms, set over two floors, each with private en-suite facilities. Every bedroom at Aquila is expansive and has been made to feel like a ‘master bedroom’, each space thoughtfully designed to make guests feel nurtured and comfortable. All of Aquila’s rooms open to decks, patios or rainforest gardens. There’s a reverse cycle air conditioner in each room as well as in all other Aquila Retreats spaces. A safe is located in most bedrooms for valuables and we’ve put a hairdryer in each room too, so you won’t have to pack yours.

Firm believers that luxury is found in what you DON'T see as much as what you do see, we have chosen to install for our guests 30 BRAND NEW, sleep inducing, Hypnos Balmoral beds. Hypnos beds are embroidered with Her Majesty the Queen’s royal crest, designed by the Queen for herself and her guests at Balmoral Castle. Now manufactured under license in Brisbane, guests may purchase a new Hypnos Bed during their stay at Aquila and have it delivered anywhere in Australia. Our luxurious beds can be configured as Kings or split into singles, providing you with the opportunity to designate a preferred bed/bedroom layout for your group. Sleep really doesn't get any better than this and so consequently we offer discounts for longer stays - please ask.

Having lived all over the world, our home draws inspiration from Morocco to Byron Bay and is filled with beautiful things for guests to enjoy. It is peppered with layer-upon-layer of thoughtful and luxurious inclusions for guests to enjoy. From the sweet healing crystal boxes, candles, books and Bonnie and Neil cushions found in each room, to the complimentary Saya body wash and toiletries provided for use in all 11 bathrooms, Aquila Retreat’s guest inclusions are superior.

So beautiful is the space, with ample parking for up to 30 vehicles in our main car park and 20 in our overflow parking, Aquila is ideal for events and celebrations, which we allow. Events for 30 overnight and up to 100 additional attending guests may be arranged. Please note that wedding events and events with more than 30 guests are subject to an event fee and the use of our Aquila trained event assistant. Arranging an event at Aquila has been made extremely easy. Guests may utilise our local recommended supplier list and our on-site Customer Happiness Manager ‘Melanie’ to provided assistance.

Voluminous living zones with double-height atrium ceiling and multiple communal alfresco areas make the Aquila property extremely versatile – indeed an entertainer's dream. Aquila is well equipped with all of the good stuff, West Elm crockery, Global knives, tons of bake and serving ware, as well as a cold press juicer, a 6 slice commercial toaster, and there’s even a Thermomix!

Aquila has an iMac for guest use, a large billiard table, huge cinematic 86 inch 217cm LG with Super Smart Movie Screen (ideal for plugins and use as a projector), YES IT HAS NETFLIX and there is a surround sound system and amplifier available for iPhone plug in and use.

Our rainforest servery window opens to a new, exquisite, outdoor pool lounge and rainforest bar, creating a wonderful connection between the indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Here we have installed a new summer pool kitchen with outdoor cooking facilities including a mega V10 Tucker BBQ, under counter drinks fridges and a large commercial ice-making unit, which is proving to be a very big hit!

There are three kitchens in total at Aquila. Our main kitchen is well equipped with an entire wall of brand new digital controlled Skope catering fridges and is a caterer's delight. Guests have a choice of gas or induction cooking with multiple ovens on offer, including a steam oven. The downstairs kitchen/wine laundry is equipped with a Gaggenau wine fridge, 2 sets of Miele washers and dryers for guest use, another large oven, another dishwasher, another fridge and an island at which to enjoy a glass of wine while you fold your washing, or not as the case may be – your on holidays!

Separate to the main house there's a shala/cabana at Aquila and a separate studio and workshop space too. These spaces are ideal for yoga, boardroom meetings, spa activities and a small gym has been provided too.

There are multiple places across the property to wander to and retreat. Walk a rainforest trail, sit and listen to nature, smell the flora and watch the fauna. Enjoy the bird song and restore your soul. You’ll find peace and serenity on offer in wherever you are at Aquila Retreat. Relax, Breathe and simply ‘be’.

Aquila has a small jetty, which hovers over a spectacular lily pad filled dam. This spot is ideal for wedding nuptials, meditation or stand up paddle boarding as has been the custom of some! A second water dragon pond makes an ideal spot for quiet reflection and our ‘Daintree like’ rainforest gorge is a spectacular spot to create spectacular wedding and event photography. A level clearing exists within the bamboo forest at this lower section of the property, beside the lily pad dam, for teepee or marquee installation for those inclined. See our site plan.

A private helicopter landing exists for guest use (by arrangement) on the owners neighbouring property Malumba Estate. Guests of Aquila are welcome to use this throughout their stay. Arrive from Brisbane Airport by heli and or book a scenic heli tour during your stay. A series of food, craft beer and scenic tours of the Sunshine Coast can also be arranged by Heli.

Nearby sound studio - ‘Heli Port’ Recording Studios, is under 1km away from Aquila and this property also contains a heli landing. To book this world-class recording facility visit:

A note regarding Aquila Retreat’s cleaning protocols & fees
To protect you from Covid-19 an ozone activated pre-clean is completed ahead of every guest/group's arrival. The health of our staff is monitored daily.
Please know it takes 44 hours to clean just the interior of Aquila Retreat after a guest has checked out, this includes checks on our stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols. 44 hours is taken IF guests have been kind enough to wash their dishes, unpack dishes into cupboards, empty bins and leave the property generally very tidy, if not it may be longer. 44 x $25-30 per hour = $1320
Linen hire and 90-degree hygiene washing for 30 beds worth of linen, plus shower towels, hand towels, face washers, bath mats and pool towels (110 total towelling products are used per stay) = $417
Ancillaries provided include eco-luxe hand wash, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, for guest use in each of our 9 ensuites and 2 guest WC facilities = $160
42 rolls of finest grade eco-luxe toilet paper are installed per group stay = $62
Coffee Pods, dry pantry items, paper towel, eco-cleaning liquids, eco-luxe candles, crystal usage, sun cream, sanitiser, and the list goes on = $150
Landscaping, pool clean, drive washing, hot tub clean, outdoor area clean, cottage workshop studio clean, yoga shall clean = 22 hours x $25 per hour = $550
Plant installations ahead of each guest stay = $75
Total Cleaning Linen & Ancillaries cost to Aquila group guests per stay is $2734
We charge our guest a cleaning, linen and ancillary charge of just $1450.
Aquila absorbs the difference of approximately $1284.

A note regarding Aquila’s Eco & Spiritual Credentials
Aquila Retreat was architecturally designed to align with the sun, the moon and the stars, on a site that was chosen by a Geomancer for its ‘spirit of place’ and its ‘environmental equilibrium’. The name Aquila is Latin for ‘Eagle’ and chosen as the home has been specifically aligned with the Aquila star constellation. The mansion is constructed of all natural materials in a circular formation so as to contain and circulate the homes abundant spiritual and environmental energy. Built in 2001, Aquila Retreat was the first property in Queensland to be awarded five green stars for its eco-friendly construction. In 2019 Aquila was fully renovated by its new owners, award winning international interior designer Heidi and her husband Kim. Heidi and Kim are passionate about sustainability, they have continued the use of low VOC paints and eco materials. They are committed to ensuring that Aquila Retreat continues to operate with a 5 star green ethos. Guests are encouraged to regard and to support this ethos too. Some of our Eco Credentials:
-Electricity is stored by battery & usage is kept to a minimum
-All lighting is low voltage
-Aquila’s hot tub and all hot water is heated using clean energy - gas.
-Aquila’s swimming pool is chlorine free. We use a swiss technology ionising device to keep the pool sparkling clean!
-Cleaning staff are trained to use Enjo clothes, and natural disinfectants such as tea tree and eucalyptus instead of chemicals.
-Harvested Rainwater is filtered and used where-ever possible
-We compost, bottle bank and recycle. Our bin bags are made from sugar cane.
-We don’t use pesticides in our gardens
-We encourage guests to use more breeze and less Air Con where possible
-Non-polluting, eco-luxe toiletries are provided for each guest
-Aquila uses a luxurious super soft 100% recycled toilet paper - wait till you try it!

Guest access
The house, grounds, shala, additional workshop space / studio and all areas, except the caretaker's private quarters, located above the yoga Cottage, can be accessed during your stay.

Other things to note
*Discreetly located in the small cottage at the entrance to the acreage known as the 'caretaker cottage'. The caretaker cottage sleeps 5 and is located well away from the main house. When it does not contain our caretaker, it can be rented for an additional nightly fee for those running retreats, to house team members. Under of the cottage is a large studio with a large full bathroom and laundry as well as a kitchenette. Fully air conditioned, this space is usually used as a yoga room, gym, boardroom, workshop room etc It is a beautiful space and by arrangement, this can be filled with an additional 10 beds to sleep, additional guests. Please note that here is an additional labour, linen and hire charge to do so. Please ask us about this space if required so that we may prepare a quote.

*Connect with the services and people who can create a magical stay and or celebration event during your stay! Enjoy group or individual yoga, book a meditation experience, a scenic tour, a private chef, a wellness coach, a wedding celebrant, caterer, bar, florist, a massage for everyone in your group and design your retreat and time away with friends - your way! All of these activities can be arranged prior to your stay using the information found in our online guides and recommended suppliers lists found on the web at Aquila Retreat with a com and an au

*At Aquila in the studio under the caretaker's cottage at the top of the property, away from the main house, a gentle YIN yoga class takes place on Monday and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Our Yoga teacher 'Sue' invites a handful of local people to attend to fill out the class. Guests of Aquila may attend this class free of charge. If for any reason you and your group do not want to attend this class and do not want the class to take place during your stay, you may request for this class to be cancelled.

*Recreational items such as yoga mats, beach kit, pool toys, etc. can be borrowed from the property owners for use during your stay. Please advise in advance or contact your host during your stay for access to these items.

*A daily housekeeping service can be arranged for you during your stay. Please provide notification in advance that you would like this service so that rates can be provided. Cleaning staff are usually hired out at $30AUD per hour.
When you stay at Aquila between the 1st of June and the 20th of December 2020, if you book 2 nights, we'll give you a third consecutive night FREE! The most hygienic and luxurious group accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Aquila provides ozone sterilized rooms, hand sanitizer on tap, and 40m2 square of personal space for each guest! Aquila is a 1200m2 boho-luxe mansion, sleeping 30, located just 11 mins from the Sun…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 3 single beds
Bedroom 2
3 single beds
Bedroom 3
3 single beds
Bedroom 4
4 single beds
Bedroom 5
4 single beds
Bedroom 6
3 single beds
Bedroom 7
3 single beds
Bedroom 8
3 single beds
Bedroom 9
3 single beds


Indoor fireplace
Free parking on premises
Pay TV
Hot tub
Air conditioning
Laptop-friendly workspace


Getting inside

No stairs or steps to enter
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to entrance

Moving around the space

Wide hallways

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Buderim, Queensland, Australia

Home to some of Australia's most wealthy and influential persons, visited by royalty and voted by British Airways as one of the worlds most desirable places to live, Buderim Mountain was the first tourist village of the Sunshine Coast. Buderim offers a relaxed, hinterland experience only minutes from the beach and all of the best attractions on the Sunshine Coast. Buderim is know for its super central proximity to - simply everything!

In 2019 an influx of sea changers and young families are created quite the vibe in Buderim, we think you are going to love it!

In 2019 Trip Advisor voted Mooloolaba Beach BEST beach on the Sunshine Coast and 4th best beach Australia wide! The really great news, Mooloolaba Beach is located within a short 8-minute drive of Aquila on Buderim. Borrow a surfboard from Aquila's collection and enjoy a morning ritual of surfing and a beachside coffee upon waking, each day. Head back to Buderim Village and breakfast at plant-based Mecca - our very famous Vegan cafe - Cafe Vie.

When visiting be sure to visit the Buderim Falls and Buderim Village Park
Buderim Falls, also known as Serenity Falls, is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year and looks particularly spectacular after rainfall when the waters cascade down the rock face into the waterhole below. The 600-metre walkway from Lindsay Road will take you on a picturesque forest ramble along the banks of Martins Creek’s cascading waters. Head to Harry's Hut at the end of your walk and enjoy local produce exquisitely handled by a two-hatted chef - Stuart Bell - see Harry's Restaurant & Bar

Time for another coffee with more ocean vistas on high, head to Buderim's famous shipping container coffee house - Rue Burbon or if High tea is more your favour, stop in at the acclaimed Aimee Provence Tea Parlour for fine English teas, scones and glamour!
(We have so many fabulous coffee houses in Buderim, let us tell you about the roast at each one!)

Enjoy Buderim's boutique shopping between all that food and drinking. Be sure to pop in to see our friends Kylie and John at Threads Boutique Buderim for brands such as Scotch and Soda, RM Williams, Ben Sherman and more. (Be prepared for taste, style, quality and service as never before in this local his and hers fashion emporium.) A visit also to our friends Jo and Shiree at famed local jewellery boutique 'To Have and To Hold' is also a must do!
Home to some of Australia's most wealthy and influential persons, visited by royalty and voted by British Airways as one of the worlds most desirable places to live, Buderim Mountain was the first tourist villa…

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Hi we are Heidi and Kim, We are a pair of Australian Entrepreneurs who love the Sunshine Coast with a passion. Of all the homes and places we could live in the world, we love living here the most! Our work currently sees us developing a new 5 Star luxury eco resort & spa for the Sunshine Coast - a large and super exciting project! We work with a team of 45 or so consultants and travel the skies regularly between the Sunshine Coast and Asia at present. Hospitality is our first love, making guests feel welcome and thoroughly spoilt. Having lived, designed and travelled all over the world, our favourite travel destination is Morocco. Heidi used to run retreats in Morocco in a past incarnation as a super-yogi and Morocco also happens to be where we got engaged. We've had a passion for all things tribal, multi-cultural and global most of our lives. Aquila is a reflection of our travels and love. We're big promoters of others in business on the Sunshine Coast. Our local tourism, shopping and food scene here in Buderim and on the Sunshine Coast, we think is the best in the world. Once you have booked your stay, we'll send you our bespoke Sunshine Coast Travel Planner. We've listed all our favourite places to eat and drink and a one stop link to all the activities you can do on the Sunshine Coast. Let us help you plan an incredible visit to the Sunshine Coast!
Hi we are Heidi and Kim, We are a pair of Australian Entrepreneurs who love the Sunshine Coast with a passion. Of all the homes and places we could live in the world, we love livin…
During your stay
Aquila Retreat has a team of persons who care for the property and our guests. It's a big job! You'll meet Melanie, Aquila's on site Guest Relations & Customer Happiness Manager on check-in and you'll interact with Mel throughout your stay to service . (Heidi and Kim like to say hello, when guests arrive as and when they can.)

Please also note that during your stay you may also see our groundsmen Bill or Greg working on the property. Ashley our plant whisperer may sometimes be required to visit the organic kitchen vegetable garden.

We want to afford our guests as much privacy as possible during their stay and when you book Aquila you are hiring the entire property (minus the upstairs of the caretaker's cottage). Our care taking team does need to occasionally transit the property during your stay and carry out work, whilst guests are in residence (Aquila is solidly booked most of the time). If you see our groundsman Bill, please give him a wave and say hello!

At Aquila we pride ourselves on our customer service levels, IF however you specifically require a greater level of privacy and wish for NO ONE whatsoever to transit the grounds during your stay. Please make this clear upon booking and check-in.
Aquila Retreat has a team of persons who care for the property and our guests. It's a big job! You'll meet Melanie, Aquila's on site Guest Relations & Customer Happiness Manager on…
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Check-in: After 12:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
No smoking
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Health & safety
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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
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