Aquila Retreat Mansion


Entire residential home hosted by Heidi

16 guests, 9 bedrooms, 30 beds, 11 baths
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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 16, located just 11 mins from the Sunshine Coast airport, and an hour's drive from Brisbane.

The space
The most hygienic and luxurious group accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Aquila Retreat provides ozone sterilized rooms, hand sanitizer on tap, and 40m2 square of personal space for each guest!

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 Tourism and Accommodation COVIDsafe management plan.

Please read further down on this page about our unprecedented cleaning standards.

The Property
• Sleeps 16 in brand new luxury hypnos beds.
• Aquila’s main-house is an interior-designed 1200m2 boho-luxe, eco- mansion
• Aquila has 9 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, set over two floors.
• Every bedroom is a large ‘master bedroom’ with private ensuite & expansive view to the forest
• 3 Kitchens (details below)
• Voluminous living zones with double-height atrium ceiling and multiple communal alfresco areas and masses of entertaining space.
• Aquila is situated on 9.5 acres of rainforest, located just 8 mins from Mooloolaba Beach, 11 mins from the Sunshine Coast airport, and a 1-hour drive from Brisbane.
• Sweeping views, to Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains
• iMac for guest use
• Large billiard table
• Huge cinematic 86 inch 217cm LG with Super Smart Movie Screen (ideal
for plugins and use as a projector),
• Surround sound system and amplifier available for iPhone plug n’ play
• Reverse cycle air conditioners in every room, including common spaces.
• A safe is located in most bedrooms
• Hairdryers in each room

Additional Spaces
• Yoga Shala & Yoga Equipment
• Studio Space
• Small Gym
(Soji screens on offer for spa activities in these areas)
• Nearby recording studio and heli landing ideal for music artists on retreat

Superior Facilities and Outdoor Areas
• Chlorine-free pool swimming pool
• Hot Tub
• Pool lounge, rainforest bar & hanging chairs
• 3 x fire pits (marshmallows in the pantry)
• Stunning Lilly pad dam
• Jetty with a small boat
• ‘Daintree like’ rainforest gully for spectacular photography
• Water dragon pond
• Reflection and meditation benches
• Level clearing surrounded by bamboo forest in the lower section of the property for teepee or marquee installation – see the site plan.

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’.

Superior Inclusions
• Saya body wash, toiletries and sanitiser are provided for guest use
. Crystal boxes
. Floral Styling
• All linen; extra pillow options, extra pool towels, extra blankets
• Aquila’s owners have lived all over the world, and so the Aquila mansion draws inspiration from Morocco to Byron Bay. Aquila is filled with beautiful things for guests to enjoy. From the sweet healing crystal boxes, candles, books and Bonnie and Neil cushions found in each room.

Vegetable Garden
Large organic vegetable garden guests can enjoy eating from

Styling with plants and flowers
Guests are welcome to cut from the stunning sub-tropical gardens styling decorations. Gardening equipment provided.

We've got plenty of it!

Superior catering equipment
• Skope Catering & Bar Fridges
• Commerical ice machine
• West Elm crockery,
• Global knives
• Tons of cooking, bake and serving ware
• Cold press juicer
• Thermomix

Superior pantry essentials
• Herbs and Spices
• Condiments
• Oils
• Firelighters
• Essential Dry Goods
• Tea, Coffee, herbal teas, sugar, honey, vegemite etc
• Birthday candles
• Cling Film, Aluminium foil, Storage Bags
• Insect spray
• Tea lights
• Torch

Unlimited Cleaning products & ancillaries for use during your stay
• Dishwasher tablets and liquids
• Surface Sprays
• Paper Towel
• Toilet Paper
• Cleaning cloths / Tea Towels
• Clothes washing liquid

Superior equipment for children & families
• 2 x Cots with linen
• 2 x High chairs
• 1 x Car seat
• 1 x Nappy change
• 1 x Baby bath
• 1x Toybox with toys
• 2 x Stair gates

Additional information:

Events and parties are not possible at the property.

Daily Housekeeping
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 hired at $30AUD per hour.

Additional Services
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 our website at Aquila Retreat with a com and an au

3 Kitchens Include:
1) Our main kitchen is well equipped with an entire wall of brand new digital controlled Skope catering fridges, huge walk-in pantry, 2 dishwashers and a stunning bifold opening servery to the rainforest. Guests have a choice of gas or induction cooking with multiple ovens on offer, including a steam oven.
2) Outdoor BBQ kitchen with mega V10 Tucker BBQ, under counter drinks fridges and a large commercial ice-making unit!
3) Our wine and washing Kitchen located downstairs is equipped with a Gaggenau wine fridge, 2 front-loading Miele washers and 2 Miele front-loading dryers for guest use, another large gas 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 - you're on holidays!

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, bathmats 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.

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/Eagle star constellation.

The Aquila 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!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
4 single beds
Bedroom 2
4 single beds
Bedroom 3
4 single beds

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Hot tub
TV with Standard cable
Washing machine
Air conditioning


Step-free entrance to the room
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to the outdoor entrance

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Where you’ll be

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!

Hosted by Heidi

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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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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 2:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $2000

Cancellation policy