Two Australian locations go under the spotlight in a new book showcasing seaside hot spots around the world.
Bedarra Island Resort and Doyles on the Beach were the Australian properties chosen by author Barry Stone in his book By The Sea.
The book features more than 50 stunning beachside homes, restaurants, cafes and accommodation from all over the world. Stone reveals that in creating the book, he had a particular process for choosing each one.
“The properties in this book had to have architectural merit and be evocative of beach-side living,” he says. “They had to be aesthetically beautiful and capable of eliciting a little envy.”
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And elicit a little envy they do – take Bedarra Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef for example. Stone refers to it as “a two-storey slice of everything you never even knew you wanted.”
Secluded among trees, complete with private pool and spa areas, and not even a hop skip and a jump away from the water’s edge, Bedarra Island Resort is one of the two Australian properties featured in the book.
The resort itself is undoubtedly eye-catching, however, being so close to the ocean adds that extra layer of wow. Stone believes it’s human nature to love the ocean.
“I think being by the sea connects us to our beginnings, it is where we came from,” says Stone. “It brings comfort and declutters our minds. It is medicine.”
The second Australian location highlighted by Stone is Doyles on the Beach, a family-owned fresh seafood shop that has been operating at Watsons Bay since 1885. A simple, weatherboard fish and chips shop, Doyles on the Beach is admittedly not an architectural masterpiece, but it does showcase how Australians enjoy life by the beach.
Stone highlights that the enjoyment and bliss of the ocean doesn’t always come with summertime. One stand out residence from the book is located on a Norwegian island so far from the mainland that “one needs determination to get there”.
The owner called his home by the sea Fordypningsrommet, a Norwegian word for “room for deeper studies”. The island experiences arctic temperatures, which the owner says made people call him a fool for buying land so close to the water.
Among the usual rooms, Fordypningsrommet includes a sauna and bathhouse, strategically included to prepare for arctic swims. The home is designed to appreciate and aid the environment around it.
An passion for sustainability was one of the reasons Stone felt compelled to write the book.
“I wanted to talk a little of the advances in design that help reduce our built footprint, and help us to live in harmony with our fragile environments,” he said. “I wanted to write a book that celebrates seaside living, but also to show how good architecture can minimise the impact of living so close to the water.”
By The Sea, New Holland Publishers RRP $49.00 available from all good book retailers or online.