Big Blue Backyard
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Big Blue Backyard’s romantic luxury accommodation spans just three private hideaways, all a short walk from secluded St Andrews Beach on the stunning Mornington Peninsula, just a short drive from the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.
At a Glance
The highlight of your stay here will undoubtedly be the food - make sure you book in at least one dinner
A stunning location which provides the ultimate retreat for some time out
There are only three cabins so feels very secluded and private
Private outdoor spa
Situated on the edge of the Mornington Peninsula, a two minute walk from the beach and sheltering in coastal tea tree are the three hideaways of Big Blue Backyard.
The owners, Paul and Lisa, have created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere from which to enjoy the beautiful natural environment. Each of the hideaways offer private decks, an outdoor spa bath and shower, and its own quirky character - Beach Hideaway, Bush Hideaway and African Hideaway, which pays homage to Lisa's South African parentage.
Paul (a chef) and Lisa (a fine cook) are passionate about good food, fresh produce and being part of the vibrant food and wine scene on the Peninsula. Forget cereal and toast: days here begin with indulgent chef-cooked breakfasts – featuring the freshest local produce – and end with romantic three-course dinners, served by candlelight.
Big Blue Backyard backs onto the long coastal stretch of Mornington Peninsula that runs from Cape Schanck to point Nepean at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Beyond the wedge of national park, the swell of the ocean rolls into a wide sandy beach - your Big Blue Backyard!
Some people chose to spend a week here, others a few days. Whatever you decide on, you won't want to leave this idyllic, romantic and just easy retreat.
Tucked into the indigenous coastal tea tree forest each of the three hideaways is free standing and reached via boardwalks that meander to your own piece of paradise. Each hideaway boasts gentle curved ceilings and spacious interiors with large windows and doors that bring the outside inside.
The accommodations here are called ‘hideaways’ because that’s just what they are - forget formal service or bumping into other guests, these private cabins allow you to shut yourselves away (perhaps only venturing out for a spa bath on your deck). Breakfast and dinner will be brought to your room (or deck when it’s warm), so you can really relax and unwind.
Warm red and orange hues, a stained and hand-painted wooden floor, framed textiles from a tiny African village hanging on the walls, and a selection of books and DVDs that includes Tsotsi and A Century of South African Short Stories: this hideaway pays homage to owner Lisa’s South African heritage. The king-size bed, topped with plump cushions and vibrant throws, guarantees a blissful night’s sleep. For seductive soaping, there are two bathing areas to choose from: one inside, with a rainwater shower, stone floors and a separate toilet, plus a bush-spying spa bath set on a timber deck outside.
This was the last hideaway to be built by Paul, and honours Big Blue’s tea-tree setting. The floor is spattered with aqua-, algae- and lime-colored paint, and other arty touches include the handcrafted lampshades and a table made from recycled tyres. Tree-green cushions and furnishings decorate the space. This open-plan suite has a separate wet-room bathroom, two private decks (one with the outdoor spa bath and furniture; the other with outdoor shower and table) tucked away in the bush and a bedroom with a king-size bed. The lounge has a built-in couch designed with cuddling in mind.
You won’t forget where you are at Beach, a dreamy blue-and-white hideaway with sea-blue mosaic tiles and driftwood furniture fashioned by Paul. Look out for the fish sculpture swimming on one wall, a print by local artist Sandra Williams, a reclaimed rudder and jars stuffed with pebbles from the beach. There's an extra large king-size bed (which can be made into single kings), the en-suite bathroom has a corrugated iron wall and driftwood ‘shelf’, and there’s a private deck overlooking the coastal bush. Start each morning with an invigorating outdoor shower on your deck; end days by hopping in the spa bath.
This is more of an adults place with its tranquil settings and lack of children's facilities we therefore would recommend that you take your little ones elsewhere.
Delicious, freshly prepared, long tray breakfasts are delivered at a pre-arranged time to your hideaway. The long tray breakfast includes a basket of hot toast and baked croissants, fresh fruit - on skewers, baked, stewed, whatever the season demands and a platter of gourmet breakfast indulgence.
Paul Dempsey is both owner and chef and he creates a stunning private dining experience night after night. Again, inspiration comes from Lisa's place of birth, South Africa, their time traveling in Africa and Asia as well as the wonderful produce of the Mornington Peninsula. Dinners must be pre-booked and we are happy to do that for you.
Big Blue Backyard offers signature spa treatments delivered by a select group of local, professional therapists who are passionate in their field of work. Each therapist has her own established private practice on the peninsula, and it is therefore strongly recommended that all treatments are booked at the time of booking or at least prior to your arrival date.
During your stay here, the main emphasis is on just taking time out to relax - enjoy your companion's company, indulge in some spa treatments and stroll along the beautiful beach. However, if you do get itchy feet you could book to go swimming with dolphins, play a round of golf, embark on a horseback wine tour or enjoy locally made food such as chocolate and cheese.
Location & Directions
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Big Blue has an enviable location, right on the rugged National Park and secluded St Andrews Beach: a dramatic stretch of sand that you’ll pretty much have to yourselves.
When to go
Victoria enjoys a temperate climate with warm summers, balmy and mild spring and autumn and cool winters. The main summer season is from December-February and the quietest time of the year is the Aussie winter June-August. There is no doubt that the Mornington Peninsula is at its glorious best in the spring and summer, however, we think a good bottle of red wine, some great food and a roaring fire make it a great place for a winter retreat too.