The Art of Tropical Loving – Couple Retreats, is the brain child of owners of Executive Retreats, Wendy & Hans.
Home to unique accommodation for couples in Australia ranging from luxury, boutique to beach shacks and honeymoon getaways. Houses, villas, chic apartments, beach shacks, glamorous beach mansions for couples to relax and enjoy these amazing settings.
We pride ourselves in service with staff very familiar with local knowledge. Highly trained professional and eager to assist.
Our guests are greeted at the property and shown through as each unique property is very different. Romantic accommodation for couples far from the madding crowd or in the heart of Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Trinity Beach cairns.
Hospitality is warm with a low key feel. Relaxation is the order of the day.
Succumb to the lure of The Coral Sea with boutique accommodation in very unique settings.
If you are dreaming of a romantic getaway. Let Couple Retreats advise you on the escape you require. Our retreats are magical, some architecturally inspired, some are beach shacks from yesteryear.
The vibe in Port Douglas is fun. We can help you find rainforest to beach suitable accommodation.
Biography Hans van der Wolf
Hans was born in Utrecht, Holland. He spent his youth pursuing a passion for sailing and spent many hours, tacking across nearby lakes and rivers. It was this early adventurous spirit that would take him on worldwide travels for the majority of his adult life.
During early years having moved with his family to Sydney in 1955, Hans established various restaurants in Sydney’s northern suburbs. In 1963 he joined Qantas Airlines and spent 35 years flying the World, ’catering’ for discerning 1st Class guests. Part of his time with Qantas, Hans was based in Tahiti and has countless travel stories of Bora Bora – the early days. He was personally selected to care for HM Queen Elizabeth on two occasions and is on first name basis with many of the World’s celebrity & business community.
Hans moved to tropical Far North Queensland with his wife Wendy in 1989. They spent many years flying the world together and decided the tropical region North of Port Douglas, was the’ best kept secret, paradise destination’ in which to settle. Owning beachfront properties at Four Mile and Newell Beach enabled Hans & Wendy to develop their passion for interior design, with a unique approach to tropical architect. Working alongside award winning Queensland Tropical Building Designer Chris Vandyke, together Hans and Wendy created “The Art of Tropical Living’. This culminated in the design and development of what is fast becoming one of Australia’s most exclusive holiday retreats – Bali Hai.
Today Hans lives with Wendy and four-legged best friend Kazanno in tropical Far North Queensland, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. Even now, he continues his passion for sailing from their Newell Beach House.
Biography Wendy van der Wolf
Wendy was born in New South Wales on a country property. Her dream was to become an architect but started her career as a school-teacher. When technical drawing was strictly a masculine pursuit, Wendy turned to languages: a stepping stone for her own worldwide travels. Later studying Linguistics at University.
In the early 1970’s Wendy joined Pan Am Airlines and experienced the cultural shock between teaching in Murrurundi and living in Miami…..Flying the globe between Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Wendy later joined Qantas Airlines in 1977. As her passion for travel and adventure was met flying, Wendy continued to study design and architecture with a particular focus on international styles and trends.
Meeting Hans and working together over the years, they share similar ideals from a design, architecture and tropical lifestyle perspective. Since 1992 they have developed various private luxury retreats, which has culminated in their own unique concept ‘The Art of Tropical Living”.