Inside the Scandinavian luxury cabin with sweeping views of the Sunshine Coast


A luxury cabin is bringing a touch of Scandinavian style to Australia’s spectacular volcanic wilderness. 

Deep in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, ‘Scandi at Maleny’ is the region’s latest boutique accommodation, just 12 minutes’ drive from the centre of Maleny, a rural town of 3,734 residents, 100km north of Brisbane.

The modular cabin, which contains a vintage log fireplace, a freestanding bathtub and two queen-sized bedrooms, captures sweeping views of the valleys and rolling mountain landscape from a raised terrace that wraps around the rear.

Designed by a wedding stylist with an eye for lavish detail, the adults-only stay perched 450 metres above sea level has been described as the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. 

A luxury cabin is bringing a touch of Scandinavian style to Australia’s spectacular volcanic wilderness

Deep in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, 'Scandi' is the region's latest boutique accommodation, just 12 minutes' drive from the centre of Maleny, a rural town of 3,734 residents, 100km north of Brisbane

Deep in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, ‘Scandi’ is the region’s latest boutique accommodation, just 12 minutes’ drive from the centre of Maleny, a rural town of 3,734 residents, 100km north of Brisbane

But the romantic getaway, which also features a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor barbecue area, comes at a hefty price, with a nightly rate of $500 (AUD) and a two-night minimum stay. 

Sustainability was the focus for owners Pete Coorey and Dee Montalva, who took great care to minimise their environmental footprint wherever possible.

‘Scandi is a modular build, and this alone makes our cabin more sustainable from the get go,’ Ms Montalva said. 

The cabin itself has been designed to ‘engineering perfection’ and constructed off-site in a bid to reduce the materials used and the waste produced. 

Designed by a wedding stylist with an eye for lavish detail, the adults-only stay perched 450 metres above sea level has been described as the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life

Designed by a wedding stylist with an eye for lavish detail, the adults-only stay perched 450 metres above sea level has been described as the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life

The cabin contains one queen-sized bedroom (pictured)

It also has a bathroom with a freestanding tub, big enough for two (pictured)

The cabin contains a queen-sized bedroom (left) and a bathroom with a freestanding tub, big enough for two (right)

Scandi was trucked to the site in four separate pieces, before being placed in its final position on a hillside that offers uninterrupted views of the valley below. 

The cabin runs on rainwater and has a self-recycling septic system that treats water so it can be used to maintain the garden. 

It contains everything you could possibly need for a peaceful retreat, including a kitchen stocked with pasta and fresh ingredients which can be used to whip up hearty dinners, without a trip to the shop.

it even comes with WiFi, air conditioning and a smart TV, meaning there's few reasons to leave besides exploring the surrounding countryside

it even comes with WiFi, air conditioning and a smart TV, meaning there’s few reasons to leave besides exploring the surrounding countryside

In the bathroom guests will find locally-made products from natural beauty brand, Mukti, as well as reusable makeup wipes you are welcome to take home with you.

‘Every item in the cabin was considered in regards to where it was made and where it came from,’ Ms Montalva said.

‘We favoured local products and suppliers where possible, with extra points for environmentally-friendly brands.’

The cabin even comes with WiFi, air conditioning and a smart TV, meaning there’s few reasons to leave besides exploring the surrounding countryside. 

The cabin was trucked to the site in four separate pieces, before being placed in its final position on a hillside that offers uninterrupted views of the valley below

The cabin was trucked to the site in four separate pieces, before being placed in its final position on a hillside that offers uninterrupted views of the valley below

And it seems travellers have heard of its beauty through the grapevine, because every weekend in October is already booked out.

Guests have left dozens of five-star reviews, with one man calling it the ‘most perfect peaceful holiday’. 

A second called it ‘the best few days ever’, adding: ‘What a breath of fresh air and the most magical views, felt like my home away from home. Every little detail was taken care of, everything was relaxing.

‘The bed was so soft and comfortable and the decor was perfect. Can’t wait to return again.’ 

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