The Peninsula Boutique Hotel fronts famous Four Mile Beach. It includes 25 suites and the ‘Tides’ resort restaurant. The esplanade location, which offers stunning views of the Coral Sea, is exposed to at times extreme south-easterly sea breezes. The southern ziggurat facade of louvered balconies shields suites while opening and directing views across the ocean. The land-facing north of the site was transformed into an asset with the addition of a terraced landscape of courtyards, sun- decks, jacuzzis and waterfalls stepping down to central pool. This private sanctuary is a sheltered counterpoint to the wind- swept beachfront. The material palette here is a modern tropical mix of terracotta, mosaic, granite and wicker complemented by the soft greens and mauves of the playfully coloured pool tiles. The space accommodates the hidden heart of the hotel integrating the bar, restaurant and hotel entry to create an intimate, communal atmosphere.