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Luxury floating hotel docked at Sydney’s Palm Beach burns down

A luxurious houseboat based on Sydney’s northern beaches was destroyed by a fire earlier this month.

The lush accommodation, Lilypad, was “irreparably damaged”, according to a post on its website.

“Lilypad has brought such joy and wonderment to its guests over the past 18 months and many beautiful memories have been made on board,” the post said.

“We are still coming to terms with the news and devastation of the fire; however, we want all of our guests who have future bookings to know that they will be in touch as soon as possible. We also want all of our past, future and potential guests to know that we will be back.”

It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was, but according to The Sydney Morning Herald, two people self-evacuated from the boat when the fire started and were not injured.

SMH reported that NSW Fire and Rescue were called to Palm Beach, where Lilypad is docked, at about 2:20pm. Emergency services were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to other vessels.

According to its website, Lilypad is a luxury “floating villa” which costs about $1,800 a night.

“We will rebuild and we will create another unique, world-class concept that we hope everyone will love as much as the first,” the houseboat’s owners said.

“This year has been so hard on so many and we had found ourselves very fortunate to be able to keep going through COVID-19, adapting to the restrictions and bouncing back when they eased.

“And that’s the beauty of being a small, family-run business. We are agile and adaptable and our passion and determination can not be matched.

“We’ve got a long journey ahead but we will bring Lilypad back to life so that we can keep delighting guests with the experience and offering that is like no other.”


Featured image source: Instagram/lilypadpalmbeach

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