Mali is a breathtaking 64-acre property nestled amongst natures finest work. There is a real sense of calm and clarity the moment you enter the grounds. A rustic handcrafted sign indicates you are entering Mali – a winding road takes you over a beautiful pond full of geese living their best life. It is delightfully quiet apart from the grounding sounds of bird life and that gentle movement of wind through the trees.
Oh, the serenity! This is precisely the vision owners Mark Tabone and Lisa Curry began with in creating Mali (the name is the blending of both their names and the name of their gorgeous Kelpie).
This serene space perfectly blends nature with nurture and all things quirky. It has been purposefully designed by the adoring couple with a goal of connecting and relaxing.
“In our early conversations when we first met, we shared our goals and dreams, and they were remarkably similar. Automatically there was a connection” Mark shares. As an entertainer Mark had been on the road as much as Lisa in her busy life as a media personality and business owner. “Our lives have been so busy traveling and living out of suitcases, we know how it feels to be constantly on the merry-go-round and feeling like we can’t get off so we wanted to create a space where not only we can relax, but to invite others into our space and help them also realize the importance of self-reflection, re-evaluate, reinvent, reset and most importantly relax” says Mark.
And relax is the first feeling you experience at Mali, closely following by amazement at the extraordinary spaces this couple have created. A rustic barn is the centrepiece of this venue used for weddings, events, workshops, retreats and more.
There is a wow moment at every turn. The barn has been converted into a function space for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Each corner of the barn eccentrically decorated with the beautiful antiques and collectors pieces the couple have sourced from all over the country (and world). Every item has a story to tell. I feel a real sense of nostalgia in the gentle and thoughtful curation of fabulous furniture, knick knacks and art. The barn is special and a space where wonderful memories will be made by guests of Mali.
As you meander through the grounds of the sentimental and charming property you take in the best of the Sunshine coast Hinterland landscape – rolling hills, trees and a sky that goes forever. There is a glamping area, campfire and outdoor amphitheatre for a movie under a million stars.
Mark and Lisa have put their heart and soul into building and designing the most unique spaces at Mali like an outside bar made from an EK Holden Ute. Lisa has also fitted out a full gym for fitness, yoga retreats and boot camps.
“We will be offering workshops covering many topics, different types of exercise routines, suitable for all fitness levels and fun nights of entertainment”
“We created the space for our own wedding 3 years ago. The property was a horse farm, and we converted the infrastructure from stables to the rustic barn function space, machinery shed into a gym, horse arena into a glamping campfire space, and a 10-car garage into my vintage man cave”. And what a man cave it is. Guests can visit what I can only describe as a museum of pop culture history of the world. It is full of cars like a 1960 Cadillac and 1966 Mustang Mark is restoring, records, all things retro like Coca Cola, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, original Barbie dolls, vintage cameras and clothing and Lisa’s Olympic medals and memorabilia (it is a story in itself). “I love it all” Mark says “But I really love my 1959 Wurlitzer jukebox that plays old 45 records and 1966 Vespa”.
The love put into every inch of this place hits you in the heart.
Mali is a place of true beauty. Its allure is not only in the natural environment but the sentiment and powerful sense of peace that fills your soul when you set foot on the property.
Written by Carlie Wacker for ‘Hello Sunshine’ Magazine