Queensland is making it a habit of blowing my mind – most recently it was on Hayman Island.
Each time I visit a new destination in Queensland it becomes my new favourite place. A few months ago it was Kayaking at Cape Tribulation where the Daintree Rainforest collides with the Great Barrier Reef. Just after that, it was getting WOWED by world famous Whitehaven Beach.
It’s no wonder Tourism Queensland’s slogan is “Where Australia shines.“ It’s tropical, it’s colourful, it’s fun. Even if you live in Queensland, as we did in 2008, it gives you the feeling of being on a permanent holiday. I totally understand why the people of Queensland are so darn happy and friendly.
Now as a visitor again, I can’t help but leave with a smile on my face and longing for more. It’s a big state with some iconic destinations that need to be explored, that I will be back to explore – yep, I’m talking about you Whitsunday Islands.
The Whitsunday Islands are made up of 74 islands and lay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Only 8 of those islands are inhabited, with the northernmost of those being Hayman Island, containing Australia’s premier luxury nature-resort.
Getting to Hayman Island
The experience of getting to Hayman is where the fun begins.
Once you have flown in to the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island, which receives direct flights from all of Australia’s major cities, you can transfer to Hayman by luxury boat, or, do what we did and arrive in STYLE by helicopter via a flyover of Whitehaven Beach:
WOW, Whitehaven Beach from the air
Landed, in paradise
Want tranquility and natural beauty?
Want exquisite island indulgences?
Want stylish accommodation?
Want a little piece of Aussie paradise?
WELCOME to Hayman Island
Hayman Island not only offers you pole position in getting to some of the best places on the Great Barrier Reef such as Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach, it also offers a unique experience of tranquility, indulgence and natural beauty.
Once you set foot on Hayman, there is only one accommodation option to lay your head – Hayman Island Resort. This award winning luxurious nature resort is situated on a beautiful crescent-shaped sandy beach with magnificent views across the Coral Sea.
I don’t know about you, but one of the first things I like to check out when arriving at a new place is the pool.
Photos of the iconic Hayman Island pool have featured in many Australian tourism campaigns. It speaks island vibe and rejuvenation and makes you want to grab a towel, a sun lounge, a book, and a cocktail (or three).
The resort features several options depending upon your budget and group size: superb guest rooms, suites, beach villas, a beach house and six luxurious penthouses. All come with a private balcony or terrace.
We stayed in a guest room situated on Hayman Lagoon (swans included).
You could also sleep poolside and dive right in from your balcony
OR, there is one other very special place for you to lay your head, the Coral Sea
Photo credit: Hayman Island Resort
Yep, they call it a “Hayman Moment“, indulging in one of their signature ocean massages as part of their acclaimed Spa packages.
Do as little (or as much) as you like
If you don’t want to just lay by the pool and read (top of my list) then head to one of the islands beaches for some sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, sailing, or, work up a sweat and hit the gymnasium, the tennis courts or the golf driving range.
You can wander the immaculate and lush tropical gardens
Or, another of our favourite activities, take a stroll on the beach and dream your life away
There are four world class restaurants on Hayman including Australian contemporary, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine.
I love a good breaky, and a great way to wake up to a new day is by indulging in the buffet breakfast at the beachfront restaurant, Azure, overlooking Hayman Beach. Just watch out for the seagulls and cockatoos if you are out on the deck and leave your plate unattended.
The Chef’s Table
For a unique dining experience, we went backstage into the main kitchen for one of Hayman’s signature experiences, a six-course dinner complimented with fine wines and commentary from the staff.
And, as you do, finish it off with a visit to the ever popular Hayman Chocolate Room.
We didn’t have little Kalyra and Savannah with us on this visit to Hayman, but what got us even more excited about this resort and a return visit was mention of the Hayman’s Kids Club program.
Catering to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years, your children could become junior chef’s, participate in art workshops, chase butterflies on the Hayman butterfly trail, AND visit the chocolate room.
Our stay on Hayman was short, but very very sweet. We will be back for the ultimate family island escape.
What about you?
Are you looking for that luxury private Island Resort downunder?
Hayman does their own transfers with their private vessel the Sun Goddess, alternatively you can also arrive via seaplane with Air Whitsunday.
For all the details on Hayman Island Resort, visit their website.
A.Where would you rather be?
Poolside or on the beach?