Hayman Island – it will blow your mind

Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

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 faceand 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:

Helicopter flight, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Helicopter flight, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Lorraine Murphy and Rose Cocco from Remarkables Group with Caz.

WOW, Whitehaven Beach from the air

 

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

Helicopter Flight, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Landed, in paradise

 

Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

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.

Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

The Pool

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).

Hayman Island Resort Pool, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Sleeping

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).Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

You could also sleep poolside and dive right in from your balcony

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

OR, there is one other very special place for you to lay your head, the Coral Sea

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, AustraliaPhoto 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.

Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

You can wander the immaculate and lush tropical gardens

Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island, Resort, Queensland, Australia

Or, another of our favourite activities, take a stroll on the beach and dream your life away

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Eating

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.

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

 Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Hayman Island Resort, Australia

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.

Hayman Island Resort, Chef's Table

 Hayman Island Resort Chef's Table

 Hayman Island Resort chocolate room, Queensland, Australia

Got Kids?

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.

Hayman Island Junior Chef's program
Photo credit: Hayman Island Resort

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?

THE  FACTS
Our helicopter flight was with Hamilton Island Air. They also offer a variety of scenic flights, particularly over Heart Reef and Hill Inlet / Whitehaven Beach.

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.

Where would you rather be?

Poolside or on the beach?

Disclaimer: We stayed on Hayman Island as guests of Tourism Queensland

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Craig
Craig Makepeace is the founder of yTravel Blog and has been traveling the world since 2002, first with his wife Caz, and now with his two daughters. Get his free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow him on Google+

19 Comments on “Hayman Island – it will blow your mind”

  1. Admittedly my only experience with Queensland is through House Hunters International, but every time I see anything about it, looks totally amazing. You’re pictures confirm it!
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  2. take me baaaaack!

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  3. Hayman is stunning!!! I need to get myself there immediately!
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  4. Denyse Whelan

    Amazing!
    Craig, it’s great to read your writing & see these pics! Mind you, your model was also a great one!
    Seriously, this place seems to win accolades from all.
    You & Caz & the Remarkables were blessed to visit & these pics whet the appetite for more of Queensland!
    Cheers
    Denyse

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    • Hey Denyse,

      It makes it easy to take nice photos when you have a backdrop like Hayman. Incredible place :-)

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  6. What a beautiful beach! Love the views from the room. I am not a huge beach person but I could spend some time here :)
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  7. shelley

    I’m hungry just looking at those pics. Not sure what I want more … the tropical sun (it is May!) or that scrumptious sorbet in the igloo pot. Great shots.

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  8. The Whitsundays including Hayman look idyllic. Huge expanses of white and golden beaches and hardly any people. I love feeling like I’ve got a beach to myself, fantasizing that i’ve been shipwrecked on a pacific island :-)
    Was just wondering – if lots of people are arriving/leaving by helicopter and plane, and/or going on scenic flights, is there much noise pollution?
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    • Hey Kathryn,

      I didn’t notice any flight noise at all. Hayman is actually fairly spread out, and we weren’t staying there for very long so maybe in the peak season, but yeah it didn’t even come to my attention.

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  9. The photos say it all! Magnificent and such a tranquil place to stay.

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  10. Wow! What an amazing resort and location. And to get there by helicopter too! This is why for me Australia is pretty close to heaven on earth.
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