A luxury island on the Great Barrier Reef
Hayman Island is THE island
Hayman Island, in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is nestled at the northernmost point of the Whitsunday archipelago, beyond verdant cliffs reaching into endless sky. For over 70 years Hayman has been THE island to stay on since the Royal Hayman Hotel opened in 1950. Now the only place to stay on THE island is the Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort which not so long ago underwent a $135 million dollar refurb. The resort and the island have won countless awards and does not disappoint with its incredible pool and views over the Coral Sea.
Transfers to Hayman Island
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey goes one quote and Hayman offers both a journey to remember and a destination. The luxury launch takes guests from Hamilton Island on a scenic trip through the Whitsundays with flutes of bubbles and canapes. Or for the real rock star transfer, take a 15 minute helicopter from Hamilton Island. There is a third way to arrive which is true Hayman style and that is via a private yacht charter.
Pool on Hayman Island
The supreme wow factor at Hayman Island is the pool. One of the largest in the southern hemisphere, it is as long as seven Olympic pools – so plenty of space to show off that butterfly or freestyle stroke but for those not as equipped as the Thorpedo, there’s a bar in the centre.
Digs on Hayman Island
Did we mention the pool? Not only are there 46 spectacular suites perched over the pool which also look out to the Coral Sea, there are also a collection of one bedroom pool access suites where guests can swim out via their private double balcony. Will you ever be satisfied by just walking out of your room again?
Nosh on Hayman Island
Dining on Hayman leaves you in a quandary. Where to eat? Do you book for one of the amazing five restaurants, Pacific where you’ll find everything from a gourmet breakfast to an a la carte grill coupled with ocean views, Amici with its wood-fired pizzas and tapas, Aqua boasting a great poke bowl or poolside cocktail, Bam Bam with its Asian fusion style and Grove Boutique & Café for a killer chai latte? There’s even Bar Fifty, set in the lobby for small bites and a golf simulator! Or do you opt for the myriad of private dining experiences on offer? Under the Stars vies for the most romantic along with the Pacific Beach Dinner. Under the Stars consists of a decadent four course degustation menu with paired wines in one of the four exclusive cabanas besides Hayman’s iconic pool. The Pacific Beach Dinner offers up the soft hues of a sunset over the Coral Sea while you dine at an intimate table on the beach consisting of fresh seasonal produce and French champagne. Take it from me, this was romance plus and a necessity for any honeymoon. Being a vegetarian didn’t faze the chefs who supplied an incredible degustation for me.
For absolute celebrity digs, the new 400 square metre Hayman Beach House on Hayman Beach is the place to stay. Hayman Beach House offers three lavish suites each with a plunge pool, private sun loungers and direct beach access.
Or try the Hayman Residences that sit regally on the Island’s hillside. These two double-storey residences are the epitome of luxury private stays in the Whitsunday Islands with uninterrupted panoramic views out to the Coral Sea. Designed to accommodate 8 guests, each Hayman Residence features four guest rooms, a stunning infinity pool and an open-plan living area.*
Activities on Hayman Island
Hayman is the closest private island to the Barrier Reef and thus there are an array of activities for guests to access the reef including swimming with turtles, helicopter tours, diving and snorkelling tours and more.
Complimentary activities at the resort include paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing with plenty of staff on hand to show you what to do on the crystal clear waters that surround Hayman.
If you want an adventure, put on your trainers and hike through the bushland to Blue Pearl Bay. Here you will find incredible snorkelling and the possibility of bumping into a huge Maori Wrasse fish as well as other spectacular marine life.
Spa time is a must on any holiday and the Hayman Spa and Salon does not disappoint. Try the Bamboo Loft for a private deep soaking bath or book a deep immersion facial, gemstone therapy session or massage before sweating it out in the sauna. You can also have treatments in the resort’s Rainforest Cabana or even in your own room
The requisite tennis court, table tennis, squash courts and a resident tennis professional are all to be found as well as a golf simulator if by chance it rains.
Is Hayman worth a visit?
Tropical islands don’t come more exclusive than this one. The Intercontinental Hayman Island resort is world-class in every way from location to accommodation to food and activities. From the moment you board your transfer, you will experience unrivalled comfort finessed from over seventy years of servicing the world’s most travelled clientele.
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