Located in the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island is one of the best private island resorts in Australia and a great scuba diving vacation destination. You can dive and snorkel right next to the hotel, or sign up for a boat or a helicopter trip.
If scuba diving seems too adventurous, stay on the Hayman Beach and try swimming, catamaran sailing, windsurfing and paddleskiing. Blue Pearl Bay One and Two, situated on the other side of the island, are ideal for snorkeling.
You can spend your days relaxing by the scenic swimming pool and strolling through the unique resort gardens. Beautiful gardens cover 33 acres, divided into formal, informal, Oriental and rainforest themes. The Oriental Garden is centered around a Japanese tea house and a soothing waterfall. The resort restaurant, Oriental, overlooks the garden.
Rooms and Suites
The interior of the resort features an art collection, known as The Hayman Collection, which consists of paintings by prominent Australian artists, sculptures and tapestries. Guest rooms and suites, decorated with handcrafted furniture and fabrics from around the world, have private terraces and balconies with beautiful views.
The resort has a dedicated children's facility where you can leave your children while you retreat to the spa.
The spa at Hayman offers a choice of individual treatments as well as three- to seven-day spa programs. Treatments, which employ the products of a French skincare line Guerlain, include facials, body wraps, massages and foot therapy (A$150 for a facial; A$125 for a one-hour massage).
Dining can be as elegant or as casual as you choose. La Fontaine serves modern French cuisine amid Louis XVI furnishings and crystal chandeliers.
The more causal La Trattoria serves Italian food in a rustic outdoor setting. The Beach Pavilion also offers al fresco dining with incredible views of the water.
If you are looking to create a romantic ambiance to celebrate a honeymoon or an anniversary, the resort can arrange a candlelight dinner for two by a pond or on the balcony of your room.
How to Get There
Qantas flies into the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island. The resort arranges transfers to the island by launch, seaplane and helicopter. Hayman's launch transfer costs A$410 (about $315 USD) per adult and $A205 (about $160 USD) per child round trip. The transfer from the airport by launch takes about one hour.
Rates start at A$665 per night for rooms and at A$4,500 for penthouses.