Luxury Villas, Spa and Fishing on Hayman Island
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 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.
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.
Fly Fishing Aboard the 41-foot Game Fishing Boat, Sun Aura
The resort offers great fishing trips, including game and bottom fishing as well as private charters. The Marine Centre on the island operates a 41-foot boat, Sun Aura, with a spacious deck which provides easy access. The professional crew on the boat can assist novice anglers.
Game fishing is available year-round. From September to February, the warm waters attract Black Marlin, Sailfish, Bluefin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi. From March to August, cold water pelagic fish are attracted to the area, including Narrow Barred Mackerel (Spanish Mackerel), Black Kingfish (Cobia), Giant Trevally and Queenfish. Prime bottom fishing conditions are from March to August when fish carry excess fat to survive the cool water months. Commonly caught fish include Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sweetlip and Scarlet Sea Perch.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver wanting to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the resort offers facilities that can fulfill any expectations. The Dive and Snorkel Center at the resort is a 5-Star PADI- accredited facility, offering introductory courses in a training pool, escorted day and night dives and private charters. The less adventurous can take complimentary snorkel lessons and explore the colorful marine life from the surface.
Only minutes from the island, certified and introductory divers can go on Local Dives. The resort arranges full and half day diving and snorkel trips to the Outer Reef, a Marine Park Special Management Area. If your travel companions aren't divers, they can join the excursion as snorkelers.
The resort can arrange a heli-trip to Reefworld, Australia’s largest purpose-built facility. On the way to Reefworld, you will experience incredible views from the helicopter over Hayman, Bali Hai, Langford, Bait and Hardy Reefs. Once you get there, the facility offers shaded decks, an underwater marine theater, semi-submersible rides, fish feeding and snorkeling equipment.
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. The transfer from the airport by launch takes about one hour.
Rates start at A$590 per night for rooms and at A$4,500 for penthouses.
Location: Great Barrier Reef , Queensland , Australia, +61-2-9268-1888, website