Lose yourself in a desert island daydream on Hayman Island. The most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands lies off the coast of central Queensland on the east coast of Australia, surrounded by the warm Coral Sea, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.
Unlike many resorts in Queensland, Hayman Island is not only a perfect place for an in-depth exploration of the reef from all angles; a stay on Hayman Island is an unforgettable experience in its own right. Guests at Hayman Island are immersed in ultra-luxury, while maintaining the ability to wander along the white sand beach, or into the dense, lush rainforest, and feel like they are completely secluded and apart from civilisation on a beautiful desert island.
Hayman Island is a self-contained, exclusive paradise of tranquillity and ultra-luxury. The island boasts a range of superb restaurants, chic bars and unique dining experiences, as well as a huge range of sports, fitness options and activities for both adults and kids.
Food, drink & entertainment
Hayman Island cannot be accused of a lack of variety, with six restaurants for guests to choose from, each with a different speciality. Try Australian haute cuisine in Fire, or a faultlessly presented Asian-inspired dish in Bamboo. On The Rocks is the island's very own cocktail bar, which also offers a comprehensive wine and lunch menu. For an unforgettably romantic meal with the one you love, choose a secluded spot on the beach or in the rainforest to enjoy a white-linen and champagne dinner while the sun sets over the Coral Sea. Gourmet picnic baskets can also be ordered for you to enjoy anywhere on the island.
Sport, games & activities
Take full advantage of your island location with participation in a wide range of water-sports, the epitome of which are the activities based around the island's own garden: the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with the beautiful coral and its resident shoals of iridescent fish, crabs, sea turtles and marine mammals. If you're not up for getting wet, take a seaplane or helicopter ride over the reef; view the other Whitsunday Islands from above, as well as gliding over the ultimate proposal spot - Heart Reef.
Guests on Hayman Island can use the state-of-the-art fitness centre, and take part in Beach Bootcamp, as well as private yoga and pilate classes. For the ultimate in relaxation, have a soothing massage whilst floating on an air-bed in the shallows of the Coral Sea, gently buffeted by the smooth roll of the cerulean waves.
Guests can choose from a variety of ultra-luxury rooms, suites, villas and penthouses over three areas of the resort when visiting Hayman Island. All rooms are endlessly stylish and airy, some even come with a private swimming pool. All rooms are en-suite, have a private balcony and an open-plan dressing room, as well as climate control, a cable television, an in-room safe, a personal bar and a mini refrigerator.
Formed 100 million years ago by volcanic eruptions under the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays are a group of 74 tropical islands off the central coast of Queensland. Originally inhabited by the Ngaro people, and named by Captain James Cook as he sailed through on what he thought was Whitsunday, the archipelago presents a smooth blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
The islands begin to appear just off the coast of Airlie Beach, and are accessible both by ferry and by direct flight from many Australian cities.
A retreat to the Whitsunday Islands can be whatever you want it to be - a discreet, relaxed romantic getaway spent stretched out on the stunning beaches, or a thrilling adventure kayaking between and hiking across the islands, or diving deep under the coral sea to the Great Barrier Reef.
September is the perfect time to visit the Whitsunday Islands - the weather is at its most consistently sunny and least humid; the average daily temperature is a toasty 26°C. Humpback and Pilot whales can often be seen flipping their fins and playfully nosing around boats sailing from island to island, and guests will be able to safely participate in water sports, as well as diving and snorkelling, as this is the last month before 'stinger season' - when jellyfish are most abundant in the water.
Other than enjoying the languid delights of spending your holiday on a tropical island - building your tan on the white, silica beaches and dipping your toes in the warm Coral Sea - there are endless activities based around the Great Barrier Reef. See the wonders of this World Heritage site first hand either from the amazing underwater Reefworld pontoon, or drop below the azure waves in a wetsuit and explore the thriving, kaleidoscopic marine world of the reef.
A range of cruises leave from both Airlie Beach and some of the Whitsunday Islands, ranging from half a day long to several nights. This will give you a chance to see more than one of the islands and experience the varied delights that each has to offer - not to mention the stunning white sands and crystal-clear waters of Whitehaven Beach.
Thinking of proposing? What better way than to take your other half on a scenic helicopter or seaplane flight, and pop the question while flying over romantic natural beauty spot Heart Reef.
Main culinary influences on the Whitsunday Islands and in Airlie Beach are seafood, Italian, and modern Australian. Airlie beach is brimming with relaxed restaurants and beach-front cafes; try a delicious wrap, burrito or dessert waffle at The Orange Quote, or for modern French gourmet that will not disappoint go to Deja Vu.
Many of the Whitsunday islands also have restaurants and bars serving a delicious range of cuisines.
Airlie Beach - otherwise known as the party capital of Queensland - is bustling with pubs, bars and nightclubs. In the ever-popular Beaches, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere, pool tables, and cheap jugs of beer. For live music and a pint, go to Paddy's Shenanigans, and for an unforgettable night on the tiles you won't be disappointed with Phoenix or Mama Africa.
On the islands themselves, there is a much more relaxed atmosphere. Curl up on the beach with a cocktail and stare out across the horizon as the blazing sun sinks behind the ridged silhouettes of the other islands, throwing the rippling ocean into stark relief and colouring the endless sky with a thousand shades of deepest red and pastel orange before the inky, star-studded blanket of night takes over.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.