Lizard Island is a 1013 hectare national park off the coast of Cairns, tropical North Queensland. The exclusive, multi-award winning resort boasts 24 stunning beaches and a beautiful, aquamarine lagoon.
The resort only has 40 suites, and so the maximum guest occupancy is just 80 guests - guaranteeing a tailored and personal service throughout your purely indulgent stay on the veritable tropical paradise that is Lizard Island.
Guests will be immersed in utter luxury when staying on Lizard Island, with a wide range of facilities and services to make your stay not only unforgettable, but also completely stress-free. Lizard Island provides guests with laundry facilities, a foreign exchange, a first aid station, a library, a boutique, and - for those who have to drag themselves away from their island dream for just a minute and contact the real world - complimentary internet access in the guest lounge.
Food, drink & entertainment
Guests can look forward to dining in the understated elegance of Osprey's Restaurant, which serves an ever-changing, seasonal menu of contemporary Australian dishes. Lizard's Bar and Lounge provides a more relaxed setting for guests to sit back and enjoy the varied delights of the extensive wine and beer list, as well as the bright, delicious cocktails made with only the freshest local ingredients.
For something a little different, guests can dine under the stars on the beach with Lizard Island's seven-course degustation menu, order a picnic hamper for a romantic, secluded meal anywhere on the island, or take a sunset wine and cheese cruise.
Sport, games & activities
Relax your mind, body and soul in Azure Spa, keep up your fitness regime in the resort's gym, or swim a few lengths in the outdoor freshwater pool. As the Great Barrier Reef is on the resort's doorstep, diving or snorkelling to see the kaleidoscopic range of corals and marine life is an absolute must. If you'd prefer to see the reef without getting wet, try a trip in a glass-bottom boat, or a helicopter ride above the reef.
Order a picnic hamper and a motorised dinghy, and take a romantic trip to one of the island's deserted beaches for an unbeatably romantic afternoon. You will feel like you are on your very own desert island while soaking up the sun and watching the gentle azure waves roll onto the soft, golden sand.
Guests will stay in one of only 40 stylish suites on Lizard Island, each with its own luxury range of amenities. These include, but are not limited to: climate control, a CD and iPod sound system, a fully stocked mini-bar, bath robes, premium bath products, beach towels, safety deposit box, and an evening turn-down service.
Perched on the tropical North-East coast of Australia, Cairns is bursting with culture, wildlife, and world-renowned natural beauty spots.
The city boasts not one, but two World Heritage-listed areas; the Great Barrier Reef, and the world's oldest tropical rainforest. The city itself dates back to 1876, and has grown rapidly from its origins as a small sugarcane exporting town to the buzzing, lively city that it is now.
Cairns provides the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef on Earth. If you want to dive into warm waters and explore a kaleidoscopic underwater world, then Cairns is the perfect destination.
If you are looking for a more relaxed Cairns holiday, which still includes the option to snorkel over the reef or admire the ancient rainforest, then the secluded haven of Port Douglas is a perfect destination. Fronted by the golden sands of Four Mile Beach, and enclosed by an emerald cluster of tropical greenery covered mountains, Port Douglas is the ultimate Australian escape.
Due to Cairns' tropical climate, it naturally has a monsoon season. To avoid the heavy rainfall, visits are best planned between June and October.
Although this is Australia's winter, daytime temperatures still average in the high twenties, so no need to worry; you can definitely leave your thermals at home.
Between the tropical rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian outback, and the city itself, would-be adventurers will never find themselves bored of exploring Cairns.
The range of activities available on the Reef alone is almost endless, from boat trips to explore coral islands and cays, to whale watching, to exhilarating helicopter rides to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above, to guided scuba-diving on the opulent reef - allowing you to get up close and personal with the 1500 species of fish that live there.
On lazier, languid, beach days, make sure to visit Cairns' esplanade. In this hotspot you will find not only a beautiful swimming lagoon, but barbecue areas, a range of sporting pitches and parks, and daily free exercise and yoga classes in and around the lagoon.
Cairns has a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bistros, which together provide an unmissable opportunity to experience a globe of cuisine in one city.
Cairns' specialities lie in fresh seafood and Asian cuisine; for an exquisite taste of both, try Cherry Blossom Japanese Restaurant, which has been serving fresh seafood and sushi to locals and tourists alike since 1987.
To drink, try a smooth, creamy flat white in one of Cairns' many esteemed coffee houses, or drop into the Blue Mango Cafe Wine Bar for a delicious cocktail accompanied by smooth live jazz.
Other than its twelve cinemas and two theatres, Cairns has a full range of nightlife options for everyone. Watch movies and sip cocktails from the pool in Gilligan's on Grafton street, or party the night away at any of the bars and clubs on Spence street.
For something different and spectacular, take a Cairns Harbour sunset cruise, or enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner that you will never forget in the breath taking setting of the rainforest.
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.