5 Reasons to Return to Hayman Island

16 Apr 2015

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Captain Cook first sailed the waters around Hayman Island in 1770, only to return years later for another look. While today's visitors may have more leisurely exploits on their mind, the opportunity for discovery is still very much alive on this famous Coral Sea island.

The best way to experience this lush oasis is with a stay at One&Only Hayman Island. But, if you think you already know this premier property, think again. Having recently undergone a complete renovation, this well known property has been reborn. While it still boasts the same idyllic Coral Sea location near the famed Great Barrier Reef, the resort itself now features even greater levels of comfort, style and sophistication, making it well worth a return visit.

With its updated luxury credentials and stylish tropical panache, we wanted to find out what guests can expect since the transformation and reopening of the luxury property.

Untouched Surroundings
One&Only is still the only accommodation to be found on Hayman and the peaceful surroundings make for a relaxing environment in which to unwind. Of course there's plenty of opportunity for some fun out in nature too. Admire the underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkelling or diving tour, hike through the tropical rainforests to a mountain top lookout or simply take a stroll along a secluded beach.

This image: Aerial shot of One&Only Hayman Island.

 

This image: Blue Pearl Bay at One&Only Hayman Island.

KidsOnly Club & Babysitting Services
Even parents need a bit of 'R&R' with some private romantic time all to themselves. One&Only provides supervised entertainment for kids between the ages of 4 and 11 and babysitting services for children under 4 years of age. There's even a Teen's Club for twelve to seventeen year olds. Whether it's paddle-board lessons and outdoor excursions for the older kids or story time and engaging indoor activities for the littlies, kids will enjoy the wide range of resort activities on hand - and parents will appreciate the much needed time to relax and unwind.

This image: KidsOnly guided tour at One&Only Hayman Island.

 

World Class Cuisine
Prepare to be treated to the finest cuisine around. Whether it's a five-star meal in one of the elegant dining rooms, a casual beachside meal in the all-day dining restaurant, or a romantic dinner for two under the stars, the One&Only chefs create world-class gourmet selections for every sitting. From seafood and contemporary Australian to Asian and Italian, the top rated chefs prepare meals with a modern twist, using only the freshest ingredients. Be sure to check out the extensive wine list too for some great meal pairings.

This image: The entrance to One&Only Hayman Island's Intalian-inspired restaurant, Amici.

 

This image: The Aquazure beachfront dining venue at One&Only Hayman Island.

Look and Feel Your Best
Enjoy the pampered life at the world class One&Only Spa. Guests can choose from a 'Resilience Facial' and clay body wrap, a soothing 'Ocean Dreaming'  or 'Rainforest' massage or one of many professional hair and beauty services. Naturally, the spa uses only the best ingredients when it comes to hair and skin care. Guests will find a soothing range of luxury brand Amala products on hand.

This image: Ocean Massage available through One&Only Spa.

 

This image: The hair salon at One&Only Hayman Island.

Living the High Life
One of the most special features of One&Only is its stylish accommodation. Designed to take full advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings, guests will find lush tropical gardens, peaceful white sand beaches and the bright blue waters of the coral sea just steps away from each elegantly designed suite or villa. Some suites even offer direct 'swim out' access right to the pool. Each spacious suite and villa is beautifully decorated with contemporary furnishings and stylish accents. For the ultimate in luxury, the one, two and three bedroom penthouses provide unmatched elegance and privacy, as well as the best views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.

This image: Hayman Premium Ocean View Room at One&Only Hayman Island.

 

This image: Beach Villa at One&Only Hayman Island.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.