Photography by Hayman Island
18 August 2022
Hayman Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is nestled at the northernmost point of the Whitsunday archipelago, beyond verdant cliffs reaching into endless sky.
For over 70 years, Hayman has been the best island to stay on since the Royal Hayman Hotel opened in 1950. Now, the only place to stay on the island is the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort which not so long ago underwent a $135 million refurb.
The resort has won countless awards and does not disappoint with its incredible pool, amenities and views over the Coral Sea.
It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey, and Hayman offers both a journey and destination to remember.
The luxury launch takes guests from Hamilton Island on a scenic trip through the Whitsundays with flutes of bubbles and canapés. Or, for the real rockstar transfer, take a 15-minute helicopter from Hamilton island. Guests can also arrive via private yacht charter.
The wow-factor at Hayman Island is hands-down the pool. One of the largest in the southern hemisphere, it’s as long as seven Olympic pools with a bar in the centre too.
Did we mention the pool? Not only are there 46 spectacular suites perched over the pool which look out to the Coral Sea, there are also a collection of one-bedroom pool access suites where guests can access the pool via their private double balcony.
There are a variety of fining on Hayman Island. At Pacific, you’ll find everything from a gourmet breakfast to an a-la-carte grill coupled with ocean views.
Amici offers wood-fired pizzas and tapas while Aqua boasts a healthy poke bowl and poolside cocktails. Don’t forget the Asian-fusion-styled Bam Bam, or the Grove Boutique & Café, who do a killer chai latte.
Bar Fifty is set in the lobby, offering small bites and a golf simulator. However, there are also numerous private dining experiences on offer.
Under The Stars vies for the most romantic, along with the Pacific Beach Dinner.
Under The Stars consists of a decadent four-course degustation menu with paired wines in one of the four exclusive cabanas besides Hayman’s iconic pool.
The Pacific Beach Dinner offers up the soft hues of a sunset over the Coral Sea while you dine at an intimate table on the beach, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and French champagne.
For absolute celebrity digs, the new and exclusive 400-square-metre Hayman Beach House is the place to stay. It offers three lavish suites, each with a plunge pool, private sun loungers and direct beach access.
Hayman is the closest private island to the Barrier Reef and thus offers an array of reef activities for guests, including swimming with turtles, helicopter tours, diving and snorkelling tours.
Complimentary activities at the resort include paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing with plenty of staff on hand to show you what to do.
For an adventure, hike through the bushland to Blue Pearl Bay, which offers snorkelling and the possibility of bumping into a huge Maori Wrasse fish, as well as other spectacular marine life.
Spa time is a must on any holiday and the Hayman Spa and Salon does not disappoint. Try the Bamboo Loft for a private, deep-soaking bath.
Or, book a deep immersion facial, gemstone therapy session or massage before sweating it out in the sauna. Treatments are also available in the resort’s Rainforest Cabana or in the privacy of your own room.
Tennis courts, table tennis, squash courts and a resident tennis professional are also top favourites among guests looking for something fun yet relaxing to do.