Nestled close to the northernmost point of Australia's Whitsunday archipelago, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island is the nearest Whitsunday Island to the Outer Reef, including the world-famous Heart Reef.
In 1947, Australian aviation pioneer Reginald Ansett fell in love with Hayman and acquired the island. Work began on the Royal Hayman Hotel, which was opened in 1950 by Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Arthur Fadden, in anticipation of a Royal visit to Australia, for which Hayman Island was granted a Royal Charter.
Hayman Island Resort soon earned the reputation as Australia’s foremost leisure and honeymoon destination and attracted widespread international recognition. Arrival was by ‘flying boat’ as the majestic Catalina and Sandringham seaplanes were known. The Island contributed to Australian popular culture when the classic television series Barrier Reef began filming in 1969. The show introduced a generation of Australians to the excitement of exploration and underwater adventure.
By July 1985, a two year, AU$300 million project commenced to transform the island into a true luxury island resort and lifestyle destination. In 1987 Hayman Island, Australia was invited to join The Leading Hotels of the World. The resort undertook another significant renovation in 2001.
In June 2004, a new vision took shape as Mulpha Australia Limited acquired Hayman, and, in January 2010, after almost six years of careful planning, design and environmental consultations, the final approvals were granted. The initial phase of this strategic plan included revitalisation of the iconic pool and the creation of luxurious Beach Villas designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Kerry Hill and offering unsurpassed interior appointments and uninterrupted beachfront views of the Coral Sea.
In 2013, One&Only Resorts took over management of Hayman on behalf of Mulpha Australia Limited. The property launched on July 1, 2014 as One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, after extensive development plans were completed.