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Hayman Island, Australia
I stayed for five nights in the luxurious One&Only Resort on Hayman Island #Australia. This is truly the place for #relaxation, with the pool and ocean making for a fantastic view. There's a spa and fitness centre if you want to keep #active too.
Unfortunately, luxurious getaways in Australia come with a far greater price tag than their overseas competitors. However, upon your arrival at Hayman Island all thoughts of money are forgotten thanks to the breathtaking views.
We stayed 5 nights on the island in the 'Premium Double Room with Ocean View'. With high end finishing, marble floors, the most comfortable bed you can imagine and a simply amazing view, I was very pleased with my decision to spend a little more to secure this room.
the most comfortable bed you can imagine
You're treated like royalty from the moment you arrive at Hamilton Island Airport. Instead of collecting your luggage you're ushered into a comfy waiting room whilst One&Only staff head off to collect it for you. From there you're escorted to a mini-van and driven around to a private gate at the airport and up to your private helicopter transfer (would definitely recommend spending the extra money on this as the views are amazing).
Once landing you're asked to leave all of your bags and belongings with the aircraft and are driven on a golf buggy to the main area of the resort. You're given a private tour of the resort before being shown to your room with a porter delivering your baggage just moments after.
Breakfast is included in the pricing of your room and the buffet should not be missed. As a coeliac I was a bit sceptical at what choices I would have, however, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find a table with gluten free beards, muffins and other baked goods.
the buffet should not be missed
The pools are exquisite! I would recommend making the journey to the larger pool as it's mostly empty. The water is a perfect temperature to counter the hot sun and staff are there to deliver you any food or drinks that you may like.
The water is a perfect temperature
The dining was the disappointment of the trip. Although the meals were great and the choice was plenty, I found it quite rude that all restaurants were rather overpriced especially as guests are already spending over $700 per night. Bookings are essential for the restaurants or you may end up turning to room service. Which isn't all bad as the room service menu takes meal options from several of the restaurants giving you quite a few options.
Activities are in an abundance! Each evening you're provided with a list of activities available for the next day. Whilst most are at an additional cost, there are a few free activities that are certainly worth doing. Highlights included the Blue Pearl Bay 1 hike & snorkel, reef fish feeding, sand flats tour, catamaraning and the sunset peak hike. The inner reef snorkel is well worth the cost!
When you can't bring yourself to lounge by the pool or head out and explore the island there is also a recreation centre that is open 24 hours with tennis, pool, table games, a putting green and a driving range.
Despite the price we will both be sad to leave. The staff complemented the location perfectly and it was a great experience.