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Hayman Island

Sunset cruises, seaplane flights, island-hopping, adventure tours, diving, fishing, swimming and snorkelling: Hayman Island offers so many activities guests could be excused for spending most of their time away from the resort. Not that this ever happens. There’s much more to Hayman than its iconic swimming pool which, it must be said, looks even more impressive than in the photos.

Aside from swimming in the famous salt-water pool, there are plenty of reasons to never leave your room, let alone the island itself, particularly for those staying in one of the newly opened Beach Villas located in a prime position on the Hayman shores. Each has a private plunge pool with uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and a daily tariff which includes all beverages, with wine and canapes served in-room by a butler each evening, and a different bespoke gift left on the pillow every night.

These luxurious villas seem to have been designed with honeymooners in mind, but with only eight available, it pays to book early. Suitably romantic alternatives include the popular pool access rooms, and the lesser-known lagoon suites with their stunning ocean vistas (those with an uninterrupted view cost a little more but are well worth the extra spend).

Dining out is a highlight at Hayman Island, with the resort picking up five awards at the recent National Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards, including one for The Chef’s Table, a signature dining experience which takes guests behind the scenes of the kitchen and includes a guided tour of the famous chocolate room.

The resort also took out Best Wedding Caterer, making it a tempting location for a destination wedding. And with ceremony options including beaches, a formal garden or the pretty coconut grove overlooking the ocean, there is something to suit every taste.

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