Staying on Lizard Island is a dazzling experience even before you’ve arrived. Guests travel 60 minutes by plane to reach this internationally renowned resort, flying over fringing reef and sparkling azure water, spotting whales and white crescent beaches from the air before being greeted with a view that has them reaching for a swimsuit.
Wooden boardwalks meander through thickets of eucalypt and acacia, revealing tantalising ocean glimpses and leading people to each secluded villa dotted throughout the resort. Accommodation at Lizard Island is the epitome of beachside chic, with plenty of high-end touches like divine Aesop toiletries and a fully stocked complimentary mini-bar. Every suite comes with sea views and an outdoor day bed that’s perfect for watching the sunset while sipping a glass of champagne. That said, a drink at the Lodge Bar is equally enjoyable thanks to an interesting mix of local and international guests. The atmosphere is convivial and sophisticated, and the view divine, particularly as the evening sky changes hue like a kaleidoscope over Anchor Bay. Deciding on the ideal sunset tipple can be a challenge as the likes of Louis Roederer Champagne is included in the tariff along with an impressive range of well-known New World wines with a few interesting surprises thrown in. Dining is also included, with much-awarded Queensland chef Mark Jensen overseeing the kitchen.
While the resort itself is outstanding, it’s rivalled by the surrounding landscape. Lizard Island offers excellent walking tracks and, located right on the Great Barrier Reef, it boasts some of the best snorkelling in the world including the renowned Cod Hole, with its posse of massive, yet friendly Potato Cod.
With scheduled activities such as snorkel trips, sunset cruises, guided walks and reef discovery talks, there’s plenty in and out of the water to keep guests entertained.
The Beach Club has sailing catamarans, glass-bottom paddle skis and dinghies for hire, which can be used to reach the 24 deserted beaches around the island. Pre-order a picnic lunch for two and spend the day completely alone, snorkelling and exploring the island by boat. At Lizard Island it’s possible to do as much, or as little, as you wish.