Orpheus Island was named after the Royal Navy ship Orpheus, not the Greek mythological figure with a gift for song, but this doesn’t stop guests from singing the resort’s praises. Orpheus is one of the few remaining privately-owned islands in the world and is accessible only by helicopter or seaplane. For guests this means absolute privacy, not to mention an arrival worthy of any movie star. In fact, many famous guests including actress Vivien Leigh, Elton John and Phil Collins have fallen under this island’s spell. The atmosphere is serene, with lapping waves and birdsong the only sounds to be heard.
All accommodation is located on the beachfront with a private outdoor courtyard for showering
under the stars. There are just two room categories to choose from, the Retreat Rooms which are studio- style or the luxurious Nautilus Suites which are more spacious, offering a huge private patio, separate lounge and bedroom area, and personal spa.
An abundance of little touches such as having rooms discreetly made up while people are at breakfast, rather than at a time which suits the resort, earn Orpheus Island rave reviews from past visitors. Other guests tend to be well-travelled, adventurous types who embrace the vast range of activities on offer, most of which are complimentary.
Active excursions are balanced with genteel pursuits such as a formal High Tea for two served outdoors overlooking Hazards Bay or guided seaside strolls.
A must for honeymooners is the Sunset Cruise with pre-dinner nibbles and champagne or an Orpheus Dinghy Adventure. Couples can request a drop-off or be masters of their own vessel and discover the coral garden in secluded Cattle Bay, go beachcombing at South Beach or feed the fish at Yanks Jetty.
Guests who opt for a romantic dinner on the jetty get to enjoy their sunset in private, sipping champagne and being waited on by a dedicated staff member while watching the multitude of tropical fish, reef sharks and stingrays swim by below.