Book a front row seat to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef at the ultra luxurious One&Only Hayman Island, Australia.

I visited this island paradise last month and it was arresting. Not only was I surrounded by secluded access to a natural wonder of the world, but the relaxed bliss of stunning stylish resort living.


The island is among the Whitsunday island group (of 74 islands) with rooms, suites, villas and penthouses couched amongst sprawling pools, lush gardens and two kilometers of unspoiled beaches. We got to tour the various styles of accommodation. The beach wing villas include a private pool and direct beach access with beach recliners, perfectly placed for a sunset drink, edged by still azure waters. Add a private butler to your wish list if you so please. The pool wing suite has direct swim-out access to the pool. The penthouses are uniquely designed (one by Diane Von Fürstenburg) and offer breathtaking luxury, so much so that Katy Perry has stayed in there!


Activities on the island are numerous. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing and helicopter and seaplane adventures out to the surrounding islands. You can exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness center, enjoy tennis or practice your golf swing on the driving range.


Adventure abounds in the calm waters of the Coral Sea where underwater magic beckons and some of the best snorkeling opportunities on the Reef. I couldn’t wait to head over to Hayman’s Blue Pearl Bay to swim amongst the multi-colored tropical fish and swaying coral.

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Mandatory on my list was a Hayman signature journey courtesy of the One&Only Spa. Ocean dreaming takes you to an entirely new sensory plane – a soothing 90-minute full body massage on a floating bed, on a turquoise sea. Absolute heaven.

I am delighted to add One & Only Hayman Island to the Rothschild Safaris portfolio. It is a highly recommended premium destination for a special family holiday (nannies available, kids and teens club), reunion, celebration, honeymoon or anniversary. The resort is so spaciously set out that it is able to discreetly accommodate adults on holiday as well as families. Needless to say, it’s an exquisite venue for a wedding, complete with ceremony setting and bridal party Rolls Royce. Event packages are also available.

Photos courtesy of One & Only Hayman Island