Jackie Adams, Finance and Administration Manager at The Travel Authority Group, has recently returned from a stay (October 2019) at this iconic resort which re-opened in July 2019 after a two-year, $100 million post-cyclone face-lift.
Here’s what she had to say about her luxurious 5-night stay.
Arriving off the plane in the idyllic Whitsundays, the transfer to Hayman Island takes about an hour. The journey includes delicious canapés and champagne, setting a wonderful tone for your impending Hayman holiday.
We stayed in a Retreat Room—the resort’s lead-in room category. The 16 Retreat Rooms are located in the resort’s Beach Wing.
Ours had a comfortable king bed, a courtyard fitted with a deck chair and a large bathroom which included an outdoor shower. There was no view to speak of, but other room types vary between ocean and pool views. The newly refurbished resort offers a range of room types, from direct access pool rooms, to 2 bedroom suites, even entire houses.
The refurbishment has delivered an emphasis on sustainability and technology. Everything from in-room lighting to the booking of activities is controlled by iPad, and water bottles are provided which can be topped up at the refilling stations around the resort.
The buffet breakfast was a highlight, especially the make-your-own-juice station, barista-made coffee, and a unique Asian influence.
The resort offers many non-motorised activities including kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, Hobie Cats and sailboards that are free to use as well as a number of complimentary gym classes—all of which we tried!
There is also a network of walking trails on the island which lead to isolated beaches where you can bring snorkels or a picnic. As you might also expect, there are many other paid activities including private boat charters, island hopping, helicopter rides, jet skiing and numerous other adventure activities.
If you are not the outdoorsy type, the resort has a fabulous spa that uses Sodashi products, and a hair salon.
We spent most of our time relaxing by the legendary Hayman Island pool which still stands as the largest pool in the Southern Hemisphere.
There’s also a heated infinity pool which was a delight when it was bit cool out.
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort has three restaurants to choose from of an evening: Amici, an Italian Trattoria; Pacific which is more fine dining; and the Pan-Asian restaurant Bam Bam which offers a more casual vibe.
We stayed during school holidays and, although breakfast and dinner could be busy, the resort never felt crowded and we always found a lounge by the pool or beach, and there were no issues accessing water sports equipment at any time.
We had a very relaxing break, and the staff were always attentive and happy to help with any requests. Hayman remains a family-friendly resort, but there are many areas of seclusion including a wonderful adults-only beach.
If it has been a while since you last visited Hayman, it’s certainly worth a re-visit!
Hayman Island sits at the northernmost point of Australia’s Whitsunday archipelago.
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