This exclusive island is tucked away in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef, its 1,000 hectares host to no fewer than 24 golden-sand beaches. And, with just 40 luxury suites and villas, that means a private beach for every couple. You’ll also have the reef’s underwater delights quite literally on your doorstep meaning no long boat rides to dive sites. Each guest is given complimentary use of a motorised dinghy so, within moments, you can be snorkelling with tropical fish among great coral formations. In fact, there’s a full spread of included activities, ranging from stand-up paddle boarding and glass-bottom boat trips to snorkel lessons and nature-trail walks. If you’d like to explore further, consider booking on to reef dives, fishing charters or perhaps a private champagne cruise.
When you return, you’ll be treated to superb, all-inclusive dining at the lodge’s restaurant. The finest seafood, sourced for the surrounding waters, is served up to 180° ocean views and washed down with included fine wines, beers and soft drinks. It’s all complemented by fresh produce from the mainland, brought in on daily flights and transformed into menus that span from Asian delicacies to contemporary Australian delights. You’ll also have the option of enjoying a private beach picnic, free of charge. The lodge’s staff will drop you off on an exclusive stretch of sand before retuning at a designated time.
When you’re not indulging or exploring, there’s also an excellent selection of facilities. There’s a tennis court, freshwater swimming pool, gym, a very good spa and a library stocked with books and games. The sunset bar, also complimentary, is particularly good. In turn, the comfortable accommodation all comes with private decks, set among tropical gardens or positioned right on the beachfront. Upgrade for plunge pools, deckside daybeds and even a spectacular villa poised on a clifftop.