Resort Review: the Hayman on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Hip holidaying on the Great Barrier Reef. The luxurious, sensual and exclusive tropical resort Hayman recently underwent a total renovation.

Located on an islet in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hayman has an incredibly affordable “re-launch offer.” Getting to Hayman is itself an experience in living the high life of the jet set; via a luxury yacht or helicopter or seaplane.

The winner of dozens of luxury travel awards, this place is the real deal for romance, fine fare and total relaxation. There is a decent, but low-key nature-oriented spa and a plethora of other activities.

On the culinary front, Hayman has a “long-standing reputation as a food lover’s paradise” with plenty of Mediterranean and Asian fare highlighted by their “Chef’s Table” that’s hosted weekly by executive chef Glenn Bacon and the in-house sommelier.

To say it’s an award-winning hotel would be a bit of an understatement. Hayman has been consistently recognised as a world leader in resort excellence with prestigious accolades. Hayman’s Hall of Fame status and awards for 2010 and so far in 2011 include:

Australian Tourism Awards – Hall of Fame – Best Luxury Accommodation
Queensland Tourism Awards – Hall of Fame – Best Luxury Accommodation
National Travel Industry Awards – Hall of Fame – Best Hotel/Resort Australia
Luxury Travel & Style Magazine Gold List – Hall of Fame – Best Australian Resort
The Australian Travel & Tourism Awards – Best Resort Accommodation
Travel + Leisure US – Top 5 Hotels Australia & South Pacific, World’s Coolest Pools, World’s Best Service Awards
Conde Nast Traveler US – Top 10 Overseas Leisure Hotels
Conde Nast Traveller UK – Top 5 Overseas Leisure Hotels, Top Spas Australasia & South Pacific
Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence – Best Deluxe 5-Star Hotel, Best Restaurant
HM Awards – Australian Hotel Executive Chef of the Year – Highly Commended
National Savour Australia Catering Awards – Best Tourism Restaurant, Best European Restaurant, Best Asian Restaurant, Best Corporate Caterer, Best Wedding Caterer
Savour Australia Catering Awards Queensland – Major Awards – Restaurant of the Year, Corporate Caterer of the Year
Pevonia National Awards – Hotel/Resort Spa Customer Service Excellence


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