Fodor's Expert Review One&Only Hayman Island

Raintree Ave., Hayman Island, Queensland, 4801, Australia

This magnificent resort is the grande dame of the Whitsundays, attracting worldly, high-flying guests seeking precious downtime and five-star services and facilities. Lush, landscaped grounds and elegant furnishings set a sophisticated tone in the lobby, restaurants, walkways, and public areas. Poolside garden, penthouse, and beachfront accommodations have white furnishings with black accents, and romantic, white-muslin-swathed four-poster-style beds. The former pool and lagoon wing rooms have been transformed into luxurious, open-plan suites. All are all large and well appointed, with minibars, free Wi-Fi, high-end entertainment systems, deep tubs, and balconies or decks. For luxury, nothing tops the penthouse suites (one was decorated by fashion doyen Diane von Furstenberg), except, perhaps, the kid-free beachfront villas and private beach house, each with its own infinity-edged plunge pool, outdoor rain shower, personal butler service, and ocean views. Hayman has plenty of upscae amenities: 24-hour room service; excellent indoor-outdoor gym; tranquil day spa; hair and beauty salon; several restaurants; a convivial lounge-bar; and an arcade of upmarket boutiques. A well-tailored activities program includes everything from private beach picnics to scenic flights, golf excursions, and dive trips on Hayman's fleet of sleek boats and charter aircraft. Expect to pay a premium for all this excellence—even small things like drinks cost that little bit more.


  • fine food and wine
  • impeccable interiors and grounds
  • wide array of on- and off-island activities
  • PADI dive center on-site
  • and proximity to outer Barrier Reef sites
  • PADI dive center on-site, and proximity to outer Barrier Reef sites


  • service standards patchy
  • a fair hike from some rooms to restaurants and public areas
  • room-raiding cockatoos fly through open balcony doors


Business, Romantic, Views


Phones: 07-4940–1234-guest services | 02-9308–0500-reservations | 1800-075175-toll-free in Australia | 866-552–0001-within U.S.


160 rooms, suites, penthouses, and beach houses
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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