The last day of the conference was spent at the beautiful Hayman Island which has long been on my ‘one day if I’m lucky I’ll get there’ travel destinations. I’ve spent many a moment drooling over photos of this resort online and through other people’s photos but had heard that over the past few years that it was getting a little “tired” as many resorts do after many years.
About 2 years ago there was a very large injection of cash into the gardens and rooms and building some new beach pavilions with their own plunge pools – a general ‘freshening up’ of the old girl. The gardens are BEAUTIFUL and very well looked after. The interiors were fabulous. The staff were so friendly. The place looked fresh and clean and everything I hoped it would be and was ranked right up there with some of the other beautiful places I’ve had the luck and pleasure of staying in overseas over the past few years. Our last dinner was the Chef’s Table in the bowels of the kitchen of the resort – an 8 course degustation with matching wines and it was quite simply amazing.
I will be back with Rob and the girls for a few days if we can. For sure. There are lounge chairs by the pool that are calling my name. Beachside bars begging for me to have a cocktail at. Water for me to swim in. Yes, I need to get back here.
The past 4 days were quite amazing. I kept pinching myself, over and over again. Is this really happening? How on EARTH did I get here? I’m very grateful to Lorraine and her hard working staff for arranging an amazing conference for us all and for Tourism Queensland & The Cruise Whitsundays crew for showing the destination in all it’s glory. I will say that when I think of tropical holidays my mind does tend to wander to overseas places like Fiji or Thailand or Bali, but there is so much, right here on our doorstop that is stunning and just 2 hours away, and I know that I’ll be back in the not too distant future.
Have you been to the Whitsundays before?
Where’s your favourite Australian travel destination?
What’s next on your travel bucket list?