Flung far on the northernmost reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is well worth the hour-long flight from Cairns to reach such a remarkable natural haven. Every aspect of the resort’s 40 guest rooms, suites and villas - from the neutral colour palette to the floor-to-ceiling windows - is designed to maximise views of the palm-fringed, gin-clear waters and tropical gardens. What makes the island even more special – aside from its prime position on the reef – are its 24 private beaches. The resort's passionate marine team can provide a private motorised dinghy and a gourmet picnic hamper so you can spend the day on a secluded, sandy bay – with the guarantee that you’ll have it all to yourself.
If it is marine adventures you seek, the team are also on hand to arrange stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and snorkelling gear, or perhaps organise a spot of scuba diving at nearby Cod Hole. Glass-bottomed boat trips and guided hikes are also on offer, or you may wish to visit the Lizard Island Research Station to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.
Back at the resort, work up an appetite for lunch with a game of tennis, unwind by the pool or opt for some pampering in the spa. To fuel your adventures, dishes on the Salt Water Restaurant’s daily changing menu are inspired by the finest local produce; as you’d expect there is an emphasis on freshly-caught seafood, but meat lovers and vegetarians will find plenty to tempt them too. For something extra-special, reserve one of the two private pavilions on the beach for a seven-course tasting menu; each pavilion is perfectly positioned for uninterrupted views of the sunset.
Couples and romantics
Lovers of marine adventures
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Glide across Anchor Bay’s crystal-clear waters on glass-bottomed kayak or paddle board
Take a lap or two of the palm-shaded swimming pool
Burn off any excess energy on the tennis court
Recover from the day’s adventures on your private deck, or with a soothing massage in the spa
Head to the Driftwood Bar for pre-dinner drinks
Feast on fine modern Australian cuisine over dinner at the Salt Water Restaurant, enjoying views over Anchor Bay
Take in a memorable sunset over a seven-course tasting menu in one of the private beach pavilions
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Pack up a picnic and tour some of the island’s 24 beaches on your own private dinghy
Learn about the flora and fauna on Lizard Island on a guided nature walk
Snorkel in pristine coves and coral gardens, drifting past green turtles, giant clams and a dazzling array of colourful reef fish
Set out on a hike to Cook’s Look, following the footsteps of Captain Cook as you ascend the island’s highest summit
Go scuba diving on some of the reef’s most enchanting and least-visited dive sites
Fish for Mackerel and Queenfish on the inner reef, and Sailfish and Black Marlin on the outer reef
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