Whitsundays Magic: Daydream Island Resort & Spa

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One of Australia’s best-loved and most iconic holiday destinations, the Daydream Island Resort & Spa has been the island getaway spot of choice for generations of local and international leisure-seekers. Offering a true tropical island experience and an awesome array of engaging activities, Daydream is the ideal place for families with children and couples embarking on a romantic escape.

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Daydream Island Resort & Spa

The Resort

Daydream Island Resort & Spa’s overwhelming popularity is evidenced by a jam-packed trophy cabinet bursting with well-deserved awards and accolades. The resort boasts a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (for its Rejuvenation Spa and Living Reef) and several 2014 Whitsunday Tourism & Business Awards (winner of the People’s Choice Award, Best Deluxe Accommodation Award and Best Tourist Attraction Award). Daydream was also inducted into the Whitsunday Tourism Hall of Fame for an incredible third consecutive year (2012, 2013 and 2014).

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Daydream is located just a short (30-minute) cruise away from Hamilton Island’s Great Barrier Reef Airport, so your island adventure will be underway in no time at all!

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The resort presents guests with the perfect blend of island comfort, welcoming hospitality, a pristine natural environment with an abundance of native wildlife, and top-notch facilities. From the rooms, to the staff and the diverse dining options – you’ll fall in love with every aspect of Daydream.

The Rooms

We couldn’t wait to start exploring this heavenly oasis, so we headed off to our rooms to start unpacking and settling-in.

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Our Garden Balcony Room was comfy and well-appointed with a charming tropical decor motif and a convenient array of modern amenities. From the king-size bed and satellite TV, to the air-conditioned interiors and handy mini-bar; the room contained everything we could possibly need.

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We also enjoyed an upgrade to a plush Coral Ocean Balcony Room – aptly named, as the open-air balcony offers enhanced panoramic views of the surrounding islands and cobalt waters.

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Activities

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There’s an amazing amount of things to see and do at Daydream Island. From relaxing beside one of the three lagoon-style swimming pools, to hitting the waves at the beach for some fun, or even catching a twilight screening at the outdoor cinema (free for resort guests).

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We particularly loved experiencing the Living Reef enclosure – an incredible marine eco reserve brimming with technicolour coral, sickle fin lemon sharks, de-barbed stingrays and dazzling reef fish (charges apply)

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The stunning open-air aquarium contains about eight tonnes of living coral and has seven million litres of seawater pumped through its waterways every 24 hours.

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As part of the resort’s ‘Stingray Splash’ interactive experience (additional costs apply), we got the chance to wade through some of the more shallow sections of the Living Reef and meet some aquatic friends while a marine biologist told us about the local environment.

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With three beaches to choose from, there’s also loads of water-sports to enjoy – from kayaking and snorkelling to catamaran sailing and jet-skiing. The waters surrounding Daydream Island are home to some of the most breathtaking underwater coral reefs ever seen, so snorkelling is a must-do activity!

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Set aside some time to meander across the island for a guided nature walk – Daydream is home to an expansive range of native animals including these gorgeous wallabies!

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The kids (and those of us who are just young at heart) are also sure to love the resort’s ‘Aussie’ themed golf course – make your way through 19 challenging holes featuring famous Australian landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Great Barrier Reef.

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Of course, feel free to explore the surrounding Whitsunday Islands by setting out for a scenic cruise – you can do it all!

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Dining

A delectable range of dining options await at Daydream’s collection of on-site restaurants. With eight different eateries and bars to choose from, you’ll never tire of island dining.

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Our mornings usually began at Waterfalls Restaurant with a hearty fully-cooked buffet breakfast. We loaded-up for action-packed days with a selection of freshly baked pastries, cereals, toast and tropical fruits; plus a wide range of teas, coffees and fresh juices.

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Waterfalls also features nightly themed dinner buffets with options including carvery, Italian night and much more.

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The Fish Bowl Bistro is another great spot for casual fare and a few drinks, while the resort’s signature Mermaids Restaurant is the place to go for a satiating selection of fresh seafood.

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Rejuvenation Spa

Indulgence of a different kind can be found at the in-house Rejuvenation Spa – a little slice of heaven where the stresses and pressures of everyday life just seem to fade away.

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Our holiday package included a whopping $500 worth of spa credits to use during our stay ($50 per adult per day) and we certainly put them to good use. Be sure to try a soothing massage, aromatherapy treatment or beauty therapy session – you won’t be disappointed.

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With all this and so much more, it’s easy to see why Daydream Island is a one-of-a-kind holiday locale that’s earned a place in the hearts of countless travellers. So what are you waiting for? Experience the magic of Daydream Island Resort & Spa for yourself!

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