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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Enjoy an Island getaway this Christmas!

Set off on a natural island escape to Heron Island to celebrate this Christmas with the whole family. Heron Island is a true coral cay located right on the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can swim straight off the beach to an endless garden of coral where the waters are teeming with fi sh and marine life.

Heron Island is offering the following exciting activities for all the family to enjoy this holiday season:

24 December – Christmas Eve
Bring the whole family and get into the Christmas sprit by joining us for Carols by Glow Light with the Heron island staff choir and Amazon Blue in the Pandanus lounge.

25 December - Christmas Day
Celebrate Christmas Day by joining us for a Christmas lunch feast! See Santa arrive by boat as he hands out presents to the kids. Cost is $75 per person.

At night, a Christmas buffet dinner will be served featuring your favourite Christmas carvery delights including roast turkey, chargrilled chicken and whole honey baked leg ham. Cost is $45 per person.

31 December – New Year’s Eve
Head off on the Farewell 2009 Sunset Cruise. Cost is $60 per person and includes cheese and wine. Please note that children are not catered for.

Enjoy New Year’s dinner in the Shearwater Restaurant. Cost is $45 per person for 2 courses or $55 per person for 3 courses.

Celebrate the last few hours of 2009 in style with the New Year’s Pirates of Capricornia themed event. Don’t forget to dress to impress.

In addition to the special festive activities, Heron Island is world famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling. Experience some of Australia’s best dive spots - more than 30 dive sites are available, half of which are only 15 minutes from the beach. Ensure you pay a visit to the Aqua Soul Spa, where you can relax and rejuvenate in delightful surrounds whilst experiencing a treatment.

Please click here for bookings & further information on the resort.

Monday, October 12, 2009

We wish to advise the Whitsunday Holiday Apartment swimming pool will be undergoing routine maintenance between the dates of 15 – 25 November 2009.

Works will take place between 9.00am and 4.30pm daily and noise will be kept to a minimum.

The Whitsunday Holiday Apartment pool will consequently be closed from 15 – 25 November 2009 and all Whitsunday Holiday Apartment guests will be given access to the Reef View Hotel pool (located next door).

In addition, Hamilton Island offers a range of other swimming pools including the Main Pool in the Resort Centre with its own swim up bar, the Dolphin Pool located at the Resort Centre and the Bougainvillaea Pool, overlooking Catseye Beach. These pools are located within easy walking distance from the Whitsunday Holiday Apartments.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tourism Queensland’s Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Ben Southall, has enjoyed action-packed adventures sea kayaking along the Hinchinbrook Island coast...

Ben's Diary: 22nd July 2009

As 9:00am arrived we made it back to the marina and this time the incredible Sea Goddess was there to meet us. If you know nothing about Hayman or the resort and this thing turns up to collect you, all of a sudden you can guess what you’re in for!

It was a perfect morning for sailing too; light wind, sunny spells and a blue ocean. After yesterday’s spotting of our first whale we were pretty optimistic we’d see another as we both headed up to the bridge to meet Bill our Captain for the journey. He’s been doing this for over 20 years and knows the ways of the sea and the islands like the back of his hand so the stories come thick and fast. We study a map of the islands and identify some of the peaks and passages we’re passing when all of a sudden…..”WHALE!!”.

We’re staying in one of Hayman’s Lagoon Suites overlooking the landscaped ponds complete with white swan and through to the beach in the distance. The room’s massive…a separate lounge area, huge free-standing bath (big enough for the two of us – as we found out later!) and immaculate wood trimmings. There are a few suites sited in this block, all to the east of the resort and hidden from the coast by an exotic collection of trees, palms and bamboo which in turn attract a variety of wildlife from the surrounding hills.

Nature entwines with the hotel really well; there’s loads of water features, green walls and gardens that must take a huge amount of upkeep.

Monique gave me a tour of the different accommodation types there are at the resort…and there’s quite a few. If you want the best then aim for the Beach Villa – literally sited with the waves lapping at the plunge pool steps, or the entry level Retreat Room still supplies all the goods you’d expect from a 5 star resort.

The pool here at Hayman is breath-taking, there are a couple, but the big one is humongous! A conventional pool at home may hold 15,000 litres of water – this one has 2,000,000 which means a heck of a lot of pool cleaning and much more than I, a simple Island Caretaker, can offer.

The wind was picking up and our afternoon activity was due to be a speedboat ride across to Langford Island, with the exceptionally low tide today our planned trip to Blue Pearl Bay had to be cancelled so we gathered together our fins, snorkel and mask and hitched a ride across to the long stretch of sand ready to take on the gusts and attempt to soak up some sunshine whilst exploring the underwater world.

We’d been advised that it might not be the best of snorkeling as the tide would be too low/wind was too strong/visibility would be bad and so I wandered into the water expecting the worst and was so pleasantly surprised I couldn’t stop taking photos! Ok there weren’t a huge amount of fish about but the coral was spectacular.

All types, shapes, sizes and colours – I spent nearly an hour in the water diving down and getting closer and closer, snapping away all the time and thought I’d take the time to produce a little collage of all the things I had been lucky enough to see….

Hayman Island is one of those places where you go to get away from everything; it has solitude, it feels remote and it’s a retreat from the hassles and pressures of everyday life and unlike other islands on the Great Barrier Reef, it can offer you that exclusivity without bounds. In saying that, if you’re looking for it, it can also be a hive of activity with so many discreet activities on offer along the beach and within the resort itself. The shopping offered is superb with a boutique to suit all tastes and maybe if you’re lucky…your wallet too!

The food still wins the Best Food of the Job so far Award…..

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