Have you ever been to a place that you both loved, and at the same time were desperate to escape? For me, that was Hayman Island. The pool villa rooms at Hayman are absolutely fantastic, there is no two ways about it. One of the finest rooms I have ever had the pleasure of staying in, anywhere. However, there is precious little to do on Hayman.
Hayman Island resort, is the only thing on the entire island. This is a very small island in the Whitsundays. The main draw, is seclusion and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The island is so isolated in fact, that there is no airstrip. The only way to get to the resort is to fly into nearby Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) then take either a boat, helicopter or seaplane to Hayman.
As luck would have it, the weather gods smiled on us, and we were to be transferred to Hayman Island via seaplane. I’d never flown in a seaplane before, so I was interested to see what it would be like to land on the water. Even better, as there was only one pilot, I was permitted to fly in the right seat, where the co-pilot would normally sit.
The flight from HTI to Hayman was over some pristine white sand beaches and landing in the water was a trip. After the plane shimmied up on the shore, all the guests & gear were offloaded, and I was on a golf cart headed for my pool villa.
I could try to explain the pool villas, but it’s really just easier to post pictures. A couple of notes on things that won’t come through in the pictures…Hayman provides iPod and iPad’s in each pool villa, the TV is setup for both normal television and Apple TV (they will download any movies or shows you want for you), the outdoor kitchen near the plunge pool is stocked with beer, wine, water and mixers, all of which are gratis. Only the hard booze comes with a pricetag. All of that is minutia though, the photos say it better than I can.
I got thoroughly sunburned on my first day in Hayman. I stubbornly refused to put on any sunblock and went out during the brutal noon to 2PM stretch. I found out the hard way, that 30 minutes in the Australian sun, can be as bad as five hours in the Florida sun. The resort was kind enough to organize a screening of the Super Bowl, and it was a pleasure to drink beers in the lounge at 9:30 AM (Super Bowl Monday?) and watch my Giants take the Patriots down in agonizing fashion once again. The highlight of the trip was a helicopter trip out to a remote platform on the Great Barrier Reef and snorkeling on the reef. All in all, a great and relaxing break.
On the way back to Hamilton Island, it was a boat transfer, and then the short hop back to Sydney.
PROS: An absolutely stunning location, the pool villas are amazing, nice beach, attentive & helpful staff.
CONS: There isn’t much to do when you aren’t on the reef and everyone there is 60+, on their Honeymoon, or a couple with young children. Also, the food was not so great.
OVERALL: I would come back, but only if for a special occasion.