Beloved by honeymooners, divers, and well-heeled travelers, this outer Great Barrier Reef resort ticks all the high-end tropical-island vacation boxes: luxurious beachfront accommodation, fine food and wine, and world-class diving and fishing. The beachside rooms, suites, and sumptuous villas have sail-shaded decks and views of the turquoise bay. Simple but comfortable rooms reflect the beachy environs with restful oceanic blue, sand, and white color palettes, polished wood floors and blinds, tropical ceiling fans (as well as air-conditioning), and private, furnished verandas. The Departure Lounge, overlooking the pool, incorporates Azure day spa, a compact gym, a small boutique, and a guest library and lounge. Meals, served with fine wines and Champagne (included in the rate), change daily. For an extra fee, the chef will design a seven-course degustation dinner with matched wines to be served to you on a secluded beach. The food is high-quality, given the remote location, and the wine
list is city-standard; between meals, the well stocked resort bar serves cocktails, imported and local beers, spirits, liqueurs, tropical juices, and some excellent Australian and New Zealand wines. But most folk come for the environs, and it is these—and the diving, snorkeling, or deep-sea fishing excursions you take offshore—that will probably prove the highlights of your stay.
Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
03-9426–7550-bookings; 07-4043–1999-resort; 1300-863–248-toll-free in Australia