Lizard Island Resort

Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia

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, furnished 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 a day spa, a compact gym, a small boutique, and a guest library and lounge. Meals at Salt Water Restaurant, 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. Lounging around the resort and exploring its beaches and coves is a pleasure, though successive cyclones have damaged much of the island's vegetation. But most folk come for Lizard's proximity to the reef and it is the diving, snorkeling, or deep-sea fishing excursions you take offshore that may prove the highlights of your stay.

PROS

  • superb diving and fishing
  • quality food and wine
  • use of nonmotorized watercraft and dinghies

CONS

  • successive cyclones have damaged the island's vegetation
  • lighting inadequate for reading
  • no cell-phone coverage

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 1300-731551 -bookings (toll-free in Australia) | 07-4043–1999-resort | 844-887–6724-toll-free in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

Rate Includes: 39 villas, 1 pavilionAll-inclusive

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