This magnificent resort is the grande dame of the Whitsundays, attracting worldly, high-flying guests seeking precious downtime. Five-star services and facilities, landscaped grounds, and exquisite objets d'art set a quietly elegant tone in the lobby, restaurants, walkways, and public areas. Lagoon, pool, garden, penthouse, and beachfront accommodations have white furnishings with black accents, and romantic, white-muslin-swathed four-poster-style beds. The pool and lagoon wing rooms have been transformed into luxurious, open-plan suites. All are all large and well appointed, with minibars, Wi-Fi access, high-end entertainment systems, deep tubs, and balconies or decks. For luxury, nothing tops the penthouse suites (one was decorated by fashion doyen Diane von Furstenberg), except, perhaps, the kid-free beachfront villas and private beach house, each with its own infinity-edged plunge pool, outdoor rain shower, personal butler service, and ocean views. Hayman has plenty of upscae amenities:
24-hour room service; indoor-outdoor gym; tranquil day spa and beauty salon; restaurants; and an arcade of upmarket boutiques. A well-tailored activities program includes everything from private beach picnics to scenic flights, golf excursions, and dive trips on Hayman's fleet of sleek boats. Expect to pay a premium for all this excellence—even small things like drinks cost that little bit more.