Colorfully decorated, with whimsical touches—starfish-and-shell-embedded toilet seats, mermaid and dolphin statues, a giant chess set, and outsize marine mobiles and murals—this family-focused resort has youthful, cheerful staff; kids' facilities; and numerous public facilities, including a lovely day spa. Condo-style garden- or ocean-view rooms and suites have cane and blond-wood furniture, beachy color schemes, and cream-tile floors, and all but a few have balconies.
All are air-conditioned and equipped with flat-sceen TVs and minibars. Complimentary resort activities include nightly live music and outdoor movies on a 44-foot screen; rain-forest walks and scavenger hunts; sporting activities such tennis, beach volleyball, and aqua-aerobics.and daily fish-feeding at the ocean-fed "living aquarium" that meanders through the grounds. Use of the resort's gym, tennis courts, and nonmotorized water-sports equipment are also free. The tour desk can arrange offshore excursions like reef-diving trips, flights, and catamaran cruises to Whitehaven beach. The Australiana-theme 19-hole miniature-golf course at the island's southern end is bargain-priced hilarity. Buffet breakfasts are included in most room packages. For a fee, child care is available.