Fodor's Expert Review Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island Resort, Orpheus Island, Queensland, 4850, Australia Fodor's Choice

This unpretentious, eco-friendly resort epitomizes laid-back luxury, with sleekly appointed beachfront rooms, suites, and villas; romantic alfresco dining; boutique wines; and numerous outdoor activities included in the rate. Beachfront rooms come with sleek modern furnishings and private patios, air-conditioning, and plenty of creature comforts: well-stocked minibars, coffeemakers, iPod docks, and flat-screen LED TVs. With a maximum of 28 guests, no one competes for watercraft at the beaches or sunlounges around the infinity pool. Breakfasts are leisurely à la carte affairs, and tapas-style lunches are served alfresco. Nightly degustation dinners showcase locally sourced ingredients—many from the resort's sustainable veggie garden—and freshly caught seafood, served in the open-sided restaurant. Snorkeling, diving and fishing excursions, joyflights, and cruises to neighboring islands are easily scheduled, as are treatments at the tranquil day spa. Rates, discounted for longer stays, include all meals, select Australian wines, beers and soft drinks, unlimited use of dinghies, nonmotorized watercraft, light fishing tackle and snorkeling gear, and one nature-based island activity a day. Romantics will love the resort's signature al-fresco "Dining with the Tides" experience: watching fish jump from your candlelit table on the jetty is an Orpheus must-do.


  • idyllic environs
  • wonderful food and wine
  • free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • excellent underwater sites nearby


  • no in-room Internet
  • occasional geckos and insects indoors
  • three-night minimum stay over Christmas and New Year period


Green, Romantic, Service, LGBT


Phones: 07-4777–7377


14 rooms, suites, and villas
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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