Hideaway – Escape to Hayman Island
While some executives head to the South of France, others to London or New York, for their holiday. There’s a great deal of luxury and relaxation to be had right in our own backyard. Hayman Island offers a peaceful idyll, family relaxation or a business r
The Great Barrier Reef is a landmark. Famed for its coral and its beauty, it laps Queensland’s Whitsunday islands. And within that group of islands is Hayman, named in honour of Thomas Hayman, the sea navigator who charted the island’s waters in 1866. Since the 1950s, Australians have flocked to Hayman’s 726 acres; surrounded by natural Australian bushland and bordered by pristine beaches and the Coral Sea.
A lot has changed since the 1950s, the most recent change occurring with the recent agreement between Mulpha Australia and Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury resorts. Kerzner is to assume management of the luxury island resort Hayman, Great Barrier Reef.
Hayman will push over a multi-million dollar renovation and be re-launched as One&Only Hayman Island in April 2014. This will be One&Only’s first resort in Australia, however Mulpha will retain full ownership of the island and the resort.
“Hayman has long been acclaimed as an iconic Australian resort and Kerzner is the perfect partner to herald in a new era for the resort under their One&Only brand,” said Mulpha Australia’s executive chairman Seng Huang Lee. “The transformational refurbishment combined with innovation and commitment to delivering an extraordinary level of service will redefine resort luxury in Australia.”
Positioned in the most beautiful locales in the world, One&Only offers luxury holiday experiences, catering to the most discerning travellers around the globe. Each award-winning resort offers memorable experiences through a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, genuine hospitality and vivid energy.
Due to Hayman’s natural beauty, it provided the ideal location for a luxury makeover. Situated in the very heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the island is surrounded by an amazing natural ecosystem of pristine coral reef formations and diverse marine life.
One&Only will present a number of unique guest experiences, enhanced accommodations, new culinary options and signature service throughout the resort. A renewed sense of vitality to the island will be underpinned by a strong sense of place through design and ambiance. DBI Design, in partnership with the Kerzner International Development Team, has been engaged for the interior design and landscape architecture for the resort’s rebirth.
“I am thrilled to introduce One&Only to Hayman Island. It is the perfect destination for the first One&Only in Australia and I know the resort will be well received by our many loyal One&Only guests, as well as guests that have been enjoying Hayman for years,” said Alan Leibman, CEO, Kerzner In- ternational. “My personal commitment is to make One&Only Hayman Island a ‘must stay’ for the well-travelled to explore the wonders of this magnificent destination.”
The Pool Wing will be redeveloped and feature new all-suite living spaces offering either one or two bedrooms. New Hayman rooms and Hayman suites, featuring ocean and lagoon views, will be introduced with reimagined interiors and amenities. The iconic pool will offer a renewed life and energy, complete with cabanas and day beds. Some suites will provide direct access to the pool, allowing guests to enjoy the water straight from their private terrace. The exclusive Beach Villas, with secluded second bedroom Retreat rooms, as well as the one, two and three-bedroom Penthouses, including the Owner’s Penthouse, will continue to offer the ultimate in exclusivity, privacy, personalised service and experience.
Hayman Island will offer a variety of world-class cuisines overseen by internationally acclaimed chefs. The resort will also house an indulgent Health Spa incorporating the incredible natural environment by utilising elements that are represented in the surrounding botanical gardens in addition to offering the latest in health and beauty. A new
Beauty Salon concept will be introduced adjacent to the Spa. In keeping with the latest fitness advancements, a state-of-the-art fitness centre with expert personal training will be added for a comprehensive health and wellbeing offering.
As with all One&Only properties, Hayman Island will cater to couples and families alike – preserving privacy and serenity for those who seek it whilst also providing engaging activities for all ages. Innovative offerings for families include the Kids Only Club and Teens Club, plus a separate family pool and children’s beach area. In addition, a new adult-only pool and chill-out lounge area will be introduced.
Guests will be able to enjoy a host of unique sporting facilities to discover the island and the Great Barrier Reef – one of the most complex natural ecosystems in the world with over 33,000 species found off the coastline. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the reef and all the wonders around it through special programmes led by dive experts and marine biologists, as well as hiking and private island exploration. Private weddings, events and conferences will be catered for in style with ample space for both intimate and larger groups.
‘ Guests will be able to enjoy a host of unique sporting facilities to discover the island and the Great Barrier Reef.’
As part of the ongoing development and investment programme, Mulpha Australia will continue a staged rollout of the ultra-luxury Hayman Private Residences and Hayman Marina Residences offering private ownership opportunities for select clients and guests.
The makeover will give Australia a rival to the brand’s other luxury resorts in the Mauritius, the Maldives, the Bahamas, Los Cabos, Mexico and Dubai.
So why travel outside Australia to an island paradise, when luxury is right at your fingertips.