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

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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.

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