DAYDREAM WITH ME
Daydream Island’s revamped resort offers a stylish tropical escape, with a passion for the Great Barrier Reef
Imagine a tropical wonderland where baby stingrays live with colourful coral, starfish, crabs and sea cucumbers; where you really can be under the sea in the octopus’s garden; where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef; and where there’s a cocktail waiting for you when you’re done.
On Daydream Island, all of this is possible. Australia’s most-loved resort understands that travelling with a purpose — other than ensuring your friends are getting a significant dose of Instagram-induced envy — is important.
Which is why their new-look premium resort features three impressive new dining destinations, three new signature bars, more than 270 contemporary rooms and suites and the chance to visit the Living Reef and underwater observatory — an experience as moving as it is educational.
Each of the three restaurants has its own distinct flavour: Asian-fusion at Infinity; an interactive marketplace overlooking the Living Reef at Graze; and modern Australian cuisine at Inkstone Kitchen and Bar. The pool landscape winds through the resort, offering views of the Reef and leading to Barefoot Bar, a poolside haven of burgers and cocktails, and milkshakes for the kids. Those looking for a quiet sanctuary will cherish the tranquillity of an adult’s only area, while those with plenty of energy to burn have access to a helicopter, sailboats, jet skis and snorkelling.
Each night, rest your weary-yet-blissfully happy head in a suite with garden, pool or water views. You’re not dreaming, folks. This place is real.
Top: an aerial view of Daydream Island. Left: crispy-skin Bowen coral trout with squid ink linguine, smoked crocodile and Australian caviar salad, served at Inkstone Kitchen and Bar.