Daydream Is­land’s re­vamped re­sort of­fers a stylish trop­i­cal es­cape, with a passion for the Great Bar­rier Reef

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Contributors -

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.

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