Daydream af­ter Deb­bie

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - News -

It’s nearly two years since Cy­clone Deb­bie hov­ered over Daydream Is­land in Queens­land’s Whit­sun­days, de­stroy­ing its re­sort and fring­ing reef.

The reef is still re­cov­er­ing, but the re­sort re­opens on 10 April af­ter a $100 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment by Shang­haibased owner China Cap­i­tal In­vest­ment Group. It fea­tures a new look in 277 gue­strooms and suites, and a fresh fo­cus on cou­ples in adults-only ar­eas and eater­ies, in­clud­ing three new restau­rants and three bars.

The fam­ily ap­peal re­mains, says the re­sort’s Jayson Heron, with a re­vamped kids’ club and the re­open­ing of the Liv­ing Reef, a 1.5 mil­lion-litre la­goon filled with more than 100 species of marine fauna and co­ral. An un­der­wa­ter ob­ser­va­tory tended by three marine bi­ol­o­gists al­lows close view­ing and in­cludes an in­ter­ac­tive “touch tank”.

Also in the Whit­sun­days, Hay­man Is­land re­opens this year as an In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal re­sort, and the re­de­vel­op­ment of Daydream’s neigh­bour, South Molle Is­land, is ex­pected to start this year.

Daydream Is­land.

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