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THE INTERCONTI­NETAL RE­SORT SETS A NEW STAN­DARD IN AC­COM­MO­DA­TION AF­TER A $135 MIL­LION MAKEOVER

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Hayman Is­land by In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal, lo­cated at the north­ern­most point in the Whit­sun­day Is­lands, has opened it doors for the first time since un­der­go­ing a $135 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment, en­sur­ing the high­est stan­dards of luxury and ser­vice de­liv­ered to guests vis­it­ing one of the world’s most de­sir­able des­ti­na­tions.

Hayman Is­land is an iconic Aus­tralian re­sort des­ti­na­tion in the heart of the world-fa­mous Great Bar­rier Reef.

The re­sort cre­ated a new bench­mark for the Aus­tralian mar­ket upon open­ing and the in­vest­ment of $135 mil­lion to re­po­si­tion and re­launch Hayman will cre­ate a new stan­dard for luxury re­sort travel in the re­gion.

En­vi­sioned by a har­mo­nious group of lead­ers from the de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural world in­clud­ing DBI De­signs, DAARC and KY De­sign, the 166-room pri­vate re­sort of­fers in­stant im­mer­sion for guests into is­land life as they ar­rive by luxury cata­ma­ran, he­li­copter or sea­plane.

Three dis­tinct wings of guest rooms, suites and vil­las hug the pris­tine coast­line of the is­land: the Pool Wing, the Beach Wing and the La­goon Wing, each boast­ing breath­tak­ing views of the Coral Sea.

A new ad­di­tion to the ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing on the is­land is the ex­quis­ite three-bed­room Hayman Beach House, fronting Hayman Beach and of­fer­ing

400sq m of lux­u­ri­ous pri­vacy. Each of the three en­com­pass­ing suites has its own plunge pool, master en­suite and over-sized bath­tub. The so­cial spa­ces of­fer open-plan din­ing and liv­ing room, al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing, pri­vate sun loungers and un­ob­structed beach ac­cess.

In­tro­duc­ing the restau­rant and bars ex­pe­ri­ence as one of the most sig­nif­i­cant changes to the re­sort, Hayman Is­land by In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal has in­tro­duced five dis­tinct restau­rants and bars, each an ex­quis­ite des­ti­na­tion in their own right in­spired by lo­cal flavours and global know-how.

Pa­cific is where guests will be­gin their days ex­plor­ing the break­fast sta­tions and seek­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the es­teemed chefs.

As the sun sets over the coral sea, Bar Fifty in the heart of the re­sort trans­ports guests back to an era of glo­be­trot­ters in the 1950s, serv­ing clas­sic cock­tails with a Hayman twist.

Guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore the flavours as they roam across the re­sort, from the fresh pool-side flavours of the sea of­fered at Aqua to the roar­ing Ital­ian-in­spired pizza ovens of Amici Trat­tori and the bold and zesty pan-asian cui­sine at Bam Bam.

Guests have plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from, tak­ing ad­van­tage of be­ing on the clos­est pri­vate is­land to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

From div­ing ex­cur­sions to one of the seven won­ders of the world to guided trop­i­cal hikes across the is­land, guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore at their own pace. Swim with tur­tles in the kalei­do­scopic azure seas sur­round­ing the is­land or ex­pe­ri­ence the magic from the air by he­li­copter or sea­plane for breath­tak­ing views of the Whit­sun­days.

For the smaller ex­plor­ers, The Planet Trekkers kids club, de­liv­ers an equally im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren.

Ac­tiv­i­ties have been cre­ated to spark cu­rios­ity in the is­land’s sur­rounds with in­sight-filled learn­ing ses­sions about the Great Bar­rier Reef, coral plant­ing ad­ven­tures and ju­nior med­i­ta­tion classes for the whole fam­ily.

The Hayman Spa of­fers med­i­ta­tion and en­ergy heal­ing prac­tices, as well as sig­na­ture treat­ments con­cep­tu­alised with em­pha­sis on their trans­for­ma­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Guests will be taken on a jour­ney of ed­u­ca­tion when it comes to the is­land’s neigh­bour­ing reef ecosys­tems and will be ex­clu­sively supplied with reef-safe sun­screen.

Guests will also re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary, re­us­able wa­ter bot­tle upon check-in, re­in­forc­ing the ban on sin­gle-use plas­tics, and will be en­cour­aged to re­fill this dur­ing their stay from the nu­mer­ous still-fil­tered wa­ter sta­tions placed across the re­sort.

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