Hayman Island by InterContinental welcomed its first guest in over two years this morning when the property re-opened its doors with $135 million worth of changes inside.

The luxury catamaran-load of tourists were the first to see inside Hayman Island by InterContinental since 2017, when Tropical Cyclone Debbie swept through, leaving behind millions in damages.

Leanne Harwood, InterContinential Hotels Group’s Managing Director for Australasia and Japan, said it was a “tremendously proud” moment to watch guests re-enter the property and expand the brand’s presence in one of “the most sought-after destinations in the world”.

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The resort’s General Manager, Mark Eletr, concurred, saying that the renovated property will set a new benchmark in luxury travel with rooms designed to be “discreetly private”, a surrounding that offers “meaningful connection” and luxury offerings reimagined for the “modern traveller”.

Intrigued? Here’s a full rundown on how $135 million was spent to revolutionise the iconic island resort:

 

THE ROOMS

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All 166 rooms inside the private resort were renovated to offer visitors an “instant immersion” into island life. This is achieved guest rooms, suites and villas that hug the island’s pristine coastline. In other words, they’re completely surrounded by nature.

Rooms come with views of the Coral Sea and are divided into categories: Pool Wing, the Beach Wing and the Lagoon Wing.

New to the island is the ‘Three Bedroom Hayman Beach House’, which spreads across 400sqm and comes with a plunge pool, master ensuite and over-sized bathtub.

 

NEW RESTAURANTS & BARS

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The most significant change at Hayman Island by InterContinental is the introduction of five distinct restaurants and bars, each of which is inspired by “local flavours and global know-how”.

Pacific provides guests with heart breakfasts created by esteemed chefs every morning, while Bar Fifty helps them unwind at the end of the day with 1950s cocktails served with a Hayman twist.

AQUA is where guests can enjoy fresh pool-side flavours at the sea, while Amici Trattori serves up Italian-inspired pizza and Bam Bam comes with bold and zesty pan-Asian.

 

RELAXING LUXURY

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It wouldn’t be an island escape without some relaxing offerings. Step inside Hayman @ Spa.

The spa is described as the ideal spot for “meditation and energy healing practices” through one-of-a-kind Marine Treatments, quality products and more.

 

FOR THE KIDS

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For the smaller explorers, The Planet Trekkers kids club aims to deliver an 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.

 

GREENER PASTURES

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Safeguarding and protecting the island has always been a priority on Hayman Island, but never more so than now.

Guests will see first-hand the efforts going into conserving the destination as well as neighbouring reef ecosystems through initiatives such as an exclusively supplied 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 multiple still filtered water stations placed conveniently across the resort.

A unique glass-to-sand crusher will recycle glass bottles for use in the island’s gardens, while state-of-the-art in-room technology will conserve and maximise energy.

 

Accommodation at the property starts from AU$750 per night. Click here for more information.

 

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