Need to know
90, including five suites. There are also 20 villas.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $185.28, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast.
Book your space in one of the hotel’s five wood-and-stone treatment rooms, where masseuses with the hands of angels rub ylang ylang oils and lemongrass into guests’ supine bodies. Unwind further with a tamarind scrub and herbal bath. The signature treatment is a 60-minute synchronised massage involving a floral foot ritual and two therapists (four hands: bliss).
At the hotel
Beach, spa, library, stash of DVDs, free WiFi in the business area, library and some room types. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, slippers, bathrobes.
Our favourite rooms
If your sweetheart isn’t wowed by the idea of a tropical bath overlooking hot-pink bougainvillea (a perk of staying in Deluxe Ocean room 201), we'll eat our kite. The villas really are worth the extra dollars: you'll get your own private pool, sociable sala, peaceful garden and buckets of indoor space. Like to live with a palm tree flourishing in middle of your pool? Book two-bedroom villa 431–432.
There’s an unheated infinity pool at the heart of the hotel's tropical gardens, with the beach just beyond.
A kite for the beach and a bottle of mosquito repellent - who wants bite marks as souvenirs?
Guests staying during the festive season must attend the gala dinner on New Year's Eve (US$283 an adult, US$142 a child aged 6–11); and there's an optional Christmas dinner on 24 December (US$156 an adult, US$78 a child aged 6–11).
Little Smiths are welcome. Babysitting needs to be booked three days ahead; cots are free; extra beds are AU$52 a night. The restaurant has a children’s menu.