Need to know
40, including 18 suites and 15 villas.
11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1375.37 (AU$1,726), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of AU$6.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates includes three meals a day, non-alcoholic drinks, a selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and Champagne, in-room minibar, picnic hampers, and the use of motorised dinghies, stand-up paddle boards and clearview kayaks.
For a full-on pamper, Lizard Island’s Essentia Day Spa specialises in body polishes, couple’s treatments and invigorating massages. There's no mobile phone coverage or reliable internet on the island so switch off and chill out.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, tennis court, library with books and games, TV lounge with free internet. In rooms: Bose sound system and free minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Book into one of the Beachfront Suites (numbers 23 to 26) for a room with an expansive balcony offering glimpses through the trees to the tranquil turquoise waters of Anchor Bay and Sunset Beach, and a path straight from balcony to beach. The Gardenview Suites, (rooms 17 and 18) are most suitable for families. In summer, stay in one of the Oceanview Villas – numbers 5 to 8 look out onto Sunset Beach, where the sun sinks spectacularly below the horizon in the summer months. Honeymooners and celebrities usually opt for the Pavilion – secluded, luxurious and boasting sweeping beach views, a wraparound sun-deck and a private plunge pool.
Surrounded by palms and with the sea as a backdrop, the hotel’s freshwater pool is lined with wooden decking and cosy cushioned loungers.
The hotel provides almost everything you’re likely to need, including snorkelling gear, wetsuits, beach towels and insect repellent. Do bring an underwater camera, however, to make the most of the unforgettable undersea panorama.
Two-night minimum stay, and an Environmental Management Charge of AU$6.50 a person, each day (capped at AU$19.50) will be charged. A surcharge applies for credit-card payments (1.5% for Visa and MasterCard, 3% for Amex).
Kids over 10 are welcome, but it's best to bring your little ones during the resort's Family Time dates (2 July - 16 July and 25 September – 8 October), when over-6s can stay.