Need to know
Midday; check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $503.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $6.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include buffet breakfast and selected minibar snacks, including popcorn, nuts, crisps and ice-cream.
Pampering is down to a fine art at Lime, the hotel's polished day spa. Positioned on the water's edge, the retreat features a relaxation area with steam room, two plunge pools, a juice bar and eight serene treatment spaces. Plans are also in the works for a couple's sanctuary in the jungle.
At the hotel
Dive centre, day spa, gym with personal trainer, guest lounge and library, Active games room, three boutiques, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar and deli, flatscreen TV, iPod dock with preloaded iPod, CD/DVD player, Ren toiletries, loofahs.
Our favourite rooms
Set on a wide stretch of sand on the prime, sunset-flaunting side of the island, the Beach Studios with Private Pool are our top pick – Number 14 is smack-bang in the middle of things, so it's perfect for people watching. Villas One to Four are tucked back from the beach for added privacy, though guests do wander past on route to the pool.
Stretching out in front of Epicure eatery, the main infinity pool is surrounded by a lounger-topped, parasol-shaded terrace. An elevated, shallow tier is ideal for family-friendly splashing.
Leave your snorkel at home, as the Active centre can kit you out. You could almost do without shoes, too, as most of the restaurants encourage barefoot, sandy-toed dining. Mellow beach wear, floaty dresses and crisp cotton should take up most of your suitcase.
To get your fix of under-the-sea scenes, book a berth on the hotel's speedboat, which ferries guests out to the house reef daily at 2pm.
Children are welcome – baby cots are provided free of charge and extra beds are available (free for 2-11, and $244 for 12 and over). Play is the family-friendly island, where there's a kids club and daily activities. Babysitting costs from US$20 an hour.
Children are welcome – baby cots are free and extra beds for kids aged three to 15 cost US$40 a night.
All ages, though older children will get the most out of the activities here.
The One-bedroom and Two-bedroom Beach Pavilions with Pool offer more space for extra beds. Families with young kids may want to avoid the over-water villas.
Junior pursuits include the techy sports simulation rooms, photography lessons, cooking classes, sailing school, billiards, remote-control boats and cars, Xbox and a Wii centre.
There's a shallow tier at the main swimming pool for safe splashing, with floats.
Kids are welcome in Niyama's restaurants, with laid-back Epicure the most family-friendly eatery. Children's menus and highchairs make meal times a breeze. Staff will whip up packed lunches and can warm baby food or milk on request.
Babysitting costs US$15 an hour plus tax, given 24 hours' notice.
No need to pack
Baby cots, highchairs and sterilisers.