Great Barrier Reef, Australia

One&Only Hayman Island

Rates from (inc tax)$643.13

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21AUD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Low-key tropical luxe


Iconic private-island retreat

Ducking and diving is the name of the game at One&Only Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by the aquatic wonderland of the Coral Sea. Beyond the allure of the light, bright contemporary rooms, a raft of activities beckon, from scuba diving to tennis lessons. Afterwards, relax with a massage in an ocean-view pavilion or picnic on nearby Whitehaven Beach.

Smith Extra

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An 'Island Escapade' snorkelling trip for two, to either Blue Pearl Bay or Langford Island


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Need to know


160, including 58 suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $643.13 (AU$845), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD930.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a buffet breakfast, as well as all non-motorised water sports and guided walks. Rates exclude a surcharge of 1.7 per cent a stay for all credit-card payments (rates subject to change).

Please note

Staying over the new year? Enjoy the gala dinner! There's an additional fee for guests staying on December 31, 2016: $500 an adult and each child aged 12 or over, and $180 for under-12s. 

At the hotel

Spa, library, tennis courts, squash courts, pitch-and-putt golf, fitness centre, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, free bottled water, minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, One&Only Hayman Island toiletries, air-conditioning. Beach Villas, the Beach House and Penthouses have a free minibar and snacks.

Our favourite rooms

Here for a secluded grown-up getaway? The Beach Villas are for you. Right on the beach, each has a serene bedroom and luxe bathroom, complete with enormous tub, configured around a private pool and sunny deck. Ask for one at either end for extra privacy. Or, if you’re planning on spending all your time lounging by the pool, then the Pool Access Suites (the clue’s in the name) should be your first choice: room 143 is our favourite.


Dive into one of two pools, including the huge Iconic saltwater pool within a pool, and the heated fresh-water Aquazure family infinity pool overlooking Whitsunday Passage.


The One&Only Spa has 13 treatment rooms (one for couples), and an extensive menu that takes inspiration from its island environs.

Packing tips

If you’ve been lusting after an underwater casing for your camera, this is the time to get it. And don’t forget your binoculars for whale watching.


All public areas and several rooms are wheelchair accessible. The rooms and restaurants are all non-smoking, but lighting up’s allowed on balconies and in designated areas throughout the resort.


All ages are welcome, though Beach Villas and One-Bedroom Pool Access Suites are 12-and-over only. Under-3s stay free in their parents’ rooms; children aged 4–11 can stay in extra beds for AU$50 a night. Over-11s incur the adult rate of AU$200 a night.


The resort recycles water and works with local suppliers to source sustainable ingredients for its restaurants. It invites guests to donate to the ZooX fund to preserve the Great Barrier Reef and fund reef research.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Speak to the concierge and arrange a private dinner on the beach for a truly romantic meal.

Dress Code

This is exactly the sort of place for which designers create resort collections. (Pack a wrap: beachside dining can get chilly in winter.)

Hotel restaurant

Take your pick from the several on-site. Aquazure, overlooking the Coral Sea, is an open-air, family-friendly restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. Pacific serves up panoramic views of the Whitsundays as well as a locally sourced, seasonal breakfast buffet each morning. Amici’s focus is on Italian flavours, and Bamboo is pan-Asian.

Hotel bar

On the Rocks is the place for day drinking (and caviar in cabanas); head to Aquazure Beach Club for exotic cocktails and fine cognacs to end the night. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 6am; the restaurants are open till around 10pm.

Room service

Order whatever you like, whenever you like.


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One&Only Hayman Island
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland 4801, Australia
Great Barrier Reef


Most people fly to Great Barrier Reef Airport on nearby Hamilton Island (, which receives domestic flights from Australia’s major cities. Transfers are charged (AU$210 per adult or AU$105 per child from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017) and are generally made by launch. Guests can also choose to fly in to Whitsunday Coast Airport ( at Proserpine, where they board a transfer launch service (AU$165 per adult each way or $82.50 per child each way, from 1 April 2016–31 March 2017) from Port of Airlie. Please note, flight details must be sent to the hotel two weeks before you arrive. Without this information, your booking isn't confirmed, and you may have to pay extra for transfers.

Worth getting out of bed for

Are you a lay-back-and-do-nothing sort, or more of an everything-all-the-time type? The resort’s sumptuous spa and two kilometres of white-sand private beach should keep you busy doing not much for much of your stay; if you’re intent on doing more, take on a personal trainer or some bootcamp or yoga classes at the shiny new fitness centre.

And, staying on Hayman Island means you’ve bagged a front row seat to the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches a mighty 3,000 metres along Queensland’s coastline. Divers can marvel at the out-of-this-world tropical marine life, and if you’re not the type to dive straight in, you could be jetting off on a seaplane tour or embarking on a fishing adventure, both of which the hotel will organise for you. And, there’s free catamaran sailing, windsurfing and paddle skiing, so there’s no excuse to stay dry.

Of course, in this remarkable corner of the world there are beauteous beaches galore, and thanks to the hotel’s hiking groups, guests can trek the pretty trails along to some of the most picturesque sandy shores. Less enthusiastic trekkers, do not fret – Blue Pearl Bay is only a short hike away, and is arguably the most beautiful spot on the island.




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Anonymous review

Descending through the clouds and over the Great Barrier Reef and it was easy to see why the world’s largest coral reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Stretching 2,300km it’s the only one visible from space, flaunting nigh on 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands. Whoa. Mrs Smith, the kids and I were excited to be heading to one of those dots. The personalised itinerary we’d been sent by the One&Only team hinted that Hayman is somewhere special, where every detail is taken care of and every moment carefully prepared – from where we’d be diving that weekend to what kind of oil we’d like with our massages.

After landing on neighbouring Hamilton Island, One&Only staff greeted us and escorted us to their luxury launch, the Sun Goddess – a boat that wouldn’t look out of place in Monaco’s harbour during the Grand Prix. Champagne and canapés helped the one-hour trip to Hayman fly by as we took in the breathtaking Whitsunday views. Depending on the time of year, you might even see a migrating humpback whale – July through to September is your best bet.

First charted by Captain Cook and refurbished by One&Only, Hayman Island has a long held a reputation as one of Australia’s leading luxury destinations.  Testament to this, they didn’t squander a moment of our adventure with anything humdrum and we were seamlessly checked in as we cruised across the Coral Sea, so as soon as we disembarked, we could immediately transfer to our rooms and start enjoying this incredible resort.

A two-bedroom family suite in the Hayman Wing of the resort, close to the recently built Aquazure Pool, was our home. Natural timbers and light tones – the chic here chimes with the beach setting and rooms opening up to that amazing view across the sea to the islands beyond. Of course kids are never as taken aback by vistas as their parents and ours just wanted to head straight down to the pool. Who could blame them? There’s plenty to investigate.

The Aquazure pool and beachfront restaurant was perfect for this family looking for that hard-to-balance blend of utter indulgence and child friendliness. Time in those peaceful linen-draped cabanas overlooking the infinity-edged pool and its shore-style sandy slope and the turquoise sea beyond let us pretend we were honeymooning again… although the endless stream of vanilla milkshakes and fries reminded Mrs Smith and I that the kids had their own agenda.

Dinnertime is always important on holiday – and with six restaurants to choose from you can dine romantically à deux, or in our case, as a very happy family. Amici is a good bet for those with younger kids, serving up Italian staples such as pizza and pasta; more adventurous palates will be grateful for Fire and also Bamboo which both let you explore regional cooking at its best.  How the chef managed to persuade our five-year-old daughter to try lemongrass-infused soup with Thai vegetables I’ll never know, but he can come and cook at our place any time.

For a real taste of Great Barrier Reef life you need to head underwater. The next day we took the private boat out to drop into the coral-rich sea in search of Nemo while our tiddlers were looked after in the kids’ club. The resort caters to all dive skills and even snorkelling offers a thrill – we spied lionfish, angel fish, parrot fish and trigger fish among the 1,500 fish species living on the reef. Towards the end of my dive, as the sun cascaded through the crystal-clear waters, I finally found Nemo, dancing in and out of his anemone without a care in the world.

There is so much to do while you stay on Hayman Island that it’s hard to know how best to schedule your time. You could busying yourself from one activity to the next: hiking to the island’s peak, exploring underwater life, learning to waterski or play tennis, going game fishing, picnicking on sandbars or by taking a helicopter ride to Whitehaven Beach, a seven-mile stretch regularly voted Australia’s best… It’s probably best to mix these thrills in with some less high-octane pastimes: we can recommend snoozing in a pod by the pool, hanging out in a private gazebo and letting a waiter bring you endless rounds of drinks and snacks too. And because there’s just the one hotel on this large tropical isle you can always find plenty of peace and quiet… especially if you sign up for the signature spa treatment – the Ocean Dreaming Massage, where you get to hover above the lapping waters edge and mentally float away with the waves. If you are in the mood to do a lot of nothing much at all we found there’s no better place to do this than sitting by the resort’s iconic pool, sipping on Australia’s finest sparkling wines and eating freshly shucked oysters as you prepare for the next round of pool action.

On our last day, after we’d all fed the barramundi in the pond, we wandered around for a snoop around some of the other accommodation. There are eight beach villas and a beach house, all with private pools – the ultimate in luxury. Next time maybe? As we were leaving they gave us each a fortune cookie. Mine read: ‘The tan will fade but One&Only moments last forever’ – so here’s looking forward to more of those.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in One&Only Hayman Island’s Guestbook below.

We loved

All the water sports – seabob, snorkelling, catamaran and more!


Stayed on 19 Jan 2016

We loved

Everything, but particularly the very relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff!

Don’t expect

To have to dress too formally for dinner – casual works and is a blessing if you don't want to travel heavy.


Stayed on 11 Jan 2016

We loved

Boat transfer to resort with champagne was excellent start to the holiday. The resort and rooms were beautiful. Amazing location.

Don’t expect

I found service very variable, particularly poor around the pool.


Stayed on 18 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything! A first class resort with exceptional facilities and customer service.


Stayed on 15 Nov 2014