Need to know
Fourteen, including eight suites.
4pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.
Double rooms from $992.80 (AU$1,364), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include a Continental buffet breakfast and à la carte dishes, all meals, selected Australian wines and beers, one daily activity, unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans, snorkelling equipment and light fishing
For an extra dose of romance with your evening meal, ask to ‘Dine with the Tides. Don’t fret about the phrase – your experience will be far more ‘Sha-la-la kiss the girl’ than ‘sleeping with the fishes’. You’ll get a private meal for two at the pier.
The hotel is closed annually from mid-January to 5 March.
At the hotel
Beach; spa; boutique; free-to-use motorised dinghies, watersports equipment and fishing gear; laundry services. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Bella coffee machine and Li’tya bath products.
Our favourite rooms
For a private outdoor terrace, complete with alfresco dining area, lounge space and a cheeky, freestanding bath tub for two, spring for the South Suite. If you’d like to be as close to the infinity pool as possible, go for a North Beachfront Suite (you’ll get a terrace too).
The saltwater, outdoor infinity pool has uninterrupted ocean views. It’s unheated and there’s a shallow end for family-friendly dips.
With a name meaning ‘rest and peace’, Gwandalan Day Spa doles out as-promised pampering. Indigenous herbalism and aromatherapy traditions are used in tandem with with modern massage techniques to restore balance and wellness. Choose from mud wraps, massages and facials, all of which feature sustainable Australian brand Li’tya spa products.
In addition to your beach wear, you’ll want to bring your hiking boots: the island is a National Park, complete with a James Cook University research station.
Due to the lay of the land (and helicopter-only access), Orpheus Island may not be suited to guests with mobility issues.
All ages are welcome. Extra beds or and cots (free) can be added to rooms on request, and babysitting can be arranged for AU$50 an hour, with one week’s notice.
Always mindful of its potential environmental impact, Orpheus Island treats and recycles all waste water, uses solar panels to heat water, and grows most of its vegetables and herbs on site (fish are caught locally too).