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One&Only Hayman Island

July 2014 marks a milestone for one of Australia's most iconic island destinations, writes Madeline Hoskin.

A new chapter for Hayman is soon to begin as the resort officially reopens its doors as One&Only Hayman Island. The fresh new name brings with it fresh new ideas, experiences and luxuries, all within the same stunning folds of the island’s sands, green enclaves and crystal blue trim, nestled up in the northernmost point of the Whitsunday archipelago. And the news to top it all is that the revitalised resort will bring with it a level of family bliss, the likes of which we previously have had to travel overseas to experience.

Its fully-supervised KidsOnly Programme is a well-rounded and considered concoction which incorporates all styles of interactive fun. Kids from as young as six months will be cared for in purpose-built crèche facilities, while those up to 11 will busy themselves delightedly with activities that encompass Hayman’s culture, history and ecology. One second they’ll be exploring the marina and feeding fish, the next they’ll be touring the flats and hunting crabs. There’ll be shells to collect, a Chocolate Room to visit, sporting matches on the sand, all manner of sensory play from play dough to face painting, Mini Olympics competitions and plenty of time for nature walking and lapping up the lagoons, butterflies and shoreline. There’s even an activity centre for dance, yoga, basketball, tennis and golf. Plenty of joys will come for free but for an additional cost, kids will also venture out further into Hayman’s watery frame on snorkelling trips and glass-bottom boat rides. Those eight to 12 can also enjoy a two-hour PADI Bubblemaker Program, teaching all the must-knows of diving.

So with the children well catered for, how will parents be indulging? One&Only have complemented the striking Coral Sea location with accommodations unparalleled in elegance and style. Bright, breezy and spacious rooms will entice you into resort life, where there is no shortage of One&Only Spa treatments to sink into (a signature Ocean Massage perhaps), and bars and restaurants that ooze with unique character and charm – each inspired by the culinary prowess of world-class chefs. Adults will also be able to stay just as active as their little ones – if they so choose – with a wealth of adventure options targeted at more grown-up guests. Take to the skies in a helicopter or seaplane to marvel at the beauty of the seas, or be immersed among the vibrant fish and coral with some snorkelling or fishing. Indeed, with water skiing, kayaks, catamarans and paddle skiing all on hand, each moment of a One&Only Hayman holiday is sure to be a memorable one.

With all this on offer, we know it is bound to book out quickly.  


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