Sunglasses, sunblock and swimmers are all you need pack for a holiday on Daydream Island.
This island is so conducive to total relaxation, you’ll find yourself doing not much else besides snorkelling, swimming and sipping cocktails while watching the sun set over the ocean.
The moment I arrive from the mainland at Airlie Beach in Queensland’s tropical north, it’s like time starts to stand still. Welcomed with a shell necklace draped around my neck as I disembark, I can’t stop gawking at the colour of the water around me. Thinking perhaps it’s the polarised lens of my sunglasses making it look so intensely aqua, I slip them off, only to find that yes - the water really is this aqua.
Where is Daydream Island?
Set like a tiny jewel in the midst of the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island has just one resort. Through large, lush gardens and past multiple lagoon pools, we wander to our oceanfront room with views across expansive lawns to swaying coconut palm trees fringing the view of the Coral Sea. A cockatoo swoops in to land on our verandah while kangaroos and their joeys (babies) hop lazily in the sunshine.
A postcard perfect tiny white sandy beach
It takes me perhaps an hour to leisurely stroll around the islands circumference, through forests with glimpses to aqua waters and past beaches strewn with coral bleached white by centuries of sunshine.
It’s incredibly easy to pass hours without noticing time slipping at pretty Lover’s Cove, a few minutes walk from the resort. Feeling a little like I’m in the midst of the Greek islands, I bathe in the crystal clear waters, sink into a giant beanbag provided by the resort and stare hypnotised at the horizon dotted with nearby islands.
Dusk arrives. Hours have elapsed without our awareness. A glass of chilled rosé in hand, I watch the sun slowly slip behind clouds and distant mountains on the mainland, creating a magical vista. It’s time for dinner, so back to the resort I head, with sandy toes and rumbling tummy.
7 FUN THINGS TO DO ON DAYDREAM ISLAND
1. Inkstone Kitchen + Bar
An elderflower cocktail, a woodfired pizza, views across the lagoon pool to the ocean beyond and sunshine on my bare shoulders. What more could you want?
2. Infinity Restaurant
Asian fusion cuisine with upper deck views over the Coral Sea and islands of the Whitsundays. Oh, and some seriously divine wine choices to accompany your meal.
A deluxe, international style buffet experience adjacent to the aquarium. Prawn gyozas and tamari for breakfast? Why not! Followed by decadent waffles with raspberries, blueberries and maple syrup? Yes please!
Watch reef sharks, “Nemo” clown fish and stingrays go about their day … from your breakfast table!
The Living Reef is a coral lagoon that wraps around the entire resort and features a large window positioned right in the middle of Graze restaurant, showcasing over 100 species of local marine life.
6. MEET THE LOCALS
You can even book a private snorkel session and float through the waters to get up close and personal.
7. Snorkel. Swim. Sip cocktails. Repeat.
Happy holidays | Bon vacance !