Hayman Island has for many years been known as Australia's most sought after Queensland island resort. The island has kept this reputation since it was first built and opened on the fouth of July 1950 as the Royal Hayman Hotel and at this time the island was owned by Sir Reginald Ansett, who owned Ansett Airways, one of Australia's pioneering airline companies. Prior to this Hayman Island was the site of one of Australia's earliest game fishing clubs and the first coconut tree on the island was planted by Zane Grey, the American novelist and pioneering big game fisherman in 1936. In 1985 the resort was completely rebuilt and was, at the time the most luxurious hotel in Australia. The new resort had over a hectare of fine marble flooring, massive swimming pools and up to the minute accommodation. On its completion in 1987 it was invited to join the leading hotels of the world. Since that time there has been an ongoing refurbishment and rebuilding program which in 2010, continues to this day with all the beachfront villas now falling to the demolishers and new beachfront accommodation set to rise in its place.
Today, Hayman Island is still part of the leading hotels of the world group. The resort maintains its reputation for excellence, both in accommodation and service. At first glance you can be excused for thinking the resort is a little dated with its acres of marble and slightly old fashioned decor. After settling in you will find that none of the old world charm that the resort is famous for has been lost and it is a pleasure to relax and enjoy your surroundings. The resort has one of the largest swimming pools you will ever see. There is a shopping arcade and a selection of excellent restaurants. The signature restaurant is La Fontaine, a french provincial restaurant. There is also an Asian restaurant and an Italian restaurant. The main breakfast and lunch restaurant is set right on the beachfront and there is also a poolside restaurant and bar.
The accommodation is in two main blocks. One overlooks the pool while the other overlooks the lagoon. Both are surrounded by superb gardens that have been established and maintained for decades. Hayman Island is one of Australia's favorite wedding and honeymoon destinations. Wedding facilities include a hillside chapel with magnificent views, a white Rolls Royce wedding car and multiple choices for your reception venue. Some of the garden settings are also fantastic for both ceremony's and receptions. One of the penthouse suits makes a great honeymoon suite and guests can choose to stay on for a short break or head back to the mainland after the celebrations. There are regular ferry services from both Hamilton Island and from the mainland to get to and from Hayman Island. Helicopter transfers are also available.
Hayman Island is always going to be one of the finest resorts in all the Whitsunday Islands.