Whether you want to make family memories, honeymoon memories or reconnect with yourself then the place to do this is on a holiday… this is what rang true for me on our recent family getaway to Hayman Island in Queensland. Our first holiday since this pandemic, and how grateful we were to be travelling again.
I have my very first ‘thank you’ to the coronavirus – and that is without international borders being closed we would not have discovered our own back yard and this slice of paradise so close to home in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
The beauty of the Whitsundays was truly breathtaking and the seclusion and privacy of a private island was just what we needed to reset, reconnect and create family memories with Harlem – our last holiday as a family of three…
What I look for, in my own family holidays and my valued clients with children are quite similar and Hayman exceeded all of my expectations.
- Ease of access and seamless transfers
- Ski in Ski out or Pool/beachside location
- Children friendly – kids club available
- Adult enjoyment – as let’s admit it, if we don’t have a good time what’s the point!
- Unique experiences to enhance our family holiday
The beaches and water were as stunning as the Maldives, yet far easier with a three-year-old factoring in flying time and time zones. I see a place for both in our travelling future however the spectacular beauty of the whole island was mesmerising from the golden beaches, turquoise still lagoon water and small secluded coves which can be reached by hiking or speed boat. The visual and visceral beauty of this island is so deep, it leaves you feeling grateful to be alive and blessed to be travelling.
We enjoyed discovering Langford Island, a short speed boat ride off Hayman for a private island experience, gourmet picnic and a snorkel. It was an experience we won’t forget – we saw the most divine turtles right off the beach and Harlem is still talking about them.
The best way to see the Whitsunday’s is undeniably by helicopter – this can be arranged for your arrival and departure transfer or a reef Heli experience and day tour. Arriving by helicopter gives you true appreciation to the magnificent beauty and the 74 islands in the area. There is simply no other way to capture the true beauty than by air.
The rocky islands of the Whitsundays are ‘continental’ islands—that is, they were once part of the continent of Australia (unlike coral cays found in other parts of the Great Barrier Reef, which formed from reef shingle). The Whitsunday islands we see today were originally part of a mainland mountain range. Source Whitsunday National Parks
Hayman Island is undeniably one of Mother Nature’s finest assets and ideal for a short break even when we are all snow skiing again. We will be back.
I would love to talk about your next holiday, and strongly recommend exploring your own backyard. For our latest Hayman Package click here.