On Monday, 15 April 2019, Daydream Island officially reopened its doors after closing them two years ago for renovations. Located in the heart of the Whitsundays, Daydream Island spans a length of 1km with coral and sand beaches lined by palm trees, tropical rainforest and it’s own Living Reef bursting with marine life.
Evoking a sense of paradise, the resort has been transformed with new restaurants and bars, expansive suites looking out to the Whitsundays and an idyllic pool designed for that Insta-worthy photo.
Daydream Island Resort’s General Manager, Dawson Tang has led the resort’s two-year renovation and is excited to finally welcome guests.
“We’re thrilled to welcome our returning and first time guests to Daydream Island as we share with them the re-imagined architecture, design and dining offerings. We have a special connection with the Great Barrier Reef through our Living Reef and can’t wait to have guests experience the marine life from our new Underwater Observatory,” Tang said.
The new-look resort designed by architecture firm, Hunt Design, pays homage to the beauty of the region and the heritage of the quintessential Queenslander. Public spaces such as the Atrium draw from the surrounding environment through colonial shutters, a vibrant green wall and an alfresco area that looks onto the Living Reef.
The resort features 277 contemporary rooms and suites with views of either the tropical gardens, pool or ocean. The rooms and suites have a modern feel featuring wood, stone and marble surfaces along with soft turquoise tones, creating a space for guests to relax and retreat in. The room types include a Standard Room, conveniently located near the restaurants and central building with views over the resort, a Superior Room with a private balcony that overlooks the pool or ocean and a Deluxe Room that offers an outdoor terrace with ocean views across the Whitsunday Islands.
The resort’s suites all feature expansive views of the ocean; the Serenity Suite looks out to Daydream’s
famed Lover’s Cove.
Restaurants and Bars
Daydream Island will have three new restaurants and three new bars all defined by their own distinct design and flavour. Executive Chef, Keith Le Fevre and Food and Beverage Manager, Adrian Tyler have created menus that showcase the best seasonal produce for each restaurant.
Infinity is the resort’s premium dining experience, offering an Asian fusion menu on a wraparound balcony with expansive views over the Whitsundays. It has a private Teppanyaki Suite that offers diners an unforgettable private dining experience.
Inkstone Kitchen and Bar focuses on modern Australian cuisine with local produce and Australian native flavours at the heart of the menu.
Tonic is a specialty gin bar located at the Atrium with stunning views of the Living Reef. The perfect location for a cocktail, the bar features forest green subway tiles lined with intricate gold details.
Daydream Island will be welcoming Graze Interactive Dining, Barefoot Bar and Silica in the coming months, further expanding the variety of food and beverage options on the island.
The Living Reef is a free-form coral lagoon spanning 200 metres throughout the resort. It holds over 1.5 million litres of fresh water and is home to hundreds of marine fish, coral, stingrays and sharks. Led by a team of marine biologists and Head Marine Biologist and TEQ Ambassador, Johnny Gaskell, the Living Reef gives Daydream Island an authentic connection to the Great Barrier Reef and its marine life.
For the first time, guests can now explore the Living Reef up close and personal on a guided snorkel with Daydream Island’s marine biologists. A new underwater observatory also allows guests to view four metres below the water’s surface to watch the marine life in action. Kids will have the chance to become eco-warriors at Kids’ Club as they explore and learn about the Living Reef while they feed and play with the animals that call it home.
The Living Reef has a focus on education and will also feature an Exploration Centre with information on conservation and local marine life to encourage guests to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.
The resort has a host of activities and experiences for guests including snorkelling adventures, helicopter tours over the island and surrounding Great Barrier Reef, as well as sailboat and jet ski hire.
The island will also feature an expansive pool landscape with unparalleled views across the Whitsundays. Coral beaches, gym facilities and unlimited access to non-motorised water activities are just some of the recreational options open to guests of the hotel. In June, an outdoor cinema will be launched overlooking Sunset Beach. An exclusive adults-only area will cater to those in search of a little slice of peace and quiet.
Conferencing and Events
Daydream Island has already become a sought after destination for major events and weddings, with the island’s capacity usually completely booked for private events. Special events from cocktail parties to gala dinners can be catered for across a large range of indoor and outdoor locations. Guests visiting the island for conferences have access to the latest technology and audiovisual equipment across three dedicated conference rooms.