Daydream Island Resort Is Back And Better Than Ever

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If you’ve ever dreamt of a Whitsundays getaway, the idyllic scenes of Daydream Island are unlikely to have escaped your notice. It’s one of the most popular holiday spots in one of the country’s most popular holiday regions but was severely damaged after Cyclone Debbie ripped its way through the Airlie Beach region of Queensland in March 2017.

Over the past two years, the island has undergone significant renovations and welcomed its first guests during April 2019.

Here’s what you can expect from the reimagined resort.

New And Improved Design


If you like to stay in rooms with a chic, understated design and classic coastal touches, Daydream Island is for you. The resort offers 277 modern suites and rooms; all of which exude contemporary style.

The architect of the redesign, Hunt Design, told Vogue that they wanted the resort to reflect the quintessentially relaxed, outdoorsy and typically Australian lifestyle. “We wanted the new Daydream Island Resort to reflect the beauty of its surroundings through the architecture, design and dining direction,” says Daydream Island Resort’s general manager Dawson Tang.

Careful not to make too big of a departure from the original features that guests knew and loved, the redesign has embraced the hallmarks of the old design, such as the Living Reef and outdoor cinema.

New Eats


The resort now offers three restaurant options and three bars, all of which are designed to showcase the stunning seasonal produce on offer in the region. There’s Inkstone Kitchen and Bar—dishing up modern Australian cuisine with a focus on local produce, while Infinity offers a premium dining option serving up Asian fusion fare with a private Teppanyaki suite on offer. Graze Interactive Dining overlooks the resort’s Living Reef, giving guests a night to remember and the chance to interact with chefs via live cooking stations.

Upgraded Water Wonders


As part of their upgrade, the island has also introduced a new pool landscape that provides swimmers with the opportunity to frolic about while taking in expansive views of the region’s main attraction—the Great Barrier Reef.

They’ve also reinstated and expanded their iconic Living Reef with a new focus on eco-consciousness and education. The central building is surrounded by a 200-metre free form coral lagoon and there’s new underwater observatory that allows kids to see marine life in action four metres below the water’s surface, alongside a Kids Club that will teach young ones more about the Living Reef. Sounds like a pretty epic holiday destination to us!

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