One & Only Hayman Island Resort Reopens After $80 Million Revamp

By Paul Joseph

An ultra-exclusive resort on Hayman Island, set in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier roof, has reopened following a comprehensive $80 million facelift.

The Hayman Island resort, off the coast of Central Queensland, has been reborn as part of the renowned One & Only collection, which boasts lavish residences across the world including in the Bahamas and Maldives.

As part of the redevelopment, which was undertaken by Kerzner International Holdings alongside the resort’s existing owners Mulpha Australia, a host of lavish upgrades have been made, including a new pool wing with ground floor pool suites where guests can step off their terrace straight into the water.

Other notable augmentations to the resort include a new lounge area around the adults-only pool with day beds and cabanas, plus a new beauty salon beside the health spa, and gym with personal trainers.

Furthermore, in order to create a more private luxury experience, the number of guest rooms has been reduced from 209 to 160 and replaced by more suites, villas and penthouses.

Alan Leibman, CEO of Kerzner International, said: “The combination of this incredible private island in the Great Barrier and the significant investment of $80 million [...] represents an exciting addition to the luxury Australian travel market.

“We are introducing an experience that appeals to couples and families, including multigenerational families. The resort is also the perfect setting for weddings and business groups.”

In the 1980s, the Hayman Island resort underwent a $300 million redevelopment before being bought by Australian property developers Mulpha in 2005.

By Paul Joseph