In a coveted setting right on the Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s northernmost island hideaway, Lizard Island Resort. Sitting on a stretch of white-sand shores and amid 2,500 acres of land, this ultra-luxe resort is the sole development on the island and is accessible only by boat or plane. With your choice of 40 gorgeous villas to stay in and a staggering 24 private beaches nearby, Lizard Island Resort offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the vibrant ecosystem of one of the wonders of the world while staying in absolute ease and luxury.
Located 240 km north of Cairns and 27 km off the coast of Far North Queensland, the island can be reached by boat or plane. Cairns is the nearest airport that offers daily connections to all Australian Capital cities. There are also scheduled transfers between Cairns and Lizard Island daily, which you’re bound to enjoy as the 60-minute flight passes right over the Great Barrier Reef.
A certified eco-lodge, Lizard Island Resort aims to maintain the pristine conditions of the island by employing sustainable practices. This includes recycling and avoiding the use of plastic straws and bottles. The resort is also committed to protecting and preserving the cultural and natural heritage of the island by working with the local indigenous people and promoting the natural beauty and historical sites within and around the atoll.
And you’ll quickly see how much these practices allow guests to enjoy the unspoiled beauty and thriving ecosystem of the island. Immerse in the splendour of it all by engaging in a multitude of water and land adventures. Choose a full day excursion comprised of reef diving, snorkelling, and glass-bottomed paddle skiing. Dive along the outer and inner reefs and explore some of the world’s most famous dive sites such as Cod Hole. Snorkel right off the shore and marvel at the vibrant marine life consisting of clam gardens, corals, and endemic fish.
Yet the wonders don’t stop underwater. Lizard Island Resort also offers regular naturalist talks with subjects as diverse as the flora and fauna that flourishes on the island to the constellations that light up the southern sky. There are also guided walks that showcase historical sites and takes you to Cook’s Look, the highest point on the island.
When you’re ready to take the action down a notch, there’s still plenty to experience in the resort itself. Swim in the freshwater pool. Keep up your fitness routine in the fully equipped gymnasium. Wake up early for some rejuvenating sunrise yoga on the beach, or challenge your travel companion to a tennis match on the resort’s courts. Or, you may simply want to relax in the lounge where you can take in the fantastic views, read a book, or swap stories of your adventures with fellow guests.
During your visit, you should definitely experience Essentia Day Spa with its range of treatments inspired by nature that will leave you feeling refreshed. Indulgent and pampering, therapies at the spa are a blend of organic ingredients and expert skill designed to bring back balance to your mind and body. Lizard Island formed an exclusive partnership with La Biosthetique, a Parisian apothecary, to deliver bespoke care designed for each individual.
When you’re ready for dinner, head to Salt Water Restaurant where you can dine on scrumptious food crafted from the freshest local produce from around the island and from the mainland, which arrives daily by air. Take advantage of the amazing seascape and enjoy a special dining experience in one of two beach pavilions right on Anchor Bay. If you’re a foodie, you can meet with the executive chef to discuss & design your own 7-course degustation menu paired with the perfect wines. It is recommended to book early for this exclusive dining option.
Later, enjoy aperitifs at Driftwood where you can connect with other guests or simply relish a drink while watching the sunset. There’s also the iconic Marlin Bar — an unchanged piece of history on the island where you can savour authentic pizza and a glass of wine.
Serene and exceptional, Lizard Island’s selection of villas, suites and rooms are all elegant and incredibly comfortable. Most have commanding sea views and direct access to the beach. Each room type comes inclusive of daily meals, unlimited beverages, picnic hampers, and use of facilities such as kayaks and snorkelling gear.
Located on a cliff, The Villa provides ultimate privacy and breathtaking ocean views. It features an open-plan lounge and dining area, kitchenette, and a balcony that leads to an 8-metre plunge pool. With its two bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms, The Villa can accommodate up to five guests.
Take in the glorious views from this glass castle that is set on a ridge. Featuring a wrap around deck that seamlessly flows from indoors to out, a kitchenette, lounge area, plunge pool, and gazebo, The Pavilion offers a romantic hideaway for two. The bathroom is luxurious and boasts a deep, stand-alone bathtub and separate shower.
Set along Anchor Bay, the Beachfront Suites offer stunning sea views and easy access to the main Lodge and the beach. The outdoor deck has a comfy daybed from where you can take in the scenery or savour the breeze. A large lounge area, choice of king or twin beds, and a stylish bathroom make the suite ideal for a maximum of three guests.
Perched on the ridge of Sunset Bay, the Oceanview Villas offers spectacular views and easy access to a number of private beaches. Whether you choose a villa with or without a plunge pool, you’ll enjoy a peaceful oasis with a deck, hammock, king beds, and ensuite bathroom. Oceanview Villas can accommodate two guests.
Nestled within a lush landscape, the Gardenview Rooms are a serene retreat with direct access to Anchor Bay and up-to-date entertainment system. These rooms feature elegant decor, separate living room, and can house up to four people in its king and double sofa beds. Meanwhile, the smaller Gardenview Rooms come with a king or two king single beds and can fit two people.