Honeymoons are for celebrating the beginning of your lives together, but more importantly it’s a chance for you and your hubby to relax in a secluded romantic setting. But a long-haul flight can often take the romance and relaxation away from what’s meant to be the holiday of a lifetime.
It’s good to know that there are many romantic honeymoon destinations right on our doorstep. One of these is the palm-fringed beaches and the warm waters of the Whitsundays!
Just imagine - lazy days on the sand, soaking up the sun on the many tropical beaches and islands that the Whitsundays have to offer and experience the kaleidoscope of colourful marine life in the Great Barrier Reef. Bliss.
Hamilton Island is located right at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and includes 20 kilometres of bushwalking trails. There are no cars on Hamilton Island which makes for a peaceful visit and hidden caves dotted along the island are accessible by golf buggy.
If you can tear yourself away from the pool Hamilton Islands boasts an array of activities; scuba diving, go-kart racing, 18-hole championship golf course, the Koala Gallery Wildlife Experience.
Otherwise if you’ve got romance on the brain, organise a trip to the famous Whitehaven beach famously know for whitest sand in the world.
Romano's Italian Restaurant
Overlooking the Marina, Romano’s Italian Restaurant offers fantastic Italian cuisine and a fresh seafood menu.
Manta Ray Café
A spot of shopping at the Marina Village isn’t complete without a trip to the local favourite Manta Ray café. Specialising in gourmet wood-fired pizzas, pastas and salads, it’s the perfect spot to take in island life.
For some girlie ‘alone time’, check out 20 boutiques in the Marina Village. With more than 20 specialty stores, ranging from local art, fashion and general stores, you’re bound to make a purchase (or two!).
Where to Stay:
Get the true romantic island experience by staying at one of Hamilton’s luxurious beachfront rooms or private bungalows set in their tropical gardens.
A beachfront boutique style hotel, there are 57 contemporary styled rooms to choose from, each with their own private balcony or courtyard. All the rooms at the Beach Club face directly onto the beautiful Catseye Beach. Visit www.travelonline.com for more details.
The Palm Bungalows and Palm Terraces
This is the perfect option for those who want a romantic, affordable island holiday. The bungalows overlook the tropical gardens and provide privacy.
Nestled in the northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, Qualia offer rooms that have plunge pools looking out to the Great Barrier Reef. Experience world-class dining at its best at Qualia’s The Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach restaurants and spend a relaxing day at Spa Qualia. Spa Qualia is an exclusive six-room spa features four single treatment rooms and two couples' rooms with Roman baths for ultimate indulgence! It has everything from hot-stone therapy through to detoxifying wraps and massages! For more info and room rates visit www.qualia.com.au
Daydream Island is a labyrinth of private hideaways and it is known for its variety of activities such as water polo, aqua aerobics, scavenger hunts, rainforest walks and more.
We recommend that you visit Daydream Island’s Rejuvenation Spa for a day of pampering. When the sun goes down, take a ride on the intimate moonlit champagne and dinner cruise to Lovers cove.
Daydream Island offers several different styles restaurants and bars so whatever your tastebuds want, there’ll be something there to satisfy them.
Serving delicious fare from their a la carte menu, Mermaids Restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening out. Book a private table over looking Mermaids’ Beach to add that extra special touch to the night.
Where to Stay:
Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Honeymooners take note: At the Daydream Isalnd Resort & Spa, The Ocean Paradise suite is a must for a romantic getaway. It exudes pure luxury with two balconies, ocean views, spa bath and spacious dual shower! The Panoramic suite and Reef suite also make a great romantic choice! For room rates and bookings visit www.daydreamisland.com
Hayman Island is an exclusive five-star tropical island paradise, often frequented by celebrities and is one of the world’s most desirable private island destinations.
Getting to Hayman is simple. Hop on a luxury cruise from Hamilton island you’ll enjoy bubbly and refreshments as you cross the breathtaking Whitsundays Passage.
Next stop, step into a realm of pure luxury, relaxation and indulgent dining!
Where to Stay:
When it comes to accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Hayman Island. Choose between a suite, penthouse or beach villa, you will get your very own personal concierge service. For more information on accommodation bookings visit www.hayman.com.au
As well as having the best there is to offer on luxury accommodation, get ready to indulge in sumptuous dinning at its best! Hayman’s nine bars and restaurants caters to all the international palettes, offering fine dining from around the world.
Indulge the senses with a selection of magnificent treatments at Spa Hayman. Pamper yourselves with massages at the Ocean View Pavilions (there are romantic couple rooms), a hydrotherapy area, sauna and steam rooms, facials, state-of-the-art hair salon, waxing, detox treatment, yoga and tennis.
Best known for its attractive parkland and two beautiful marinas, Abel Point Marina and Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach is the destination du jour for any Whitsundays visit. September is a popular time to visit with the annual Fun Race, which includes various competitions for cruising yachts.
Shipwrecked Seafood Bar and Grill
Sit waterfront and dine at Airlie's premier seafood restaurant featuring fresh local seafood.
Airlie Beaches shopping destinations include; Able Point Marina and Shute Harbour Road. Here you will find a selection of fashion & beach stores, cafes and other eccentric market stores.
Where to Stay:
Coral Sea Resort
The amazing Coral Sea Resort is built by the water’s edge. With private balconies, spa with stunning sea views, luxury and indulgence are the resort’s main themes.
There will be a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries waiting for you on arrival. Breakfast is available daily and three course dinners are available at their Clippers Restaurant.
From the resort you can also take a day trip to the famous Whitehaven beach to see the whitest sand in the world. Wedded bliss starts here. For bookings and room rates visit www.coralsearesort.com www.coralsearesort.com.au
How To Get There:
1hr 40min by air from Brisbane
2hrs from Sydney
3hrs from Melbourne