At first we were bummed that Qualia was booked, but after 5 days at the Lizard Island Resort, I cannot imagine a better luxury island experience anywhere else in the world.
A couple of things, Lizard Islsnd Resort is the only resort on the island and the room rate is all-inclusive.
Chartered flight into the island offers a gorgeous aerial view of the length of Great Barrier Reef, a bird's eye view of one of the great natural wonders of the world, also possibly the fastest way to see the reefs.
Upon arrival on a landing strip in the middle of the jungle with a veranda as the terminal, you are escorted to the resort. The resort is quietly luxurious while respecting nature with thoughtful touches everywhere, hammock and day bed on your private patio, scented oil burning upon your return from dinner. With only 40 bungalows, each bungalow has great privacy. The resort is so intimate and safe, there are no lock on the door and no key. If you are a person who needs a TV, a big party scene or Universal Studio style entertainment, this is not for you.
The snorkeling right off the resort's main beach is some of the best snorkeling of my life and the dive trip with the resort's dive shop is a once in the lifetime dive. I've done a bit of snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean and Hawaii, but nothing compares to the Great Barrier Reefs. The dive shop took wonderful care of the guest, totally necessary given the rough trip out to the Cod Hole.
The food and chef at the restaurant are amazing - they should have a Michelin Star. I'm a foodie and I loved every single meal in my 5 days on the island. The wines with each meal are mostly Australian and New Zealand, very well curated wine list. When I think about the logistics of getting everything from the mainland to the island, it makes every flawless meal even more precious.
The service by everyone was genuinely joyous and professional at the same time. We felt like family by the end of our trip.
We loved being driven by the staff in a speed boat to a completely private cove of our choice, where the staff set up our 7 course lunch on an empty beach and we enjoyed 2 hours of munching on delectable food and snorkeling another part of the island - heaven!
Lizard Island is certainly pricey, but it is worth every single penny. Once you step onto the island, everything (except diving) is included in your room rate - meals, snacks, alcohol, mini bar, transportation to deserted coves on the island, use of water sporting equipment... Truly an all-inclusive resort.
Don't hesitate, book it now! It is an amazing trip of a lifetime. I have a giant smile on my face every time I think about those 5 days at this resort, it is impossible to put a price tag on that kind of memory.
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- Also Known As:
- Lizard Island Hotel Lizard Island
- Lizard Island Resort All Inclusive