My husband and I plus our girls (ten and fourteen) enjoyed our stay for 5 nights at Daydream, although my hubby was not happy about having to pay $200 for our transfer to and from the island and thought we would find a cheaper deal at the marina, but no deals available.
We arrived in glorious weather, were greeted and offered a complimentary mocktail on arrival and the resort was explained to us (were told the wrong restaurant you have to make a reservation for) while our luggage was unloaded and delivered to our room. Our room was comfortable and clean with two queen beds which I requested (singles are not available) I referred the girls to share a bed instead of a sofa bed. We stayed in a ground floor Garden Room which was opened up on to a small grassed area and then the two very large pools which suited my family perfectly, unpacked and chilled out around the pool. Safe in room a great idea loved it, easy to use.
Food: We took the advice from another review, we had brought a loaf of bread on and cold meat from Airlie Beach for lunches (Bakery on island does sell bread) plus snacks for morning tea and afternoon tea and could enjoy these whenever and where ever we wanted to without bothering with food outlets and cut down on cost, the buffet breakfast was great. Dinner at the tavern 3 nights of our stay was great, you ordered your drinks and meal at the bar and were given a pager to let you know when your meal was ready no problems although I have had better pizzas but I did not have to cook etc. But Mermaids the other 2 nights the service was slow and you had to make a reservation (same staff that was at the tavern, they rotate restaurants, the tavern is closed on nights Mermaids is open) a la carte and not enough staff more chefs needed in the kitchen on these nights, the managers walking around occasionally could have helped out if they cared, our ten year old got upset at waiting so long on the first night as we did not make a reservation due to wrong info on arrival, but second night we did but still slow service) the other restaurant available is take away style during the week and on weekend is open as a buffet we were booked to leave on a Saturday. Meals and drinks can be expensive, prices available on Daydream website. we took two bottles of wine in our luggage and enjoyed sitting outside our room and enjoying these with dip and crackers.
Activities: We also took our own snorkel gear to save cost of hire (tip from another review) and went to Lovers Cove a bit hard to find signposting could be better. Water quality was poor but we still saw lots of fish up close near the waters edge and enjoyed our morning tea while there, beautiful. Pools were great, the gym was near our room it was full in the mornings but later in the day empty my hubby and daughter enjoyed it then. Putt Putt great well designed and reasonably priced. Free Living Reef talk great and very informative, bingo $5 for about 5 game was great but rules are not explained very well sometimes especially for kids, you can win a free go at an activity or at the spa up to $40 or lagoon or splashes bar tab for $50. Movies under the stars was great experience but be warned people put their backpack, towels, jumpers on the seating to save a seat go to tea early then get your seat. Movies are held in a conference room if rainy. Water polo every day, rain forest walk, bocce, volley ball, table tennis, aqua aerobics. lots to do. Not told if kayaks and catamarans are charged we did not see them used.
We decided to do a tour (3 islands $430 for family) we booked at activities desk very helpful but seemed to be limited in types of tours available all different companies seemed to do the same thing. Where given snorkeling gear and stinger suits, lunch, morning/afternoon tea. Took along our snorkel masks came in handy when dropped at Whitehaven Beach for an hour and an half we saw more fish and coral around the rocks as the water quantity was better there than Hook Is.
Overall we enjoyed a great very relaxing holiday the staff are very friendly and do their best to be helpful. We had partly overcast days, a little rain, but could still do lots or as little as wanted. Not a lot of people on the island possible to have an area all to yourselves.
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