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“A truly wonderful experience -- perfect in almost every way” 5 of 5 stars
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Orpheus Island Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   PO Box 549 | Garbutt East, Orpheus Island, Queensland 4810, Australia   |  
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“A truly wonderful experience -- perfect in almost every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My family (including four very well-behaved and well-travelled little girls) visited Orpheus Island in early January of 2013. It is the definition of casual luxury -- this is NOT a place for the pretentious "see and be seen" crowd -- but to us the atmosphere was unique and unrivalled. The staff is top notch in terms of warmth, caring, and attentiveness. The recreational opportunities (snorkeling, fishing, exploring totally private and remote beaches) are first rate. We had amazing trips twice a day to different snorkeling paradises on the great barrier reef. A particular highlight was the food -- every meal was absolutely fantastic. Yes, there is no "choice" , but again, food was vastly superior to every other luxury resort on the Reef. Seriously -- if we could kidnap the chef back to New York we would. If Orpheus Island weren't roughly 30 hours from our home, we would be there several times a year. If you want a relaxed environment, with understated luxury, fabulous staff and insanely good meals -- this is your spot.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We traveled to Orpheus for 5 nights for our Honeymoon and it was pure perfection!

As some of the other guests indicated, it's not for everyone. If you want a pretentious atmosphere where a pool-boy spritzes you with Evian, don't go to Orpheus. If you want complete privacy (rooms away from each other), then you may want to consider another resort. But, If you want an upscale, yet relaxed and intimate atmosphere, with fantastic food, fun activities, and a beautiful setting, then Orpheus is it!

I have traveled extensively and have stayed at many fine resorts and boutique hotels in the world. Orpheus was probably my favorite! The staff is friendly, warm, and acommodating. You almost feel like old friends when you leave. The food is exceptional - Ari is as good as they come. And, the variety of activities allows ample opportunity a different adventure (or not, if you choose) every day.

A word on the diving - it's exceptional! The reefs are beautiful and very closeby. Take advantage if you can/are certified. The dive masters are great :) Also, if don't dive, definitely snorkel, especially the giant clams. They are amazing!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We are devoted Bedarra fans of many trips. Bedarra was detroyed by cyclone Yasi, and may reopen this autumn down under. Due to that we tried something new, Orpheus!

We have been to both Lizard and Bedarra, many times. Our last 2 experiences at Lizard were not to our liking. Different people like different things. Lizard is known for its "sophistication", food, and diving. To us, the guests seem pretentious, food...took forever, and the diving..ages to get to and back. Orpheus can get in 2 dives and have you back by lunch.

Orpheus, boardies at lunch, we like! Jacket and tie for lunch at Lizard, not so much.

The food, while delivered in a different fasion from Lizard and Bedarra, was awesome. 6 plates of tapas for lunch, plenty for all. The best about lunch was it was not a long ordeal, it all came at once, which gave us hours to get back in the water. One day there was a special bbq lunch at the bar. there were 6 or 7 courses, all prepared in front of us and each one was better than the last.

Dinner was an absolute food dream! We have stayed at many high end, all inclusive places and came away from dinner hungry; this never happened at Orpheus.

They have not sold themselves as a diving destination, but we went out on their fantastic boat and did exploratory diving. We were on sites never seen before and have now been named. Do not ask about headache reef! There are miles of reefs to be discovered!

The research station is extremely interesting, and taking the dinghys, tinnies, out to your own private beach is astounding!

Alex, Kat, Chrissy, and Nathan changed the entire day's schedule to make sure all guests were accomodated to what their comfort level was.

I can not give enough credit to them and what they did for us.

The appartments are sparse, but spacious. I would find it hard to belive that one could not have a magical time at Orpheus.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We spent four nights at Orpheus Island for our honeymoon. Firstly let me say that the location is gorgeous. Unfortunatley we felt the island is run a bit like a school camp. You have to eat at a certian time, eat as a group, and particiapate in the advertised activities at certain times. There was no real privacy as the rooms were right next to each other and the island is so small that you can't "escape" i was really disappointed and didn't have a great time as i found it hard to relax. The accomadation is very basic for the price and there is no extra services such as spa or massage options. we worked really hard to pay for this trip. It would of been a nice option to relax with a massage.

While we were on the island they were putting a marketing video together. We were trying to relax, but with a helicopter flying over you for the morning this wasn't possible. The staff were having a great time though, they headed out on the rubber ducky and the ocean cruiser to make "promotional videos". The guests are welcome to use the 3.7m tinnies that have the maximum speed of 4 knots! I was lead to believe we would have access to rubber duckies. Disappointing to say the least.

We decided to have a go on the kayaks but had to return shortly after as my husbands was starting to sink...Great. We wanted to go fishing, but were told there was a fishing ban. I am not sure how these work, but it would of been nice to of known this before we arrived as we would of changed the dates of our holiday.

For $1300 a night i expected this holiday to offer me more. The food was delicious but it would be great to be able to grab a piece of fruit or a biscuit between meals. My husband was always hungry, but he is also a big eater. We requested no fish for my husband, but he was given fish on so many ocassions. This was extremely frustrating. It was also disappointing to only have xxxx beers as the complimentary beer. You can always buy other brands but these were $10 each.

I think the resort can be improved or reduce the price. We feel that it is defiantly not worth the money.

Room Tip: If you are looking for a romantic getaway, i would not recommend Orpheus Island.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Orpheus Island is a undiscovered treasure!! it delivered on our expectations and beyond... From the moment the helicopter landed until the time we waved goodbye. The facilities, activities and food were amazing and a special thankyou to the wonderful staff, Ari, Ryan, Kristy, Gab, Steph, Jason, Alex and Katherine.

Room Tip: All rooms a water view - so whatever you pick you will be content.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Orpheus Island provided us with the quintessential tropical island getaway for our special wedding anniversary. From the moment we landed after the spectacular helicopter flight we were treated as friends on a private island by Alex, Kat and the staff. Whether it was relaxing by the beautiful infinity pool, reef walking with Ari and Ryan to collect oysters and other interesting seafood for dinner, participating in the well managed activities or just being left alone, this resort met or exceeded all our expectations. It was very hard to single out the highlights as the pool, snorkeling, dining, cultural tour and garden walk were all fabulous. We had a great night with guests staff and media at cocktails around a fire on the beach followed by barbecue around the bar. However the special dining for two on the jetty on a warm tropical evening would be hard to beat anywhere. Wonderful time with special new friends!

Room Tip: Rooms in the new villas on north side are quiet and have classic ocean views through coconut palms
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We booked in for the Spanish foodie weekend together with friends. Due to expected rough seas we were helicoptered in from Ingham. The entire 3 days were spoiled to the max. The new manager, Alex, who had only been on the island a few weeks, went out of his way to make us feel welcome. Every night we sampled a variety of Spanish dishes matched by a variety of Spanish wines. The chef and somelier had been specially flown in from Melbourne and were very knowledgeable. On our last day we had a cooking class at the bar and the chef cooked Paella on the beach. We also enjoyed a tinnie ride with a well stocked picnic basket. As locals we were very interested in the gardens and the knowledgeable gardener gave us a tour and many tips in how to improve our home tropical gardens. There are still improvements that can be made to the property but these things will take time. A massage would have been great and could be a great money spinner for the resort! All the staff were great and nothing was too much. We loved Alex's impromptu piano recital! I love it when most drinks are included in your stay and although this package was more expensive than normal the wines were rare and very interesting. With so many Australian island resorts closed closed down we wish Orpheus all the best!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 549 | Garbutt East, Orpheus Island, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Orpheus Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orpheus Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Orpheus Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orpheus is very much a secret to the outside world, a rare island hideaway of exceptional beauty!Located just 80km north of Townsville, amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the island stretches across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline, and comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park. Access is either via a 25 minute helicopter journey from Townsville, or an hour journey from Cairns. The newly renovated lodge accommodates just 34 indulged guests at any one time, ensuring absolute seclusion and serenity! Offering the ultimate romantic escape, a luxurious family getaway, unique outdoorsy experiences, or booked in its entirety for exclusive use, Orpheus is emerging as the ‘new’ undiscovered tropical destination on Australia’s doorstep. Orpheus boasts a plethora of once in a lifetime experiences! Its principal dive sites boast 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef; the local waters are a fisherman's playground and home to the most sought after reef and game fish species in the world; and guests can take the helm of a dingy and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe Orpheus. Alternatively, Orpheus provides the perfect backdrop for a more private interlude if guests wish to simply shut off from the outside world and succumb to the pleasure of a unique aboriginal-inspired massage. Accommodation rates are inclusive of all gourmet meals, celebrating a bounty of locally-sourced, wholesome and freshly caught and grown seasonal delights, a selection of regional wines and beers, a daily nature-based experience, and the island’s signature ‘Dining with the Tides’ experience which allows guests to enjoy an intimate dinner for two under a starlit canopy. ... more   less 
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