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Pmb 40, Cook Shire, Lizard Island, Queensland 4871 Australia
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Contactless check-out
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Value
4.1
Travelers' Choice
Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. With 40 luxurious suites, it is the most northern resort in tropical North Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef. The Resort is part of a preserved National Park covering 1,013 hectares, Lizard Island Resort is accessible by private air charter from Cairns Airport that services direct flights to and from most major Australian airports. The island experience is like no other place on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy secluded picnics with your own private dinghy on one of the many beaches, dive the famous Cod Hole, learn to snorkel or take in one of the numerous natural bird, wildlife, turtle or historical guided tours - there is so much on offer. Lizard Island is also famous for its game fishing and ,exciting light tackle sport fishing and has several vessels for private fishing excursions. At the end of a busy day, try a sunset beach degustation dinner on a private beach, relax in the soothing Essentia Day Spa or simply unwind in the the beautiful Salt Water restaurant and bar - Lizard is like nowhere else located right on the Great Barrier Reef
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Fishing
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Conference facilities
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Chinese and 2 more

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Pmb 40, Cook Shire, Lizard Island, Queensland 4871 Australia
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Waimate01 wrote a review Yesterday
Sydney, Australia152 contributions237 helpful votes
Our third visit, and we come because it provides a little of what everybody needs - fancy accommodation, good food -- and diving. And easy to get to from Sydney. In reality, the local dives are pretty ho-hum. But the outer dives are pretty good, especially Cod Hole. Having booked and rebooked a year in advance, we made it clear we were coming for the diving and had booked some more interesting dives, which involved very expensive private charters. Imagine our disappointment when we arrived and the outer-reef dive boat sat firmly on its mooring for the entirely of our visit. Every day, we were told "maybe tomorrow", with a variety of explanations ranging from mechanical through to contractual. On the day we were leaving, the boat took some people fishing. Lizard is a marginal dive destination at the best of times, but without access to the outer reef, it becomes expensive and pointless. The dive staff were great and took us to some local spots (ho hum). I still don't understand what the actual problem was, and there was a fair amount of avoidance of eye contact going on. We had been in constant contact over the preceding months regarding the diving, so it's hard to imagine how a "contractual problem" could have surfaced without warning just before we arrived, and hard to understand how a mechanical problem could suddenly rectify itself without any outward sign of mechanics attending the boat. In other respects it was fine. But as a dive trip, we felt very much short-changed.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Paradise605988 wrote a review Mar 2022
47 contributions3 helpful votes
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What a fabulous long weekend. From start to finish. First thank you East Air for a smooth transition to and from the island. Landing at Lizard Island we were greeted with waves from the staff, and taken to the resort where we were greeted by the manager and immediately offered a late breakfast. The room was beautiful, we stayed at the beach front. We loved the food and atmosphere and activities, some of the best snorkelling we have seen from the reef coral to the abundance of tropical fish and turtles where you can simply walk directly from your doorstep or take one of the motorised boats to the other beaches, (Watson’s by far my fav). We booked for a fishing trip but unfortunately there was something wrong with the big fishing boat, this did not stop the staff from making sure we still got a fishing experience, on a smaller boat but we loved it anyway and caught some big ones…Duncan the skipper really knows his stuff and a lovely guy. As for the staff everyone was lovely, not overbearing but very attentive, super friendly but professional. Big stand outs for us were waitress Chrisy (let’s talk shop 😂) friendly and professional all in one. Lachey (barman), with his drink skills and smile, Carolina tour guide - great sense of humour and thanks for the sunset cruise 😂 Lachlan-waiter for his infections enthusiasm and (I hope this is right) Paul - wine connoisseur for his incredible wine knowledge, thanks for the wine room tour. John the manager you have done an amazing job with your staff, we have stayed at many beautiful places and feel your staff to be the best we have ever had, Thank you again. And good luck wee Bailey in your new job. 😊
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Emma H wrote a review Sep 2022
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions75 helpful votes
Our recent stay here did not live up to expectations. Firstly, when you're staying at a place like this that charges what it charges and boasts of being a luxury destination, you should have high expectations. And when that place fails to deliver it is genuinely disappointing. To begin with, I advised (as requested) my dietary requirements. This included a shellfish allergy and the fact that I do not eat particular food. I also requested an addition to our room. None of this information was received. This is despite the fact that the first person I spoke with when we arrived at the resort I enquired as to whether they had the information, and they said they did. This meant that the restaurant kept trying to serve me the wrong food. I raised my concerns at dinner that night and was reassured that all was taken care of. It wasn't. This was to be an ongoing occurrence. Instead of saying 'no we don't have that email' they pretended that all was ok. But it wasn't for me as it meant I had very few food options and was left wanting. While my partner with no food concerns was having a grand ol time. This continued throughout my entire stay. The wait staff need more training. They leave you waiting for bread and drink orders. It took 15mins of standing at the bar actually to put in my request. It then took roughly as long to receive it. Staff are happy to faff around while not actually doing any work. The mini bar in the room is extremely lacking. If you're offering boring everyday basics at least give guests an option of what to have. And when you say you're going to follow up on something that a guest would like. Do it. We had to ask 3 different staff members for some mugs! It's basic requests such as this that are just frustrating and annoying and not what you would expect at this level. Housekeeping did the barest of jobs. Turndown service was pointless and I'm not sure why they even bothered. Extra experiences are expensive. And be aware they'll charge you for up to '4 hrs'. But then don't actually give you the option of using the entire 4hrs. They bought us back after 3hrs without discussion or option for anything else. But didn't refund us for that hour. Simply put I would not recommend this place. And from reading the previous reviews these are the same issues that many other guests have had but the resort is doing nothing to fix them. And an offer of a bottle of wine does not accommodate the genuine disappointment in such issues. There is nothing special happening at this resort. But boy oh boy do you pay a lot of money for a very basic experience.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Maria wrote a review Sep 2022
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution2 helpful votes
Disappointing Stay. Chef is not accomodating, food is not up to the price point. Avoid the beachside villas you can’t sit on the verandas to many sandflys . I do recommend the deep sea fishing but don’t rely on the chef doing your catch any justice.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Caught-Knee G wrote a review Sep 2022
21 contributions5 helpful votes
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We went for our honeymoon and loved every moment, the staff were unbelievably friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We had amazing experiences snorkeling, the spa getting massages, taking the boats out for a half day picnic, all the food and drinks were fantastic. Special mention to Lachlan for making the best cocktails and he’s fantastic customer service 🙌👏
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tracy G wrote a review Aug 2022
20 contributions1 helpful vote
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We were lucky enough to spend a week on this beautiful island. It truly is paradise .from the flight from Cairns & the stunning scenery . We enjoyed it's beautiful beaches by boat & had the most luxurious sea food picnics that were really wonderful & bursting with flavour . The snorkeling opportunitys are vast & we were lucky enough to see many turtles & marine life. The staff are helpful & attentive. The Salt water restaurant is world class with its breath taking views . The food served there is imaginative & fresh & truly a delight to look forward to. The menu is varied & changed daily & was presented beautifully & full of flavour. The accomodation is really lovely . Light & airy with perfect attention to detail & so luxurious. A perfect holiday.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Gulliver0002013 wrote a review Aug 2022
Coffs Harbour, Australia99 contributions101 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed 7 nights at Lizard Island resort. Very relaxing, good food and service but after dinner....nothing. We would have loved to have a singer guitarist or pianist to entertain us, and would loved to have danced. Similar resorts around the world thrive on their entertainment after hours but not Lizard. We enjoyed the snorkelling with some lovely coral and clam outcrops. We scratched the backs of many turtles, a lovely experience. Overall a nice restful stay, but not value for money.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Nethway wrote a review Aug 2022
Hobart, Australia64 contributions13 helpful votes
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I was not sure about going here as I thought the hype and the pictures might not have lived up to expectations. I was wrong. We had a sunset beach villa with plunge pool and it was wonderful. One of the nicest locations o have stayed. The swimming of the beach is perfect, soft sand crystal waters and the food and wine options varied. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Only negative was perhaps the restaurant could do better with service delivery, speed of bringing drinks, removing plates etc, but otherwise can highly recommend
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Guided snorkel to clam gardens was definitely worth doing. Our guide Allie I think was excellent
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thommomelb wrote a review Aug 2022
Ringwood North, Australia125 contributions48 helpful votes
Stayed 2 nights in August as part of a tour with Australian Air Safaris to Cape York. Everything was perfect from the rooms, to the meals and the service. Great walking tracks around the island, and good snorkling
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Date of stay: August 2022
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WPW wrote a review Aug 2022
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Exceptional SCUBA diving here and great dive staff to plan and facilitate it. There's the usual spectacular outer reef dives and the no-less-spectacular inner reef dives and snorkelling, either off the beach or by resort boat. The inner reef sites are not easily accessible if you're not a Lizard Island guest. Don't miss nearby North Direction Island if you get a chance. In addition to the magnificent flora and fauna you'd expect to see in this part of the world we saw a humpback whale mother and calf on the way out and a large dolphin pod on the way back. The dive plan was amended to take in both these fabulous experiences, no rush to get back to base, as things are conducted along sensibly relaxed lines here. Very competent and friendly dive staff, catering expertly for beginners up to experienced divers. Thanks so much to Sandra, Jelena, Toby and Paul for selecting and leading great dives. Resort dive gear is good equipment well-maintained or new. No NITROX (air fills only) but the dive schedule doesn't require it. Our 8 day stay was in the windy season which makes outer reef trips (about two hours from LI to the Cod Hole) a bit bumpy so a little later in the year would probably open up the dive options. Many of the inner reef sites are sufficiently sheltered not to be blown out on windy days though. If you want to dive once or twice a day, in great comfort, and spend the rest of your time on the lovely walks of a beautiful national park, staying at a five start resort, staffed by the most of friendly people, then Lizard Island is hard to beat.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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$1,324 - $2,199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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What are some of the property amenities at Lizard Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Lizard Island Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Lizard Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lizard Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does Lizard Island Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lizard Island Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Lizard Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Lizard Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lizard Island Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lizard Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Indonesian.
Does Lizard Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Lizard Island Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.