Hope this is the right place to provide a review of an entire Island - let's hope so.
I'm going to provide the pro's and con's of this Island which has all of us in our group saying we probably wouldn't return to Hamilton Island.
It is a beautiful island without a doubt. the weather is nice and warm and so too is the water. (we are currently still here and head home tomorrow)
We are staying at Panorama 16 which is a private 2 bed villa whichis quite nice. It has wonderful views but at $350 per night is very expensive. For that you would expect full tv reception in the living room but unfortunately you can't seem to get all channels. Not a biggie though but the kids would have liked to watch their channel to chill out for an hour or so everyday. The golf buggy that came with the villa was great and the kids loved it.
We hired a dingy and went out to Hennon Island and swam in the crystal clear waters - what a beautiful spot. The hiring of the dingy was hassle free and was $169 with a steering wheel and canopy. We tried a spot of fishing with no luck.
Cats Eye beach is a beautiful spot as well. We travelled with our 2 4 year old kids and their grand parents and we loved this spot. The bouganville pool area on cats eye beach was great as well - nice and shaded and has a little kids pool as well.
Whilst Hamilton Island does sell itself as a family destination, apart from swimming it really is probably the unfriendliest place for kids i've been too. Most restaurants have no kids menus, no activities for kids in restaurants like colouring in and generally the staff at most restaurants couldn't care less about kids if they tried.
The food on the island for the most part is very standard. Fish and chips ordinary, the pub meals are OK at best but the bakery was great, however extremely expensive. We asked if they could make a ham and cheese sandwhich for the kids and they said they could but we would have to purchase an entire loaf of bread as they would use the rest of the bread! Unbelievable.
The cost of everything here is way too expensive for what you get. You don't mind paying for things if the quality is good and the service is good as well. Most of the stores and food places are owned by Hamilton Island management and most staff don't care about customer service.
The Island feels like a very expensive version of Dreamworld - it feels fake.
to sum up it's such a beautiful place however none of us will ever return.