Tough place to review. Depends what you are after.
Grounds are well kept and island itself is very pretty. We got some great sunset shots and as the wind moves around, you can just move your activities to the leeward side.
Good for kids. Smorgasbord breakfast and dinner (most nights) which was a free for all but quite well run and food was fine. There is an a la carte restaurant too, but we didn't eat there much (food was good though).
Spacious rooms (and ours had a nice ocean view), although for $440 a night, you probably expect it.
Marine pool thing near the main building has decent sized sharks and rays in it that you can even hand feed. That was cool and you could see the kids love it. Actually the wildlife on the island generally was cool. Lizards, wallabies, birds (Bush Stone Curlews everywhere) and the odd turtle were very easy to find and photograph.
The island is small and so you can see it all on day one with a bit of dedicated walking. We stayed for 5 nights which was plenty. I like to run, so you have to do two laps of the island to get up to 20mins.
The island is very close to the mainland and so the water visibility is poor (only a few metres). Obviously this is not the fault of the hotel, but if you think you are going to do spectacular, great vis snorkels off the beach, think again. I haven't stayed on the other islands further out, but I think most of them have limited vis. You need to get out to the reef (which is several hours and several hundred dollars away by boat) for the good stuff.
The whole island resort holiday is pretty sedentary. Fine for some people, but I like to get out and explore a bit more which was tough on Daydream. The swim-up bar in one of the many pools was easily avoided (there were plenty of other pools). If you like swim up bars then cool, but it was 'the bogan pool' unofficially to us. Don't get me wrong, the place is very family friendly, but it seems that everyone tends to eat and drink a bit because there are limited other options.
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