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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Rarely do all things line up on an Island holiday but Orpheus has the lot. All rooms look out across the water, are very spacious with very large comfortable beds & beautiful furniture & fittings. Bathroom Diantree toiletries were exrtemely good quality.The gardens are beautiful, very tropical with lots of plants & grassy areas. The common dining & lounge areas are lovely relaxing rooms with big comfy chairs perfect for sipping a drink from the 'open bar', looking out to sea or reading a book. All activities available are worthwhile esp snorkeling at the Coral Gardens, taking a private boat to a deserted Island with a gourmet picnic, a sunset cruise over giant clams.The lookout above the resort is a must see & a great place to watch the sun come down (staff will pack drinks & nibbles for you). Look out for Mr Nicholson's grave! The quality & variety of food from Uberchef Arie is absolutely outstanding. Staff were always on hand to see to our every need. We have never felt so spoiled but so relaxed at the same time. Everything is included. All you need to take is your toothbrush, some PJ's & a pair of swimmers!

Room Tip: All rooms have great sea views & are quite spacious
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Poppy W
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

After googleling the most romantic places in Australia to propose, my now fiancé Dave decided on the newly refurbished Orpheus Island Resort as where to take me for an amazing weekend away with a surprise that only Dave and the Orpheus staff knew about.

After landing at Townsville airport and not knowing our destination I was thrilled to take the helicopter and land on the most beautiful island I had ever seen. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and other guests. We took the dingy to the pontoon on the other side of Orpheus and had a lovely picnic.

That night Dave had planned and organised with the staff for us to have dinner on the pier with only the torches and moonlight. It was beautiful and that was where the moment happened  We were lucky enough to be there the same weekend as Cheong Liew the chef so the food was magnificent (as im sure it is whoever the chef is).

The rest of the weekend we enjoyed the infinity pool and exploring the island and we ate and drank like a king and queen. It was so relaxing and we had everything we needed and had the freedom of dining where we chose. We even got to witness a tropical thunder storm which Dave thoroughly enjoyed!

We would highly recommend a stay at Orpheus island. The staff go above and beyond to meet your every need and were great at organising with Dave his proposal. It definitely is paradise and will always have a special place in our hearts and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Orpheus for their hard work.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Carly S
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Being on an Island as beautiful as this definitely forces you to relax as this was the most relaxing holiday we have been on in years! We loved hanging around the infinity pool and reading our books, walking along the beach, going for a sail, kayak or snorkelling, all at our own pace.
All the water activities are easily accessible and the bay which is directly off the resort is very protected so you feel safe kayaking or sailing etc. There are also lots of opportunities to go snorkelling at other locations or do activities away from the island which means you get to see other parts of the area very easily.
The food was delicious and perfect for the climate and the staff were very accommodating for people with particular needs or allergies. It was also nice to have a large selection of drinks included to which you could help yourself throughout the day or night.
Also, being a smaller resort means you do get to know other guests and staff as well, especially on the trips that the resort organises such as cruises on the glass bottom boat (named Glassy!) or sunset drinks at Yanks Jetty.
We wouldn't hesitate for a moment to go back to Orpheus, we loved every minute!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Verity W
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We’ve just come back from 6 days in Paradise! ..Orpheus Island!
Snorkeling near yanks jetty was spectacular, bright blues, pinks and yellow coral and the fish were stunning! Especially the parrot fish – almost fluorescent in colours!!
The service and staff were ever so helpful and the food was delicious and fresh every day.
We didn’t want to leave, days by that magnificent pool, champagne by the outdoor bar at sunset, reading in the hammocks and sailing everyday gliding by turtles was just spectacular!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Michshell78
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

We were so spoiled. Uber-chef Cheong Liew was cooking on the island with his protegee and now resident chef Arie when we visited, so it was an adventure of the table as well as the island. We are confident Arie will amaze guests with his fabulous Australian-Asian fusion food. Needless to say, it was Michelin quality.

There are few resorts on the reef with the environmental integrity of Orpheus. You know the staff really, honestly care for their beautiful island - managers Kylie and Rob used to run the nearby research station, and have lived here for 6 years, so there's not much these guys don't know about their home.

The rooms are still being finished - art work and the like - but they are well-planned in their simplicity. It will be great to see the resort complete, following its extensive renovation and the repairs after cyclone damage.

Look, if you need to be incessantly entertained, this is not your resort. We had our small baby in tow (who was adored and watched over by all staff), so we wanted to chill out, swim and explore, as well as sit up late at night talking and eating with other guests and the warm and friendly staff. We visited the nearby research station, snorkelled over giant clams, and skimmed coral reefs. The childless couple would disappear with manager Rob for epic day-long snorkelling or fishing adventures.

Getting there was half the adventure: the helicopter transfer from Townsville was a fantastic way to see the reef up close, and the pilot was so accommodating, pointing out key landmarks and local beauty spots. We loved it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank globalsalsa
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