The Luxe List 2014

  • Abode, Mumbai, India

    Abode, Mumbai, India

  • Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

    Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

  • Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

    Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

  • Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

  • Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

    Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

  • Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

    Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

  • Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

    Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

  • Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

  • Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

    Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

    Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

  • Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

    Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

  • Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Sofitel So Singapore

    Sofitel So Singapore

  • Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

    Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

  • Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

    Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

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The Luxe List 2014: One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Making its debut in the Asia-Pacific region, hotel brand One&Only didn’t cut any corners when rebooting Australia’s iconic Hayman Island resort in July. Some US$80 million was poured into the property, tucked into a cove on the south coast of the 400-hectare island, the most northerly fall of land in the Whitsundays group. Resort life began here in the 1950s with Reg Ansett’s Royal Hayman Hotel; the latest incarnation of the retreat sees rooms and suites reduced in number and expanded in size, in keeping with the exclusive ethos of other One&Only properties in destinations such as the Maldives and Bahamas. The 160 accommodations are arranged into Beach, Pool, and Hayman wings—the former include Kerry Hill–designed villas with private plunge pools, just steps from a stretch of powder-white sand; others enjoy direct access to the lagoon-style pool, ringed with cabanas. Children are welcome here, but age restrictions apply around the adults-only pool and chill-out lounge area. There are plenty of diversions on land, including seven restaurants and bars, a lavish new spa and fitness center, and naturalist-led hikes. But the real appeal lies offshore: a team of dive experts and marine biologists are on call to lead expeditions to explore the warm waters of the Coral Sea, while excursions to surrounding Great Barrier Reef islets see you packed off with a champagne picnic.

61-7/4940-1234; One&Only Hayman Island; doubles from US$738

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