The elite have been jetting in to Hayman Island since the 1950s, when Reg Ansettâ€”founder of the now-defunct airline Ansett Australiaâ€”built an exclusive resort here. The northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman has undergone numerous refurbishments over the years, the most recent of which will see it re-open in July as the One&Only Resort Hayman Island (doubles from US$510). Considerable investment has been poured into bringing the property up to One&Only standards: rooms and suites are more spacious than ever before (209 accommodations have been condensed to 160) and come with four-poster beds and a crisp decor of ivory, beige, and chocolate. Other additions include an adults-only pool ringed by cabanas, an expanded fitness center and spa, and revamped culinary offerings. What stays the same is the exclusive locationâ€”the resort is the sole occupant of the 400-hectare island, with the Great Barrier Reef right on its doorstep. â€“Natasha Dragun
This article originally appeared in theÂ June/July 2014Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śHayman Rebornâ€ť).