Name: Lizard Island
The most northerly reef island of the Great Barrier Reef, and a national park, Lizard Island combines a reef experience with an intimate getaway and there’s only one hotel on this island.
Not far from Cairns in Queensland, Australia, this island is a dream come true with Crusoe-esque stretches of beach and deep blue ocean fringing this reef encircle the island: here, you can explore the Great Barrier Reef straight from the shore, swimming and snorkeling among black-tipped reef sharks over its corals and gardens of giant clams that close shut as you swim closer. The hotel also offers diving trips to nearby Cod Hole, where the waters are alive with potato cod.
Lizard Island Resort presents elegant, yet understated Great Barrier Reef accommodation in a variety of rooms and suites. All of our Lizard Island Resort rooms and suites offer serene luxury and a private location on the Great Barrier Reef. Our favourite rooms are the Beachfront Suites. Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main Lodge, these Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a private pathway leading directly to the beach.
Despite the hotel’s understated elegance, its fine dining and extensive wine cellar, the island itself remains wild. Go bushwalking to lookout points and you’ll discover an interior thick with rainforest, broken up by mountains, that’s home to nesting ospreys.
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