Accommodation rating: Exceptional

Lizard Island, Australia's northernmost island beach resort, 240km north of Cairns and located on the Great Barrier Reef itself, is secluded from the rest of the country. It provides the perfect luxury island escape, with 24 powdery white beaches, over 1,000 hectares of national park and coral reef gardens. Accommodation is available in elegant rooms and suites, featuring interiors designed by Hecker Guthrie, with a two-bedroom villa set at the top of a cliff offering luxury, privacy and uninterrupted views across the Coral Sea. Stays are full board, with a focus on fresh seafood and using superb local produce, complemented by Australian and New Zealand wine. Picnic hampers are available for beachside lunches, or for a special Lizard Island dining experience only metres from the lapping waves, a seven-course degustation dinner menu can be prepared. A range of excursions can be arranged locally, including snorkelling excursions, game fishing (black marlin season is from September to December) and glass-bottom boat trips.

Features: 40 suites, restaurant, bar, wine cellar, spa, sunset beachside dining, snorkelling lessons, tennis court, gym.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, fully stocked minibar, tea & coffee facilities.

Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.

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