Adventures on Hayman Island

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He also says that, the Hayman activities hub has been upgraded and features new floodlit tennis courts in addition to other extensive sports facilities plus a personal training room. “This is also the new starting point for our re-laid Hayman walking trail,” he says.

Needless to say, with a quality resort of this level, the spa facilities follow suit. Accredited as a Leading Spa in 2010, Spa Hayman is designed to serve as a wellness-oriented oasis with luxurious features such as surprise add-ons to beauty procedures and meticulously customized treatments, as well as the services of a spa concierge. In addition to spa services, guests can consult with Spa Hayman’s wellness experts, who perform an extensive holistic analysis on each individual.

Spa features include 13 individual treatment rooms, including a couple’s room; beachfront oceanview massage pavilions; two separate relaxation lounges; a hydrotherapy area; Vichy, sauna, steam rooms and change rooms; and a Spa Orientation Program. For more than a little self-indulgence, Spa Hayman presents the ultimate pampering experience with a full- or partial-day spa experience than can include a De-Aging Retreat, Detox Retreat or Island Retreat, exquisite spa cuisine luncheon and exclusive complimentary skincare offerings. If it’s pampering your clients are after, this is where they’ll find it.

Of course, in addition to the pampering and the relaxation, there’s a host of other things to do, as well. You can join one of Hayman’s master chefs for an exclusive private cooking class and prepare a 3-course gourmet feast with accompanying wines paired to each course. Diving enthusiast? The Great Barrier Reef offers some of the most spectacular diving anywhere. Hayman operates a fleet of custom-made dive boats, speedboats and ocean cruisers. Larger vessels are especially equipped to explore the outer reef, while Reef Dancer, the resort’s semi-submersible craft, is a great way to view the undersea world of coral formations and tropical fish. As part of a coral atoll, Hayman also offers remarkable snorkeling and scuba experiences, especially at Blue Pearl Bay on the other side of the island. Hayman offers everything from a 10-minute try-dive experience to full PADI Open Water certification. The Hayman Diving and Snorkelling Center provides guiding, expertise, and the use of everything clients need to enjoy their dives.

Meanwhile, the resort’s seaplane sightseeing program is a great way to get a bird’s-eye view of the Whitsunday waters and Great Barrier Reef, with the added benefit that the seaplanes offer the unique feature of doubling as a swimming and diving platform anywhere guests choose to set down. Other to-do’s include fishing trips, adventure programs and children’s and family programs, as well as resort shopping.

getting there Your clients can indulge in all things Hayman with Swain Tours’ 10-night Spectacular New Year’s Eve and Hayman itinerary, sprinkled with a little fun in Sydney. Clients arrive at the Sydney airport where they are immediately whisked away to Hamilton Island for their launch transfer to Hayman. They’ll spend the next five nights on Hayman with accommodations in a deluxe lagoon-view room. Then on Dec. 28, clients transfer back to Sydney with a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney and ring in the new year aboard Calypso, a 52-ft. yacht as it sails along the harbor. Rates are $8,825 pp dbl for December 2011 departure.

The most convenient way of getting to Hayman is via Great Barrier Reef Airport (Hamilton Island) where Hayman Island’s luxury launches connect with all incoming and outgoing commercial flights. A member of the Hayman team greets guests upon arrival at the airport and arranges for the transfer of luggage, before guests board the 1-hour launch transfer from Hamilton Island. All check-in formalities are completed enabling guests to be personally escorted to their room directly on arrival on the island. Guests can also book their choice of tour, restaurant and activity during this crossing. Virgin Blue operates daily services from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane into the Great Barrier Reef Airport.