Queensland: A Luxury Escape to the Great Barrier Reef and Beyond

Comb the Whitsunday, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and hideaway on our favorite secret island. This 12 night escape will showcase island hopping, the Australian way. Back on shore, lost yourself in the vibrancy of the Daintree Rainforest before unwinding with indigenous spa treatments. Luxurious catamarans, sailing and heli-tours and our favorite secret island which can only sleep 12: this is island hopping at its very best…


The ideal place to start hopping along the coast and the Great Barrier Reef is Haggerstone Island, a little-known jewel of caster-sugar sand and luxury wooden huts. It’s the ultimate romantic hideaway, and since its maximum occupancy is 12, split across just four huts (each with their own stretch of pristine sands – we know, what a dream) you’ll enjoy a true Robinson Crusoe, barefoot luxury experience.

An all-inclusive resort with a vast array of incredible activities to offer, your four nights on Haggerstone Island will pass in a haze of relaxation and lazy explorations of stunning natural beauty. Take time to snorkel, kayak, fish and beach comb, all the while soaking up the serenity that abounds here. And when you fancy extending your adventures beyond the crystalline shallows, take advantage of the resort’s 40ft jet-boat available for you to use at any time to discover the waterways and reefs that lie a little further out.

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Daintree delights

From your island paradise, you’ll head back to the mainland. But this isn’t to say you’ll be caught up in the buzz of modern civilisation. Instead, you’ll be transported to yet another exclusive hideaway – Silky Oaks Lodge. The clue is in the name when it comes to just how peaceful this hideaway is. Sitting pretty above the Mossman River, surrounded by the lush foliage of the Daintree Rainforest and perfectly situated for day trips to the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO sites on all sides, no less), you’ll spend four nights in utter bliss here.

Days will consist of spa treatments at the on-site Healing Waters Spa and meanderings along the river by canoe. We’ll also arrange a full day private tour of the Daintree Rainforest for you, including a chance to interact with local indigenous people. A calm oasis with a dash of culture and adventure; this is what luxury travel is all about.

Whitsundays Sailing

From rainforest to the sea, finishing off with a couple of days on Hamilton Island is a must. And we say do it in style, kickstarting with a luxurious catamaran cruise through the mesmeric beauty of the Whitsundays. Snorkelling to your heart’s content through a full spectrum of color from fish to sea turtles and bright coral gardens or hopping between jungled island and sandy haven, there’s something for everyone to discover.

Towelled off, you’ll check in at the boutique hideaway of qualia, with its views over the stunning Whitsundays, will seduce even the most experienced luxury traveler. Spend your last island moments floating in your private infinity pool, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking in the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea, before waving goodbye to the reef and heading home with incredible stories and even more amazing photos (if you remembered your waterproof camera, that is).