Virtuoso Life Australia Special Edition – May 2017 - 28
VIRTUOSO'S BEST OF THE BEST
HOTEL GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
* LIZARD ISLAND
Consistently voted one of the world's top ten resorts, Lizard Island offers 40 luxuriously
understated guest rooms and suites, gourmet local cuisine and Australian wines, spa treatments, and picnics on private beaches. The island is a national park north of Cairns, with
just one resort, 24 powdery-white beaches, and easy access to some of the world's best
diving and snorkeling. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.
* QUALIA, GREAT BARRIER REEF
Qualia is nestled in the most pristine and secluded position on Hamilton Island, with snorkel-out
access to the reef. Facilities include two serene pools and two bars and restaurants. Step inside the
award-winning Spa qualia or play a round at the Hamilton Island Golf Club on neighboring Dent Island. Use of an electric golf cart, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and catamarans is included, as are
VIP transfers to the airport or marina. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a sunset cruise.
* ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND
Situated on a crescent-shaped beach on its namesake private island in the Whitsundays,
One&Only Hayman Island offers 160 guest rooms for an iconic Great Barrier Reef getaway.
Snorkel, scuba dive, fish, and sail - or view the reef by seaplane or helicopter. Return to lounge
poolside, stroll the expansive tropical gardens, relax at the One&Only Spa, and enjoy fine cuisine.
Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and an island escapade.
* MAKEPEACE ISLAND
Richard Branson's all-inclusive retreat on Queensland's Sunshine Coast occupies a 25-acre
private island. As many as 22 guests swim laps in the central lagoon pool (it's lined by runway
lights, for nighttime dips), play tennis and billiards, fish, and sail Hobie Cats. The 11 bedrooms
are dispersed among the Bali House and three private villas. Dine on the freshest fare served in
a number of scenic locations, including a secluded beach for picnic lunches. Virtuoso travelers
receive all meals and a $100 resort credit.
* GAIA RETREAT & SPA
Australian singer and co-owner Olivia Newton-John created a healing haven poised on the
highest point of the Byron Bay hinterland, with 23 retreat-style bungalows spread across 25
acres of subtropical gardens. Gaia delivers morning yoga, personalized activities, organic
gourmet cuisine, and luxury spa experiences that earned it a nomination for Virtuoso's Best
of the Best Spa award. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
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