Hayman Re-Opens To The WorldAugust 1, 2011
Hayman has today re-opened and is welcoming guests from throughout Australia and overseas to experience unprecedented new levels of tourism excellence at this top travel playground of the world.
Following a five-month forced period of closure to restore and repair the acclaimed private island destination in the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman is set to retain its mantle as a favourite hideaway for its guests and residence owners, including a long line of business and political leaders, dignitaries and celebrities.
The extensive works carried out during the closure, which came as a consequence of the severe damage caused by Tropical Cyclones Anthony and Yasi earlier in the year, have given rise to refreshed and rejuvenated experiences to be enjoyed on the island and in nature and the reef surrounds.
From today, Hayman presents an incredible new garden landscape weaving its way throughout the resort, innovative and reconcepted dining in the much awarded restaurants, fabulous new resort and reef activities and adventures and a true unveiling of eight breathtaking Beach Villas.
Respected landscape designer, horticulturalist and personality, Jamie Durie has been recreating the breathtaking and tranquil Hayman garden setting which was severely impacted by the cyclones and which has always formed part of Hayman’s unstaged nature.
This masterpiece of 16 hectares reveals a stunning botanical garden in which some 33,000 new plants and 327 new plant species have been introduced, providing tranquility, colour and an incredible variety of perfumes as the native birds, butterflies and wildlife, regain their wonderful island home.
In keeping with Hayman’s culinary tradition, new restaurant concepts are being introduced in the beachfront Azure, famous for its bountiful breakfast offerings and evening grills, overlooking the Hayman Beach, and new Nic Graham-designed Fontaine restaurant, which is set to become Australia’s signature resort restaurant presenting contemporary Australian cuisine and the best of Australian wines from the Hayman Cellar.
The award-winning Chefs’ brigade has also created innovative menus featuring the finest of produce and some surprise dishes for the much-loved Oriental and La Trattoria restaurants.
A new style of Hayman Gourmet is all about delivering the ultimate Australian picnic experience to anywhere on the island or in the reef surrounds. Guests on day trips to neighbouring beaches and islands can even place special orders including pizzas delivered by helicopter. A memorable dining event at night will include The Chef’s Table being taken out of its traditional Main Kitchen setting to an intimate rainforest location under the stars for a 6-course degustation menu of fine food and paired wines.
Leisure pursuits can be enjoyed at the upgraded Hayman Activities hub featuring new floodlit tennis courts, squash courts, a basketball court and golf putting green and driving range. The centre has introduced a personal training room and will present yoga, Pilates, cardio vascular fitness programs and group workout sessions and indoor and outdoor recreation, sports and fitness facilities. This is also the starting point for the new Hayman walking trail. Refreshed therapies and treatments are now available in more outdoor locations presented by Hayman Spa.
Yachts, cruisers, seaplanes and helicopters will continue to take guests on amazing reef adventures with fishing, coral viewing from underwater vessels, plus diving and snorkelling – including a special night tour – for the experienced and beginners.
During the next few weeks, the presence of whales and their young in the warm Whitsunday waters, will provide unforgettable sightings, especially during the arrival aboard the newly refitted Sun Goddess, which partners Sun Eagle on transportation between Great Barrier Reef Airport and Hayman.
Hayman reintroduces its eight fabulous Kerry Hill-designed Beach Villas, overlooking the sparkling Coral Sea. Each features a large private pool in an open air gallery with a day bed, a private terrace and outdoor shower, and a vast bathroom. Villa guests receive a dedicated Butler service and exclusive dining experiences including Chefs’ tasting menus.
Kerry Hill is also the designer of the new Hayman Private Residences, to be located on the hillside of the island and Hayman Marina Residences with absolute waterfront locations, in which private ownership is being offered for the first time on Hayman.
“We are proud to be showcasing Hayman and thank everyone for their kind support, commitment and good wishes over the last few months, during our period of closure” said Lloyd Donaldson, Head of Hotel Investments, Mulpha Australia Limited and Managing Director, Hayman.
“Today marks an important occasion as Shane Green, General Manager and our Hayman team once again welcome guests to enjoy a special island experience at one of the world’s truly great travel destinations.”
Hayman is owned and operated by Mulpha Australia Limited and is a member of the prestigious organisation, The Leading Hotels of the World.
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