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Up at 530- I need way more sleep to function properly. Hopped on bus, stopped in Cadwell for snacks. Finally I found a beach! If only we had 15 minutes there, it was so great to finally see an Australian beach!
Drove past the Pub that has no Beer, called Lee's, near Macksville. Famous for that song with the same title. Continued on to …
Caught the caterman around 9 which would be the transportation for the day. Day to cruise around the islands. Gladly the sea wasn't as rough as the great barrier reef- don't think I could handle it again. Sailed for 3ish hours and got to Whitehaven Beach. Famous for pure white sand and crystal blue waters, well what they say is true and the pics …
Finally a day of 0 plans! Ate breakfast, and went to the spa to see if they had any openings. Chilled on the beach (which isn't sand its coral so you need shoes) getting as much of a tan as possible before heading to get my pedicure. Amazing views of all the islands from the spa. The girl did a great job on my toes. Only still not worth as much as …
Today, we finally had to say goodbye to Cairns and make our way to the Whitsundays. During the bus ride, Jara made us do "speed dating," where the people in the aisle seats would have to rotate and everybody had to say their name, where they're from, etc. It was nice getting to talk to some people I hadn't talked to before, but she gave us so much …
How nice to have a lie in, a long hot shower and a full breakfast. We had a day stretching before us with no plans except to get in the pool at some stage and have a wallow. We did decide though to do the interactive fish tour where Caireen and I both got to hold a shark, feed a big Australian fish that inhales its food...!!? and also to stroke and …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDaydream Island Resort & Spa
This hotel is wonderful for a break away from reality...
Picture sitting on your balcony, gazing out over the tranquil sea lapping gently at the shore in front of you, wallabies grazing on the grass, and suddenly, 3 white cockatoos land on your balcony and allow you to touch them....
This was Daydream Island!
The rooms are comfortable, although nothing special, but what makes this resort are the beautiful grounds, the wonderful staff and the fantastic array of facilities...
Very Very Impressed by this wonderful destination!!!!
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the facilities were good, with lots of activities to choose from. roomswere clean and well stocked and the staff were very attentive. Food was ok and out door cinema was quite a novelty.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Not quite paradise
Stayed with friends for a six night deal (pay for 4 night stay for six), so this was great value from the off. Island is smaller than you think, you can walk around it in 2 hours, so maybe six nights was too long because you could get bored. Good food in the 3 restaurants that were open, but overpriced. Open air cinema was a good idea, but it did not operate every day. Rooms were very modern and clean, very comfortable beds.
Anyone looking for a short Island break in the Whitsundays should consider Daydrean Island resort. Stayed there a couple of weeks ago and find it to be excellent. Room is huge, with all the mod-cons, very clean,tidy and new.
Gardens are immaculate and generous sized swimming pool. House guests get the run of the Island. Staff are excellent and service very professional.
Daydream is Paradise!!
Stayed in the Coral Sea Wing at Daydream Island Resort in late May. It was the best holiday I've ever had. The rooms are comfortable, clean, serviced and very well priced - we booked our rooms for $90pp/night! I wouldn't recommend eating at Waterfalls Restaurant, buffet had been sitting out a bit too long all three times we ate there and very overpriced ($20 for cereal and fruit breakfast) - Mermaids Restaurant is DELICIOUS and much cheaper!
Be aware that to get to the other side of the island is a 15 minute walk, you wouldn't want to have to do it more than twice a day, and I am fit!
As for day trips I cannot speak more highly of OCEAN RAFTING, Whitehaven Beach is SPECTACULAR! Best day tour I have ever done! I would recommend ReefWorld over Cruise Whitsundays pontoon at Knuckle Reef, Reefworld is more crowded but twice the size and has a much greater range of marine life.
And thats about it, hope this helps someone! Do Daydream, it really is beautiful!
We originally planned to stay 3 nights at Daydream Island but eventually were only able to stay 2 nights because we booked the only Jetstar flight from Sydney to Proserpine which landed after the last ferry left Shute Harbour. So we were forced to stay one night in Airlie Beach which was nothing in comparison to Day dream Island. So beware of booking Jetstar flights if you are planning to stay at Daydream Island.
We managed to get a great last minute deal booking directly with Daydream Island resort which included buffet breakfast & ferry transfers.
The ferry from Shute Harbour comes once every 2 hours so if you miss one it'll be a long wait with not much to do. There is the tour shop & a deserted coffee shop at Shute Harbour. The ferry to the island takes 15min. When you arrive you are greeted at the pier by the staff who made you feel welcome with a mocktail (there's not one for everyone)& a short intro to the island.
Upon check in we were upgraded to an ocean balcony room which was large, clean & had magnificent views. There were heaps of activities - we totally recommend the snorkelling at Sunlover's Cove & the jetskiing.
The choice of meals at the island were limited & generally consisted of overpriced cafe style food (except the buffet breakfast which we found had a great variety). There was a little cafe which sold snacks & sandwiches at reasonable prices. The Mermaids (fine dining restaurant) - service was very slow but the food was OK when it eventually came. The seafood was very disappointing compared to Sydney.
The highlight of the trip was the magnificent sunset at Lovers Cove.
Overall, a great place to stay. Self-contained island resort with activites for all ages, nature rainforest walk (don't wear flip-flops!), outdoor cinema.
We had a fabulous ocean view suite with breath taking views of the ocean. Our suite was very clean, spacious, huge outdoor balcony with tables and lounge chairs. Very romantic spot to watch the sunset.
Some widlife: disappointed to find out the kangaroos that came by our room each evening were wallabies. Oops. We thought were going to attacked by a large screeching bird one night...it was something from "Jurrasic Park". Our waiter at dinner politely told us they are harmless birds on the endangered species list.
There are 3 restaurants ( 1 is self-serve buffet, and 1 pub grub). Also a take away/room service. Unfortunately only 2 of the 4 places are open for lunch and dinner. You are really limited in your choices. We only had dinner in the full-service restaurant one time during 4 nights stay. Who wants to eat fish & chips or a pizza on their honeymoon?? Very limited selection of vegetarian foods. It was very disappointing, and pretty pricey as well. There are many families with small children... no offense but we were delighted to find the adults only private room in the buffet restaurant (only place open for breakfast). Also 1 of the 3 bars is a swim up bar... that leaves the lobbey bar and pub for the evening.
No real beach area... all rocks. We wanted to go for long walks on the beach, etc., but no such luck. The pools are fantastic though, and on both ends of the island. Loads of lounge chairs to sun yourself.
The staff we dealt with were great. All were helpful, and friendly. They seemed to be able to arrange pretty much any type of activity you'd like.
Very important to check your travel details with the hotel. We had a flight booked out of Hamilton Island that left before the 1st ferry even left Daydream. We had no idea it was a problem until we checked in!! We had to take a very $$$ expensive helicopter ride to Hamilton Airport.
Loved it, going back again!
I went to DayDream Island for my honeymoon in October 2003 and loved it so much I am returning again. The resort was totally renovated in about 2002, so all the rooms and bathrooms are new. The great thing about DayDream Island is that it really has an island feel, you can walk around the whole island, unlike Hamilton Island which is more like the main land.
Daydream has a mix of families and couples. There are only three restaurants on the island, but they were reasonsably priced.
Daydream Island is great place if you want a relaxing holiday to sit by the pool. There is also a great new spa centre.
We liked Daydream so much, we are going back again in a couple months.
Get rid of the managers !
My family and I (husband and 6 yr old son) have just spent 12 days in this resort. Whilst the resort itself is in a great position and has most of the things you would expect of a 4 star resort, the managers just need to be replaced ! The most basic of customer service skills (like smiling & saying good morning or knowing their job) are not passed onto staff and as a result, Daydream Island has a high staff turnover. This in iteself ends up with staff who don't know how to do their job i.e. what is on a menu, restaurant seating arrangements, duration of trips/cruises and where they go to, how to use the computer system (activity bookings & restaurants) and lack in enthusiasm. Daydream could really thrive if the prices on the island were'nt so excessive, the menu & food was regularly changed, the housekeepers were taught how to make a bed and clean a room and the staff paid for their skills rather than being told by the managers that it's a priviledge to work there. The managers need to smile more often, show their faces and talk to their guests - as this is the only way for you to find out the real facts on customer satisfaction.
For families, don't go there unless your child is able to eat adult food and is out of a highchair, as there are not many choices for fussy children and microwaves are not included in rooms for meal heating. Also casual dining (i.e. takeaway or "call & collect") is no longer available so the choice for a romantic meal some some secluded beach on the island is not available. Your meal choices are 3 restaurants who do not all open at the same time (again - limited choice and you are not made aware of this until you arrive !)
On a more positive note, the hotel rooms (when cleaned) were comfortable and the view from the Ocean Balcony was great. The landscaping & pool areas were attractive and always tidy however if you are a late sleeper you will be woken by the gardener who uses a blower to clean around the pool and paths at 8am. The outside movie was also a novelty and enjoyable - but change the films as we saw the same 3 movies on 6 movie nights.
Having stayed for 12 nights in December 2004, we had the fortunate opportunity to talk to many staff members and meet new people. Many of the other long stay guests we spoke to, shared our concerns and experiences. If you want to enjoy great views and blue oceans, head to the Whitsunday's. I'll leave the choice up to you whether you go to Daydream though !!
What can i say, its just perfect!
Daydream Island is truly its name, a daydream. I stayed for 6 nights in an ocean balcony room and it was absoulutely fabulous. They say the resort is a 4 stars, i believe that it should be 5, everything is first class. As soon as you hop on the island you are made to feel very welcome and the staff are more than helpful.
Daydream was a really Dream.
Daydream was exactly as the brochure displays, right down to the colours in the guest rooms. The rooms were modern and bathrooms lovely. The staff were extremely friendly and couldn't be more helpful. The facilities were excellent. Everything was clean and tidy and up-to-date. Meals were pleasant and wellpresented though expensive. Lots of activities (and lots to pay for). We were at Daydream for 4 nights in August and there were many families staying, with preschoolers.
Had great option of late check-out, still being able to use facilities and use of Transit Lounge for showers etc before leaving Island at 5.30pm to catch a bus/train.
And best of all was the weather! Fabulous coming from a NZ winter. Love Queensland!
Meban Family of four.