How to Plan the Perfect Family Holiday at InterContinental Hayman Island
An Unforgettable Family Holiday Awaits
InterContinental Hayman Island’s Resort’s prime balance of enticing activities, adventurous excursions and unmatched tranquility converge to create a holiday destination that families of all stages will adore. From toddlers paddling in the shallows of Hayman Pool to teenagers experiencing the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef for the first time, the Island is guaranteed to entertain even the most discerning of young travellers. And, with world-class dining options and luxurious, the Resort offers plenty of opportunities for parents to indulge as well.
If holiday inspiration is what you seek, then we invite you to read on. Here are 10 ways to plan for the perfect family holiday to InterContinental Hayman Island Resort:
Often cited as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach stretches for seven pristine kilometers of silica white sand and sparkling turquoise waters. Hayman Island’s activities team can arrange an array of options for visiting this iconic stretch of sand – from a comfortable lunch cruise to a private boat or helicopter ride. No matter the method of transport, however, a day at Whitehaven Beach is a must for any family holiday to Hayman Island.
Get Up Close to the Great Barrier Reef
There are countless opportunities to see local marine life from the shores of Hayman Island – from turtle spotting on Hayman Beachfront to daily fish feedings at the marina. For those interested in exploring further afield, Ocean Dynamics offers a series of snorkel and dive-focused daytrips to the Great Barrier Reef. Families with young children also have the option to enjoy spectacular underwater views from the Island’s own semi-submersible glass-bottomed vessel.
Enjoy an Afternoon of Tranquility
Even the most harmonious of family holidays require some time spent apart. Parents seeking space can utilize the Planet Trekkers Kids Club (suited for children ages 4 to 12) or the island’s private babysitting services. The children will stay entertained with engaging, destination-inspired activities, while mums and dads can take an hour, afternoon or an evening to indulge however they like – perhaps a couple’s treatment at the Hayman Spa?
Share in a Family-Style Meal
Some of the best family memories are made over shared meals. Amici offers a delightful menu of shareable Mediterranean favourites, such as crisp wood-fired pizzas and divine house made pastas. At the other end of the Resort, Bam Bam transports diners to East and Southeast Asia with a wide selection of flavourful curries and stir fries ideal for a family-style eating experience. For the more particular eaters, all on-island venues offer a dedicated kids menu.
Experience the Island's Natural Wonder
Spend an hour one afternoon on the island’s daily nature walk. Led by a member of the Hayman Island team, this complimentary activity introduces guests to a few longtime locals (flying foxes, wallabies and kookaburras, to name a few), and delves into the importance of maintaining the islands delicately balanced natural ecosystem.
Explore Hayman Beachfront’s Activities
Hayman Beachfront is the perfect place to explore an array of gentle waterfront activities. Kids and adults alike will enjoy balancing in the shallows on their own paddleboard, sailing through the cove on a three-person catamaran or paddling through the Coral Sea’s crystal clear waters on a kayak. For guests eager to venture beyond the beachfront, the Activities team also offers a series of guided excursions on kayaks, jet skis and peddleboards.
Embark on an Island Excursion
Allow yourself to be whisked away on a private island adventure during one of Hayman’s signature island excursions. Choose between a swift speedboat journey to picturesque Langford or rugged Bali Hai where you can enjoy the next two hours lounging in the sun, snorkeling or wading through the crystal clear shallows. Your children will never forget the time they had an entire island, almost to themselves.
Engage in Friendly Competition at the Recreation Centre
Hayman’s expansive on-island recreation centre provides endless fun for the whole family. Full-sized basketball courts, tennis courts and football fields are ideal for afternoons of friendly competition.
Plan to Do Nothing at All
It is easy to fill every hour of every day at Hayman Island with activity. However, one of the island’s most alluring qualities is its inviting tranquility. Enjoy an afternoon or two soaking up the warm Queensland sun on the shores of Hayman Beach or reclined in a poolside lounge chair. A few hours of relaxation and a family swim are just as memorable as any island adventure.
For an unforgettable family holiday in the Whitsundays, explore InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s exclusive accommodation offers, contact our reservations team for assistance or book now at the link below.