World's Best Island Hotels
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No. 18 Hayman, Great Barrier Reef
Hayman is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s big resorts, with 234 guest rooms, 500 employees, and five dining venues. Capitalizing on a sensational crescent of beach, a luxury resort opened in the 1950s and flourished for two decades before a 1970 cyclone. After the resort reopened six months later, 650,000 trees and shrubs were introduced to the island; of the 1,000 palms, 22 form a glamorous avenue. Rooms fronting the seven-times-Olympic-size swimming pool—so gigantic it loses 1,500 gallons of water in evaporation and runoff per day—have terraces that jut into the water, so you can jump right in from your bed.