For natural luxury and a real chance to disconnect from busy lives, head across the ocean to the Elysian Retreat situated on long island in Queensland’s Whitsundays.
The Australian family-owned boutique retreat became the first 100% solar powered island resort on the Great Barrier Reef in April 2019. Using biodegradable cleaning products, natural wild ingredients, refillable guest amenities, and waste production is minimised. Elysian Retreat proves that luxuries need not be sacrificed in the search for sustainability. They operate the kitchen, spa, restaurant, along with 10 air-conditioned villas off solar power and batteries and offsets 150 per cent of its annual greenhouse gas emissions.
What to expect:
Arrive by helicopter from Hamilton island airport and unwind from the moment you touchdown. With limited wifi on the island, it easy to switch off and clear the mind!
If you opt for true relaxation, then start the day with yoga by the water, before a nourishing breakfast. Head to the ayurveda-inspired spa Jala for a massage experience in edible beauty oils. For the more energic, take the all-day hike and day trip to Whitehaven beach with awe-inspiring trials from thick, lush rainforests to white sandy beaches with ancient caves. Explore along the shores on a paddle boarding or glass bottom kayak and be encapsulated by the Australian ocean wildlife. You may even be lucky enough to see green turtle!
Evenings start with canapés by the fire pit at dusk before enjoying the 3 course gourmet meal.
Daily yoga classes, equipment.
All water sports equipment including stand up paddleboards, glass bottom kayaks, snorkelling equipment.
Three gourmet meals daily, complimentary hot & soft drinks all day. Alcoholic drinks additional charge.
The accommodation consists of 10 private oceanfront island villas, crafted from solid hardwood with high cathedral ceilings, large windows and private balconies, to make the most of the uninterrupted rainforest and ocean views. Laze on the decks in an outdoor hammock and be one with nature
enjoying a refreshing outdoor rain shower for relaxation. The oceanfront villas are the epitome of a laid-back barefoot escape in the Whitsundays, the perfect to hideaway in paradise.
Ingredients are fresh and organic to ensure your dining experience is wholesome, nourishing and comforting. On arrival guests will meet with our host to discuss their taste preferences and dietary requirements.
The implementation of a worm farm, and home-grown fruit and vegetables brings the freshest, wholesome cuisine. With a daily changing menu, expect gourmet breakfasts, al fresco or picnic lunches and memorable 3 course dinners. Dinner is a highlight at sunset, overlooking the ocean and Conway National Park. If you are lucky enough to catch something while out fishing, the chef will happily prepare the catch for your dinner that night, or you can opt for the wild caught fish sourced from local fisherman.