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4 Amazing Honeymoon Spots in the Whitsundays Islands

If you’re a bride or groom from Queensland, why would you go any further than our own backyard for a luxurious and romantic honeymoon? We have hand-picked four of the best accommodation providers in the Whitsunday Islands to tempt you to pack your swimsuit and jump on that plane.

What do couples look for in a honeymoon?

What do newlyweds look for in a honeymoon destination? I guess the answer to that question is that we’re all different. However, most people we know crave privacy and a romantic setting at the bare minimum. After all the busyness of wedding planning, couples typically just want to relax.

I’ve done my research and presented you with the four best options for a Whitsunday Islands honeymoon. They are all romantic, luxurious and special in their own way. Happy reading!

*Note, rates listed are valid as at 1 October, 2021 and are quoted per couple.

1. Elysian Retreat, Long Island

I might be a bit biased when it comes to Elysian, owned by a Queensland family-run operation called Sojourn Retreats. Having stayed there in September for my own honeymoon, I can assure you that it’s beyond amazing! As much as I want to keep it a secret, Elysian Retreat is simply too good not to share.

Go there for… the exquisite food, adults-only peace and quiet, and the best customer service you’ll find.

Rates start from… $1270/ night

Number of rooms… 9 (max. 18 guests)

Inclusions… 3 gourmet meals a day, nightly canapes, all-day snacks, most non-alcoholic beverages, daily yoga and unlimited use of equipment such as stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and snorkelling gear.

Getting there… the lovely staff arrange helicopter transfers (not included in nightly rate) from Proserpine Airport, Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. Trust me, it’s worth it. Check out our video on Instagram ( if you don’t believe me.

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2. Qualia, Hamilton Island

Without a doubt, the best way to honeymoon (or even holiday, for that matter!) at Hamilton Island is by treating yourself to a few nights of high-end serenity at Qualia. Located on the northernmost part of the 740-hectare island, Qualia allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of Catseye Beach and the marina. Why not indulge in the award-winning experience Qualia has to offer?

Go there for… adults-only luxury and a high-end experience.

Rates start from… $1450/ night (2-night min. stay)

Number of rooms… 33 Leeward Pavilions, 26 Wayward Pavilions & 1 two-bedroom Beach House

Inclusions…the standard rate includes a la carte breakfast daily and water activities such as catamaran hire, stand-up paddle boarding, pedal boards, sea kayaks and snorkelling. Package upgrades available for luxe extras like dinner, helicopter tours, spa treatments and a sunset cruise.

Getting there… fly directly into Hamilton Island airport or sail to the marina (VIP transfer included), or for something special, why not book a helicopter transfer and touch-down on the resort’s very own helipad?

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Photo by: Gary Bembridge

3. InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Hayman Island

One of the Whitsunday’s more popular honeymoon resorts, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort offers something for every couple. Undergoing a recent redevelopment worth $135 million and winning various tourism awards, the resort has maintained its strong position in the honeymoon market.

Go there for… Instagram-worthy shots of the island’s white sandy beach and famous pool

Rates start from… $1063/ night

Number of rooms… 168 rooms, with various accommodation styles available.

Inclusions… breakfast daily and an extensive range of activities such as sports, a fitness centre, walking trails and hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing.

Getting there…fly into Hamilton Island and transfer directly from there via Hayman’s luxury catamaran (including scenic cruise and refreshments), private helicopter or, for something ultra-special, private yacht charter. Transfers not included in nightly rate.

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Photo by: Roderick Eime

4. Reefsleep & Reefsuites with Cruise Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef

I’ve been dying to check out Cruise Whitsunday’s new overnight experience but cannot say I’m fortunate enough to have done so yet. This two day/ one night cruise not only entertains you, informs you, feeds you and treats you, but offers a trip that I’m sure will be the highlight of your honeymoon in the Whitsundays. Check out their Instagram if you don’t believe us.

Go there for… a once-in-a-lifetime unique experience.

Rates start from… $1190/ night

Number of rooms… 2 underwater Reefsuites and 12 pontoon Reefsleep rooms

Inclusions…scenic cruise, snorkelling equipment, ticket to the Underwater Observatory, all meals, all drinks (beer and wine inclusive). Romantic extras can be arranged at an additional charge.

Getting there… the cruise departs from the Port of Airlie, in walking distance to most local accommodations. However, they can arrange coach transfers, if required. Pick-ups can also be arranged from Daydream Island Resort or Hamilton Island marina.

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Have you got a favourite honeymoon spot in the Whitsundays? Comment below or contact us.

With warm wedding regards,

Kimberley xx
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