“There’s only three simple – and magical – things you need to know while staying in Paradise Bay: Breakfast is waiting for you when you get up, your skipper is ready to take you on your daily boating adventure mid-morning and cocktails and canapés are at sunset!”
With a maximum of just twenty guests at one time and no kids, no day visitors, no mobile phone reception or Internet, Paradise Bay in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands is the ultimate, intimate escape. Offering a unique blend of environmentally sensitive and luxury resort accommodations and amenities, the property is set against a backdrop of sun-soaked beaches and pristine untouched wilderness. Lazy days are spent exploring the islands via the resort’s private sailing and expedition boats, feasting on gourmet meals and sitting back to enjoy the peaceful and quiet tranquility of a stunningly beautiful location.
The Paradise Bay experience is deliberately and unashamedly pared back to a simple, relaxed but oh so indulgent getaway. Throw off the stress, worry, demands and irritation of modern living to focus on what really matters – sleep ins, toes in the sand, hearing the sound of lapping waves, time spent messing around in boats, and cocktails at sunset. The Paradise Bay philosophy is to provide guests the venue in which to re-connect with themselves, those around them, and the environment; a gift of time to rediscover the simple pleasures and natural rhythm of life.
In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays comprise seventy-four lovely islands floating like jewels on a velvet carpet of crystal clear water. This unique group of national park islands are all within a few miles of each other, containing hundreds of secluded bays and small sandy beaches and are surrounded by fringing coral reef, with a huge variety of fish, soft and hard corals. Paradise Bay feels like a private escape because it is. With its rare location on Long Island in the secluded southern section of the Whitsundays, this protected sanctuary offers genuine natural wilderness rarely visited by boats or tourists.
As you arrive at Paradise Bay by helicopter – a spectacular scenic flight that takes just 10 minutes from Hamilton Island – you are greeted with cold towels while your bags are whisked away to a beachfront bungalow. Sink into the comfy couches while enjoying a glass of champagne. There’s only three simple – and magical – things you need to know while staying in Paradise Bay: Breakfast is waiting for you when you get up, your skipper is ready to take you on your daily boating adventure mid-morning and cocktails and canapés are at sunset!
There is no dress code here – just come in your best island relaxed gear and with a healthy appetite for distinctive and delicious hand crafted gourmet meals. After scouring the world for top chefs to create outstanding and inspiring culinary delights, every meal at Paradise Bay is a much-anticipated event. Highlighting local produce and seasonal delicacies, lunch is served ‘picnic style’ consisting of light pasta or cold couscous salad, complimented with fresh fruit, cheese and biscuits, gourmet nuts and cookies freshly baked that morning. The boat captain anchors at the most exclusive and remote islands, where you can relax and enjoy lunch with the group, or grab a blanket and find your own piece of sand for a private picnic for two.
Each evening, let the chefs compete with each other to impress you with their innovative creations. Every day fresh food and produce is brought to the island which is turned into sauces made from scratch, hand rolled pasta and the most succulent seafood dishes imaginable. Your most difficult decision of the day? Butternut pumpkin gnocchi with garlic butter and macadamias or beautifully cooked salmon, lightly seared with a truffle risotto? Luckily, some of the decisions are made for you as each course is artfully matched to quality wines especially chosen from the resort owner’s cellar of Australian boutique favourites. Enjoy the company of the million star blanket of the Milky Way in all its glorious wonder and don’t forget to save room for dessert – sweet chocolate pudding with a vanilla and cinnamon custard or refreshing vanilla bean panacotta with strawberry consommé and shaved basil?