Let your group escape to an island retreat where they can unwind and focus on the business at hand. From sunshine soaked spaces to incredible coastal locations.
Here are five Island venues where your group will have not just privacy but feel a world away.
Hayman Island, QLD
Getting here means putting your group on a 60 minute luxury catamaran ride, or (depending on how deep your pockets are) via helicopter or seaplane, from Hamilton Island Airport. But every minute of the journey will be worth it as you will be in Island Heaven created by mother nature and $135 million spent by humans to create spaces for sleeping, dreaming, eating with just the right amount of natural light, framed views out over the ocean or within your luxury resort. Heaven on Hayman Island managed by experienced luxury brand InterContinental.
Delegates will step out onto the white sands
of this private island resort and check into
one of 166-rooms ready to fully immerse themselves into island life. Three distinct
wings of guest rooms, suites and villas hug
the pristine coastline of the island: the Pool Wing, the Beach Wing and the Lagoon Wing, each offering views of the Coral Sea.
As the closest private island to the Great Barrier Reef, guests here get a meaningful connection to the surrounds via the activities on offer such as excursions to one of the seven wonders of the world to guided tropical hikes across the island, swimming with turtles or experience the magic from the air via helicopter or seaplane with views of the Whitsundays.
Exclusive access of the island is also available for meetings, incentives and events. From whole island buy-outs to smaller curated moments available for 10 to 320 guests, the island is an idyllic location to celebrate and inspire. A collection of 15 spectacular indoor and outdoor locations are unrivalled with memorable moments curated on private beaches, in canopied gardens, aboard private yachts and within tranquil lagoons.
Daydream Island Resort, Whitsundays QLD
There’s nothing like a dramatic change in scenery to refresh the mind and this might be the perfect place to do just that. Also located in the Whitsunday Islands, Daydream Island’s recent redevelopment means your delegates wake up in one of the 277 rooms and suites with a view to die for.
But what makes this destination truly unique is the Living Reef coral lagoon that wraps around 200 meters of the property, offering incredible views of more than 100 species of marine life without having to put your snorkel on!
As you are on the Whitsunday Island though, snorkelling (along with a host of other incredible activities) is certainly an option.
Conference and incentive groups have plenty of scenic space for special events, beachside cocktail functions and gala dinners.
Think barefoot white sands, warm island air and beach cocktails to finish up a day of workshops, meetings or conferencing.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island SA
Two words: unspoilt nature. This luxury lodge located on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has been beautifully designed to nestle into the island’s coastline and natural surroundings. But what your guests will notice above all is the airy, open space to spread out and get creative. The best bit is that with just 21 designer suites available, it’s the perfect size to exclusively hire so you can enjoy the privacy, peace and quiet.
Here it’s all about retreating without sacrificing a single creature comfort. Staying at the Southern Ocean Lodge you’ll feel like there’s no one else within miles (and chances are there isn’t) as privacy and solitude is what’s on the menu. That said, we can’t promise you won’t be distracted by the luxury surrounds, designer spaces, the kangaroos amongst the surrounding scrub, seals basking on the spectacular coastal rocks just outside your window and the views, well those speak for themselves.
Accessible by a short flight from Adelaide or Melbourne, there’s even a private and exclusive guest lounge for guests at the Adelaide Airport. Keep in mind that Southern Ocean Lodge requires ‘no budget’ approach.
Lizard Island, QLD
Beaches, beaches and more beaches. This private island offers organisers the ultimate in privacy for groups of up to 80 with 24 different private beaches to choose from so there’s no danger of running out of spaces for beachside cocktail events, casual beach barbeques, private beach gourmet picnic lunches, teambuilding in the sunshine or just the opportunity to watch all the sea turtles swim by.
Lizard Island is the northern-most resort on the Great Barrier Reef and because it’s located within a National Park and surrounded by a marine park, you won’t need to book additional external trips for groups to explore the reef, it’s literally all right there at your doorstep so you won’t lose half a day in transit.
Delegates arrive via Cairns to a private airstrip following a 60-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef but with the views of the reef, this flight will be a luxury in itself. Organisers in particular love the island’s all-inclusive activities, dining and beverage packages (no surprise budget blowouts). So once your group checks in, they can truly indulge without care.
Saffire Freycinet, TAS
We’re pretty sure heaven exists right here in Tasmania.
Tucked into the spectacular scenery of Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, the first thing that typically strikes you on arrival are floor-to-ceiling windows and the view - there’s simply no words to describe it.
Surrounded by natural light and wide-open space, Saffire is perfect for incentives and smaller groups or product launches. This 20-suite coastal retreat also offers a 24-seat boardroom so your group can easily move from work to down time.
One of the best bits of this luxury retreat however isn’t the views, it’s the strong connection to the local environment. Groups can immerse themselves into activities such as exploring Wineglass Bay, boutique wine tours, visiting an oyster farm or up close encounters with Tasmanian devils at the Lodge’s very own Tasmanian devil sanctuary.
The lodge is roughly 2.5 hours from both Hobart and Launceston Airport and provides the ideal surrounding for an island escape of a different type.
At Saffire Freycinet, expectations will definitely be exceeded.