Daydream Island reopens as first guests arrive back

Daydream Island has welcomed its first guests back to the resort following an extensive refurbishment.

The resort has been transformed with new restaurants and bars, expansive suites looking out to the Whitsundays and an idyllic pool.

Daydream Island Resort general manager Dawson Tang has led the renovation and rebuild of the resort over the past two years.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our returning and first time guests to Daydream Island as we share with them the reimagined architecture, design and dining offerings,” he said.

“We have a special connection with the Great Barrier Reef through our Living Reef and can’t wait to have guests experience the marine life from our new Underwater Observatory.”

The resort features 277 contemporary rooms and suites with views of either the tropical gardens, pool or out to the ocean. The island can be completely booked for private events. There are also three dedicated conference rooms available, while cocktail parties to gala dinners can be catered for across a large range of indoor and outdoor event locations.

Daydream Island will have three new restaurants and three new bars all defined by their own distinct design and flavour, led by executive chef Keith Le Fevre and food and beverage manager Adrian Tyler.

Infinity is the resort’s premium dining offering with an Asian fusion menu, with wrap around balcony and expansive views over the Whitsundays. It has a private Teppanyaki Suite offering diners a private dining experience.

Inkstone Kitchen and Bar focuses on modern Australian cuisine with local produce and Australian native flavours at the heart of the menu.

Tonic is a specialty gin bar located at the Atrium with views looking out to the Living Reef. The resort will be welcoming Graze Interactive Dining, Barefoot Bar and Silica in the coming months, further expanding the variety of food and beverage options on the island.

A centrepiece of the redevelopment is the Living Reef, a free form coral lagoon spanning 200 metres throughout the resort. It holds over 1.5 million litres of fresh water and is home to hundreds of marine fish, coral, stingrays and sharks. Guests can now explore the Living Reef on a guided snorkel with Daydream Island’s marine biologists, while a new underwater observatory also allows guests to view 4 metres below the water’s surface to watch the marine life in action.