Six months ago I booked my April stay at Daydream Island Resort & Spa for a friends wedding, and upon boarding the catamaran from Hamilton Island Airport was immediately blown away by the stunning surroundings. A truly spectacular ride, it made me look forward to relaxing on Daydream Island. This didn't manage to make up for the shock my wallet felt when the resort informed me how much the catamaran transfers were.
Efficiently, you are checked in to your room at the airport, receiving your room key and resort information before arriving at the hotel. However, upon arriving at the hotel you are greeted by staff who guide you into a holding room where you wait, eventually, for a 'tour/intro' to the resort.
After travelling for most of the day I really wanted to get to my room and settle in (as you do). I found the duration of the introduction a little long, and became frustrated - however we were soon released to make our way to our rooms.
I knew the stay wouldn't come cheap, so I booked the cheapest room available, the Garden Room. I tried to justify the exorbitent cost of the room by understanding it was on an island resort, in a great location - but it was simply disappointing (and upon meeting several other guests on the resort I soon found out that I had paid double the price they had - and was left absolutely stunned).
That night I met with others there for the wedding, and selected the 'International' themed buffet dinner. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this cost $47 which definitely threw me back on checkout. After a few more discussions with other guests over dinner, it was even more apparent that even the rate I had paid for my catamaran transfers were more which left yet another bad taste in my mouth after finding out about my room rate earlier.
Nevertheless, I was there for one of my best mates weddings and chose to keep a positive mind. The coffee from Coffee Bean Cafe was a welcomed relief, as was the daily breakfast buffet. Although at $4 a pop - it was expensive coffee, but the lovely lady that staffed the cafe on each day made up for it.
To touch on the wedding, Lovers Cove is a stunning location. After the ceremony, we headed back to the lobby for a drink where I had three beers that practically set me back the cost of a carton! Slightly buzzed, we headed back to Lovers Cove for the reception as it had now been setup to dine at - breathtaking sunset.
After a great night celebrating my friends new lives together, I walked the island. Great facilities on the south end including shops, a bakery, night time outdoor cinema, and a pool with amazing views. Unsure what time checkout was, and knowing I was booked on the (expensive, yet different in price) catamaran at 12pm, I checked with reception and was informed I had to check out now (approaching 10am). I queried whether I could check out a little later, and was informed that it would cost me $20 per hour. After advising that wasn't necessary, I sought out whether there was somewhere to store my bags for the two hours I would be roomless - I was informed no.
So I made my way to the pool bar for one last drink, bag in hand, before my catamaran back to the airport. Great pool, although nothing would have been better than swimming at the beaches surrounding the island - which you can't do due to Irukandji jellyfish.
Overall, a pretty average experience which I found incredibly expensive. My experience as a guest could have been better, but I understand every customer interaction is different. I still remain disappointed that I paid a far (extremely far) higher rate than other guests staying in superior rooms, and for this reason I don't think I'll be returning or recommending the resort anytime soon.
Fantastic location though. If you have the money and don't mind staying in an average 80's decor hotel - then this is for you. Definitely paying for location here, and you sure do get your moneys worth. Be prepared to pay the price for all extra's though, like airport/ferry transfers, meals and drinks.
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