Lizard Island: The Ultimate Island Life 

As one of the most remote islands in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef is the breathtakingly beautiful all inclusive retreat of Lizard Island.
Lizard Island: The Ultimate Island Life 

By:Melissa Kassis

As one of the most remote islands in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef is the breathtakingly beautiful all inclusive retreat of Lizard Island.  Located 45 minutes by charter plane from Cairns along the Northern tip of tropical Queensland, this quiet and secluded diver's paradise is ideal for those looking to get away from it all and unplug from the rest of the world in style.

Encompassing 1,013 hectares with 24 beaches and a lagoon this island was created over 300 million years ago from granite rock and was declared a national park.  By day, experience one of the seven wonders of the underwater world and explore the world's largest coral reef offering a dazzling display of colorful fish and sea life in their natural habitat.  Home to more than 1500 fish species, 400 coral species and six different varieties of sea turtles, get close to nature as you enter the fascinating underwater world.  Enjoy the calm waters of Anchor Bay and admire the clear aquamarine waters and underwater life in a clear kayak.  Get the most out of your stay at one of their nightly presentations where naturalists from the Lizard Island research center feature a presentation on the marine and terrestrial animals that inhabit this peaceful island.

After a day of sun and sea relax in the luxurious surroundings on Lizard Island.  Designed like a chic beach retreat, the living areas embody the spirit of relaxation with a zen like spa and an expansive pool.   Accommodations range from secluded villas with ensuite infinity pools and panoramic views over the beach to garden view suites with easy access to the beach.  Some of the best rooms are the suites set along the sweeping white sand beach of Anchor Bay with private outdoor verandahs to enjoy the balmy weather and breathtaking views.  Feeling like a beach bungalow, the Hecker Guthrie interiors reflect a sumptuous shabby chic style in an elegant and soothing neutral palette of greys and beiges seamlessly blending the interior with the outdoor landscape.  Rooms are outfitted with complementary mini bars, LCD Smart TVs and surround sound along with a generously sized bathroom and dressing area.

Basking in paradise wouldn't be complete without a 5 star dining experience at the idyllic signature Salt Water Restaurant.  The chef creates a different multi course wine pairing menu every day for lunch and dinner with an emphasis on local Australian cuisine with influences of Australian, Mediterranean and Asian flavors.  For those looking for a more intimate experience private table on the hillside overlooking the sunset or a lunchtime picnic on a secluded beach.  This is truly island living at its best.

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