Pristine, sandy beaches offer equal parts relaxation and adventure on the ethereal Lizard Island, Australia’s best kept secret in northern Queensland. This stunning National Park is located right on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, providing guests with the rare opportunity to experience the best of Australia’s natural habitats. With tropical weather year-round, the eco-certified resort features something for every vacation, wedding, or honeymoon. From a host of exhilarating activities to the state-of-the-art Essentia Day Spa, Lizard Island makes for the ideal family excursion or simply a romantic getaway for two.
Lizard Island features a variety of accommodations privately located on the Great Barrier Reef. The only way to reach Lizard Island is by private charter or boat—it doesn’t get more secluded than that. Guests can look forward to a restful haven after a day spent in the surf, or snooze after a hot-stone treatment at the spa. With interior design exclusively by Hecker Guthrie, rooms range from the elegant and comfortable Gardenview rooms, with private balconies and easy access to Anchor Bay, to the secluded luxury of The Villa, offering incredible views of Sunset Beach and the Coral Sea. Each room features a fully-stocked minibar, aromatherapy oil burner, beach towels and umbrellas, a private deck, turndown service, and many more amenities to provide guests with the utmost hospitality. Guestrooms are dotted along the shores of Sunset Beach and Anchor Bay, with one-bedroom rooms, suites, and beach fronts villas, and the exclusive two-bedroom Villa. Choose from a garden or ocean view, a beachfront suite, or a birds-eye view perched high above the Coral Sea. The intimate size of the property ensures privacy and relaxation, while keeping the resort’s various offerings at a comfortable distance.
The Beachfront Suites are located right on Anchor Bay, with captivating sea views and private paths directly to the beach. The interior design is elegant yet understated, and each suite features a veranda with a daybed perfect for enjoying the island breeze, and a premium in-room sound system. Beachfront Suites can accommodate up to three guests with a king bed or two king-twins, and a roll-away bed.
The Pavilion was constructed high above the Sunset Bay, offering a breathtaking 270-degree panoramic of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island, and Sunset Beach. The luxurious penthouse-style lodging (580 square ft.) sleeps up to three guests, and features a lounge that opens onto an outside deck with a private plunge pool for the perfect indoor-outdoor balance. In addition to all the quality amenities included in other rooms, guests of The Pavilion will enjoy daily champagne and canapés served in their room at sunset.
The Villa represents the utmost luxury that Lizard Island has to offer. This exclusive accommodation was created with privacy and relaxation in mind, perched atop a ridge with stunning views of Sunset Beach and the Coral Sea. The Villa is designed to allow plenty of natural light in its two bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms, and comfortably sleeps up to five guests. In addition, there is a large lounge area replete with a butler’s kitchen and a private plunge pool (27 ft. wide, 3 ft. deep) on the exterior deck. In addition to evening champagne and canapé service, guests may opt for private dining in The Villa, with their own personal chef and wait staff.
The Gardenview rooms allow easy access to the crystal waters of Anchor Bay. These rooms offer 144 square feet of simplicity and elegance, including a king bed or two king twins (two guests maximum). Guests can relax in the comfortable seating area, or enjoy the view from their personal outdoor deck. The rooms feature a fully-stocked minibar (included in the room rate), evening turndown service, premium sound system, LCD Smart televisions, and Apple docking stations.
There are a handful of Oceanview Villas available, and their prime location over Sunset Bay offers stunning views of the sea and quick access to a variety of secluded beaches. Each Oceanview Villa has a private deck just a few steps from the sand, and 200 square feet of interior space for guests to enjoy. These villas sleep two guests and include a fully-stocked minibar, evening turndown service, a premium sound system, and beach towels and umbrellas for a full day on the shore. For an added taste of luxury, guests may opt for an upgraded Oceanview Plunge Pool Villa, which offers all the same features of an Oceanview Villa, but with a private plunge pool 9 feet wide and 3.5 feet deep—perfect for a relaxing dip after a day in the sun.
Slightly larger than the Gardenview rooms, the Gardenview Suites feature a separate bedroom area and a deluxe sofa bed, sleeping up to four guests. Each suite offers a personal deck for enjoying the island breeze from the comfort of your own room. Premium amenities include an aromatherapy oil burner, in-room sound system, bath robes and beach towels, a fully-stocked minibar, and turndown service each evening. The Gardenview suites are steps away from the beaches, as well as the main reception and dining area.
For guests who want seamless beach access with a little more room, the Beachfront Suites are an ideal choice. Situated along Anchor Bay, each Beachfront Suite offers guests 285 square feet of island perfection for up to three guests, in close proximity to the main reception and dining areas. Each suite has a large verandah with a traditional daybed ideal for those lazy afternoons with a book and an island cocktail. In addition, the suites are equipped with premium amenities including a fully-stocked minibar, aromatherapy burner, tea & coffee-making facilities, and beach towels & umbrellas. As a standard of Lizard Island service, evening turndown service is provided.
The jewel of Lizard Island Resort presents itself in The Villa, a secluded penthouse-style apartment set on a ledge looking over the Coral Sea and Sunset Beach. Five guests can reside comfortably in two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, including a master bed and luxury bath,
a large lounge, and butler’s kitchen, with a total 505 square feet of island elegance. The expansive deck includes a personal plunge pool overlooking the sea, with stunning sunset views and ocean breezes. In addition to the high-quality amenities featured in every room, such as a fully-stocked minibar, aromatherapy burner and premium bath products, guests can enjoy complimentary champagne and canapés served in The Villa at sunset. For an even more decadent experience, guests can opt for private dining in-room, with their own personal chef and wait staff—perhaps even dine alfresco on the deck.
At Lizard Island, choosing where to eat is a part of the adventure. Guests may opt for a refined dinner at the Saltwater Restaurant, a relaxed picnic on the sand, an after-dinner drink at the Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar, or an indulgent Sunset Dinner. All meals and most beverages (with the exception of cocktails and the Cellar Master list) are inclusive, including a wonderful selection of Australian beers, wines, and spirits. Special children’s menus are always available to accommodate smaller guests.
For a remarkable meal at any time of the day, guests are invited to visit Saltwater Restaurant, the resort’s main hub for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In keeping with the casual island vibe, reservations are not required—simply walk in and see what awaits you on the daily menu. Under the guide of Executive Chef Mark Jensen, Saltwater offers guests gourmet meals combining Australian, Mediterranean, and Asian flavors. Enjoy an enchanting view of Anchor Bay as you dine, or watch your meals being prepared in the open-kitchen layout.
Guests can enjoy tropical juices, coffee, or cocktails at any time of the day over at Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar. Mingle with the other visitors or enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine off the extensive Australian and New Zealand wine list; for beer lovers, Driftwood offers a variety of imported and local choices. Peruse the Cellar Master’s wine list for those extra special occasions—which could be any day on Lizard Island.
When hunger calls, why leave the beach? Complimentary picnic hampers are available for the perfect beachside afternoon. Simply select your gourmet picnic menu and the basket will be prepared by a team of chefs, ranging from fresh salads and seafood, island fruit, and baked goods. Order forms are available in-room or at the restaurant and reception. To reserve a picnic basket, fill out the order form by 8pm the night before your picnic, and the basket will be waiting for you the next day at a designated spot by the beach.
Stop by the Beach Bar if you're in the mood for casual dining and a barbeque right by the water. Fresh caught fish from the surrounding turquoise waters will be found on the grill and the bar’s take on ceviche is something out of this world. You'll want to stop by daily for sunset cocktails in a true Fijian relaxed atmosphere.
What better way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or simply another day in paradise than with a private sunset dinner? Choose between two private locations with views of the ocean. The island chef will meet with you to discuss your 7-course meal options and wine pairings prior to the experience. Private dining can be booked ahead of time, or once you arrive on Lizard Island. Additional fees apply, as private dining is not included in the regular meal and beverage package.
Lizard Island showcases the best of what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Explore a variety of isolated, powdery beaches, or engage in one of many complimentary activities: snorkeling lessons, motorboats, glass-bottom boat tours, tennis, and more. Take it to the next level with diving classes, night diving, catamaran & champagne sunset cruises, private game fishing, and more, for an additional fee. Lizard Island caters to families as well, with a special Junior Rangers program for younger guests (snorkeling, nature walks, treasure hunts, and more). After a long day in the Australian sun, the Essentia Day Spa offers the most in relaxation and rejuvenation for adults and teens alike.
Lizard Island’s signature spa caters to guests at the highest level of quality and care. Using only La Biosthetique natural, raw products, treatments at Essentia Day Spa are catered wholly to the individual. Essentia goes beyond an average spa and truly embodies what it means to be a wellness center, with packages aimed at revitalizing and rebalancing clients. The Health & Lifestyle packages combine yoga, meditation, physical health, and personal lifestyle to ensure a holistic treatment experience. There are also Stress & Burnout packages for guests who truly wish to disconnect and detox from a busy lifestyle. Along with more traditional facials and massages, other delectable treatments include a Flowing Rain Shower and an off-site Hibiscus Beach Massage that will truly transport you to a state of peace and tranquility.
*Available for an additional fee.