If Hamilton Island is still too fast-paced, a short boat ride will take you across to the Palm Bay Resort on Long Island – you might even spot green sea turtles or angelic spotted manta rays on the way. The hotel’s own 4-star private cove, with just 21 exclusive bungalows available, delivers seclusion on a whole new level.
Nestled on a coconut-lined beach, clean and spacious self-contained villas, bungalows and traditional Polynesian bures (bungalows) offer open floorplans inspired by beachfront living. Swing lazily in a hammock on your sheltered deck that leads directly onto powdered sand or relax in cool, bamboo interiors without even WiFi to distract you.
Should you want to reconnect with the outside world, Palm Bay can organise island explore packages. Fishing, snorkelling, nature walks and water sports are available as group or solo experiences.
Days at the Palm Bay fill up with such strenuous activities as cool dips in the waterfall feature pool or sun worshipping on private beaches. The resort restaurant La Riviera – famed for its opulent seven-course dinner – makes for the perfect evening indulgence. Alternatively, stop in at the Island Store for basics like pasta, eggs and cheese and whip up a quick but creamy carbonara at the communal kitchen overlooking the pool.