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Best of the best
Wow, what an incredible resort! Spent 5 great days here, and from the facilities to the beach toys to the staff, and certainly the island I can not say enough superlatives in describing it. Our room faced Sunset Beach, had its own pool and view of the sunset. Room 7, great room, a bit of a walk to the main resort. The flight over is beautiful, with never ending views of the barrier reef. Be sure to go the the research center, early in you trip if possible it will make viewing of the reef that much more interesting. Taking the dingy for the day is a must, go to Watson bay, take a picnic and enjoy viewing 100+ old clams, 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Amazing. Food at the resort was awesome as were the staff that served. We took the day boat out to the outer reef, definitely worth doing. Amazing snorkeling, or diving, great private guided tours explaining what you were looking at, just a wow.
Best Place on Earth
THIS PLACE IS SPECIAL. Why? Start with the location which is unspoiled by tourism and is something like waking into a Jurassic park type of landscape. You arrive on a private plane- with about 2 other people. Your room will be huge with views of paradise and complimentary Toblerone bars( did I say this is the best place ever) drinks, snacks, wine and beer. You will have 3 meals all included with SUPERIOR food and wine choices. We always had outstanding service with our meal - the chefs are brilliant. Now I’m getting to the BEST part. The staff is by far the most gracious, kind, informative hard working group of people I’ve ever met. The Ritz Carlton should take note. The assistant bar manager Sean ( correct spelling) is attentive, smart, hard working and funny. Magic ( probably not the correct spelling) helped us get on and off the dive boat and took care of the beach daily in the brutally hot sun. Our dive crew Harry, Liam and John from New Zealand made our day diving the Great Barrier Reef probably the best day ever. Words cannot express how magical this place is. Anyone who writes a bad review must have taken leave of their senses. I apologize to remaining members of the staff I was unable to mention but whoever does the hiring keep up the good work. #bucketlist
If you are looking for the most friendly, comfortable, and exquisite place to relax, this is it! Sand, sun, snorkel, dive, boat, paddle board, hike, relax. It’s all here! The spa was awesome with Beck, best pedicure ever. Ava was awesome on the beach, Magic was totally chill and helpful. The whole crew on the dive boat was awesome. The cabins on the beach are amazing. But the food, and diversity of menus was off the chart. Wine pairings to match.
Great stay during Penfolds weekend
We attended a special Penfolds wine presentation with two friends and had an absolute ball. It was along time ago that we stayed at the Lodge and the changes were remarkable. Besides eating fabulous food and dfrinming amazing Penfolds wines we managed to cramp in a lunch using one of their dinghies. Staff was very friendly and professional.
Disappointing vs Advertised
For years I have wanted to go to Lizard Island maybe even 25 years. I have been to the Great Barrier Reef more than 15-20 times at all ends of the scale. I’m also not one to write reviews. But it’s been bugging me for a couple of weeks and I had to. The marketing of Lizard is second to none. It always had me as the “Premier” location for the rich and famous on the Reef. They even appear first on the Australian tourism site. Into taking the following into account we need to remember the enormity of this Australian wonder. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). There are many islands to explore in the Great Barrier Reef, wild, natural cays teeming with birdlife, private islands surrounded by shipwrecks and islands so undiscovered it can feel like you are a real castaway. Whether you want to camp, day trip or kick back at a resort, we've found the best island secrets on the Great Barrier Reef. Now returning home after on a trip of a lifetime as some would call it, taking a Helicopter with a group on an 8500km journey across the country to spend 7 days island, reef and sand quay hopping staying in accommodation that varies from the still closed (Due to Cyclone in 2011) Dunk Island, a private 80 villa rental just out of Pt Douglas and even Restoration Island named by Captain William Bligh having after he and his (17 still loyal) crew felt 'restored' (after eating some oysters and fruits) after they landed on the island on 28 May 1789, after a long trip from Tonga in their 18 foot boat, following a mutiny aboard HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789, with Dave , the only inhabitant, who survives on coconuts and who knows what. Dave is like Tom Hanks who turned up 21 years ago and never went home. Anyway after all of the above Lizard was on the top of our list and a “treat” the second last night before we headed home, A treat for everyone even the 10 year old liked it because it had Lizards ☺. We booked an Ocean View Suite to share with the 4 of us. (one couple and another adult and the 10 year old) for $3100 for the night. The cost was 5 x the most expensive accommodation on the whole trip per night. We lined up on their runway in the chopper and like all the islands on the Great Barrier Reef they look like Fantasy Island form the air, you could almost hear some yelling Boss, the helicopter, the helicopter. So we arrived and unloaded our 4 bags and were picked up in a golf cart and taken to the check in lounge area near reception and given a welcome drink and finalised the formalities. To this point reading all the activities we were super excited for the next 24 hours in absolute luxury. Off to our room #18 and this is where is went immediately downhill. For $3100 we had a queen size bed and a couch double fold out. Which left about just enough room for a single fold out they had not even considered even though it was a request, they knew the guest splits as they charge per person on this island. The room after this was delivered had just enough room for a couple bags on the floor. I travel a lot, about 180 days a year every year for the last 25. For work and pleasure. But I have never stayed in a room for $3100 that was equal to that of a $150 a night room anywhere in the world. Good clean room but $3100…. God you can have the Ocean VIP Suite in Portofino for this amount that would be 10 x in size and luxury. The better half just wanted a bath. We didn’t have one. And the Ocean View is more like Ocean Glimpses (see pics) and trying to have a quiet Cuban cigar on the 1.5M x 4M Balcony was interrupted by the rumble of the generator in the shed below competing with a tractor reversing with its warning beeps screaming for 30 mins grooming this beach in this tropical paradise. A quick call to reception to explain this is not exactly what we had expected got zero real response or did they care. This was disappointing as we had stayed in some places for $0 with Dave in a shanty surrounded by crystal clear beaches and even a $650 night Your own 80 acres of paradise, including lush rainforest, a freshwater creek and vast manicured lawns. Just out of Pt Douglas (see pic with the Helicopter on the lawn) that was 15 min flight from a sand quays that we had all to ourselves and was an unbelievable experience on the reef. So even if you rented the Helicopter for 7 people and stayed at the Villa you would still be under $3100, crazy. The first activity we asked about the fishing the following day but the only boat was booked out. But all interested in the daily Mixology class at the bar we lined up with a American crew to have Paul (Nice Bloke & the Food/Beverages Manager) to be shown a Mango Daiquiri, Strawberry Daquiri (not really learning anything about cocktails and they would not do anything else) was more about a token exercise. The food which everybody writes about here is good but not great. The staff as mentioned here are transient workers, friendly and try hard but it is what it is. To look around you and see a table of 20 Japanese tourists looking bored and on their devices at lunch must think they have accomplished something by staying at the #1 resort on the GBR. Its 2020 and to have WiFi only work in the main area and just is inexcusable in this day and age and just lack of investment. The connection something you would expect 15 years ago. The pool next to the Spa is no bigger or special than your average back yard pool. The beach and water is spectacular but no different to any other island on the GBR. The highlight was the snorkel and checking out the Giant Clams. To rent a small tinny (Australian for tine boat with a tiny outboard) for the day was another cost. Don’t get me wrong its nice. Just not worth the anywhere near the $. You can do so so much better. It is marketed to international tourists at insane prices. So we leave this island and on check out given an account for another $17 for a “Reef Tax”
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