All eyes will be on Hayman Island this month as One & Only opens its resort after a $50 million makeover. Along with the major refurbishment are new programs for couples and families and a focus on special dining: imagine a progressive dinner starting on Whitehaven Beach, then shifting to Langford Island, then back to Hayman's Main Kitchen and finishing on Hayman Beach.
Virgin Australia flies direct to Hamilton Island from Sydney and Brisbane daily, and from Melbourne up to five times a week. Qantas returns to the region this month for the first time since 2005. Thrice-weekly direct services between Sydney and Hamilton Island will connect with hour-long boat transfers to Hayman ($175 one way), as well as helicopter and 15-minute seaplane transfers.