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Orpheus Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orpheus Island
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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“In a word... paradise”
Reviewed 24 January 2012

After googleling the most romantic places in Australia to propose, my now fiancé Dave decided on the newly refurbished Orpheus Island Resort as where to take me for an amazing weekend away with a surprise that only Dave and the Orpheus staff knew about.

After landing at Townsville airport and not knowing our destination I was thrilled to take the helicopter and land on the most beautiful island I had ever seen. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and other guests. We took the dingy to the pontoon on the other side of Orpheus and had a lovely picnic.

That night Dave had planned and organised with the staff for us to have dinner on the pier with only the torches and moonlight. It was beautiful and that was where the moment happened  We were lucky enough to be there the same weekend as Cheong Liew the chef so the food was magnificent (as im sure it is whoever the chef is).

The rest of the weekend we enjoyed the infinity pool and exploring the island and we ate and drank like a king and queen. It was so relaxing and we had everything we needed and had the freedom of dining where we chose. We even got to witness a tropical thunder storm which Dave thoroughly enjoyed!

We would highly recommend a stay at Orpheus island. The staff go above and beyond to meet your every need and were great at organising with Dave his proposal. It definitely is paradise and will always have a special place in our hearts and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Orpheus for their hard work.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Being on an Island as beautiful as this definitely forces you to relax as this was the most relaxing holiday we have been on in years! We loved hanging around the infinity pool and reading our books, walking along the beach, going for a sail, kayak or snorkelling, all at our own pace.
All the water activities are easily accessible and the bay which is directly off the resort is very protected so you feel safe kayaking or sailing etc. There are also lots of opportunities to go snorkelling at other locations or do activities away from the island which means you get to see other parts of the area very easily.
The food was delicious and perfect for the climate and the staff were very accommodating for people with particular needs or allergies. It was also nice to have a large selection of drinks included to which you could help yourself throughout the day or night.
Also, being a smaller resort means you do get to know other guests and staff as well, especially on the trips that the resort organises such as cruises on the glass bottom boat (named Glassy!) or sunset drinks at Yanks Jetty.
We wouldn't hesitate for a moment to go back to Orpheus, we loved every minute!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We’ve just come back from 6 days in Paradise! ..Orpheus Island!
Snorkeling near yanks jetty was spectacular, bright blues, pinks and yellow coral and the fish were stunning! Especially the parrot fish – almost fluorescent in colours!!
The service and staff were ever so helpful and the food was delicious and fresh every day.
We didn’t want to leave, days by that magnificent pool, champagne by the outdoor bar at sunset, reading in the hammocks and sailing everyday gliding by turtles was just spectacular!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

We were so spoiled. Uber-chef Cheong Liew was cooking on the island with his protegee and now resident chef Arie when we visited, so it was an adventure of the table as well as the island. We are confident Arie will amaze guests with his fabulous Australian-Asian fusion food. Needless to say, it was Michelin quality.

There are few resorts on the reef with the environmental integrity of Orpheus. You know the staff really, honestly care for their beautiful island - managers Kylie and Rob used to run the nearby research station, and have lived here for 6 years, so there's not much these guys don't know about their home.

The rooms are still being finished - art work and the like - but they are well-planned in their simplicity. It will be great to see the resort complete, following its extensive renovation and the repairs after cyclone damage.

Look, if you need to be incessantly entertained, this is not your resort. We had our small baby in tow (who was adored and watched over by all staff), so we wanted to chill out, swim and explore, as well as sit up late at night talking and eating with other guests and the warm and friendly staff. We visited the nearby research station, snorkelled over giant clams, and skimmed coral reefs. The childless couple would disappear with manager Rob for epic day-long snorkelling or fishing adventures.

Getting there was half the adventure: the helicopter transfer from Townsville was a fantastic way to see the reef up close, and the pilot was so accommodating, pointing out key landmarks and local beauty spots. We loved it.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

I've heard the phrase 'barefoot luxury' and now I now what it means. Orpheus Island is it. The accommodation is first rate and the food was truly excellent - Michelin star quality every night. But what really makes the resort stand out is the delightful staff. From Elizabeth who cleans the rooms to Kylie the manager, everyone is most helpful and cannot do enough to make your stay the most enjoyable possible. OK, it IS expensive - but everything - and I mean everything - is included so given the quality of the experience, it is not at all outrageously priced. If your idea of luxury is uniformed, sycophantic flunkies hanging around your elbow, don't go. But if you want to be looked after perfectly by a friendly, committed and enthusiastic team in a tropical island paradise - look no further.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Orpheus Island Lodge
Address: PO Box 549 | Garbutt East, Orpheus Island, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Orpheus Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Orpheus Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€€
Hotel Class:5 star — Orpheus Island Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orpheus is very much a secret to the outside world, a rare island hideaway of exceptional beauty!Located just 80km north of Townsville, amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the island stretches across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline, and comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park. Access is either via a 25 minute helicopter journey from Townsville, or an hour journey from Cairns. The newly renovated lodge accommodates just 34 indulged guests at any one time, ensuring absolute seclusion and serenity! Offering the ultimate romantic escape, a luxurious family getaway, unique outdoorsy experiences, or booked in its entirety for exclusive use, Orpheus is emerging as the ‘new’ undiscovered tropical destination on Australia’s doorstep. Orpheus boasts a plethora of once in a lifetime experiences! Its principal dive sites boast 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef; the local waters are a fisherman's playground and home to the most sought after reef and game fish species in the world; and guests can take the helm of a dingy and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe Orpheus. Alternatively, Orpheus provides the perfect backdrop for a more private interlude if guests wish to simply shut off from the outside world and succumb to the pleasure of a unique aboriginal-inspired massage. Accommodation rates are inclusive of all gourmet meals, celebrating a bounty of locally-sourced, wholesome and freshly caught and grown seasonal delights, a selection of regional wines and beers, a daily nature-based experience, and the island’s signature ‘Dining with the Tides’ experience which allows guests to enjoy an intimate dinner for two under a starlit canopy. ... more   less 
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