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Australia's Hayman Island Closes For Its One&Only Renovations

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January 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Hayman Island, a dot on the map in the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, has headed into the final stretch of its journey to become a One&Only Resort: complete closure until July 1st this year.

Once the hotel appears at the other end as One&Only Hayman Island, pretty much nothing will be as it was before. We’re talking dramatic room reconfigurations and top-to-bottom renovation, and the addition of private residences both on the undeveloped eastern tip of the island and beach-side next to the luxury yacht marina.

The Hayman Wing (previously called the Lagoon Wing) is already complete, with new interiors like you see above, but we expect the DVF suite to have stayed the same. Various room types and views are available, including interconnecting rooms for families.

The Pool Wing (above) will be reconfigured to contain only one- or two-bedroom suites, some of which will allow you to jump directly into the pool from your private terrace. Looks like the suites will have not a case of peekaboo bathrooms, but out and wide open bathrooms – we hope the designer went for a properly private toilet situation.

The Beach Wing is away from the main resort, and consists of a number of villas and the top-end “Beach House”, directly on the powdery sand the facing the blue sea.

Even further east, a small number of multi-bedroom private residences (introductory videos are here) are being built, which will offer all the services of the hotel (one would hope, being on a remote island). On the western edge, marina residences will be added close to where those coming by boat can dock.

All public spaces get an overhaul too, with new restaurants, the addition of a One&Only spa, and a new sports center with tennis courts and fitness facilities.

Opening offers for July give you 20% off, but will still set you back around AUS$550 ($486) for a Hayman Lagoon Room.

In addition to Australia, One&Only is planning to open in Sanya (China), Portonovi (Montenegro), and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

[Photo, Rendering, and Video Screencap: Haymand Island]

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