This private island escape pampers travelers on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

For travelers who really want to get away from it all, a luxurious stay at Lizard Island is about as indulgent as it gets. Located off the coast of Australia’s Tropical North Queensland region to the north of Cairns (and accessible only via a breathtaking scenic flight over the reef), this spectacular destination resort and spa resides within a national park that boasts 24 sugary white sand beaches and exhilarating opportunities for diving, snorkeling, fishing and research station tours.

Elegant, contemporary room, suite and villa accommodations spoil guests with creature comforts and amenities such as private plunge pools, terraces overlooking the beach and gardens, premier sound systems and soothing, aromatherapy oil burners. The Salt Water Restaurant serves internationally inspired meals composed of locally sourced seafood and produce, and the Driftwood Bar & Wine Cellar is the perfect spot to sample Australian and New Zealand vintages. In addition, guests can grab a pre-packed picnic basket for a quiet beachside meal, or reserve one of two private dining venues on the sand for a romantic dégustation dinner with sunset views. The on-site Essentia Day Spa invites guests to recharge and relax with massages, body treatments and La Biosthetique-based skincare services.

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