Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tropical escapism in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef

After undergoing a recent upgrade, Orpheus, set in the heart of one the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, is reopening its doors on 3 March 2012 to offer guests the ultimate in tropical escapism.

Just 80 kilometres north of Townsville (25 minute scenic flight), the tranquil island stretches across 11 kilometres of immaculate turquoise coastline, and comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage listed Marine Park. The fringing reef surrounding Orpheus is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most spectacular and diverse and unlike other island resorts, guests aren't required to travel offshore to experience it. It's not uncommon for guests to swim alongside Green Turtles, Manta Rays and Humpback Whales. Imagine that ... absolute magic!

Accommodating just 34 indulged guests at any one time, Orpheus offers absolute seclusion and serenity. The resort is nestled in the sheltered Hazard Bay on the western side of the island, and laid out without fanfare along a ribbon of serene beach. A range of rooms, suites and villas combine tropical sanctuary with a contemporary minimalist aesthetic. And there's also a main pavilion bar and restaurant, and an inviting infinity pool that overlooks the Coral Sea.

Take a fishing trip where the day's catch is grilled on an open fire of a nearby cove; join an indigenous-led tour of the culturally-rich neighbouring islands; or taking a dinghy and chef-prepared gourmet picnic hamper and go exploring the many pristine bays and reefs that fringe Orpheus.

Perfect as a holiday destination, a picturesque wedding setting, or booked in its entirety for exclusive use, Orpheus is a rare island of exceptional beauty ... and so close to home, right here on our doorstep!
Prices start from $1,400 (twin-share) per night, which includes all meals, house wine and beers, and unlimited use of sea equipment. Flight time is approximately 3 hours from Sydney, 3.5 hours from Melbourne and 2.5 hours from Brisbane.

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