Hayman has always been one of the most indulgent of the Whitsunday Islands, and having undergone a recent £54 million refurb by the One&Only hotel group, it's sexier than ever.

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From the air, the island looks almost ethereal, and it's just as impressive from the ground - the interiors are the epitome of pared-back luxury. Your toughest decision is which room to go for: the Hayman Wing faces the sea (arguably the best view) and has the smaller rooms, while the Pool Wing houses cool suites - bag one on the ground floor and you can glide from your deck straight into the  pool. Here you'll spend most of your time revelling in your front-row view of the Great Barrier Reef, and eating at beachfront restaurants.

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From 18 varieties of bread and pastries at breakfast to nine types of bed pillow, this hotel has everything covered.

WOW FACTOR: The helicopter tour of  the Barrier Reef will blow your mind.

GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company (www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £2,685 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 24 hours with stopover

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