Daydream Island Resort and Spa is celebrating after taking out the Best Deluxe Accommodation category of the 2012 Whitsunday Tourism Awards.
The resort, located in the heart of the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, was announced as the winner during a gala ceremony on Hamilton Island on Saturday.
The island’s Living Reef – one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons - was also a finalist in the Tourism Attraction category, which it won in 2011 and 2010.
“Daydream Island has recorded a significant increase in occupancy over the past 12 months and guests are being delighted with their tropical holiday getaway,” Daydream Island CEO Phil Casey said.
“Having been in the Tourism Whitsundays ‘Hall of Fame’ for Best Deluxe Accommodation in 2008-9 after winning the award for three consecutive years prior to that, we are thrilled to win this award again in 2012. This is proof of our commitment to delivering the best accommodation experience possible for our guests.”
“Daydream Island has never looked better. We’ve worked hard to enhance the guest experience over the past 12 months with the completion of a soft refurbishment as well as an upgrade to the Living Reef, new weekly health programs at our Rejuvenation Spa and exciting new additions to our activities.”
Mr Casey said Daydream’s domestic leisure market grew strongly as did business from both conferences and weddings, improving the island’s operational efficiency.
“The island’s management team have done a fantastic job in increasing operational efficiency and implementing a diverse marketing program which has involved utilising different marketing channels and appealing to both the core leisure and niche markets like weddings and conferencing,” he said.
“I’d like to thank our staff for their dedication to making Daydream Island one of best getaways in Queensland and of course our guests, who continually inspire us to deliver the best experiences in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.”
Daydream Island will now contest the state award in the Deluxe Accommodation category at the Queensland Tourism Awards in November.
Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island Resort and Spa is the ultimate tropical getaway boasting turquoise waters, lush rainforest and an unspoilt fringing coral reef.
The resort features 296 rooms and suites and one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons known as the Living Reef. Here, guests can feed de-barbed stingrays and cute baby sharks, walk among curious baby stingrays, hold a sea star and learn about the marine eco-system from Daydream’s resident marine biologists.
Daydream Island also boasts the Rejuvenation Spa - a world-class spa facility that offers a comprehensive selection of health and beauty treatments - as well as a range of free activities including kayaking, an open air cinema, rainforest walks, sailing, beach volleyball and mini golf.