Maxine Albert, a writer for lifestyle magazine Bella New York City, recently visited the Delaware North-owned-and-operated Lizard Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
To say that she enjoyed the experience is an understatement.
“I thought I had touched down on a little patch of heaven,” she said in her piece. “Coral gardens, azure water and ivory white beaches ring Lizard Island, smack dab on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Sipping my coconut welcome drink, with no barrier between me and nature’s wild beauty, I could feel my mind and body begin to relax. Recently reopened and all glammed up after a $45 million renovation, this secluded resort – an hour’s flight from Cairns in north Queensland – delivers barefoot luxury at its best.”
Beyond the island’s natural beauty, Albert was equally impressed with the overnight accommodations and the culinary experience.
“The oceanfront suite I stayed in felt like a luxurious bungalow,” Albert said. “My cozy cocoon was stylishly chic, done in soothing hues of cream, white and grey. Awakening in my cushy bed with a view of the sun casting its rays on the cerulean sea was sublime. My scenic veranda provided the perfect spot to meditate, lounge and bask in the beautiful surroundings. A path led directly to the beach just steps away.
“Dining al fresco under the stars at Salt Water, the resort’s atmospheric restaurant, was a special treat,” Albert said of the dining experience. “Chef Mark Jensen uses fresh local produce in his creative Australian, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. Standouts were the juiciest lamb, duck with panang sauce and char grilled swordfish with burnt orange dressing, all paired with fine Australian wine. If you are feeling romantic, the staff will set up a candle-lit dinner on the beach.”
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