Those beautiful little pockets of island beauty up there in the Whitsundays are just as reliable as ever before, with even more new features for the meetings and incentives markets.

Bad days rarely happen up north on those little islands of perfection. However, things do change. It seems to be flourishing up there at the moment – not only in nature but in culture. Many new restaurants and events have joined the scene adding to the ever growing list of why it is such a great place for every type of meeting, conference or incentive experience.

dietmar sawyer joins hayman

The finesse of Dietmar Sawyer has added to Hayman’s ever increasing impressiveness as he joins the private island destination as chef and director of restaurants. Sawyer made a fundamental contribution to the development of Australian dining while his name was branded to Berowra Waters Inn, Ad Lib Bistro, and the legendary Forty One Restaurant which won more than 45 awards, and held three Chef’s Hats in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide for many years. Overseeing a brigade of 150 at the resort, Dietmar said he is eager to further develop the philosophy of taking dining outdoors to special locations in the rainforest, on the beach and stunning island settings. He said he also aims to build upon Hayman’s long-standing reputation for quality food and wine. “As an island destination, we have lots of opportunities to create amazing memories for guests, which is an exciting prospect for me working closely with a great team,” he said.

For information on Hayman visit www.hayman.com.au

fitness escape on hamilton island

It may be hard for colleagues and attendees to find both the time and motivation to invest in their health, but a little excursion to Hamilton Island can certainly help. The Whitsunday Fitness Escape is a weekend–long event of boot camps, hiking, boxing and yoga that will get heart rates and office productivity elevated. Trainers Michelle Murphy and Ann Parrott will inspire the guests of Hamilton Island on November 23 through to November 25 this year. Perfect for small groups, the escape will include accommodation and healthy meals and is open to all levels of fitness. The Whitsundays has such a diverse terrain for training with the beach, mountains and islands that makes it a beautiful location to work towards a healthy lifestyle. For larger corporate groups, the Whitsunday Fitness Escape team can create custom programs that range from a few hour-long sessions to a full blown weekend of activities for the fitness freaks.

To join the fun or find more information go online to www.whitsundayfitnessescape.com

daydream island resort & spa

Otherwise known as heaven on earth, Daydream Island Resort & Spa has continued to grow dreamier (if at all possible). Its living reef has undergone a transformation with the southern lagoon a home to fish, sharks, rays and coral after a complete overhaul. It’s one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons where guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal by hand-feeding the resident creatures. The resort has also added new programs to the Rejuvenation Spa menu for visitors looking for a bit of a lifestyle change. The programs include wellness and stress management therapies which have proved extremely helpful for hardworking delegates who return home with new steps and goals for detox and rejuvenation. Healthy activities complement the resort’s 296 luxurious rooms and suites, its conference centre, and the white coral beaches and lush rainforest that surround it.

For more information go online to www.daydreamisland.com

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