Paradise regained

by SUZANNE MIAO on Nov 24, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors
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 After two cyclones caused extensive damage to the grounds and buildings, the ultra-luxe Hayman resort is back with a fresh new look

Every now and then, Mother Nature likes to remind us that for all our 21st century cleverness, she’s still in charge, as she amply demonstrated via tropical cyclones Anthony and Yasi earlier this year. The two storms slammed into Hayman Island along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, causing damage so severe that the acclaimed Hayman resort had to undertake a five-month forced period of closure.

But with every cloud comes a silver lining – sometimes almost literally. After assessing and repairing the damage, Hayman reopened just this past August, refreshed and rejuvenated. The landmark resort, already long considered one of the finest in the world, features new beach villas and Hayman Residences designed by architect Kerry Hill, acclaimed for his work on the Aman group’s resorts, and newly-landscaped grounds by Australia’s celebrity landscape designer and horticulturalist, Jamie Durie.

Describing the project as “a labour of love”, Lloyd Donaldson, head of hotel investment for Mulpha Australia (which owns and operates the resort) and managing director of Hayman, also notes that “the next stage in Hayman’s evolution as one of the world’s premier resorts is now well and truly underway”.

In addition to the eight new 120 sq-m beach villas, which feature large private open-air pools, beachfront terraces, outdoor showers and bathrooms with ‘island’ baths, Hayman is also offering a selection of exclusive properties for purchase. The private residences and marina residences (which will be completed in 2012) represent the first private ownership opportunity on Hayman.

 Read the full story in the December 2011 issue of Perspective magazine!


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