Lizard Island Resort – All Inclusive
- Free WiFi
When you stay at Lizard Island Resort – All Inclusive in Lizard Island, you’ll be connected to the airport and convenient to Coconut Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 40 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and free minibar items. Rooms have private balconies or patios. LCD televisions are provided for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s beachfront restaurant, which features a bar. Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary full breakfast is served daily.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out, a library, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
How to Get There
The island is absolutely stunning, the water is crystal clear and the sand pure white.... it’s simply a perfect beach. The water about 25 degrees.... also perfect.
The accommodation was very comfortable and our villa (a beach villa) was perfectly located. Clean, comfortable and spacious.
The resort unfortunately didn’t meet expectations though. Bearing in mind the enormous cost (for our 8 night stay... Approx $22,000AUD) expectations run high.
The staff were friendly but not trained to the standard we have come to expect from Luxury Lodges Australia. Apart from being offered water as soon as you sit down, everything else comes at a slow pace.
Drinks, menus, forgotten.... and getting attention in the restaurant was sometimes extremely difficult.
The food was ordinary and the portions small. A serve of oysters gets you 4 only and badly shucked (with shell in them).
The only accompanying carbohydrate was kipher potato chips on most nights. Unimaginative and boring. Also, if I want my waggu steak cooked pink not rare... that’s my choice not the chef!
At most luxury lodges the food is a big part of the experience... this fell way short. We have been to other remote destinations and the food always delighted and surprised us.
The activities are ok but limited. 5 nights is enough.
The beach club staff are great, as are the spa staff and the bar. The restaurant is the fall down.
At these prices we can’t recommend this destination.
We absolutely fell in love with Lizard Island. Our trip was booked by National Geographic, so we had no idea what a special place we were about to experience. Every detail was perfect. The property was stunningly beautiful and the service was top-notch. One person in our group had mobility issues and all it took was a quick call to the front desk and they'd send the buggy (golf cart) to get us for meals, excursions, etc. Two of us took stand-up paddle boarding lessons with Beth and she was spectacular! Beth also guided us on a hike up Cook's Look. She was encouraging and kind and paused whenever we needed it. By the end, I thought I was going to die, I was so hot and tired, so much so that I jumped in the pool fully clothed when we returned to lower my body temp. Start EARLY in the morning if you want to do this hike, before the sun starts to bake. We also had wonderful service from Antonio, Gemma, Tall Paul, Iain, and Corinna H.
Lizard Island Resort is located in one of the most unique, beautiful and secluded places of the world. It has much to offer from water sports, a spa, good food and friendly staff. And the most amazing beach and scenery. And interesting history. Plus a world-class scientific research center.
It is also very, very expensive. Four nights for our family of five was over $25k (USD).
But everything was slightly off. Yes, everything appeared luxurious and first-class on the surface, but deficits abounded especially in the service area. This is likely due to the frequent turnover of staff every few weeks/months on average ( though water sport people appear to be lifers.)
Rooms were beautiful but service was haphazard. Some days major things were missing ( towels and bath mats) or the snacks and refrigerator were not refilled. Other days we returned to find no electricity or hot water. The phone beeped incessantly one night...we had to put it outside to sleep.
The dining was the same...haphazard. All the staff appeared new and untrained though enthusiastic and friendly. Often we received our first two courses together. Other times there was a lag between our first course and our entree of 1.5 hours. Needless to say, we were not happy. Finally after complaining, things smoothed out ( and as guest numbers dropped). The kitchen was definitely short-staffed on the weekend.
The spa was okay...separate charge. Tip. Make sure the same person does not do multiple services for you. Most are proficient at one ( ie massage ) but may massacre your nails...for $150 ( AUS ).
The water sports were excellent and the snorkeling and diving instructors were superb. Make sure you get out to the Outer Reef if the weather permits. It’s spectacular and gives you the best of the GBR in all its magnificent glory.
A trip to the GBR Research Center is also quite fascinating and informative. The scientists there are doing a myriad of different research projects related to the reef and its inhabitants. The information on the effects of climate change, coral bleaching and cyclones on the GBR makes one realize the precariousness of this important link in this diverse ecosystem.
There is something for everyone here. The “ basics “ room and board, snorkeling equipment, and transfers to/from the airport are included in the room rate. Be prepared to add an additional few thousand dollars for air travel from the mainland to LI, snorkeling and diving, seeing the turtles, visiting the Research Center and spa, and a myriad of other “ special “ activities and fees.
It’s an incredible place. We had a lovely time there with our family.
Would we recommend it to others?
For the price and the service as it stands today, no.
At these prices, they should blow you away with perfection. They didn’t.
But, hopefully, in the future they will.