The only thing missing at Lizard Island was Mr. Roarke and Tattoo. (Well, and the supernatural fantasy fulfillment as well…) After an hour flight from Cairns in a single-engine plane we were greeted at the airstrip and whisked off to the resort where we were greeted by the General Manager, a waiter holding a tray of drinks and a table with delicious canapes. And this was all before we even checked in. Beside the research station, the only thing on the island is the 40-unit Voyages Lizard Island Resort and living quarters for the extremely helpful and always cheerful staff.
This was my first time staying at an all-inclusive resort and I must say that I liked it. Unlike all-inclusive resorts in other parts of the world, on Lizard Island there is no local economy or indigenous population so one doesn’t have to feel guilty about giving all of your money to a large company. Of course that is a bit of a narrow and simplistic view of that topic, but I am sticking to it.
Our Sunset Point Villa was beautifully simple and spacious. Our room had views of two different beaches and a verandah with a chaise lounge and a hammock. Our king size bed was very comfy and the large bathroom with a wondeful shower. Being all-inclusive, everything in the mini-bar was included in the cost of the room. The only problem was that our three meals a day were more than enough to keep us sated so their wasn’t much call for dipping into it.
The place was pricey, but worth every penny.