Hotel Review: Daydream Island Resort

We stayed at Daydream for 6 nights for our honeymoon back in September 2006.

Getting there should have been easy, but we chose to fly Virgin Blue and waited in transit for 5 hours in Brisbane both times for our flight. Next time you are coming to the islands fly Jetstar/Qantas if you can as it goes direct to Hamilton Island.

The ferry trip from Hamilton Island was easy..around 35mins.
When we arrived at Daydream we were greeted by a friendly guy who took us into a “meet and greet area” where we were given a non alcoholic cocktail and maps and daily newsletter.

Check-in was ridiculously busy and it seemed that way the entire time we were there. None the less, the lady at the desk was very helpful and we were given a nice secluded room right at the end of the island with our own private view and outside sitting area. Apparently this room is what they give the special guests as it is very secluded.

The room itself is quite basic however. Bed, small sofa bed, small TV. There was a comp bottle of wine and some chocolates.The Internet facilities did not work on the island on our stay due to water damage on their computer systems.

It was quite windy during our stay and it rained a couple of days but that didn’t dampen our spirits!!
The daily newsletter is available at the activities desk with what is happening each day. There are many activities to partake in, some are free some are not.
I played bingo, had my hair braided, got a fake tattoo, won some “daydream money” on casino night etc. There were also watersport champs, fish feeding and more.
Due to bad weather some of the watersports were not available but we did manage to jetski for one day.

Getting around is quite easy. We either walked or jumped into a golf buggy to take us to the other end of the island where the resort shops were….Gifts & Souvenirs, Watersports, Bakery, Bar,
The staff were generally great except for a couple of rude people now and then (but you get them everywhere!)

They have an outdoor cinema and show 2 movies a week, but too windy for us out there!

Food: This was the biggest problem of the trip. We had breakfast included as part of our package.
Lunch options were either the bakery (where $25 will get you 2 croissants and 2 coffees and 1 piece of cake), The Fishbowl which served basic hot food was not often open (as per schedule in daily newsletter) so that left Mermaids i think (situated near the pool area) The food here was very good and normal in price for resorts. Lunch for 2 people without drinks was around $40…dinner without drinks around $70-80.
The breakfast buffet was good, nice choices and a separate area for couples to eat away from children.
The nighttime buffet had a different theme every night and was priced at (i think) $39 per person. We only did this once as my husband doesn’t eat much. The night themes were Italian, BBQ & Seafood from memory. We had the BBQ and I had Italian on one night and all in all quite good.
They also give you the option of ordering Pizza from the buffet. At $20 per medium pizza, it was truly the worst we have ever had. That night alone, almost every customer brought their pizza back due to sogginess, no topping. Truly horrible. My explanation from the manager was that they were trialling them and of course we got our money back!!! I wonder what they’re like now???
Tried to take a sandwich back from the bakery to eat for dinner one night and nowhere to eat it up or anything. It went hard in the fridge!! This is a downside if you want a snack for later on without having to go to one of the restaurants.

There is no room service and the staff were slow to clean our room. Generally it wasn’t cleaned till around 3 or 4pm each day.

The pool areas had a lot of screaming kids in them..i wish they had an adult only pool area. There was a floating bar which was fun, but again closed a couple of days due to bad weather. the weather really seems to make or break a holiday and in areas like that, a lot of activities have to be shut down or not opened due to it.

There is one ATM which was always working. You had to have a minimum of $200 a day on your room account to account for extra expenses. I found this a bit rude, they almost force you to spend money!!
Had a treatment at the spa…very good..offer a comp juice on balcony before your treatment.

My husband enjoyed the games room which had Pinball machines and Daytona racing etc…

The lounge area was great. they had a group called the Bali Boys which sang every night while you could relax and have a drink. Reception also can give you board games to play in the lounge area which was fun and a break from everything else.

The gift shop was well stocked with everything you could think of. Prices were quite reasonable.

Would I go again?? No, unless we had children. In hindsight we should have gone to Hayman, but we didn’t know any different. It is certainly better than South Molle or Long Island, but with those islands all the food is inclusive which really can make or break your budget!

Rating: 2 Star. Not luxurious enough

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