Watson's Beach: Lizard Island

The romance factor: An idyllic retreat fringed with pristine coral reefs, crystal clear waters and 24 powdery-white beaches, it offers a magical setting right on the Great Barrier Reef.

The hotel: There are 40 villas and suites, with the Sunset Suites giving glorious sea views and The Pavilion offering complete privacy, panoramic views, expansive deck and private plunge pool. Couples can enjoy a seven-course degustation private dinner on the beach and gourmet picnics on hidden beaches, a double spa treatment and snorkel together right in front of the resort.

Stay: Lizard Island starts from £412.50 per person per night, including all meals, champagne and premium Australian wines. Flights to Cairns cost from £1,339 with onward flights from Cairns to Lizard from £189 each way. Book through Tailor Made Travel (www.tailor-made.co.uk).


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