Orpheus Island Resort, Orpheus Island
Tel: 61 74 777 7377
Concierge.com's insider take:
No room phones or TVs, no day-tripping visitors, and no kids under 15 mean that Orpheus, in the Palm Island group, is a haven for quiet types. The resort, on the western coast of the seven-mile-long island, accommodates just 42 people in 21 rooms and suites, all of which have cool tile floors, basic wood and rattan furnishings, muted color schemes, and private patios for enjoying the ocean view. The four Nautilus suites take it up a notch, with expansive lounges and double spa tubs (two have outdoor showers). Rates include all activities and equipment (including catamarans, motorized dinghies, and fishing and snorkeling gear), and—best of all—meals. The restaurant here has its own following, and justifiably: Your dinner entrée might be baked redclaw (a kind of small crayfish) with a Malay citrus and mango chutney—just one of seven elegant courses. The kitchen staff will also pack lunch for guided nature walks or picnics on the beach.