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Concierge.com's insider take:
Husband-and-wife chef team Danny Chapman and Lisa Mackay took over The Beach House kitchen in July 2006, fresh from Melbourne's sophisticated dining scene. Ever since, they've been getting raves for their beachy, light cuisine; the flash-fried whole baby barramundi on rice noodles with an Asian herb salad is fast becoming the restaurant's signature dish. An extensive wine list includes top Australian labels in all price brackets, plus acclaimed special-occasion vintages—all housed in an impressive climate-controlled cellar. The resort at Hamilton Island is an easy day trip from Airlie Beach on the mainland, but since the ferries only run until 6 p.m., lunch is the better choice if you're just stopping by.