Last year we asked Getaway
viewers to help us and Hotel Club, the online reservations giant, search for the best hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Over 74,000 of you answered that call and tonight we announce that Club Med Lindeman Island is the winner in the Family Category.
Club Med was the world's first resort company to mastermind the package holiday. It pioneered the all-inclusive concept and invented the kids' club which has activities for three age groups. They cater for families, couples and singles and everyone is guaranteed to be able to unwind and have a great holiday.
Lindeman Island has something you won't find on just any old island a genuine circus school in 700 hectares of World Heritage National Park. Modelled on the Club Med's Sandpiper Village in Florida, the flying trapeze/circus school offers guests of all ages the chance to participate in an activity unlike any other. It is one of those thrilling, exciting, scary things that, once you've done, you can't wait to do again. The trapeze is ten metres above ground and those as young as four years of age can have a go at swinging back and forth and do catches with other trapezists.
They also have two pools, nightly entertainment, rainforest walks, two bars and a Club Spa with massage and bronzing treatment.
Everything is pre-paid and there is no tipping how simple and easy is that! Guests are given a book that is used instead of hard currency.
Club Med Lindeman Island has 218 rooms, all overlooking the beautiful Whitsunday passage. It is built in tiers on a hillside and a village atmosphere has been created. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly beautiful and the island enjoys a yearly average temperature of 23ºC.
Activities are endless. There are day cruises to the Reef and Whitsundays, seaplane and helicopter flights, a hilltop golf course, cruising on the club's yacht at sunset, jet skis or you can hire a dinghy and go fishing. They have facilities for tennis, windsurfing, archery, beach volleyball, water polo, kayaking, basketball, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fitness classes and a putting green.