How to do a romantic getaway on Lady Elliot Island

Valentine’s day is just around the corner so now is the perfect time for us to share our recommendations for a special getaway with your significant other! Use this blog as inspiration for upcoming romantic experiences and stays.

Accommodation & Gift Vouchers

We recommend: Glamping Tent

Only meters from the Lagoon, immerse yourself in our exclusive and spacious Glamping Tents set amongst our native coral cay vegetation. Glass sliding doors open up to a large deck where you can enjoy the surrounding environment including nesting seabirds (in season) and nesting turtles (in season). The Glamping Tents accommodate up to two adults (queen bed) and are ideal for couples with an ensuite and private balcony. Each tent is fan cooled with a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

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We recommend: Reef Unit

Located approximately 10 meters from the beautiful coral cay Lagoon, the Reef Units are the closest resort rooms to the Beachfront Dining Room. Arranged in blocks of three, they are ideal for couples or families, offering either a queen bed or a combination of a queen and bunk-style beds. Each unit features polished timber floors, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony to make the most of the island surrounds. The units are fan cooled and have a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

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We recommend: Gift Vouchers

Did you know the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers gift vouchers! Give the gift of travel this special valentine season and spoil your significant other with a s surprise to Lady Elliot Island. Please phone Lady Elliot Island Reservations on 1800 072 200 or email [email protected] for more information.

That special touch

We recommend: 3-course Private Dinner by the Sea

Lady Elliot Island offers a variety of unique locations to celebrate your special occasion. We offer a casual relaxed atmosphere where nothing is overlooked but the Great Barrier Reef!

The ‘3-course Private Dinner by the Sea’ is set on the Western side of the Island at the Islands Heritage Listed Boatshed. With uninterrupted ocean views the Private Dinner experience includes a private chef, waitperson and buggy transfers from the Resort. The Private Dinners have been known to be a very special setting for many engagements that have taken place on the island!

Starting from $480.00 for two adults. Price subject to change.

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We recommend: Beach picnics

Looking to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or to pop the question? Immerse yourself in the beach surrounds and soak up your time on the Southern Great Barrier Reef with a Beach Picnic! Sit beneath the canopy of a beach umbrella and enjoy a charcuterie board plus a bottle of house sparkling. Starting from $270 for two adults. Price subject to change. Bookings essential with Reservations prior to arrival.

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We recommend: Sunset Drinks & Platters

Picture this… iridescent blues of the ocean. You’re sitting beneath our heritage listed lighthouse, sipping a cold drink and watching a fiery sun dropping below the horizon, orange and pastel skies filling with thousands of birds returning home after a day at sea. The waves are crashing on the shoreline and sea-soaked snorkellers are returning form a day exploring the reef. This is a typical afternoon at Sunset Drinks at the Lighthouse.

Each afternoon we host sunset drinks at the Lighthouse quayway. A selection of beverages and snacks are available, and no wallet is needed as you are able to charge your choices to your room account. Grab a chair or sun lounge along with a table and take in the beautiful afternoon sights while sipping on your favourite drink! If there is a snack or beverage you would like in particular, be sure to order this from the bar before 4pm and it can be brought down and reserved for you!

For an extra touch with this experience pre-purchase a ‘Sunset Platter’ from the Bar and have it delivered directly to you at the Lighthouse. Sunset platters are a mix of charcuterie. Teamed with a bottle of champagne this makes for a perfect afternoon!

“Sunset drinks is a daily fixture on the island and it’s one of my most treasured moments of the day” – Amy Gash, Island Custodian

Sunset Platter and House Sparkling Wine starting from $71.00. Price subject to change.

Pre-book with Lady Elliot Island Reservations or on-island at the Bar.

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Island Activities

We recommend: Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a must when visiting the Southern Great Barrier Reef! Pick up your complimentary mask, snorkel and fins from our dive shop and stroll to one of our snorkelling quayways or the tidal lagoon. Swim with turtles, rays and stunning coral on the western side of the island or get up close and personal in our lagoon. An added bonus when snorkelling is watching your significant other decide on the most graceful way to enter and exit the water which often leads to some funny memories!

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We recommend: A sunset stroll

Take a walk around the island as the sun dips below the horizon and watch the sky come alive with colour!

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We recommend: Cocktails

Take your pick of island cocktails at the bar including classics and island-themed cocktails! Guests often take a seat at the East-facing bar or tables to look out over the lagoon.

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Set against the spectacular backdrop of the crystal clear water of the Pacific Ocean and The Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is the perfect location to celebrate your special day. With restricted visitor numbers, you will have a private and intimate affair on one of the most pristine and untouched Islands in the world.

Whether you are looking for an underwater ceremony, sunset wedding or beach reception we are happy to provide you with a personalised quote. Our dedicated staff will tailor all of your wedding and reception requirements to your specific needs. Personalised attention will be given to your function requests as well as organising flights to and from Lady Elliot Island, accommodation and food and beverage package for the wedding party and guests. We can offer assistance in organising a Marriage celebrant through to your wedding cake requirements.

Submit your wedding enquiry here.

Image Credit (left): @detstoreblaan of Harriet and Woody Spark; Image Credit (right) Joy Butler