A Gastronomic Journey on InterContinental Hayman Island Resort / LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE
Pacific Restaurant | Hayman Island InterContinental Resort
Planning a weekend away to Hayman Island InterContinental Resort? Here’s a taste of what your foodie adventure will look like…
Hayman Island by InterContinental is back, and it’s bringing some serious flavour to your next private island escape. Five food and beverage options are available at the recently opened resort, each with its own distinct cuisine, ambiance and style, ensuring there is something delicious for every mood that strikes, at any time of day.
Director of Restaurants and Bars, Joshua Dows, says the resort wants to encourage guests to explore the taste of Hayman by roaming across the resort. “We take our guests on gastronomic journeys, creating unique destinations, not just ordinary restaurants. Each venue has its own individual identity – a personality of its own – and staying true to the concept for each, we have delivered a dining scene that is on trend. Our founding thought here was to truly challenge our comforts and be completely unexpected.”
And roam, we shall. Here’s what the epicurean journey will look like when you arrive at the idyllic Hayman Island resort for a brief but brilliant weekend.
At the resort’s signature, brasserie-style bar and restaurant, the only thing more impressive than the food is the aquamarine ocean as seen through the oversized floor-to-ceiling windows. In the mornings, Pacific offers one of the best gourmet buffet breakfasts in Australia replete with a juicing station where you can make your own morning potion. Guilt-free indulgence? Yes, please.
The resort’s interpretation of the Chin Chins of Melbourne and Sydney, Bam Bam is your go-to for lots of character and heaps of bold, zesty and spicy flavours. Think: duck rice paper rolls and cashew nut chicken accompanied by playful, Asian-inspired cocktails that pack a punch. We love the energy at this lunchtime eatery, which sits next to the family-friendly infinity pool.
Five o’clock means drink o’clock, and there’s no better place to kick off your Saturday night than Bar Fifty. Set in the heart of the resort’s stylish lobby, Bar Fifty is a nod to a Hayman institution that’s been serving up negronis to blissed-out island guests since the 1950s. Order a tipple, sink into a mid-century modern velvet armchair and reminisce about the good old days.
A holiday isn’t really a holiday without pizza, and thankfully Amici Trattoria’s blazing, wood-fire pizza oven is here to make your foodie dreams come true. This casual Italian eatery has great ambience (with help from the romantic fairy lights) as well as a stellar Australian wine list starring Italian varietals.
With the expansive, iconic Hayman Pool in front of you and the beach behind you, Aqua is the place for a lazy lunch in stylish surrounds. Dig into a refreshing menu of easy-to-share seafood dishes, tropical fruit juices, fresh salad bowls and classic cocktails with the whole family. Don’t forget to stay hydrated in the sun, and fill up your reusable Hayman water bottle from any of the 10 filtered water stations placed around the resort.
Grab a bite from Grove, Hayman’s ingenious boutique/customer service centre/cafe. Perfect for those times when you need a snack or aren’t in the mood to sit down to a formal meal, you can choose a cheeky bag of chips or a more sophisticated, ready-made cheese platter and even a bottle of wine, and enjoy it at one of the outdoor tables or back in your room.
It’s back to Pacific for your final dinner on Hayman. Shedding its morning look and changing into a sophisticated a la carte restaurant for the evening, Pacific’s interior furnishings are nothing short of what you’d find in the city’s hottest new watering hole.
Pacific is designed as a hub of connectivity. It’s also designed for indulgence so, why not dig in to a delicious flame-grilled tomahawk, and then head out to the oceanfront bar for a cocktail with a contemporary twist.