A fresh, beach-themed refurb has transformed this luxurious Queensland island resort into an extra-special getaway.

 OK, so we’re officially into autumn, but couldn’t you just lie back on one of these day beds and fantasise it’s still summer?

Australia’s northernmost Great Barrier Reef resort, Lizard Island, has just unveiled a refurb that brings out the best of its beachside location. Designed by Sydney-based interior architects Pike Withers, the decor uses a colour palette of marine blues and sandy hues which play off the amazing views. Pure poetry.

This is what you’d see from the private pool deck at The Pavilion, the most luxe of all the luxurious accommodation options on Lizard Island. Priced from $3186 a night, The Pavilion is a private escape set on a secluded Sunset Ridge, with 270-degree ocean views. It sleeps a maximum of two guests to ensure you get away from it all.

Late-breaking news is that Mark Jensen, previously of Marco Polo in Brisbane, has returned to the island as executive chef: forego room service one night to enjoy a seven-course degustation menu on the beach.

Other good reasons to leave your cocoon include Lizard’s 24 white-sand beaches and easily accessible dive sites.