Your Guide To The Best Whitsunday Wedding Accommodation

November 8, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Getting Started,Whitsunday Wedding Planning


There are many elements that go into your Big Day and all are important. But one of the fundamentals you need to organise early in the piece is choosing your Whitsunday wedding accommodation for you and your guests.

The Whitsundays have developed a reputation for being ‘The Wedding Heart of Australia’ not only due to its proximity to Heart Reef but also because there is nothing that it doesn’t offer in the way of wedding ceremony locations, reception venues and accommodation.

Being a top holiday destination, there is everything on offer in the Whitsundays, from family accommodation through to deluxe apartments, luxurious resorts, opulent houses and Balinese villas. And there is a property to suit every couple and every budget.

So here, to get you started, is our rundown of just some of the gorgeous places you and your guests can stay, when you say “I do” in the Whitsundays.



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If you’re the kind of couple who love to be where the action is, there are plenty of options in the heart of Airlie Beach itself.

From Pinnacles Resort & Spa on the hill overlooking Airlie Beach, to Peppers Airlie Beach overlooking the Port of Airlie, and the Airlie Beach Hotel right on The Esplanade where bars and restaurants abound, there is plenty of quality accommodation in “downtown” Airlie Beach.

The town is famed for its nightlife and you and your bridal party certainly won’t be short of places to go for a drink or something to eat, as well as being close to beaches and the famous Airlie Lagoon.

If you are opting for a central location, make sure this suits the rest of your wedding party, for example older guests, who might not be so keen on partying late into the night!



Pinnacles Airlie Beach Accommodation

Pinnacles Resort & Spa

Pinnacles Resort offers 5-star one, two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments, all tastefully decorated and boasting magnificent Coral Sea views. The one-bedroom apartments have an internal spa tub while the two and three-bedroom apartments have balcony jacuzzis. All have king-size bed, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Onsite facilities include a heated 20m wet-edge pool and modern, fully-equipped gym.



Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach Hotel

Perfectly positioned on The Esplanade overlooking the beach, the Airlie Beach Hotel is right in the middle of “village life” and provides guests with the best of both worlds, with ocean views, a great atmosphere and a convenient location. Three award-winning restaurants are onsite and beachfront rooms offer island views and balconies. The 4-star hotel has 56 rooms and four self-contained one-bedroom suites. There is also a salt water swimming pool.

Peppers Airlie Beach

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Peppers Airlie Beach
Offering intimate onsite ceremony and reception venues, Peppers’ wedding experts can tailor a wedding day package with the special Peppers touch, and they can also organise beach ceremonies. Venue options for your special day include the tropical surrounds of the stunning wet-edge resort pool, the stylish and nautical inspired Tides Restaurant & Bar and the luxurious main banquet room. With luxurious one, two and three-bedroom spa accommodation within easy reach of the town’s attractions, Peppers offers an elegant and romantic wedding experience, while the natural tropical setting makes it the perfect escape for a honeymoon.



The Whitsundays are home to many resorts where everything is together in one place, including your accommodation, ceremony and reception, with all your family and friends around you.

Resorts offer many facilities including shops, tour booking offices and beauty treatments – and if you feel like this is the kind of wedding you would like, with everything in one place, then there is a wide choice available.
The only other decision you will have to make is whether you want to be on the mainland or on an island. Following are our top picks for both.




Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach

Coral Sea Resort

Coral Sea Resort offers luxury suites, apartments, beach houses and penthouses as well as an award-winning seafront restaurant, private-dining oceanfront gazebo, cocktail lounge, fitness room, beauty centre, hair salon, massage facilities, private jetty, 25m pool, resort shopping and tour booking agency. All this and its own oceanfront wedding chapel and dedicated co-ordinators! Wedding reception choices include the waterfront Jetty Restaurant, the air-conditioned Nautilus Room, the poolside lawn area or the Clipper Restaurant & Lounge with stunning views of the Coral Sea.



Shingley Beach Resort

Shingley Beach Resort

Enjoying breathtaking views over Abell Point Marina and the Coral Sea, Shingley Beach Resort is a 4-star, fully self-contained resort catering for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways, with a range of accommodation from intimate studios to one and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses. Offering an ideal wedding location, nestled in the natural bushland overlooking Shingley Beach and surrounding parkland, the resort also houses the ‘Waterline on Shingley’ Restaurant and Function Centre, a massage & body centre, a hair boutique, a fashion and homewares shop and a dive centre.



Palm Bay Resort Whitsundays

Palm Bay Resort, Long Island

Palm Bay Resort is a beautiful boutique resort nestled in the neck of Long Island, surrounding its own private cove. The tranquil and secluded resort offers spacious Balinese-inspired villas with extensive views to the Whitsunday Passage, and can cater for groups of up to 60 people with the option of sole occupancy for weddings. The 23 villas and suites are ideal for couples and there are also two houses and two suites on the island to accommodate larger groups.




Daydream Island Resort & Spa

Your romantic Whitsunday Wedding will be a “dream come true” at beautiful Daydream Island Resort & Spa. The multi award-winning 4.5-star resort offers a world of possibility when it comes to fun, adventure, romance and relaxation. With three stunning outdoor ceremony locations, an elegant wedding chapel overlooking the Whitsunday Passage, and no less than 10 outdoor and indoor wedding reception venues, it is the perfect setting for your special day, assisted by a team of dedicated wedding coordinators. Daydream offers affordable luxury with 296 tastefully appointed rooms and bridal suites, with ocean or rainforest views. There is also a spa, and onsite beauty therapists and hairdressers.



The Whitsundays boast an abundance of luxurious private homes that can be hired for weddings – whether it’s a weekend, a week or longer! – from Balinese-inspired villas to magnificent mansions and everything in between.

Renting a whole house is a great option if you want to spend a lot of time with your family and closest friends. Or you can rent two or three houses and accommodate everyone!


Amira Whitsundays Private Accommodation

Amira Whitsundays

This very private Balinese-inspired villa is set amongst the rainforest high on the ridgeside of Cannonvale, with sweeping valley and ocean views. Relaxing, quiet and private, Amira is known for hosting boutique “all inclusive” weddings and can accommodate groups of up to 20 people. Just a five-minute drive to the main street of Airlie Beach, Amira offers a unique wedding experience with seclusion and serenity combined with the attractions of the vibrant beachside town.



Airlie Beach Luxury Holiday Home

Airlie Beach Luxury Holiday Home (Horizons Estate)

Perched on top of one of the highest developed areas in Airlie Beach in a private gated complex, this family-friendly luxury home offers your guests a great place to spend your Whitsunday wedding week, with sensational ocean views over the Whitsunday Islands. Offering three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the holiday home has quality fittings, large open-plan kitchen, dining area and lounge, and an extra lounge area and study nook downstairs. There is also a pool and BBQ area. Watch the sun go down from the large balcony in peace and quiet, while being only minutes from Airlie Beach.



Whitsunday Views Holiday Homes

Whitsunday Views

Whitsunday Views, Airlie Beach, is set high above the bustling cosmopolitan township with awesome ocean views out to the Whitsunday Islands and beyond. Your guests will love its opulence and will enjoy the open-plan living area flanked by glass walls, bringing the private plunge pool into the spacious living area, along with four king-size rooms, one with en suite. There is driveway parking, a private pool, BBQ and large, timber deck.




Accom Whitsunday

Accom Whitsunday has more than 20 fabulous properties on its books both on the mainland and on Hamilton Island. The luxurious, exclusive properties range from three-bedrooms to six-bedrooms, and you can choose between ocean views or rural valley views. Most properties have pools but do check if this is important to you and your bridal party. There is also a choice of apartments and penthouses, with the option of two, side-by-side apartments in the same complex for families.



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BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort combines 26 acres of tropical gardens, relaxing Airlie Beach ambience and “spare-no-expense” to budget accommodation, so every guest can enjoy your wedding their way. It’s a Whitsunday wedding paradise with Airlie Beach’s biggest lagoon-style pool (heated June to August) and a huge range of activities from water slides and poolside massages, to mini golf, tennis, outdoor movies, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. The staff will keep your entire guest list entertained – from tiny tot cousins to grandparents – so all you have to do is relax, mingle and focus on your special day. Accommodation ranges from hotel-style studios to luxurious, three bedroom apartment-style condos, all self-contained with kitchens and their own tropical garden.


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