Living the Dream
Daydream Island Resort:
Daydream Island resort on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is back! Battered by 260kph winds and a tidal surge that saw two feet of water flood through its main buildings, the resort was almost destroyed by Cyclone Debbie in March 2017. Now, thanks to a $140m makeover, it is back in business and looking great.
The resort has been transformed with new restaurants and bars, expansive suites looking out to the Whitsundays and an idyllic pool.
The new-look resort designed by architecture firm, Hunt Design, pays homage to the beauty of the region and the heritage of the classic Queenslander. Public spaces such as the Atrium have been created to be welcoming with the outdoors sprawling in through colonial shutters, a vibrant green wall and an alfresco area looking into the Living Reef.
The resort features 277 contemporary rooms and suites with views of either the tropical gardens, pool or out to the ocean. Three new restaurants and three new bars are all defined by their own distinct design and flavour. Executive Chef, Keith Le Fevre and F&B Manager, Adrian Tyler have created menus that showcase the best seasonal produce of the region at each restaurant.
BOSE RISES TO CHALLENGE
The resort is looking and sounding great thanks to an all-new Bose sound system installed into all the public spaces by local integrators NQAV.
The central music sources connect to a Bose DSP with a Dante card that sits on the Island’s network. Bose networked amplifiers, with a Dante card in each, provide amplification at each zone. Having all the audio on the network means remote monitoring is possible — ideal for an island install.
Bose DS series loudspeakers were selected throughout — from the DS16SE to the larger-format DS40SE for areas that need more oomph.
In the function rooms, NQAV kept the entire installation network based, choosing AMX encoders and decoders to provide input plates and receivers for both the Hitachi ceiling projectors and the Panasonic trolley-mounted monitors.
Daydream Island’s IT Manager Craig Williams is delighted with the NQAV installation. “We had a very outmoded system that dated from the original resort,” he summarised. “We were looking for something that would last long term. And we needed something more professional, with a much cleaner, crisper sound. I think with the Bose system we’ve got that.”