First opened to guests back in 1939 and counted as one of 74 islands that make up The Whitsundays, Daydream Island Resort is a private hideaway that stretches about a mile long and is dotted with secluded coves for that total castaway feel. In April this year the iconic space officially reopened with a brand-new look, following an 18-month $100 million refurbishment.
“The Island has undergone a huge journey from the devastation caused in 2017 by Cyclone Debbie and we wanted the new brand to signal the evolution of the Island. The new brand gives a nod to the Island’s heritage whilst also looking to the future,” says Director of Sales and Marketing, Jayson Heron.
The new-look Daydream Island Resort today boasts 277 totally refreshed guest rooms, spruced-up indoor and outdoor schemes, and a range of event spaces that can host major events like conferences, down to cocktail parties, gala dinners, destination weddings and more.
Common across the entire property is the outstanding aural experience, thanks to a comprehensive Bose Professional solution, designed by Queensland based system integrators NQAV.
Bose Professional’s FreeSpace series of high performance full-range loudspeakers are powered through the PowerMatch series of networked amplifiers and controlled through ControlSpace engineered sound processors.
Kevin Booth, Director at NQAV, shares, “We had a fairly flexible brief from the client, with a strong emphasis on superior quality sound and great aesthetic appeal.
“This meant that we were able to pick Bose Professional as our preferred supplier for the project, to ensure that we met the requirements that they were looking for throughout the entire venue.
“We chose loudspeakers from Bose’ FreeSpace series as it provided us
with options to develop a high-quality reinforcement solution for indoor as well as outdoor applications, in addition to blending beautifully with the aesthetics and facades across the island.
“Also, using the networked amplifiers from Bose means that we could monitor and control the amplifiers remotely, which was critical to us, considering the fact that the venue stands on an island location.
“The ControlSpace ESP and software allows us to keep a check on the audio that’s coming in and out, as well as the amplifiers status and any other system related info that we need to check on.
The performance is really good, it creates a fantastic sound through the space, and the feedback we’ve had from the island is that everyone is very happy with the outcome. Also, the support from Bose we’ve had on the whole project was excellent.”
Delivering high-quality reinforcement for background music and speech reproduction, FreeSpace DS40SE surface-mount loudspeakers have been outfitted across the entire expanse of the outdoor area which includes three new pool sections, the Living Reef freeform coral lagoon, and the Eclipse room with an expansive outdoor terrace.
Moving indoors, the NQAV team have maintained Bose’ sonic signature with surface-mount as well as ceiling versions of the FreeSpace DS40 and DS16 loudspeakers integrated across the expanse encompassing the Atrium, indoor dining restaurants, and indoor bar sections.
Additionally, Infinity, which is one of the premium dining destinations at the resort, features multiple units of the FreeSpace DS40F in-ceiling flush-mount loudspeakers in black finish to match the décor and interiors of the space.
Praising the overall performance value of Daydream Island Resort’s new audio system Craig Williams – IT Manager, affirms the establishment’s approval as he comments, “The old system here was outdated, and
we were looking for an audio solution that not only delivers great quality sound performance, but is also visually pleasing.
“Since the entire system is networked, managing it becomes much easier as we can control it efficiently from a central location. Overall, the performance is fantastic – the quality of sound is crisp throughout the space, and the amount of volume we can derive from the system is amazing.”