- Style High-end luxury
- Setting Tropical Hamilton Island idyll
Clinging to the northern tip of the tropical Hamilton Island, in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia is one of Queensland’s most serene and beautiful escapes. Built by Australian billionaires, the idyllic resort has a definite no-expense-spared feel, and all 30 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds exude class.
Need to know
- Rooms 60 pavilions, including 26 north-facing Windward Pavilions, 33 south-west-facing Leeward Pavilions and one secluded Beach House.
- Rates Double rooms from $805.68 (AU$886), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details including either breakfast (Qualia classic) or breakfast and dinner at the Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach (Qualia Gourmet).
- Facilities Two infinity pools, gym, spa, library, free WiFi, two-seater buggies for every suite. In rooms: flatscreen TVs,
DVD/CD players available on request, iPod dock, minibar, Aesop toiletries, private plunge pool (Windward Pavilions only).
- Poolside The resort has two infinity-edged pools, both offering stunning views. The lap pool runs alongside the full length of the Long Pavilion, while the enormous square-shaped Pebble Beach pool is flanked by a row of cabanas and a large grassy area.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Children This serene hotel is better suited to couples, and doesn’t cater for children under the age of 16.
- Hotel closed Qualia will close from 15–30 July 2013 inclusive for a refurbishment.
- Also This serene hotel is better suited to couples, and doesn’t cater for kids under 16.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Beach House, a super-private, self-contained pavilion, is our dream stay. It comes with a master bedroom and ensuite, a spacious living area with a dining table for 10, a separate guesthouse and its own 12-metre infinity pool. We also love Windward Pavilions 5, 6 and 7 (which have uninterrupted views over the Great Barrier Reef), and Windward Pavilion 23, which has an extra deck.
- Packing tips The Whitsundays are a big favourite of Australia’s sailing community, so bring your deck shoes and captain’s hat. And your sea legs.
- Also The resort has 12 hectares of immaculately landscaped grounds to explore, and the spa promises water glimpses and a soothing mix of treatments using Sodashi and Li’Tya products.
Food and drink at Qualia
- Hotel restaurant The Long Pavilion is the resort’s fine-dining eatery, where you’ll find Modern Australian cuisine – Barossa Valley chicken terrine, kangaroo tail consommé – served up at candlelit tables swathed in white linen. Pebble Beach comprises a balcony set over the water and it is a more informal affair.
- Dress code Little black dress and jewellery for her; open-necked shirt for him.
- Top table If it’s a hot night, ask for tables 40 to 49 so you can dine beneath the stars.
- Last orders The Long Pavilion stays open for as long as guests want to stay up; Pebble Beach closes at sunset.
- Room service Available 24 hours a day if you’d prefer to order a food platter in the privacy of your own pavilion.
- Hotel bar Drinks can be taken in the sunken lounge of the Long Pavilion, where you can sip tropical fruit-inspired cocktails on low-slung couches, or in a raised area that overlooks the resort’s lap pool.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details