Need to know
60 pavilions, including 26 north-facing Windward Pavilions, 33 south-west-facing Leeward Pavilions and one secluded Beach House.
11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1324.85 (AU$1,727), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Qualia has two types of rates: Classic (including breakfast), or Gourmet, which includes breakfast and dinner (to be taken at the Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach).
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.
Hamilton Island tends to be very busy during the festive season. The hotel strongly advise pre-booking any dinners and activities to avoid dissapointment.
At the hotel
Two infinity pools, gym, spa, library, free WiFi, two-seater buggies for every suite, a four-seater golf cart for each Qualia Pavilion. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, DVD/CD players available on request, iPod dock, minibar, Aesop toiletries, private plunge pool (Windward Pavilions only).
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.
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.
The Whitsundays are a big favourite of Australia’s sailing community, so bring your deck shoes and captain’s hat. And your sea legs.
If staying in a Qualia Pavilion, guests should bring a valid International or Australian driver's licence to use the four-seater golf carts.
This serene hotel is better suited to couples, and doesn’t cater for children under the age of 16.