- Style High-end luxury
- Setting Tropical Hamilton Island idyll
The name of the Great Barrier Reef hotel Qualia means deep, multi-sensory experience in ancient Greek, and that’s what you’ll get at this lavish resort built by deep-pocketed Australians. With secluded pavilions, a sumptuous spa and a fine-dining restaurant the 30 acres of groomed grounds excude tropical elegance.
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 $806.76 (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