You’d never need to twist our arm for a glam getaway on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, blessed with Technicolor scenes under the sea and luxury lodgings above. The undisputed queen of the coast is Qualia, a billionaires’ playground spread over 30 immaculate acres on the northern tip of Hamilton Island.
Style High-end luxury
Setting Tropical Hamilton Island idyll
Our favourite bits 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.
Why this week? Acclaimed Sydney chef Martin Boetz is cruising into Qualia for the Great Barrier Feast, 14–16 September. This two-day foodie festival will showcase Martin’s contemporary Thai cuisine in a series of masterclasses and lavish dinners with matched wines. Be quick to snap up a spot at this exclusive gourmet escape.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘It would be a cynical traveller who didn’t find themselves in awe of the breathtaking view from Qualia’s Long Pavilion – it’s here that we begin to fully appreciate our good fortune. Standing in the middle of the world’s largest marine park is in itself a rare gift, never mind that we’re on the tip of an island peninsula taking in a 250-degree view of pristine nature and countless islands as far as the eye can see.
The space sets an architectural tenor consistent throughout the resort – natural materials, mostly wood and stone, meticulously detailed and finished, furnished with muted organic tones. The pervasive atmosphere is luxurious calm. Honestly, you could just sit here all day – looking over the step-straight-in infinity pool – without ever making it to your room.’
Read the full anonymous review of Qualia.
You say ‘The Whitsundays are sublime: Qualia’s architecture and landscaping mean you are almost unaware of any nearby villas. Staff are friendly and never far away without being intrusive or asking too many questions. The helicopter ride to Whitehaven Beach is a must – be sure to ask for Tom, the chopper pilot.’
(Brett, BlackSmith, stayed on 29 June 2012.)
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