World's Best Resort: Qualia in Australia

Qualia: officially the Best Resort in the World

On the northern tip of Hamilton Island, and renowned for its jaw-dropping surrounds, Australian dream-holiday-hotspot Qualia in Queensland has just officially earned itself the rather amazing title Best Resort in the World courtesy of the region’s Condé Nast Traveler readers.

World's Best Resort: Qualia in Australia

It’s only happened three times before in the prestigious survey’s 25-year history, but we’re not entirely surprised that Qualia, a Mr & Mrs Smith favourite located on Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef, has been awarded perfect scores of 100 all round in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. That means that it’s not only been named Best Resort in the Oceania region, but also Best in the World. The magazine described the boutique property overlooking ocean and neighbouring islands as ‘sheer perfection’ and ‘flawless’. But – obvs – we knew that already.

Hey – don’t just take our word for it: aside from the Smith team, and countless Condé Nast Traveler readers, here’s a taster of what actress Sigrid Thornton had to say when she visited for her anonymous review of Qualia:

Qualia resort in Australia, Great Barrier Reef

Welcome to Qualia’ is the gentle greeting on our arrival at the Long Pavilion, the heart of the resort. It would be a cynical traveller who didn’t find themselves in awe of the breathtaking view from this space – 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 itself 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 more about Qualia

Tempted? Now’s the time to book a visit Mr & Mrs Smith members can enjoy a range of special offers at Qualia until the end of March 2013, such as the Three-night Great Barrier Reef Discovery package, which includes a heli-tour of the aquatic natural phenomenon.

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

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