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.
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:
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…