Qualia

qualia is a unique, world class luxury resort in Australia.

Occupying a sun-drenched location on the northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, it looks out to Coral Sea waters – home to the Great Barrier Reef – and vistas of mesmerising calm.

qualia has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses, offering 60 exquisitely appointed pavilions that sit in perfect harmony with the rare, natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands.

Two exclusive restaurants provide the ideal stage to whet the appetite with cuisine both fresh and innovative; two climate-controlled infinity edge pools (one at the Long Pavilion and the other at Pebble Beach) provide the ultimate in liquid refreshment, and Spa qualia offers a luxurious menu of local and international indulgent treatments..

A utopia sitting in sublime isolation… The food is modern Australia cuisine at its best. – Condé Nast (UK)

Location: The Whitsunday Islands/Great Barrier Reef

qualia is located on the northern-most point of Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays and is one of Australia’s natural wonders – a treasure chest of 74 emerald islands set in a sapphire sea.

The island group lies midway along Australia’s Queensland coast, with the famous Great Barrier Reef reached after a short boat or seaplane ride. Airlie Beach is the vibrant hub of the region, and gateway to the islands – only eight of which are inhabited. The Whitsunday islands and waters are rich with wildlife, the beaches and coves are places of magic. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach; hike an island trail to secret bays; or set sail across the sparkling azure waters, keeping company with the dolphins and rays.

Each of the inhabited islands is known for setting its own pace, offering a mix of popular resorts, gleaming marinas and exclusive retreats.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system comprised of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands – it is also the planet’s biggest single structure made by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It stretches for over 2,600km, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use.

Activities

Facilities at this luxury resort include two swimming pools, a library, private dining room, two restaurants and bars, and a fitness centre.

At Pebble Beach, complimentary facilities include kayaks, snorkelling equipment and two Hobie Cat 17-foot sailing catamarans. Guests also have use of their own two-seater golf buggy, allowing vibrant Hamilton Island to be explored at a leisurely pace.

There are a wide variety of pursuits to enjoy on Hamilton Island including scenic flights, ATV tours, game fishing, bushwalking, water skiing, parasailing and more. A range of activities designed specifically for qualia guests such as helicopter tours and private boat charters can allow you to access beautiful beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and islands of the Whitsundays. (Activities are subject to availability and costs may apply)

Spa qualia offers an extensive range of luxurious local and international treatments. Barrier Reef for diving and snorkelling adventures, or to marvel at the wondrous diversity are available.

For a truly sensory experience, Spa qualia is ideally situated at the centre of the resort to catch the soft sea breeze and take in the tranquil views of the Whitsundays, the spa is the perfect place in which to indulge and unwind. (Costs apply)

Suitable/best for

Couples
Honeymooners
Small Groups
Solo Traveller

Dining: Dining Options

Enjoy the ultimate in fine dining at the Long Pavilion, or a more relaxed and casual experience at Pebble Beach.

Long Pavilion is set overlooking the Coral Sea, serving the like of succulent terrine of Barossa Valley chicken, crispy skin coral trout, luscious crayfish cannelloni or a zingy citrus ravioli with passion fruit.

Pebble Beach is qualia’s exclusive venue for a memorable luncheon on the water’s edge. Specialising in relaxing, casual dining at its best, the Pebble Beach lunch menu includes a tempting mezze platter for two to share, club or rib-eye sandwiches and refreshing seafood salads. Linger into the afternoon with a signature qualia cocktail laced with tropical fruit.

Sample fresh and innovative food at qualia’s two exclusive restaurants, Pebble Beach and the Long Pavilion, which provide the ideal stage upon which the Executive Chef delivers exceptional culinary talents.

Long Pavillion

With its expansive views of the Coral Sea and serene atmosphere, the Long Pavilion is ideally suited for breezy breakfasts. In the afternoon, it transforms into a space where you’re invited to enjoy cocktails, and then fine dining in the evening, offering an indulgent menu and an accompanying wine cellar selection.

Pebble Beach

The informal Pebble Beach restaurant is located by the water’s edge. The Executive Chef’s passion for fresh and seasonal Australian produce is reflected in the menu, providing contemporary Australian casual lunching at its best. Relax into the afternoon on the sun-drenched terrace at the beachside cocktail bar.

Room / Accommodation options

Leeward Pavilion

The south-west facing Leeward Pavilions give you a serene outlook of both the island and the Coral Sea. They boast a private sundeck, the perfect place to capture the warmth of the sun during the day and amazing sunsets at dusk.

Windward Pavilion

The north-facing Windward Pavilions offers expansive, postcard views of the Coral Sea and Whitsundays. The beautifully appointed Pavilions feature a living room, separate bedroom with a king bed or split twins, ensuite and offer the added indulgence of a private plunge pool.

Beach House

For something truly special, Australian luxury resort accommodation gets no better than the Beach House, for the ultimate secluded hideaway. With a main bedroom and ensuite, spacious entertaining area featuring a large flat-screen TV with surround sound, a 10 person dining room, a private full-sized swimming pool, as well as a separate guest house, the Beach House is an indulgence like no other.

Getting there

Nearest major City/Town
Town – Airlie Beach

Air Access
Scheduled or jet flight to Hamilton Island. Transferred by resort staff to qualia.

Seasonality

qualia is open all year. Festive season rates apply between Christmas and New Year period. The best time to travel in the region is from April to November. From December to March is the wet season, when you are likely to experience high humidity and rain, particularly in the months of February and March.

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