Qualia is a uniquely Australian expression of world-class luxury.
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 treatments.
A utopia sitting in sublime isolation… The food is modern Australia cuisine at its best. – Condé Nast (UK)
The Whitsundays 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 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 comprising 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.
Facilities include two 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 their own two-seater golf buggy, allowing vibrant Hamilton Island to be explored at a leisurely pace.
Spa qualia offers an extensive range of luxurious local and international treatments; off-shore trips to the Great Barrier Reef for diving and snorkelling adventures, or to marvel at the wondrous diversity are available. (Costs apply)
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.
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.
The north-facing Windward Pavilions give 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.
For something truly special, experience 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.
Nearest major City/Town
Town – Airlie Beach
Scheduled or jet flight to Hamilton Island. Transferred by resort staff to qualia.
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.