Escape to a private world of luxury at qualia, Hamilton Island.
Recognised by Conde Nast Traveller, Luxury Travel Magazine, Australian Traveller, HM Awards and more, qualia is Australia’s premium luxury hotel. With an A-list of celebrity guests too long to mention, qualia is the perfect place for couples wanting to escape.
Located on the northern most part of Hamilton Island qualia is exclusive to only hotel guests. A short 10 minute drive from the airport, you will enter through the large gates, which feel more like the doors from Jurassic Park into a private resort surrounded by gum trees, gardens and palms.
Impressions coming into the resort really set the tone for an amazing stay.
Checking in at the Long Pavilion, views out across the Whitsundays, you are treated to a glass of champagne. An arrival like no other.
Your villa host will run through information about qualia, it’s facilities, activities and dining options. You are then shown to your golf buggy, which will be your transport around the resort and also throughout Hamilton Island.
Being an exclusive hotel, guests from other hotels on Hamilton Island are unable to walk in, so getting away in absolute privacy for a few nights of relaxation is what really sets qualia apart from the other hotels on the island.
There is only one word to describe qualia…”WOW!”
60 pavilions spread throughout the resort, you have the choice of three different room types (Leeward Pavilion, Winward Pavilion or the Beach House).
Our room, the Leeward Pavilion is the entry level room type, however it was very far from lead in. Being 90 square metres, it is larger than most Sydney apartments. Each pavilion has a king bed, lounge area and ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower.
The Leeward Pavilions have south-west facing views out to the tropical gardens and Dent Passage. With its private sundeck, and oversize living space you can enjoy the afternoon sunsets and enjoy a glass of wine or champagne.
One of the best views on the island is from either the main pool on the beach looking out towards surrounding Whitsunday Islands or from the Long Pavilion pool. Both of the pools have infinity-edges and the beach club style feel, with cocktail in hand will make you wonder why it has taken you so long to visit.
Spa qualia is the place to unwind if you want to escape from the sun for an hour or two. Each carefully designed treatment is there to help the body transition into full relaxation.
qualia has two restaurants to choose from, Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach dining. At Long Pavilion enjoy a la carte dining and be treated to an amazing choice of food.
Pebble Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere also but with a more casual feel. The dishes here are light and healthy, not forgetting the views out from it’s open deck looking out to sea.
A must try at qualia would have to be the personal beach drop offs. The resort offer a service where they prepare a picnic lunch for you and take you out to one of the secluded beaches. There are many great snorkeling spots to enjoy.
qualia, Hamilton Island is absolutely stunning and it’s very hard to describe how easily you are able to relax while there. It’s a smaller boutique property, set in a private oasis away from the other hotels on the island.
The impressive pavilions with an even more impressive pool area on the beach is particularly important to the hotel as it gives guests the choice of places to relax and spend quality time with their loved one.
The property may slightly lack the service level that you would find in a private villa style hotel in Asia, but this seems to be more of a common theme among Australian luxury properties. This doesn’t take away from the fact that everyone who works there is extremely friendly and enjoying their job.