We stayed for a week. Overall, we felt that, for an expensive resort that wants to bill itself as "the best resort in the world," Qualia falls short of expectations. It is, however, very good and a cool place to go once.
The facilities are absolutely top notch. The rooms/bungalows are cool and comfortable; the property is beautiful; pool and "beach" are great; having the buggy is crucial, etc. Note: the beach is really just a small patch of sand dumped on some rocks at the northern tip of the island...but the view is spectacular.
Our major qualm was the service. Some days you'd have people falling over you to bring you anything at all and even things you didn't ask for just in case. Other days, you'd wonder around looking for someone or somewhere to get a drink of water. It became a running joke for us at breakfast to see what part of our order they forgot to bring out.
Our secondary qualm was the food. It's OK, but It is very expensive, even on an expensive island. Example: $38 club sandwich on the lunch menu, dinner for two (little alcohol) around $250. For that much, you expect to be wowed, not to discover that the island pizza joint has better food. Watery coffee should also be considered an insult to the Australian national psyche.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the Whitsundays, qualia puts the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef right on your doorstep. Its sun-drenched northern aspect provides the ideal location to appreciate the passing beauty of each day, surrounding guests with some of the most stunning and spectacular waters to be found anywhere in the world. What’s more, with a direct flight taking only 2-3 hours from international gateway cities on Australia’s east coast, qualia truly is a world-class destination without the journey.qualia offers a choice of 60 individual pavilions, each with breathtaking views. There are spacious one-bedroom freestanding pavilions (Windward and Leeward) that provide an indulgentspace to relax in and unwind, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool. Or, there’s the uncompromising luxury and privacy of the Beach House with its own guest pavilion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Qualia Hamilton Island
- Qualia Hotel Hamilton Island