We stayed at Qualia for 4 nights, with the first two days being a small on site conference and the remainder a relaxing, indulgent experience.
We were in a Windward Pavilion which is a bedroom/bathroom/living room villa with a private pool, sun loungers and day bed. This side of the resort has expansive views out over the Whitsundays, and the whole experience was incredibly calming.
The attention to detail from the staff at Qualia is the best I've encountered anywhere in the world. The staff are very intuitive but at the same time quite relaxed, it's a lovely combination and adds to the welcoming feeling that starts when being met off the plane with hand towels and water.
The food is excellent, we ate at the Long Pavilion twice, once a la carte and once with the 8 course degustation. The food was great and not too expensive when you compare it to some of the other restaurants on the Island that aren't as high a quality. The more casual poolside restaurant feels more expensive for the type of food being served ($38 sandwiches are a new experience for me!), but all non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary during your stay so that helps a little.
Breakfast is delicious and was part of our room price, and we had the option of eating in the restaurant or in our own Pavilion. We tried both and were equally happy, although it is very nice to eat a 5 star breakfast in the privacy of a villa while overlooking the water and surrounding islands.
At Qualia we were pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the service - on one of the evenings we didn't feel like fine dining so the staff went and picked up a pizza from the Italian restaurant in town for us, and charged it to our room. Likewise they are more than happy to bring an espresso coffee to your room whenever requested, all free of charge.
I think the tendency when reviewing such a high end (and expensive) hotel is to look for flaws, but we haven't been able to identify a single thing that they could improve on - it is a really lovely place to stay.
- 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