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“Stunning!!!”
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Qualia Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Hamilton Island
Certificate of Excellence
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Stunning!!!”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

This resort is absolutely stunning! We stayed in one of the Leeward Pavilions, and although the view from the room was a bit lacking, the room itself was very spacious and beautifully appointed. There was also a bottle of champagne on ice for us when we arrived to our room. We got spa treatments the evening we arrived, and again, the spa did not disappoint. The spa itself was very unique and beautiful, and the treatment was wonderful as well. All of the food at the resort is wonderful, but I think having breakfast at the Long Pavilion watching the birds and the sun shining beautifully on the water was my favorite meal. We chose to spend one of our days at the resort enjoying the beautiful pool. Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate, and it was a bit chilly and rainy, but we decided to hang out anyway. Without even being asked, one of the staff members brought us cozy blankets and wonderful cups of hot chocolate to enjoy! All of the staff were very friendly and accommodating. And I love the golf carts! :) Just a tip: You should try to make dinner reservations before you arrive. It was nearly impossible to get same day dinner reservations at any of the restaurants near the marina.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

A wonderful place to celebrate a birthday. A surprise from my husband and a very special 4 nights. We couldn't fault anything and the personal service from staff was faultless. Would love to stay again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton_Island_Aus, General Manager at Qualia Resort, responded to this review, December 1, 2014
Dear Jeanette M,

I was delighted to read your review and learn how we were able to assist in celebrating your husband’s special birthday.

I might take the liberty of concurring and saying that our team do go above and beyond to ensure every guest is able to truly make the most of their time spent on Hamilton Island.

I only hope we might once again be able to do so for you in future!

Best wishes

Matthew T
General Manager - qualia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

We spend a long weekend at a Leeward Pavilion and although the weather on Hamilton Island was a little bit colder than expected, Qualia made our stay completely stress-free and relaxing. We were greeted at the airport with water and hot towels, given a tour of the island on the way back to the resort, and welcome with champagne upon arrival. The Long Pavilion gives breathtaking view over the ocean. Every one of our requests was dealt with efficiently and effortlessly. We didn't even need to carry any cash with us around the island thanks to the charge back system! We would highly recommend Qualia to all our friends and families!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton_Island_Aus, General Manager at Qualia Resort, responded to this review, December 1, 2014
Dear C1551,

Thank you for posting your review here on TripAdvisor following your qualia experience. I was delighted to read this and learn of your terrific stay.

Thank you sincerely for taking the time to offer these kind recommendations – which have been proudly shared with all the qualia team.

We hope to welcoming you back to qualia soon.

Kind regards,

Matthew T
General Manager – qualia
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adelaide
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

we stayed in a Leeward Pavilion and it was great very spacious room and very well designed wonderful veranda over looking the ocean, at the airport they have a counter it is near the ramp going in to check in for your flight home they will give you water and refresher towels it set the tone for what they have in store for you the photos on the net is all true a very high standard resort ,the food was just amazing we had lunch in Pepple Beach restaurant overlooking the ocean at the cost of about $80 for 2 people with 1 beer all soft drinks are free ,our dinner at The Long Pavilion was very much a fine dining experience we had a starter and main meal each with wine at a cost of $240 with regreat we had no room for dessert ,if you wish to dine there on the day you arrive I suggest you book ahead unless you are happy to dine after 8:30pm ,we where celebrating our 34 year anniversary and they gave us champagne and a lovely plate with home made chocolate with Happy Anniversary written on it, as we are not champagne drinkers we left it in the ice bucked and they asked if we wanted red wine in stead they simply could not do enough for us they made us feel very special, the rooms get cleaned in the morning and they come for a Turn Down Service between 6-8pm cleaning again replacing anything used during the day like wonderful bath sachet ,fresh coffee for the plunger and any teas (not you ordinary kind proper tea leaves ) as well as leaving you a nice chocolate treat on the bed ,the veranda was very private there are no way anyone could see you from another room, loved sitting looking at the tide coming and going reviling the mangrove , the golf buggy was soooooo much fun and very handy as you can go down the the main street, anything you buy there you can charge back to the room we had dinner down there in a restaurant with asian style food we where not impressed with the food there ,the spa was also nice my husband had a massage for 1 hrs $170 it is complementary to use the steam room and the 9 jet shower at any time, there is a male and female area to the spa, if you can afford this kind of resort GO you will not regret the choice

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Words would just not be able to express the sentiments we experienced at Qualia and Hamilton Island.
It was our honeymoon and we stayed there for 2 nights in the windward pavilion. We had booked a Spa Qualia Indulgence Package.
First I would like to recommend anyone and everyone who is planning to visit qualia to include a spa in your stay, you wont regret a single penny you spend on it.
From the time we were welcomed at the airport entrance to the time we sat in our outward flight to sydney, the people from Qualia just keep pampering and spoiling you with their hospitality. At times they were so unbelievable that my wife and I had to pinch each other to believe we were actually among people who could talk and treat you like Gods.
Everyone at Qualia, whether its the guest services, or the staff at the two restaurants or at the activities centre, just puts you on this dream ride where you are made to believe that whatever comes out of your mouth will be fulfilled.
Listen carefully, Ive been to 5star resorts, luxury hotels and places which seemed unreal in their own sense, but Qualia is completely completely unbelievable. The moment you enter the Long pavillion, the view takes you by surprise. Yes, it seems amazing in their website and very very beautiful. But when you see it live, it is <what you thought multiplied by 1000>.
The expressions on my wife's face was priceless. We stayed at Pavillion # 3, and it would be harsh to not mention that our pavilion was a small world in itself. with our very own plunge pool and the bed that was so hard to get out of(cuz it is as comfy as hell).
You go to qualia after looking at the views in their website and reading good reviews and knowing that its the No.1 resort in the world.....but what makes it really worth is the People who work there. They are a different species.Period.
Oh..and yes, dont keep sleeping early morning, you havent seen a sunrise if you havent seen it from your bed at Qualia facing the ocean.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stayed in a Leeward Pavillion for 5 nights as part of our 3 week Honeymoon in Australia. From the second you are collected at the private desk at the airport to the moment you leave (you have access as a guest to the private lounge at the airport) you feel well and truly spoilt. The rooms are vast and equipped with everything you could possibly need, champagne on arrival and a bottle of champagne in your are nice touches. The hotel thinks of everything, your own golf buggy to get around, the staff even check that you've plugged them in to charge over night. We spent quite a bit of time around the pool which was always calm and quiet, free sorbet and fruit skewers were a nice touch. The restaurants in Qualia are all lovely with a great choice of cuisine, my favourite was breakfast though, the pancakes and eggs benedict were divine. Being on Hamilton Island also has the advantage that you can charge anything you buy on the island to your room, this was really convenient for us. Do go on the sunset speedboat cruise, the views are incredible and you are plyed with endless high end champagne we loved it!! We would come back here in a flash!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Burradoo, Australia
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a finely honed and well developed Queensland resort. We had a great week based in a lovely Pavilion high on the hill looking NE across islands to a great sunrise every morning. The Pavilion is well designed, carefully maintained and a lovely space to relax. qualia's appeal is it's luxurious atmosphere and well trained and enthusiastic staff. Youngsters from all around the world have been well schooled in how to make guests feel welcome and at home. The Long Pavilion dining room is a highlight for breakfast and dinner, with seriously fine food.

With huge sums spent on the entire island over the years, there is a very good buzz to being in the village. For exercise, we walked most of the longer island trails and took picnics for lunch. A sunset cruise, one dinner in the Long Pavilion and an extra night's accommodation were included in our tariff - which made it slightly more "affordable" than normal summer rates.

Nice touches include on-demand and free transport to and from beaches and other restaurants (in addition to the island's free shuttle). We visited Dent Island for lunch at the Golf Club (with similar offerings and style to Hamilton's) . A good afternoon's outing with spectacular Whitsunday views and what looks like a well-kept but challenging golf course.

Whilst one of Hamilton Island's strengths is its ownership by one person, it is also makes for one of its weaknesses - there is a sameness to the four restaurants we tried for dinner. Menus are similar, wines from the same "cellar" and everything is priced about the same. So, competition is thin on the ground, and the prices reflect this. The quality is very good, but some variety is lacking (with the exception of coca chu - a nice Asian alternative to the rest).

Nonetheless, we really enjoyed qualia and the ambiance of the place is just lovely.

Room Tip: The lovely Windward Pavilions face north - great light and location.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton_Island_Aus, General Manager at Qualia Resort, responded to this review, December 1, 2014
Dear Airedale

What a pleasure it was to read your gracious words of review following your stay with us.

Thank you sincerely for taking the time to offer these kind impressions – which will be proudly shared with all the qualia team.

Your experience of qualia and Hamilton Island certainly sounds memorable and I am glad to read that you were able to enjoy so much of what we have on offer here.

We hope that one day you will return to Hamilton Island and allow us here at qualia, the opportunity to be of service to you once more.

Kind regards,

Matthew Taverner
General Manager – qualia
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Property: Qualia Resort
Address: 20 Whitsunday Boulevard, 4803, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Whitsunday Islands > Hamilton Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Hamilton Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Qualia Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 60
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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