Qualia is an exclusive world class resort at the North end of Hamilton Island.
We stayed in one of the amazing north-facing Windward Pavilions with floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows which gave an expansive, postcard view of the turquoise sea and nearby Islands.
Our beautifully appointed pavilion featured an open plan living area, bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom. There with sliding doors between each of the rooms should privacy be required. From the living area, glass doors led out to a private plunge pool overlooking the sea. It was just spectacular!
Each pavilion is equipped with its own golf buggy to enable guests to get around resort and explore the island. And don’t worry if you forget to recharge it. A member of staff comes around each evening to ensure it is properly charged and ready for use the next day.
And there were lots of nice touches like a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival, a lovely little box of chocolates each evening and a daily newsletter with suggestions on what to see and do on the island.
The pavilions really are amazing. They are incredibly well equipped (including an advanced sound system with speakers in every room and a connection for an MP3 player) and the views are to die for. There is only one drawback, you are never going to be happy staying anywhere else ever again!
FOOD & DRINK:
The hotel has two restaurants. Breakfast and dinner are served in the Long Pavilion (where the reception desk, library are bar are located) and lunch is available by the pool or at the Pebble Beach restaurant.
Alternatively, you can do as we did, and arrange a picnic on a deserted beach on a nearby island. What’s more, if your room rate includes lunch, there is no extra charge for this service.
Oh, and don’t forget to sunset drinks at One Tree Hill, one of the highest points on the island. Superb!
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES:
The hotel has two swimming pools, a spa and a gym. Early morning yoga classes and non-motorised water sports are included in the rate. There is a great team of guys based down on the beach who will instruct you in the art of Hobie Cat sailing or sea kayaking and come to your rescue (and promise not to tell anyone) should you capsize.
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT:
We found the service was a little variable. Some members of staff provided a truly great level of service. Others didn’t seem to be quite as focused on the needs of paying guests, believing the beautiful location, the amazing pavilions and the postcard views compensated for their lack of attention.
For example, we were kept waiting along with two other guests at the ferry terminal as the hotel driver was running late, the early morning yoga class was cancelled five minutes after it should have started because the instructor had not shown up for work, on more than one occasion we were left standing for several minutes before being greeted and shown to a table in the restaurant, there was a mix-up with the contents of our picnic hamper (an apology and appropriate compensation was offered) and the service around the pool plus the overflowing towel bin left something to be desired. Not earth shattering stuff, but at AUD 1700 per pavilion per night (inclusive of breakfast, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages), the management team ought to be capable of getting these sorts of things right!
OUR COMPLETE ITINERARY:
Sydney: Park Hyatt (H)
Blue Mountains: Lilianfels (H)
Blue Mountains: Trek with Life's an Adventure (O)
Nelsons Bay : Amarana Beach Resort (A)
Port Macquarie: Quality Inn HW Boutique (H)
Coffs Harbour: Promised Land Cottages (A)
Byron: Byron at Byron (H)
Gold Coast: Palazzo Versace (H)
Airlie Beach: The Peninsula (A)
Whitsunday Islands: Coral Trekker (O)
Hamilton Island: Qualia (H)
Darwin: Sky City (H)
Litchfield National Park: Adventure Tours (O)
Kakadu National Park: Adventure Tours (O)
Ayers Rock (Uluru) & The Olgars (Kata Tjuta) National Park: Longitude 131° (H)
Perth: The Richardson (H)
(H) = Hotel (A) = Apartment (O) = Other
- 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