Hamilton Island's luxury resort, qualia has been bestowed the honour of the Best Resort in Australia and second in the Australasian & The South Pacific region in UK Conde Nast Traveller's 17th annual Top 100 Readers' Travel Awards.
Earlier in the year, UK Conde Nast Traveller asked readers to vote for the things they love about travel, from holiday hotels to destination spas, airlines to cruise lines, scoring each out of 100. The Top 100 Readers' Travel Awards pays tribute to the highest scorers, irrespective of category.
A unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, and a member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia's vision to deliver an exceptional experience from award winning cuisine to the finest resort leisure facilities anywhere in the world sees it topping a list that includes many of the world's most highly recognised luxury hotel chains and iconic names.
Leading the team behind this family owned private Island and resort, Matthew Taverner - qualia's General Manager, said: “We are thrilled the UK Conde Nast Traveller readers have bestowed us this honour, one based purely on their experience of the resort.
“The Oatley family's vision for qualia has been to create an adults-only, luxury sanctuary, one which pairs the beauty of its Great Barrier Reef location with understated elegance, complete privacy and a world-class yet uniquely Australian level of service. Such an accolade from our guests is testament to the team holding true and achieving this unique vision.”
Accessing this multi-award winning resort has been made seamless, particularly for international guests, thanks to this year's return of Qantas flights to the island. Alongside Virgin Australia and Jetstar, regular Qantas flights now service the island direct from both Brisbane and Sydney, addressing the increased demand for premium travel options to Hamilton Island.
Situated on Hamilton Island's sun-drenched northern-most tip with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea, qualia's unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool.
qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet 'Pas de Deux in Paradise' outdoor performance, Great Barrier Feast series featuring internationally acclaimed visiting chefs for gourmet culinary weekends and the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – the largest offshore sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.
For more information or to book your next qualia experience, visit: www.qualia.com.au.