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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

qualia: a World-Class Luxury Resort on the Great Barrier Reef

A unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, qualia{kwah-lee-ah} is nestled intimately on the edge of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Testament to its names' Latin origins, 'a collection of deeper sensory experiences', qualia occupies Hamilton Island's unashamedly beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. Oozing with understated luxury and quintessential Australian charm, this award-winning resort immerses its guests in its tranquil atmosphere, where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.

qualia's Hamilton Island home is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef; the perfect place to make some unexpected discoveries. Marvel at the wondrous diversity of underwater life by exploring the myriad of picturesque islands and coral cays that form the Earth's largest coral reef ecosystem, and the only 
natural structure visible from the moon.


Guests can secure a private yacht for a cruise around the Whitsundays, take a bird's eye view of beautiful Heart Reef on a private scenic helicopter flight, or unwind on the pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach. Stretching for seven kilometres along magnificent Whitsunday Island, it's not hard to see why Whitehaven Beach boasts an abundance of accolades including Australia's most photographed beach. The inconceivable brilliance of the sparkling aqua water edged with the whitest silica sand and lush green forests reveals nature's transcendent beauty at its best.

qualia's unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, and with breathtaking views of the luminous Coral Sea and neighbouring islands, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool.

For something truly special, guests can experience qualia's Beach House. With its main bedroom and
ensuite, spacious entertaining area with large flat-screen TV with surround sound, 10-person dining area, private full-sized swimming pool and separate guesthouse, the Beach House is an indulgence like no other.
The resort's outstanding facilities include two tranquil infinity-edged pools, two bars and restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, which offers an array of unique, indigenous Australian treatments designed to relax, revitalise and replenish the mind, body and soul. Guests of qualia also have full access to Hamilton Island's Yacht Club and world-class 18-hole championship golf course on neighbouring Dent Island.

qualia's two exclusive restaurants continue the sensory seduction, providing the ideal stage upon which executive chef Alastair Waddell can deliver his culinary excellence. Guests can enjoy the ultimate in fine dining at the Long Pavilion, or for a more casual relaxed experience dine at Pebble Beach.

The Long Pavilion is ideally suited for breezy breakfasts. In the afternoon, it transforms so guests can enjoy cocktails and then formal dining in the evening, which includes qualia's signature degustation menu with seven courses and an accompanying wine cellar. The more casual Pebble Beach restaurant is located by the water's edge, and offers contemporary Australian casual lunching at its best, and a place for guests to relax into the afternoon and enjoy the sun-drenched terrace and beachside cocktail bar. There are many ways to complement a stay at qualia.

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