Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
At a Glance
Qualia has one of THE best spas in Australia and a pamper here is not to be missed
Qualia’s sun-drenched northern aspect provides the ideal location to appreciate the passing beauty of each day
Our favourite rooms, the Windward Pavilions, make the most of the curve of the northern point of the Island delivering stunning ocean views
The chefs promote modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on the seafood and tropical fruit that is such a highlight in northern Queensland
Sail a catamaran through the pristine seas surrounding the stunning Whitsunday Islands
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
As Hamilton Island is in the Whitsundays and not as far north as some islands on the Great Barrier Reef the weather is not quite so extreme. The best time to visit is still between April and October but it is still well worth a visit the rest of the year.
To start planning your holiday to qualia
Located in a secluded, exclusive and private location in the Whitsunday Islands, qualia is an adults-only, luxury property, allowing guests to discover world-class indulgence in a place of outstanding, quintessentially Australian natural beauty.
qualia is a unique expression of Australian luxury, a stylish resort situated on the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. With views out to the Whitsundays, qualia is a place of rare natural beauty, where fine textures and beautiful stone sit hand-in-hand with fragrant eucalyptus.
qualia relaxes the mind and spoils the senses with its exquisitely appointed pavilions that are nestled in perfect harmony with the Island’s unique location. Set among the eucalyptus trees, each of the 60 one-bedroom 'Leeward' and 'Windward' Pavilions has been handcrafted from timber and stone and have a distinctive style with interiors inspired by nature and artworks adorning the walls. All pavilions have an outdoor deck with ocean views, some with private plunge pools and you have your own electric buggy in which to explore the island at your leisure. qualia' Beach House is a private fully equipped villa with full size swimming pool and guest house, perfect for larger parties or those wanting the ultimate in pampered privacy.
The two restaurants within qualia provide the ideal stage upon which the Executive Chef can stimulate the palate with fresh and innovative menus - the Long Pavilion offers fine dining with modern Australian cuisine in an elegant setting. Pebble Beach is located on the pebble shores of the Coral Sea and offers relaxed lunches with aromatic flavours of the South Pacific region. Both restaurants focus on local and national produce wherever possible and the emphasis is on healthy organic, simple and delicious dishes.
For a truly memorable experience step inside Spa qualia, which offers an extensive range of luxurious treatments designed to capture the essence of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. The six treatment rooms are designed to catch the sea breezes and take in the views of the Whitsundays - the spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
As well as exploring the island in your personal buggy, explorations by sea can include use of the complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, hobie cats and snorkelling gear or you can take a cruise to enjoy diving, fishing, island hopping, beach picnics and idyllic sunsets over the Whitsundays.
qualia's 33 Leeward Pavilions have a kitchenette, open plan lounge area and a private sundeck overlooking the island and Coral Sea. The 26 Windward Pavilions have the addition of a separate living area and plunge pool with postcard views over the Coral Sea and Whitsundays. For the ultimate indulgence stay at the Beach House with large private swimming pool, breathtaking views and guest house. All rooms have an electronic buggy for personal use, flat screen TVs and DVDs.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted to come and stay at qualia as it is designed with adults in mind.
There are two restaurants at qualia, with fine dining at the Long Pavilion and a more relaxed, casual experience at Pebble Beach on the water's edge. Alternatively you can enjoy wonderful in villa dining or explore some of the island's other restaurants in your golf buggy. qualia has a serene spa with six treatment rooms and an outdoor yoga and meditation pavilion. There are also two infinity swimming pools with full bar service (one also has food service), fully equipped gym and peaceful library.
qualia provides complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, snorkelling equipments and hobie cats as well as electric buggies which you can take to explore the island further. There is also a 45 foot cruiser available for sunset cruises, fishing, snorkelling, diving and island trips. For the ultimate in pampered adventure, request to be dropped at a deserted beach for the day - beach mats, an umbrella, snorkelling gear and a gourmet picnic await. Just use the 2-way radio when you're ready for collection.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Olivia Cryer (Staff)
The view on arrival at Qualias Long Pavilion can only be described as arresting. Glittering blue ocean framed by picture windows, out across the infinity edge pool towards the neighbouring islands really does cause you to put down your chilled glass of champagne, and soak it all in. The jewel in Hamilton Islands crown, Qualia (meaning a collection of qualitative sensory experiences; things that cannot be explained but must, instead, be experienced) epitomises chic, island style.
Carved sensitively from warm woods, with plenty of glass to showcase the views, the property languishes on a peninsula with spectacular views from every angle. Pavilions here are oversized and incredibly stylish, with lofty roofs cooled by fans, reinforcing the tropical vibe that permeates throughout. The moment you enter the gates, the property invites you to relax and let the attentive team take care of your every whim. A penchant for views? They will take you to the prime spot to watch the sun set. A foodie? Let them suggest a cooking demonstration with the head chef. What the team here seemed to intuitively understand was that everyones sense of relaxation and a perfect hliday is entirely different, and getting the measure of each guest at your personalised check-in allows them to tailor make your experience.
Dining at qualia is either in the Long Pavilion, where breakfast and their fine dining dinner occurs, or down at Pebble Beach, where you can enjoy light lunches, and more relaxing evening dining, along with the beach bar. Whilst the beach down here isnt fine white sand, the views are beautiful and the pool here is vast and perfect for relaxing whilst you gaze out across the Whitsunday Passage.
Spa Qualia is also an experience not to be missed perched atop the hill in the centre of the resort, it is a warren of total tranquillity. Treatments are sublime, utilising for the most part organic, Australian made products. Therapists are delightful and incredibly skilled it was certainly one of the best massages I have ever had!
Qualias private gated compound separates you from the rest of the island, but I loved having the freedom (with the use of my own golf buggy) to get out and explore Catseye Beach is definitely worth a visit, and being able to pop down to the marina to the pub, the caf or any of the numerous restaurants adds an extra dimension to your stay. Of course, the real star of the show are the Whitsunday Islands themselves, with the azure blue waters just waiting to be explored, and there is no shortage of ways to get out on the water to enjoy them.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
When Qualia was built in 2007, there was really nothing else quite like it in Australia, and it immediately became THE romantic luxury retreat. It is located on a secluded corner of otherwise quite developed Hamilton Island. The advantage, however, of tourism being well established here is that there are direct flights here from most cities in the country. There are Windward and Leeward Pavilions, and I prefer the Windward as they are not only overlooking the Whitsunday Passage ( where there are not only colourful fleets of yachts passing regularly but also it is a whale migration route) but these Pavilions have private infinity edge plunge pools. The rates are high, but the property is quite unique in the market so can get away with it. The spa is a must visit, one of the best I have tried in Australia. For something truly special, book the Beach House. Hamilton Island itself I am not that keen on, but Qualia is in a league of its own.
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Journey to the Heart
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Private Yacht Charter on the Barrier Reef
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Sail and Snorkel to Whitehaven Beach from Hamilton Island
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Whitehaven Indulgence Helicopter Experience
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Wildlife and Culture of the Daintree Rainforest Private Tour
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Sydney, Uluru, Daintree National Park & Hamilton Island
from £12000 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Starting in cosmopolitan Sydney will allow you to slip easily into the time change; the arresting and iconic views of the harbour are sure to perk up even the most jet lagged of travellers
- Dining at Table 131 whilst at Uluru is spellbinding, the stars are spectacular and the noises of the desert are the soundtrack to your evening
- Waking up to the dawn chorus from the Daintree rainforest is magical
Location & directions
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Situated on the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Queensland. One of the Whitsunday group of 74 islands, Hamilton Island is located a little south of neighbouring Whitsunday Island.
How to get there
Hamilton Island is the only Whitsunday island with its own commercial airport. Direct flights land here daily from Australia’s major international gateway airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. The flight time is 2 to 3-hours.
Passenger ferries sail to Hamilton Island from Shute Harbour on the mainland. The ferry to Hamilton Island takes just 30-minutes, with scheduled services throughout the day.
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