travel journalaustraliahamilton-island Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia Surrounded by nothing but clear, blue waters, qualia resort provides that zen experience amidst the Great Barrier Reef.
by Sophie Smith

A stones-throw from the unspoilt beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, hidden on the northernmost tip of the Whitsunday Islands is qualia: a world-class retreat, built for unwinding in that rare location where the sun, sand and sea all meet at once. This exceptional backdrop provides a unique stay for guests wanting to relax in an adults-only resort, where natural landscapes can be admired in a state of complete tranquility.

qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah), meaning “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”

With the sound of the waves overlapping in the background, qualia provides excellence with relaxation at the core of its resort. Take a walk on the sands of qualia’s private beach, take a book from its extensive library of rare books or experience a range of authentic Australian spa treatments.

Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia
Courtesy of Sharyn Cairns

Visitors have the choice of 60 one-bedroom pavilions, complete with picturesque sunset views. Choose from a private sundeck to bask in the heat or an infinity-edge plunge pool overlooking postcard-perfect views of the Coral Sea.

Let the sea follow your every footstep: wander around the resort, embracing the sand falling between toes and warm ocean breeze. Qualia intends to be a sensory experience, whether its exploring the beach, unwinding in a private pavilion or drawing a bath whilst the sun is replaced by the stars.

Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia
Courtesy of Sharyn Cairns

For larger groups, the beach house caters up to 10 people for fine-dining and hosting small events. Upon arrival, the eye naturally draws to the spacious 12-metre swimming pool, complete with an infinity edge running parallel to the entertaining and dining areas, perfectly embracing indoor-outdoor living, an essential part of any Australian getaway.

The beach house’s contemporary style is paired with traditional Australian textures, tempting any guest in with its subtle decor and spacious bedrooms. Separate guesthouses are also available with either twin or king-sized beds to ensure that visitors can immerse themselves the serene surroundings with their family, friends and colleagues.

Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia
Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia
Courtesy of Sharyn Cairns

Culinary experiences are plentiful with two exclusive restaurants on-site; intimate poolside dinners and ‘talk and taste’ classes. Visitors are encouraged to appreciate native cheeses and wines during their stay or participate in a unique sake and sashimi tasting experience.

Qualia also offers entry to Hamilton Island’s signature restaurant, Bommie at the infamous Hamilton Island Yacht Club, as well as transfers to secluded beaches for romantic picnic dates.

Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia
Courtesy of Sharyn Cairns

For adventurous guests wanting to take full advantage of the everlasting waters surrounding the resort, qualia provide unique day trips to explore a number of the 74 Whitsunday Islands.

Choose from half or full day of island-hopping across one of the natural wonders of the world on exclusive charter motor yachts; sunset trips on qualia’s 45ft cruiser or view the endless hues of blue from above and tour the islands by seaplane or helicopter.

Qualia, a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, Australia
Courtesy of Hamilton Island

Qualia can easily be accessed by direct flights from the Great Barrier Reef airport or transfer by boat from the Port of Airlie. At arrivals, all guests are met by a qualia host for an exclusive VIP transfer.

The Great Barrier Reef is just a few short hours from larger international airports: a 2 hour flight from Sydney, 90 minutes from Brisbane or just over an hours flight from Cairns International Airport.

Visit qualia on Hamilton Island— www.qualia.com.au

Sophie Smith
Sophie is a freelance travel writer, living by the sea. After travelling to 17 countries in 20 months, she has finally settled in the UK to study Journalism and use her experiences overseas to inspire others to travel to hidden destinations off the beaten track.
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