– pronounced kwahleea
– has established itself as one of Australia’s leading world-class luxury resorts on the Great Barrier Reef since its official debut in 2007 and subsequent completion in 2009.
As the first of its kind in the country, qualia has been impeccably designed by renowned Australian architect, Chris Beckingham, to reflect a distinctive and authentic Australian style. Surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia nestles elegantly on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island – the largest inhabited island of the 74 islands within the Whitsunday archipelago.
Since its opening in 2007, qualia has received local and international praise for its stunning architecture, landscaping and food and beverage offerings. Recognised by Condé Nast Traveler on their USA and UK Hot Lists for 2008, and voted Best Resort Accommodation 2009 and Best New Resort 2008, qualia is a unique expression of Australian luxury and continues to set new benchmarks in global luxury travel by providing a distinctly Australian experience which focuses on exceeding guest expectations.
Everything about qualia has been meticulously designed to incorporate the meaning of the resort’s name – qualia: ‘a deeper sensory experience’. The scent from Eucalyptus trees surrounding the quarried stone and Australian hardwood pavilions, the sound of waves breaking on the pebbled shore and the gentle breeze wafting in from the Coral Sea capture the essence of qualia in every way.
Masterfully constructed over an expansive 30 acres of lush tropical bushland, qualia’s secluded and exclusive location incorporates 60 hillside pavilions overlooking the Coral Sea. With casually elegant and spacious interiors, qualia has been specifically created to accentuate the extreme natural beauty and distinct Australianness of its stunning location. Natural timbers and stone from the area, still water and expansive clean lines deliver on this promise architecturally.
With its own definitive style and sense of calm, qualia offers a timeless, private and relaxing experience where guests can discover world-class indulgence in a place of rare natural beauty.
qualia’s sun-drenched position on Hamilton Island provides guests with the perfect choice of private, individual pavilions constructed of native natural stone and timber – each with uninterrupted views across the Whitsundays. The pavilions are skilfully designed to provide spacious areas where guests can unwind in an environment which has been meticulously considered to maximise on comfort and relaxation.
27 Windward pavilions (approximately 1,300 sq ft) drape elegantly along the curved northern point of the Island, delivering spectacular ocean views. This beautifully appointed accommodation features a separate bedroom, full bathroom, expansive outdoor area and private infinity pool.
33, Leeward pavilions (approximately 968 sq ft) with west-facing ocean views capture the breathtaking Whitsunday sunsets. Each pavilion features a stunning sun-lovers sun deck, separate bedroom, full bathroom and spacious living room.
The jewel in qualia’s crown... the exquisite Beach House (approximately 2,590 sq ft) is the Island’s ultimate hideaway offering sensational views across the Coral Sea. With spacious entertaining areas, a separate guesthouse and private full-size swimming pool, the Beach House is qualia’s unparalleled expression of Australian luxury at its best.
Innovative Australian Dining
No sensory experience would be complete without a delectable culinary adventure through the finest Australian produce. World-class, Australasian-inspired cuisine is innovatively showcased by qualia’s talented international Executive Chef in the resort’s two restaurants – the elegant, fine-dining Long Pavilion and Asian-themed Pebble Beach. Menus change daily to offer guests a wide variety of Australia’s finest cuisine and the Executive Chef consults with guests to ensure that individual taste preferences are fully satisfied.
Exclusive Guest Facilities
The Long Pavilion – qualia’s central facility with an infinity pool running along its entire length – encompasses the resort’s main restaurant, bar, library, business centre, lounges and reception area. Pebble Beach incorporates qualia’s lunchtime dining venue on the water’s edge, an expansive waterfront pool with cabanas and a fully equipped state-of-the-art gymnasium. A private helipad completes the resort’s exclusive guest facilities.
Spa qualia is privately nestled in the heart of the resort and offers guests an authentic Australian journey through contemporary, yet traditional and indigenous spa treatments and rituals. It has six deluxe treatment rooms – two of which are private dual spa suites with their own bathroom, change room, sunken Roman bath, outdoor shower and relaxation area. The remaining four treatment rooms are single suites, two of which feature private outdoor showers.
There are extensive facilities located in the relaxation area including a steam room, outdoor tropical Vichy shower and change rooms. A beautiful Meditation Pavilion is perfectly positioned to capture the tranquil views of the Whitsundays and is an ideal place to unwind and reflect.
Activities on Hamilton Island
Surrounded by the wonders of the world-heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, qualia and Hamilton Island have an array of activities and adventure pursuits on offer for guests to enjoy. From helicopter trips to Whitehaven Beach and the reef, to sunset cruises around the Whitsunday Islands on-board qualia’s 45-foot luxury boat... there is something for everyone.
Getting to qualia/Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island is now recognised as the most accessible gateway to the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Direct daily flights with Virgin Blue and Jetstar from all major East-Coast cities allow travellers to be on-island within a maximum of three flying hours, depending on their point of departure. qualia guests have exclusive use of the resort’s private helipad if they would prefer to arrive in this manner.
For more information on promotions, packages and rates at qualia please visit www.qualia.com.au, or call +61 2 9433 3349, or 866-202-2590 toll free in the US.