Qualia – six star resort on Queensland Coast offers guests timeless luxury


Australia’s newest luxury resort sits perched on a hill top overlooking the calm blue waters surrounding Hamilton Island on the beautiful Queensland Whitsunday coast.

Owned by well known veteran yachtsman Bob Oakley of Wild Oats XI fame, the secluded 6 star resort is all about relaxation and stimulating the senses – and that’s exactly what you get here no matter if you’re laying by the beachside pool, soaking up the scenery or indulging in a range of tantalising spa treatments or serene meditation and yoga sessions.

Guests in relaxing mode are able to unwind and focus on the wellbeing of mind and body here. His and hers pampering includes anti-stress, anti-aging, detoxifying and cleansing treatments with the signature treatment ‘Bularri Yarrul’, a hot stone massage using 300 million year old stones and aromatherapy treatments using essential Australian oils.

Architecturally superb, the accommodation at qualia offers so much. Each of the 60 pavilions is freestanding and measures four times the size of an average hotel room. Equipped with floor to ceiling windows providing stunning 360 degree views, these one bedroom houses also feature sundecks and either private plunge pools or outdoor showers. Find out more at www.qualia.com.au

Each pavilion comes with a two-person electric cart which ensures easy access around the steep estate and down to Pebble Beach, where casual dining and an array of water sports abound.

Qualia’s heart is the brilliantly designed cliff top Long Pavilion — reception, dining room, bar, lounge and library — where the views are breathtaking and the feel is uniquely Australian luxury. It is elegant yet casual and relaxed- a place where fine textures and beautiful stone sit hand in hand with eucalyptus.

Mealtime in the Long Pavilion is a choice of indoor or al fresco dining and the clean, fresh, local produce prepared with a strong French influence, is simply delicious. Some of the world’s finest wines are also on offer here and the exotic list of cocktails is endless.

Surrounded by the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia puts a great many pursuits within easy reach. Adventure seekers can try sea kayaking and bush-walking; alternatively guests can charter a private yacht with their own chef for the day and explore deserted beaches and coves. Private helicopter tours are also available and range from 10-minute flights to full day excursions. Fishing and scuba diving charters are also available with sea plane transfers.

Qualia is Australia’s answer to world class luxury. Pavilions with plunge pools cost around 750 Great British pounds per night. This price includes all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, transfers and an electric golf buggy. The resort is gated and available only to guests over the age of 18.