Hamilton Island is the most popular tourist destination in the Whitsunday Islands, home to a wide variety of bars, restaurants, activities and accommodation. Located on the northernmost point of the island is Qualia, a luxurious, secluded resort that has hosted celebrities such as Oprah and Leonardo DiCarprio. Boasting incredible natural architecture and breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia appeals to all the senses of its guests. Incredible views, incredible food and incredible spa treatments are among the many luxuries that make Qualia such a sought after experience for those who can afford it.
Stay at Qualia
The Whitsunday Islands truly are ‘the heart of luxury’. Located in the midst of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, are 74 breathtaking islands. Hamilton Island is the most popular tourist destination in the Whitsundays, because of its wide range of bars, restaurants, activities and accommodation options. Hamilton Island’s most luxurious resort can be found at the northernmost point of the island and is called Qualia, meaning “a collection of deeper sensory experiences” in Latin. The resort contains 60 one bedroom pavilions and an insanely deluxe Beach House, all on the waterfront with incredible views of the Great Barrier Reef. Starting at $4,000 a night, the Beach House is popular among celebrities, having hosted Chris Hemsworth, Taylor Swift, Oprah and Leonardo DiCarprio to name a few.
The creators of this slice of paradise are late Australian Bob Oatley and his family. Bob was originally known as a winemaker, but developed Qualia out of his passion for highlighting and enjoying the country’s natural beauty. After his passing, the resort was handed down to his son, Sandy, and is now managed by him and the rest of the Oatley family. Chris Beckingham is the designer who helped Qualia come to life, incorporating seclusion and nature into the architecture. With local timber, stone, gorgeous tropical palms and the blue/green waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia is one with nature, appealing to the senses of its guests.
Dine at Qualia
The food at Qualia is just as luxurious as the accommodation. Executive Chef Mark Jensen is responsible for the elegant dining experience, having developed a menu that celebrates its surroundings. Paying tribute to the natural beauty of the Whitsundays and fresh produce, you can expect to enjoy a dining experience that perfectly compliments the location.
So, what does it take for one to become Executive Chef at one of Australia’s most elite resorts? Mark Jensen grew up in Queensland, and has always enjoyed the state’s seasonal produce, particularly seafood and tropical fruit. His resume includes working for some of the most renowned chefs in the United Kingdom, and other incredible restaurants in Australia including Lizard Island Resort and Marco Polo. His passion for Queensland’s seasonal produce brought him back to Queensland, and is reflected in his latest role at Qualia.
Qualia’s Long Pavilion is the more relaxed dining option in the resort. Catering to a larger audience, the menu features a range of classical meat, seafood and fresh produce. The modern Australian cuisine pays tribute to the ocean it overlooks, boasting fresh flavours inspired by the South Pacific ocean. View a sample menu here.
Pebble Beach Restaurant
Qualia’s Pebble Beach restaurant overlooks the blue water of Pebble Beach, and boasts a relaxed, laid back atmosphere at lunchtime. In the evening, it offers a more exclusive fine dining experience. The menu is influenced by Asian flavours, using European cooking methods and presentation. It offers six courses featuring local Whitsunday produce, most of which is grown on the island. View a sample menu here.
Indulge at Spa Qualia
As Qualia translates to “a collection of deeper sensory experiences” in Latin, it’s only fair that the resort offers a luxurious Spa experience. Spa Qualia is located in the middle of the retreat, amidst the sea breezes and natural beauty of the resort’s architecture and surrounding tropical palms. Offering holistic treatments and therapies, you will leave feeling rejuvenated, with heightened health and wellbeing. The vision of Spa Qualia is to “balance the synergy between mind and body and to capture the essence of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef”. Treatments include:
- Couples Bath
- Holistic and Wellbeing Therapies
- Body Therapies and Rituals
- Sodashi Facials
- Hand and Foot Therapies
- Signature Spa Qualia Experiences
Located on the northernmost point of Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, Qualia is an incredibly luxurious resort offering 60 one bedroom pavilions and a deluxe Beach House. With amazing design, amazing food and amazing views, it offers “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”. Loved by the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Taylor Swift, Oprah and Leonardo DiCarprio, it is an indulgent resort fit for those who enjoy the finest things in life!