World’s Top Hotels: Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island, Australia

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Qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah) in Latin means “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”. A byword for island luxury, Qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. With a relaxed aspect and mesmerizing calmness, time seems to stretch forever.

Nestled in perfect isolation, amongst the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia and its resort precincts are designed to engage all of your senses whilst making the most of the natural tranquility. Each resort precinct has a personality all of its own, offering guests the very best in service and amenities. Tucked away in an exclusive precinct on Hamilton Island’s northern-most tip, Qualia’s 60 private pavilions look onto the Coral Sea and the surrounding Whitsunday Islands. Hamilton Island is the premier resort isle in the Whitsunday Group of 74 islands. Just 16 kilometers from the Queensland coast, but a world away from the everyday, Hamilton Island sits on the eastern edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Qualia’s harmonious design is the work of Australian architect Chris Beckingham. His philosophy was to create a luxurious Australian retreat that stimulates the senses and draws the outside in. The resulting design combines a unique sense of space, openness and harmony. Set amongst native Eucalypts, each pavilion has been handcrafted from the finest imported and local timber and stone. To complement the natural surrounds, Dennis Nona’s artworks adorn the walls and Freedman Rembel has furnished the interiors with fabrics and patterns inspired by nature.