Latin for 'a collection of deeper sensory experiences', Qualia invariably lives up to its name, providing guests with an unforgettable stay which is rich with indulgence in every sense.
Qualia is a boutique resort perched on the northern point of the sub-tropical, coral-fringed paradise that is Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island is the most populated of the Whitsunday islands - making it a perfect mixture of tropical 'desert' island, and unforgettable experiences and activities.
With only 60 luxury pavilions, guests will enjoy an intense level of luxury that is tailored to their needs. Rather than overpopulated, the resorts dining and social buildings are airy and relaxing; the furnishings and original Dennis Nona artworks which adorn the walls only serving to complement the island's beautiful natural scenery.
From the second you step off the plane, Qualia will make sure you are looked after. V.I.P. transportation will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel, to a warm greeting and the offer of help from the concierge; you will never want for anything while staying at Qualia. You will also have the use of one of the resort's golf buggies to get around the resort, or a chauffeur service if you are planning to go a little further afield on the island.
Food, drink & entertainment
Relax with a sugar-rimmed, jewel-bright cocktail and a light lunch, while soaking up the sun and looking out over Qualia's pristine infinity pool in Pebble Beach. Breakfast and dinner are served in Long Pavilion - where you will find yourself immersed in an atmosphere of elegant fine dining, eating delicious cuisine expertly prepared with fresh, local ingredients while looking out over the cerulean expanses of the Coral Sea, and the silhouettes of the archipelago against the darkening horizon.
Sport, games & activities
Push your body's limits in Qualia's state-of-the-art fitness centre, indulge it in the ultimate relaxation of Spa Qualia, or take a dip in one of the resort's two swimming pools. For something really special, take a short helicopter trip to the one-of-a-kind Dent Island Golf Course - play a round or two on this championship 18-hole course, while taking in the breath-taking views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.
To stay anywhere on the Whitsundays and neglect to visit the Great Barrier Reef in some capacity would be an absolute travesty. Snorkel or Scuba dive into the colourful, thriving world beneath the waves, or take a helicopter ride and appreciate its sprawling glory from above.
Guests have a choice of three types of pavilion while at Qualia. Even the most 'basic' accommodation is a 90m² oasis of absolute luxury, featuring a king bed, a gourmet mini bar, an in-room safe, and a stone en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower - as well as a wide range of other amenities. Guests also have the use of a two-seater golf buggy throughout their stay, and an a la carte breakfast every morning, a 24-hour chauffeur service, and use of Qualia's non-motorised watercraft.
Formed 100 million years ago by volcanic eruptions under the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays are a group of 74 tropical islands off the central coast of Queensland. Originally inhabited by the Ngaro people, and named by Captain James Cook as he sailed through on what he thought was Whitsunday, the archipelago presents a smooth blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
The islands begin to appear just off the coast of Airlie Beach, and are accessible both by ferry and by direct flight from many Australian cities.
A retreat to the Whitsunday Islands can be whatever you want it to be - a discreet, relaxed romantic getaway spent stretched out on the stunning beaches, or a thrilling adventure kayaking between and hiking across the islands, or diving deep under the coral sea to the Great Barrier Reef.
September is the perfect time to visit the Whitsunday Islands - the weather is at its most consistently sunny and least humid; the average daily temperature is a toasty 26°C. Humpback and Pilot whales can often be seen flipping their fins and playfully nosing around boats sailing from island to island, and guests will be able to safely participate in water sports, as well as diving and snorkelling, as this is the last month before 'stinger season' - when jellyfish are most abundant in the water.
Other than enjoying the languid delights of spending your holiday on a tropical island - building your tan on the white, silica beaches and dipping your toes in the warm Coral Sea - there are endless activities based around the Great Barrier Reef. See the wonders of this World Heritage site first hand either from the amazing underwater Reefworld pontoon, or drop below the azure waves in a wetsuit and explore the thriving, kaleidoscopic marine world of the reef.
A range of cruises leave from both Airlie Beach and some of the Whitsunday Islands, ranging from half a day long to several nights. This will give you a chance to see more than one of the islands and experience the varied delights that each has to offer - not to mention the stunning white sands and crystal-clear waters of Whitehaven Beach.
Thinking of proposing? What better way than to take your other half on a scenic helicopter or seaplane flight, and pop the question while flying over romantic natural beauty spot Heart Reef.
Main culinary influences on the Whitsunday Islands and in Airlie Beach are seafood, Italian, and modern Australian. Airlie beach is brimming with relaxed restaurants and beach-front cafes; try a delicious wrap, burrito or dessert waffle at The Orange Quote, or for modern French gourmet that will not disappoint go to Deja Vu.
Many of the Whitsunday islands also have restaurants and bars serving a delicious range of cuisines.
Airlie Beach - otherwise known as the party capital of Queensland - is bustling with pubs, bars and nightclubs. In the ever-popular Beaches, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere, pool tables, and cheap jugs of beer. For live music and a pint, go to Paddy's Shenanigans, and for an unforgettable night on the tiles you won't be disappointed with Phoenix or Mama Africa.
On the islands themselves, there is a much more relaxed atmosphere. Curl up on the beach with a cocktail and stare out across the horizon as the blazing sun sinks behind the ridged silhouettes of the other islands, throwing the rippling ocean into stark relief and colouring the endless sky with a thousand shades of deepest red and pastel orange before the inky, star-studded blanket of night takes over.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.