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UK Conde Nast Traveller readers vote qualia the Best Resort in Australia

UK Conde Nast Traveller readers vote qualia the Best Resort in Australia
Windward Pavilion - qualia, Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island’s luxury resort, qualia has been bestowed the honour of the Best Resort in Australia and second in the Australasian & The South Pacific region in UK Conde Nast Traveller’s 17th annual Top 100 Readers' Travel Awards.

Earlier in the year, UK Conde Nast Traveller asked readers to vote for the things they love about travel, from holiday hotels to destination spas, airlines to cruise lines, scoring each out of 100. The Top 100 Readers' Travel Awards pays tribute to the highest scorers, irrespective of category. 

A unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, and a member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia’s vision to deliver an exceptional experience from award winning cuisine to the finest resort leisure facilities anywhere in the world sees it topping a list that includes many of the world’s most highly recognised luxury hotel chains and iconic names.

Leading the team behind this family owned private Island and resort, Matthew Taverner - qualia’s General Manager, said: “We are thrilled the UK Conde Nast Traveller readers have bestowed us this honour, one based purely on their experience of the resort. 

“The Oatley family’s vision for qualia has been to create an adults-only, luxury sanctuary, one which pairs the beauty of its Great Barrier Reef location with understated elegance, complete privacy and a world-class yet uniquely Australian level of service. Such an accolade from our guests is testament to the team holding true and achieving this unique vision.”

Accessing this multi-award winning resort has been made seamless, particularly for international guests, thanks to this year’s return of Qantas flights to the island. Alongside Virgin Australia and Jetstar, regular Qantas flights now service the island direct from both Brisbane and Sydney, addressing the increased demand for premium travel options to Hamilton Island. 

Situated on Hamilton Island's sun-drenched northern-most tip with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea, qualia’s unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool.

qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ outdoor performance, Great Barrier Feast series featuring internationally acclaimed visiting chefs for gourmet culinary weekends and the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – the largest offshore sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Notes to editors: 

qualia, Australia's world class luxury resort on the Great Barrier Reef, is located on the secluded and breathtakingly beautiful northern-most point of Hamilton Island. qualia has 60 elegant one-bedroom pavilions and a Beach House, each set among eucalyptus trees with postcard views of the idyllic blue and green waters of the Whitsundays. Two superb restaurants and Spa qualia cater exclusively to guests of the resort. Hamilton Island can be accessed directly from all east coast international gateway cities in less than three hours. qualia is a member of Relais & Châteaux and welcomes guests 16 years and over.

For something truly special, guests can experience qualia’s Beach House. With its master bedroom and ensuite, spacious entertaining area with large flat-screen TV with surround sound, 10-person dining area, private full-sized swimming pool and separate guesthouse, the Beach House is an indulgence like no other.

'qualia' is deliberately spelled with a lower case 'q' as it is a reflection of the relaxed, understated nature of this property. 

Hamilton Island is located off the Queensland coast of Australia, within the Whitsunday Islands at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here visitors can experience everything that is great about Australia – natural landscapes, calm turquoise waters, secluded beaches, beautiful weather, fascinating coral reefs, diverse flora and fauna. Hamilton Island offers a wide range of accommodation options, not to mention over 60 activities and all within a short direct flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns. There are also great connections from other Australian cities. For more information, visit: 

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