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Our Awards

Since its opening, qualia has received local and international praise for its stunning architecture, landscaping, day spa, and food and beverage offerings.

qualia Awards and Affiliations

Recognised by Condé Nast Traveller on their USA and UK Gold Lists and Hot Lists, qualia is a unique expression of Australian luxury and continues to set new benchmarks in global luxury travel by providing a distinctly Australian experience which focuses on exceeding guest expectations.

Awards and Accolades


  • Conde Nast Travelers US
    • 2015 Gold List
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards
    • 2014 Gold List
  • Luxury Travel Magazine
    • Best Australian Resort - Winner
  • UK Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2014
    • Best Resort in Australia
  • Australian Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2014
    • Best Luxury Resort
  • Australian HM Awards
    • Best Resort in Australia 2014
  • Australian Federation of Travel Agents
    • Best Australian Hotel / Resort 2014
  • HM Awards
    • Best Resort
    • Best Hotel Restaurant, Long Pavilion
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller 2013 Travel Awards – Best Australian Island Resort
  • Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List – Best Australian Resort
  • TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards - Most Romantic Hotel in Australia
  • Quickbeds Annual Survey – Preferred Resort Hotel
  • Australian Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2013
    • Best Australian Resort
  • Australian HM Awards 2013
    • Best Resort in Australia & Best Hotel Restaurant in Australia
  • 2012 Reader's Choice Awards
    • Conde Nast Traveller Best Resort in the World
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards
    • Best Resort in the World
  • HM Awards 2012
    • Best Resort
    • Best Spa for Spa qualia for the second year running
    • Best Hotel Chef for Alastair Waddell
  • UK Condé Nast Traveller Gold List – Best for leisure facilities
  • Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List - Best Australian Boutique Property, Villa or Lodge
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine - 2012 Traveller Awards
    • Best Spa
    • Best Australian Island Resort
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice List 2012
    • Luxury Hotel's in Australia
    • Luxury Hotel's in the South Pacific
    • Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Australia
    • Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the South Pacific
  • HM Awards
    • Resort of the Year
    • Australian Lodge of the Year
    • Day Spa of the Year
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards
    • Best Australian Resort or Lodge
    • Best Spa
    • Runner-up Best Standout Australian Travel Experience
  • UK Condé Nast Traveller Gold List
  • UK Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards – top 5 ‘overseas leisure hotels’ for Australasia/South Pacific
  • Luxury Travel magazine Gold List 2011
  • Resort of the Year, HM Magazine Awards
    • Highly Commended, Best Spa - Spa qualia
    • Highly Commended, Best Five Star - qualia
  • Best Spa – Spa qualia, Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards
  • Best Resort Accommodation, Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards
    • Runner up for Best New Hotel/Resort/Lodge
    • Runner up for Best Spa/Health Retreat
  • Best Luxury Accommodation, Tourism Whitsunday Awards
  • Hotel of the Year, HM Magazine Awards
  • Resort of the Year, HM Magazine Awards
  • UK Condé Nast Traveller Hot List
  • USA Condé Nast Traveller Hot List
  • Travel and Leisure USA ‘IT List’ of the 30 best new hotels around the globe
  • Best New Accommodation, Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards
  • Best New Tourism Development, Tourism Whitsunday Awards
  • Best Resort, HM Magazine Awards


Luxury Lodges of Australia

Australia has seen the emergence and consolidation in recent years of a new breed of exceptional luxury properties. In 2010, a number of these properties, including qualia, joined forces to showcase Australia’s unique style of sophisticated, experiential luxury and Luxury Lodges of Australia was formed.

A member-owned marketing association, Luxury Lodges of Australia’s aim is to promote, both domestically and internationally, the collection of independent, high-end luxury lodges offering unforgettable experiences in some of Australia’s most inspiring locations, including qualia, located in the heart of the Whitsundays and at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Luxury Lodges of Australia range from wilderness lodges to vineyard retreats and dining destinations; island hideaways to luxe outback camps. All are operated to be the ‘best’ in sharing their unique region with their guests. As a very proud member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, qualia provides its guests an outstanding experience connected to a clear sense of place – hand in hand with key luxury standards for service, décor, food, wine and ambiance.

Relais & Chateaux

Relais & Chateaux is an exclusive collection of 500 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in more than 60 countries.

Established in France in 1954, the Association's mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.

Furthermore, Relais & Chateaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passior for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

From the vineyards in Napa Valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the Moorish Villa Crespi on Lake Orta (Italy), Relais & Chateaux offers all the stops on the finest route for discovering each special place an country.