qualia wins Best Hotel/Resort at the 2014 National Travel Industry Awards 

qualia, Long Pavilion 
qualia, Long Pavilion
Hamilton Island’s luxury resort, qualia has been bestowed the honour of Best Australian Hotel/Resort in the Australian Federation of Travel Agents 2014 National Travel Industry Awards; the premier industry event of the year.

The Awards provide the opportunity for the industry to acknowledge the achievements of those who have excelled in the travel sector. As a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury; qualia is honoured to be recognised by the industry as the best in its field.

Acknowledging the award, qualia’s General Manager – Matthew Taverner said “The Oatley family’s vision for qualia has been to create a luxury haven – melding the staggering beauty of its Whitsundays location, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and in close proximity to the famed Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach; with a distinct style and standard of service that is uniquely Australian. We take enormous pleasure in having the Australian Federation of Travel Agents bestow this award and reward our team for continuously delivering an extraordinary experience. Such an accolade is testament to us raising the standard for Australian luxury accommodation and holding true to the Oatley family’s unique vision,” said Matthew.

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 place, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set sensitively amongst native Eucalypts, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space in which to unwind, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool.

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 also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (16 – 23 August) – the largest offshore sailing regatta in Australia, the popular Australian Ballet’s ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ performance under the stars (31 October – 2 November) and the new Weekends of Wonderment event series (28 – 30 November) – a weekend not to be missed for passionate travellers who want to tap into their senses and experience the Whitsundays region in a unique way.

For more information or to book your next qualia experience, visit: www.qualia.com.au.

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Notes to editors:

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: www.hamiltonisland.com.au.

Media contacts:

Sophie Baker, Senior Communications Manager
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Gemma Christie, Communications Manager
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