Qualia Hotel Australia
60 pavilions, including 26 north-facing Windward Pavilions, 33 south-west-facing Leeward Pavilions and one secluded Beach House.
11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £654.12 (AU$1, 091), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Qualia has two types of rates: Classic (including breakfast), or Gourmet, which includes breakfast and dinner (to be taken at the Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach).
The resort has 12 hectares of immaculately landscaped grounds to explore, and the spa promises water glimpses and a soothing mix of treatments using Sodashi and Li’Tya products.
In the wake of Cyclone Debbie, which hit the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia will be closed until 1 July 2017 to rebuild. The hotel will start welcoming guests again on 1 July.
At the hotel
Two infinity pools, gym, spa, library, free WiFi, two-seater buggies for every suite, a four-seater golf cart for each Qualia Pavilion. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, DVD/CD players available on request, iPod dock, minibar, Aesop toiletries, private plunge pool (Windward Pavilions only).
Our favourite rooms
The Beach House, a super-private, self-contained pavilion, is our dream stay. It comes with a master bedroom and ensuite, a spacious living area with a dining table for 10, a separate guesthouse and its own 12-metre infinity pool. We also love Windward Pavilions 5, 6 and 7 (which have uninterrupted views over the Great Barrier Reef), and Windward Pavilion 23, which has an extra deck.
The resort has two infinity-edged pools, both offering stunning views. The lap pool runs alongside the full length of the Long Pavilion, while the enormous square-shaped Pebble Beach pool is flanked by a row of cabanas and a large grassy area.
The Whitsundays are a big favourite of Australia’s sailing community, so bring your deck shoes and captain’s hat. And your sea legs.
This serene hotel is better suited to couples, and doesn’t cater for kids under 16. If staying in a Qualia Pavilion, guests should bring a valid International or Australian driver's licence to use the four-seater golf carts.