Majestic Qualia Resort Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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If your idea of the perfect holiday is to immerse yourself in sensory experience, then Qualia (pronounced Kwah-lee-ah) Resort is the place for you. Located on Hamilton Island among the Whitsundays, Qualia’s extravagant luxury earned it the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award 2012 Best Resort in the World. Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef overlooking the Coral Sea, the resort offers every sensual indulgence, beginning with spectacular natural beauty. At Qualia, you will find 60 individual guest pavilions, 2 community pools, 2 private restaurants, a world-class private fitness center, a spa, a well-stocked library, and the Hamilton Island Golf Club championship course right next door. Affording the opportunity to take the sun in private amid the retreat’s lush vegetation, Pavilion 6 is the property’s most distinguished bungalow, with its walkway to the main beach, private lap pool, and guest quarters.

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You can relax at the onsite spa where the Footprints and Fingerprints menu promises an authentic Australian encounter in the serenity of its natural setting.

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The views from the reception area are breathtaking, and set the tone for your entire retreat. The owner of this majestic resort, Bob Oatley, wanted to showcase the region’s opulence, and one of Queensland’s finest architects, Chris Beckingham, accomplished this by using the choicest local materials, such as specimen timbers and sandstone, and by relying on the splendid scenery.

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You can lose yourself in the forever views of clear blue Australian skies that are reflected in swimming pools where you can come back to earth and mingle with others. When you prefer a solitary swim, you may use your private pavilion and secluded pool with outdoor shower.

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Need an adrenalin fix, or just a better view of the scene? Heli-diving will show you the island’s 30 acres of bush land and the brilliant aquatic life that surrounds it. If you prefer water play, there’s paddle boarding, snorkeling, and sailing the Whitsundays.

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When the sun sets, the view across the water—from the end of your organic wood deck or beside your private infinity edged pool—reminds you how lucky you are to have found Qualia Resort.

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The Resort is prepared to accommodate your party of 1-10. The Beach House pavilion, which costs $3,500-5,000 USD depending on season and amenities, seats up to 10 in its dining area, where there is a private lap pool for outdoor entertaining, and disappearing walls allow you to enjoy expansive oceanfront views while you lounge.

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Modest bedrooms offer king-sized comfort in picturesque landscapes on Hamilton Isle where you are pampered with breakfast in bed.

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Popular with couples, this resort also gets appeals to families; there’s something here for everyone. It’s hard to leave a place where you have been so comfortable, but refreshed and rested, you can face the world again, knowing you will return to Qualia Resort.