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Qualia, Hamilton Island

$400 or more
Biboohra, Australia, Australia + Pacific: A terrace at Qualia on Hamilton Island, Australia
Hamilton Island
Australia
Tel: 61 2 9433 3349
reservations@qualia.com.au
qualia.com.au
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Tucked away on 30 acres of Hamilton Island's northernmost point, this adults-only retreat has rocked the Great Barrier Reef when it comes to island comfort. The 60 pavilions—elegantly constructed in native timber, limestone, and slate—have floor-to-ceiling windows, plus (in the Windward Pavilions) infinity-edge plunge pools overlooking glorious tropical surroundings. While this resort is all about nature's beauty—exemplified by abundant tropical foliage and the warm ocean waters—there's fun to be had, too. Pavilions come with an electric golf cart for tooling around the island, and room rates include non-motorized water sports, on-site meals (though not alcohol), and dining at Hamilton Island's best restaurants—perhaps wise, as Qualia's island-time service can be spotty.

—2008 Hot List

When to go: September and October to avoid the intense humidity and the jellyfish.

Which room to book: Pavilion No. 6 for its views, seclusion, and cute walkway to the beach; or the Beach House for a private lap pool and guest quarters.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.