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Saturday, 14 June 2008

qualia set to open final stage


qualia, Australia's newest world class luxury resort on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef has announced it will complete the final stage of development in early August, 2008.

qualia, pronounced "kwaleea" and meaning a collection of sensory experiences, previously opened 27 Windward pavilions in October of last year, each around four times the size of an average hotel room and with a private plunge pool on the expansive deck.

The elegant Beach House with a full length pool, extensive entertaining area and an additional guest pavilion also opened at that time.

The final stage will see an additional 33 Leeward pavilions opening, bringing the total to 60 Pavilions. The Leewards all have west facing views to capture the beautiful island sunsets.

These new pavilions echo the existing and distinctively Australian style of the resort, designed by local architect Chris Beckingham, including the natural stone and timber work which has been receiving high marks from the resort's guests.

In addition the helipad and jetty will open for guests wanting to arrive directly to the resort by air or sea or to take advantage of the numerous tours developed especially for qualia.

The qualia boutique also recently opened with a beautiful array of accessories and clothing featuring labels Kenzo, Just Cavalli, Marc Cain, Camilla Franks and Bali.

Resort guests will continue to enjoy the degustation and a la carte dinners and seafood barbecues which take full advantage of queensland's finest local produce and ingredients. Meals are served in qualia's two restaurants, Pebble Beach, a casual beachside dining environment for lunch and the Long Pavilion, a more elegant space for breakfast and dinner.

An array of interesting international and Australian wines have made it into the sail shaped wine room including the outstanding Wild Oats and Robert Oatley wines produced by Hamilton Island's owners, the Oatley family.

Spa qualia also opened last October and has been a huge success, with guests booking the two signature treatments, each using Anoint aromatherapy oils developed in Australia. These have been complemented by a range of European treatments using Hungarian range, Eminence and the Phyts product range from France. The spa, which has four single treatment rooms and two couples rooms including sunken Roman baths; a Swiss shower; steam room and a yoga and meditation pavilion is located at the pinnacle of the resort. It offers guests a whole mind, body experience focused on total wellbeing and pampering.

Since opening its doors a little over six months ago, qualia has become a popular short break stay for Australians, many of them returning time and again to enjoy the peace and solitude offered by the resort which welcomes guests 18 years and over. Only two to three hours flight time from Australia's major east coast cities, qualia is an easy to access getaway.

This has also made it a popular stopover destination for international tourists predominantly from North America and Europe who are delighted by the distinctively Australian nature of the resort and eager to visit the iconic Great Barrier Reef and nearby Whitehaven Beach.

qualia has been lauded by the Australian tourism industry for adding much needed product to the luxury accommodation market. Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes commented that "qualia has set a new benchmark in world class luxury products. The opening of the final stage of the resort is great news for Queensland and for Australia and will help us maintain this country's competitive position in the international marketplace."

In recognition of the high standards found at qualia, the resort has recently been awarded Best New Accommodation by Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine. It also featured in the "It List" of the 30 best new hotels around the globe in Travel and Leisure magazine, USA. Conde Nast Traveler in the UK selected qualia as the only Australian property to put on their Hot List. Qualia also made the hot list for the same publication in the USA.

qualia's pavilions can be booked for a two-night minimum. The rate for the Leeward Pavilions is $1450 per night and the Windward Pavilions is $1700 per night twin share. The Beach House is $3100 per night. These rates include all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, non-motorised watersports and the use of a private electric two seater golf buggy throughout the stay. Prices are valid until March 2009 and exclude festive seasons.


For further information:

Booking website: www.qualia.com.au
Booking email: qualia@hamiltonisland.com.au
Booking number: + 61 (0) 2 9433 3349


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