Romance on the Reef at Qualia
While beautiful bouquets of flowers, gourmet chocolates and sparkling jewels are traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, those looking to really wow their partner can’t go past a holiday to Hamilton Island’s luxury resort qualia, the definition of world-class luxury, quintessential Australian charm and tranquility. A romantic retreat at qualia can be given as a gift on 14 February yet enjoyed at any time of year. Recently named best in the World by readers of US Condé Nast Traveler magazine, qualia is undeniably one of the most beautiful and romantic locations in the world.
Nestled intimately on the edge of the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the resort boasts 60 elegant one bedroom pavilions each with its own private sun deck or infinity-edged plunge pool. Each private pavilion is surrounded by Eucalypts and breathtaking views of the luminous Coral Sea. qualia’s world-class facilities include two bars and restaurants, two infinity-edged pools, a private dining room, fitness centre, library, boutique and Spa qualia, a multi-award winning sanctuary unto itself.
There are many ways to compliment a stay at qualia, from bespoke services to incredible experiences designed to enhance the romance. Spa qualia offers an array of unique, indigenous Australian treatments designed to relax, revitalise and replenish the mind, body and soul, including the ‘Wine Lovers’ couples treatment. A chardonnay massage gives way to a vinothérapie body scrub, detoxifying pinot noir body mask and burgundy bath that allows the couple to soak and purify their energy while enjoying a fresh tropical fruit platter and wine. A moisturising treatment completes this romantic two and a half hour escape.
Alternatively, couples can take to the sky and sea with Hamilton Island Air’s ‘Reef Comber’ experience. You and your loved one will be left speechless with wonder as you enjoy a scenic seaplane flight over picturesque Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and dreamy Heart Reef, before landing by the reef itself at Hardy Lagoon to enjoy a glass bottom boat and secluded snorkeling experience, with champagne in hand.
If gourmet cuisine is the way to your partners’ heart, a private dinner prepared personally by qualia’s Executive Chef, Alastair Waddell can be arranged, or a special dining experience at Hamilton Island’s signature restaurant, Bommie, or a sumptuous lunch in the Clubhouse at Hamilton Island Golf Club, while being spoilt by postcard views of the surrounding Whitsunday islands and glistening Coral Sea. For a truly unique experience, you can also plan your romantic interlude to coincide with one of the many special, annual events on Hamilton Island. From the Australian Ballet’s ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ outdoor performance to the Great Barrier Feast series featuring internationally acclaimed visiting chefs for gourmet culinary weekends and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, there are many ways to treat your special someone to an unforgettable experience at qualia. www.qualia.com.au