It’s easy to see why qualia is one of the best-known luxury getaways on the Great Barrier Reef. Apart from the 60 light-filled pavilions, this immaculate Hamilton Island resort offers superb cuisine, whisper-quiet service and a dazzling range of in-house treats, including a day spa, two restaurants, a library and 12 hectares of tropical gardens. Guests have the use of their own electric golf buggy to get around. Located in the Whitsunday Islands, the award-winning resort has an impressive range of fitness facilities, including two infinity edge swimming pools and a modern well-equipped gym. Outdoor activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking, golf, sailing and sea kayaking. Guests also have access to the Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Dent Island Golf Club. qualia has won numerous travel awards since it opened and was named the Best Hotel in Australasia by Conde Nast Traveller magazine in 2015.