Stars of the Whitsundays

Stars of the Whitsundays

I’m probably biased, but what a great cover the Hamilton Island on the current issue of HM Magazine. Hotel Management Magazine popped up to talk to qualia General Manager Michael Shah, qualia Executive Chef Alistair Waddell, Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke, and Island Concierge Leni Fries. HM wanted to know why Hamilton Island is one [...]

Clownfish Club Childcare Sorts out the Kids

Clownfish Club Childcare Sorts out the Kids

In order to attend the Great Barrier Feast for two nights running I need to get my baby-sitters organised. That’s where the Clownfish Club  comes in. The Clownfish Club is Hamilton Island’s childcare centre. As well as looking after kids during the day, they also organise babysitters on the island for guests (and residents). All [...]

Guillaume Brahimi at Great Barrier Feast

Guillaume Brahimi at Great Barrier Feast

Guillaume Brahimi is an absolute gentleman and a wonderful story teller – and a good cook to boot! The Great Barrier Feast last weekend was fantastic. The master classes were informative and entertaining, and both dinners were outstanding. I’m not sure how it usually works in Sydney at Guillaume at Bennelong, but up here in [...]

A window table at Bommie

A window table at Bommie

We had a lovely dinner at the Bommie restaurant last night, the signature restaurant at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Now in its third year, Bommie Restaurant is now headed by chef Nicholas Gomez Duran. Nic was born in Pamplona, Spain and has bought a new vibe to the Bommie menu. This evening we had [...]

Birthday Bliss at Spa qualia

Birthday Bliss at Spa qualia

I found heaven on earth at spa qualia. As a birthday treat, my other half and I treated ourselves to a Wine Lovers spa ritual. How appropriate! The treatment rooms at the day spa at qualia are lovely, and enormous, and beautifully quiet and private (with the cold southerly blowing I ruled the line at [...]

A very special canoe

A very special canoe

There was a healthy dose of canoe envy at the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event. The very handsome timber veneered OC6 canoe was commissioned by the Outrigger Australia Club in memory of the club founder, and Hamilton Island Cup creator, Keith Williams. Williams, who started construction of original Hamilton Island Resort in the early 1980’s, [...]

School Holiday Time

School Holiday Time

School holidays are here again. Yippee, I LOVE school holidays! (what are you talking about, there is no sarcasm in my voice!) Thankfully our cold snap finished after the first weekend and we were able to hit the beach and soak up the sun. We took advantage of the low tide to do some exploring [...]

Great Barrier Feast with Guillaume Brahimi

Great Barrier Feast with Guillaume Brahimi

We are gearing up for a major cook-off this weekend at qualia’s Great Barrier Feast. Guillaume Brahimi is travelling north from his iconic restaurant at the Sydney Opera House Guillaume at Bennelong, to present a showpiece degustation dinner this Saturday night in qualia’s Long Pavillion restaurant. Waiting for his old mentor will be qualia Head [...]

Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Stand up paddlers had two races to choose from this year at the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event – 250 sprints and a 5km race. The cameras from Channel 10’s The Living Room might have provided a little extra incentive to turn in a good performance (or at least look good while doing it)! A new [...]

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