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Best Resort in Australia

Best Resort in Australia

Our luxury resort qualia, has once again been named Best Resort at the 2013 HM Awards, taking the title for an impressive sixth consecutive year. qualia has been awarded the Best Resort accolade every year since opening. A member of Relais & Châteaux, it’s not hard to see why this luxury Great Barrier Reef resort [...]

The Great Barrier Feast at qualia 2013

The Great Barrier Feast at qualia 2013

Hosted by highly respected restaurant critic and columnist Simon Thomsen, this gourmet weekend provides guests the exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in a ‘behind the scenes’ experience and learn directly from world-class chefs Peter Gilmore, Dan Hunter and Alastair Waddell in a world-class setting. Reserve your seat at the table for the Great Barrier Feast [...]

The Australian Ballet Enchants qualia

The Australian Ballet Enchants qualia

Watching The Australian Ballet is a treat in any location. Watching the “pas de deux in paradise” on the beach at qualia as the sun sets over the Whitsundays is quite spectacular. I was lucky enough to see The Australian Ballet in 2011 at qualia, and was blown away then. This year, the company’s 50th [...]

The Best in the World

The Best in the World

Best in the World….Perfect….That’s quite a claim! Well, qualia’s guests have spoken. Earlier this month qualia was named Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. If that wasn’t enough, qualia scored a perfect 100 in all categories including Rooms, Service, Food, Location, [...]

HM Awards Success

HM Awards Success

I was only one member of the Hamilton Island community excited to be at the Sydney Town Hall attending the 2012 HM (Hotel Management) Awards. There were nine others at the table eagerly awaiting the results for the 12 categories that Hamilton Island was finalists in, with another 1000 awaiting text messages in the north. [...]

Hamilton Island Race Week Recap

Hamilton Island Race Week Recap

Race Week recovery week started on Saturday actually, the last day of racing. A quiet beer with friends at Catseye Beach’s Sails Restaurant, some prawns and some chips…just the ticket after a week of champagne, frocks and heels. There are still some spots of sea fog out on the water but the Island is bathed [...]

Tea Smoked Quail, Pork Jowl, Seeds, Sweet Corn and Jamon Iberico

Tea Smoked Quail, Pork Jowl, Seeds, Sweet Corn and Jamon Iberico

With access to some of the world’s highest quality ingredients and fresh produce and the creative inspiration of the Great Barrier Reef, it environs and climate, Hamilton Island offers an elegant variety of dining experiences. In the August 2012 edition of Reef Magazine, Hamilton Island’s new Executive Chefs share their current favourite creations. qualia – [...]

Food Glorious Food – Australia’s Finest Chefs

Food Glorious Food – Australia’s Finest Chefs

I can’t wait for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Yes, the racing will be great, and the boats will be beautiful, but I’m talking about the food! Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is Australia’s biggest offshore yachting regatta and attracts both top yachties and weekend cruisers. It also tempts top chefs to abandon their restaurants [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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