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qualia Fine Dining

qualia Fine Dining

Everything at qualia is divine, and Alastair Waddell’s food is no exception. In fact, after lazing by the beautiful pool (at Pebble Beach or in your room), lazing in the spa and lazing with a glass of champagne at sunset, dinner at the restaurant in the Long Pavilion is a fabulous way to end your day. [...]

Cruising in the Whitsundays

Cruising in the Whitsundays

    We have had some guests in the last month who have had their Whitsunday Islands holiday on-board a cruise ship. It is cruising season in the Whitsundays. In fact when the Queen Mary 2 arrived last month, it was one of four to visit within the week. It was, of course, the largest! [...]

Above and Beyond the Call

Above and Beyond the Call

An unusual occurrence at qualia last week had staff going above and beyond to provide exception service (and treasure hunting expertise!). A guest spending her honeymoon at qualia lost her engagement ring whilst swimming at Pebble Beach. Staff spent four hours wading through the shallows and scouring the beach, shifting rocks and using metal detectors [...]

Lunch at Pebble Beach

Lunch at Pebble Beach

I confess. I am writing this posting in a qualia-induced haze. I have just returned from lunch at Pebble Beach, where I enjoyed a delicious lunch, a glass of wine, a perfectly clear sky and a gentle breeze to break through the humidity. The deck of the Pebble Beach restaurant is the perfect place to [...]

Dan Hunter’s Feast

Dan Hunter’s Feast

Dan Hunter’s Great Barrier Feast was a fantastic way to start the festive season. The 3rd December showpiece dinner was a study in honest food, delicately served with unadulterated, pure flavours. The first course, and my favourite, was Tomato on Toast. It sounds simple, but you try finding 10 heirloom tomatoes, (one for each seat [...]

Sunrise Whale Watching

Sunrise Whale Watching

By all accounts it has been a great season for whale watching. My only whale watching experience of this year was very low key but very nice. Having spent a special anniversary night at qualia in the Long Pavilion restaurant and in a stunning Windward Pavilion, we woke to the sunrise and a view of [...]

Dan Hunter’s Feast

Dan Hunter’s Feast

It’s not long until Dan Hunter makes his appearance at the Hamilton Island Great Barrier Feast Food and Wine Series at qualia. I was intrigued by Hunter’s food even before he took out the Good Food awards for Best Chef (2012) and Best Restaurant (2011) – you have to have a moment to spare for [...]

Peter Gilmour – WOW!

Peter Gilmour – WOW!

People have asked me about the Peter Gilmour dinner at the Hamilton Island Great Barrier Feast Food and Wine Series at qualia and my response tends to be “It was….um….<groan>… amazing…” which is not very eloquent or helpful nor descriptive or even flattering.  But the truth of the matter is that it was incredible and [...]

Simply Stunning

Simply Stunning

Now in its fourth year, The Australian Ballet performance, Pas de Deux in Paradise at qualia leaves a lasting impression on all those lucky enough to attend. A magical weekend, culminating in a sublime performance under the stars, this is an experience like no other. Story Eva Wait Photography Andrea Francolini There is quite simply [...]

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