After breakfast in qualia’s Long Pavilion, we sit dithering over the lengthy list of daily activities which was left on our bedside table the previous night. Finally, we decide to stay and explore the experiences on offer within the qualia complex – the library, the shop and the spa. Reading, shopping and massages – my favourite things!
Tucked away in a quiet corner in the Long Pavilion, qualia’s library houses a unique and eclectic collection of works, from rare books and limited editions to best sellers. You can browse through a signed copy of fashion photographer Mario Testino’s Let Me In or launch into a light romance. The library also offers a range of the world’s most stylish parlour games by Renzo Romagnoli, a handmade chess set and Hermés playing cards. Quiet, cut off from the outside world and all its temptations, the qualia library is the ideal reader’s and writer’s retreat. I settle into a deep, comfortable chair whip out notebook and pen and begin a new post. Suddenly, the morning is over.
But before and even on the way to lunch, there’s time for a spot of shopping.
The qualia boutique is conveniently located just opposite the entrance to the Long Pavilion. If you find yourself stranded with ”nothing to wear’ for your next qualia evening, snag your bikini on the coral or just have a yen for something new and fabulous, head to the qualia boutique. Girl or guy, among its exclusive designer collection, including Collette Dinnigan, Camilla Franks, Marc Cain, Just Cavalli, Bulgari, Prada, Zegna and Melissa Odabash, you’ll certainly find something to meet your need or your desire.
As it’s been an indoor morning, we lunch outdoors, on qualia burgers (these are no ordinary bun, meat and greens combo but another sensory experience!) and fries (again no ordinary chip!) on deck chairs, beside the garden pool.