The qualia evening

A brisk climb up the hill to our qualia pavilion, a loll with a glass of champagne in the infinity pool on the deck, a soak in the stone tub, fluffy towels, Aesop lotions and we’re ready for a qualia evening.

The view from the qualia pavilion bathroom
The view from the qualia pavilion bathroom

Each qualia pavilion comes with its own cute little electric car. We take it for its first spin up to the Long Pavilion for our first qualia evening.

Qualia evenings centre on the Long Pavilion. Here the pace is slow, relaxed and restrained enjoyment rather than revelry. The windows stand open on a balmy night. At one end of the building a barman flourishes a cocktail shaker. At the other, waiters come and go quietly in the long Pavilion Restaurant.

The Long Pavilion restaurant specialises in fine fresh regional fare and serves it up with flair and imagination. Everything on the menu appeals and we dither indecisively while the waiter hovers. We’re tempted to share and conquer for the entrée but can’t quite reach an accord between the wagyu beef (barbeque sirloin with honeydew, cucumber and raspberry vinaigrette) and the yellow fin tuna sashimi with avocado, elderflower and ginger ice.

The main is easier.  We divide. I choose the crispy skin coral trout with buttered herbed with squid ink linguini and  preserved lemon and he has the seared medallions of veal with butter poached oyster mushrooms and citrus jus. For dessert we re-unite for  the cinnamon doughnut with raspberry emulsion and  raspberry jam ice cream.

Back in our pavilion, there are handmade chocolates on the pillow and list of activities and excursions for the following day on the bedside table. The list is headed by Outdoor Yoga at dawn and followed by exclusive beach drop offs, epicurean experiences, golf,  snorkelling, scuba-diving, Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday adventures and Spas. So much to do, so little time!

Luxury in the gym at qualia

They’ve thought of everything and everyone at Hamilton Island’s qualia resort, even gym junkies like me who might struggle to forgo their daily fix of physical torture.

Qualia's Pebble Beach
Qualia’s Pebble Beach

Sweat and pain seem somewhat at odds with their mission to stimulate the sensory imagination but then perhaps that’s all part of the plan. Anyway, the gym at qualia is certainly not a gym as I know it. It’s a boutique outfit with a deck and a panorama over the sea. It’s a gym equipped with every distraction to speed you through your workout – music, television, water, fluffy towels, perfect bathrooms with exotic toiletries and stunning waterfront views of the surrounding Whitsundays Islands. And it smells of the sea, eucalyptus and exotic oils.