Qualia: 24 hours at the best resort in the world

You thought huts on sticks on the water in Bora Bora was the pinnacle of luxury? Not anymore.

Yesterday’s announcement of Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers Choice Award shows you really don’t have to travel far to get the best luxury experience in the world, with qualia on Hamilton Island topping the magazine’s list of the world’s 100 best resorts.

As the first Australian resort to ever top the list in the award’s 25-year history, the Hamilton Island resort scored a perfect 100 in the categories: room, service, food, location, design and activities. In comparison, the Four Seasons in Bora Bora trailed in at 9th place with a humble score of 98.1.

Here’s a look at what a day in the lap of luxury looks like.

View from bed at Qualia

7:00am – Wake up to this. 

Breakfast overlooking the Coral Sea

8:00am – Breakfast has never tasted this good.

9:00am – Take one of the catamarans out for a spin. 


Qualia helicopter

Since we know you travel in style, you probably prefer the helicopter. 

11:00am – You got that ring with you?

1:00pm – Say hello to Whitehaven Beach after lunch. The sand is just as soft as it looks. 

2:00pm – The Great Barrier Reef feels just right today. 

Spend the afternoon lazing off in the pool

Then again so does spending the afternoon in the pool. 

6:00pm – Dinner is served, Mr Bond. 


Queensland spanner crab, heirloom tomato and avocado

Tonight’s menu: Queensland spanner crab with roasted heirloom tomato and avocado. 

Round it off with a cocktail and the chef’s signature raspberry and sesame concoction.

Sounds like your idea of paradise?

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