Escape: Hamilton Island
Angela Saurine takes you to the one of the most exotic, picturesque locations that doesn’t even require a passport.
The infinity edge pool at the Qualia Resort, on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. Picture: Supplied.
Qualia received a perfect score in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Picture: Supplied
WHERE in the world can you find the ultimate in luxury?
Turns out you don’t have to travel very far – it’s right here in Australia.
The luxury Qualia resort on Hamilton Island has been voted the best accommodation in the world by travellers.
Qualia, on the Great Barrier Reef, beat hotels in exotic locations such as the Maldives and Bora Bora to score the top honour in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
“This recognition by such sophisticated and well-travelled readers is truly gratifying,” chairman of Hamilton Island Enterprises, Sandy Oatley, said.
It’s the first Australian property to top the prestigious survey in its 25-year history.
Qualia scored a perfect score of 100 in all categories, including rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. It’s one of only four properties ever to receive a flawless score.
The 60-pavilion resort is surrounded by Aussie bushland in the Whitsunday Islands.
Top 10 hotels and resorts in the world
1. Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef
2. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives
3. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand
4. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy
5. Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy
6. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Equal 7. Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic
Equal 7. La Villa Gallici, Aix-En-Provence, France
9. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
10. Perivolas, Santorini
Kauri Cliffs Resort, Bay of Islands region, New Zealand. Picture: Supplied
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Motu Tehotu, French Polynesia. Picture: Supplied