|looking out over the coral sea from long pavilion|
Over the weekend, Andrew and I had an amazing opportunity to fly up to Hamilton Island, in northern Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, and attend the Australian Ballet's performance of pas de deux in paradise at the recently awarded 'world's best resort' (as voted by Condé Nast travellers) - qualia.
Set among native Australian bush, and overlooking the Coral Sea, it really is paradise done the Australian way. Nowhere else on earth can you get palms trees, tropical islands and coral reefs with wallabies, kookaburras and native gum trees!
From the very moment we both set foot inside the Long pavilion (with our glass of Veuve Clicquot) the whole experience was seamless and breathtaking as we took in our lush surroundings. From the well thought-out architecture, (my dream tropical style by the way) designed by Chris Beckingham, the view and details blew us away. That was just the start. We then arrived at our very own Windward pavilion, complete with our very own horizon pool (and more Veuve). Heaven.
qualia is a very special destination, and I would highly recommend it for anyone who is after an out-of-this-world experience, where both attention to detail and the overall experience are morphed into one.
Stay tuned for more photos in the next few days including the Australian Ballet's pas de deux in paradise performance, staged at dusk on Pebble beach, with the Whitsundays as a backdrop; and our helicopter trip to famed Whitehaven beach. Amaaaazzzzing!
|the pool, by pebble beach|
|our horizon pool|
|inside our windward pavilion|
|just chilling in our pool|
|the gardens were stunning|
|down by pebble beach|
|a friendly visitor|