Qualia, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
qualia = quality, in our book. Everything, from the fantastic Barrier Reef views to the hand-made chocolate praline on your pillow at night, is really as good as you could imagine anywhere.
This is one stunning resort. Having been created by a couple of wine billionaires, it inevitably has a feel of 'rich man's playground' (which is no bad thing!); and as you'd expect, the food and wine list are particularly good.
The Great Barrier Reef experience doesn't get any better than this. This is a world of deep sensory experiences where relaxation kicks in as soon as you feast your eyes on your private pavilion and the views overlooking the stunning Whitsundays and their legendary glowing sunsets.
No expense has been spared, whether in the gardens or the interiors – everything is simply exceptional. It is a place which relaxes the mind and spoils the senses with exquisitely appointed pavilions, private plunge pools and picture-perfect views of the Coral Sea.
A plethora of activities include cruising the Whitsundays Islands, viewing Whitehaven Beach by helicopter or snorkelling amongst colourful tropical fish at the Heart Reef. Back at the resort, pamper yourself at Spa qualia and dine on authentic Australian cuisine in the wonderful restaurants.