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Beyond the Gates at qualia Great Barrier Reef

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  Site Where: Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
May 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

Dramatic in a very Jurassic Park-esque manner, these gates guard the entrance to qualia, the luxury resort set on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands off the northeast coast of Australia.

While the gates in the 1993 Spielberg classic provided a close up with some very large – and lethal – species, qualia gives you access to the biggest single structure made by living organisms: the Great Barrier Reef, as well as everything else that you make the (invariably lengthy) journey out here for: sun, sand, azure blue sea, and 60 luxurious pavilions, or as qualia translates from Latin, ‘a collection of deep sensory experiences’.

The views certainly hit you from every angle, with the Coral Sea never far away – Leeward Pavilions have private sundecks overlooking the water, while Windward Pavilions add one of our all-time favorite extravagances: a private plunge pool.

While the little fellow above is maybe as close as we got to a run in with anything resembling T-Rex, wildlife is nevertheless abundant: we saw rock wallabies hop across the path, held a decade-old koala (you’re meant to stay still so that the koala thinks you’re a tree, in case you were wondering), and some very inquisitive white parrots flew in to show off how their yellow tip spreads to a pretty matchless mohawk.

We will take you inside for a detailed look around a qualia pavilion, and all around the rest of the resort, soon.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

Disclosure: JasonD traveled to Hamilton Island on his own dime but visited qualia as a guest of the resort and all photos and opinions are his own.

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