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Spreading Out in a Windward Pavilion at qualia Great Barrier Reef

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  Site Where: Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
May 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

Once we had had a sunset cocktail at qualia, it was time to have a closer look at what you can expect inside one of its 60 individual Pavilions, consisting of Leeward and Windward Pavilions and the signature Beach House.

Scattered around the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island, all Pavilions look out to the Coral Sea: turndown service can draw the blinds for you at night, or you can leave them up and wake up with the sun streaming in in the morning. We liked the simplicity of the design, mixing polished woods with predominant white, and every part of the pavilion focused on the floor-to-ceiling windows and what’s outside.

At night, you’ll find an activity sheet in your Pavilion with an overview of what’s on – or can be arranged – the next day. From early morning yoga classes to those sunset cocktails and trips out to the Reef, there are lots of options.

Each pavilion comes with its own buggy, which you can use to zoom around qualia, as well as the rest of the island. We’re suckers for these, and in this kind of island setting they’re perfect for getting around.

Exterior lighting works based on motion sensors in order to minimize light pollution and disturbance to the island fauna.

The living room had a seating area with flat screen TV (there is a lot of content on there, but we doubt they are used much), and you can connect your own device to play music over the integrated sound system, with speakers throughout the pavilion. Sliding doors give access to a covered patio with table and chairs and daybed, and, of course, that plunge pool.

A third of the internal footprint is taken up by the bathroom, which had a rather beautiful egg-shaped bathtub and a shower large enough to do cartwheels in (well, almost). Two floating vanities are set against opposite walls, with a discreet cubby on either side for toiletry bags or anything else that might distract from the minimalist vibe. Given all the attention that was clearly paid to the design, we wish a slightly more elegant solution would have been found for the bog-standard metal bin.

The spill-over plunge pool offered up a pretty amazing perspective for taking in the view, with a bench around the back if resting your elbows on the edge and gazing out becomes too tiresome.

Two lounge chairs were set up on a small deck amidst the greenery to take advantage of the sun, though we’d warn that the stories you’ve heard about the sun being different in Oz are very true, so layer on that high-SPF sunscreen or pay the price.

This shot comes courtesy of one of the grooviest features of the pavilion – a glass panel that disappears into the floor at the touch of a button, revealing a step-out balcony.

Leeward Pavilions at qualia start from AU$995 ($920) a night, including breakfast, private transfers to and from the airport as well as anywhere on the island, a buggy per pavilion, complimentary minibar and non-alcoholic beverages, and a range of activities on and around the resort.

[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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