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As promised back in January, Hayman Island – the northernmost of Australia’s Whitsunday Islands – reopened last week fresh off of $80 million dollars’ worth of revamp, officially becoming “One&Only Hayman Island” in the process.
A lot has changed, as you would expect for that kind of cash, from updated rooms to a new spa and restaurants, but the basics are still there: a remote private island, a yacht transfer (or seaplane or helicopter, if you prefer) away from Hamilton Island, and the expanse of the Great Barrier Reef around you.
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.
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Once you’ve made it past the gates at Hamilton Island’s qualia, there is lots to explore, but one of the first things we did was head down to the helipad. While we arrived at the hotel through more traditional means (i.e. a transfer from the island’s cute airport), you’ll find this more high-flying option at the water’s edge, also used for helicopter trips to nearby sights like stunning Whitehaven Beach.
Its vantage point means the grassy circle lends itself perfectly for sunset cocktails: chilled glass in hand, you can watch the sun paint the sky with color as it sinks rapidly into the horizon at the end of the afternoon (and sink rapidly it does, given the relative proximity to the Equator).
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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’.
Apparently, the brains behind the world's newest underwater hotel haven't learned what pitfalls other similar projects have battled to make their dream come true. Nor have they seemed to give much thought to the environmental impact of their project.
Deep Ocean Technology, a Polish technology firm specializing in submerged buildings, vehicles and deep-sea equipment, is hoping to bring an underwater hotel to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system just off the coast of Northern Queensland.
If all goes to plan, a very futuristic design resembling flying saucers will rise above the waters in the Coral Sea comprising two primary discs--one above the water, another below. Both discs will be anchored to the ocean floor by five structural legs and a vertical shaft containing an elevator and stairway which will connect the two discs to a central lobby. There will be just 21 rooms, all with with killer views of colorful coral and loads of fish swimming by.
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Hayman Island, a dot on the map in the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, has headed into the final stretch of its journey to become a One&Only Resort: complete closure until July 1st this year.
Once the hotel appears at the other end as One&Only Hayman Island, pretty much nothing will be as it was before. We’re talking dramatic room reconfigurations and top-to-bottom renovation, and the addition of private residences both on the undeveloped eastern tip of the island and beach-side next to the luxury yacht marina.
The Hayman Wing (previously called the Lagoon Wing) is already complete, with new interiors like you see above, but we expect the DVF suite to have stayed the same. Various room types and views are available, including interconnecting rooms for families.
To say that the proposed $4.2 billion Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort in Australia would gain world attention and become Australia's most prized resort would be, without question, one of the biggest understatements of the year.
No sense beating around the bush. Check out the details on this place -- HUGE doesn't do it justice:
• 3,750 hotel rooms across 9 luxury hotel brands;
• 1,180 managed apartments;
• 130 managed villas;
• an international class casino with 750 tables;
• one of the world’s largest aquariums;
• 145,313 square feet of high-end retail shopping;
• a 25,000 seat sports stadium;
• a 484,376 square feet convention and exhibition center;
• 20 hectares of reef lagoon;
• 2 x 2,500 seat theaters;
• a cultural heritage center;
• an 18 hole golf course.