5 Luxe Experiences To Treat Yourself To On Hamilton Island

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Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays is the crown jewel in Australia’s line-up of luxe escapes. A tiny, verdant speck in the Pacific surrounded by impossibly azure waters and fringed by a cornucopia of white sand and coral reefs, Hamilton offers the ultimate holiday experience for all kinds of travellers.

True to idyllic tropical island form, luxe experiences are ripe for enjoyment on Hamilton Island. Whether you’re into spotting tropical fish on a dive, seeing the stunning scenery from the air, or simply sipping cocktails on the beach, here’s how to treat yourself on Hamilton Island.

#1 Uncover paradise at Qualia Resort


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If your Instagram grid has been a little light on tropical island opulence lately, make a beeline for Qualia Resort – undoubtedly Hamilton Island’s most luxurious. Situated on the secluded northern tip of the island and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll feel a world away in an individual pavilion, which offers uninterrupted views of the pristine waters and lush surrounding forest. It offers a number of experiences for guests, including diving and snorkelling, sailing and golf.

Feel like going all out with a group of friends? The Beach House is Qualia’s signature luxury accommodation, featuring a 12m infinity pool and sundeck, ample space for 10 people, and a fully kitted-out entertainment area.

And, if you can’t commit to the whole she-bang, book in for an indulgent day spa treatment at Spa Qualia, which comes complete with aromatherapy massages, vinotherapie body scrubs, pinot noir body masks, and an aromatic chocolate foaming bath (yes, you read that correctly). A wine of your choice and seasonal fruits round off this perfectly extra experience.

#2 See the Great Barrier Reef from a new perspective


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If there’s a natural wonder that calls for hiring a private helicopter or sea plane to take it all in, it’s the Great Barrier Reef. Charter a seaplane or a helicopter with Air Whitsundays Seaplanes, GSL Aviation, or Hamilton Island Air, and settle in for a jaw-dropping views of the Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsundays. And don’t even think about applying those filters.

#3 Sail the high (and crystal clear) seas in style


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Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a flashy group trip with friends, nothing says luxury quite like a private cruise. Hamilton Island offers near-perfect conditions for sailing all year ‘round (and, you know, you’re literally on the Great Barrier Reef), so there’s hardly any reason NOT to make like the rich and famous on a private yacht or catamaran. Luxury Boat Charters, Wings, Cruise Whitsundays, Sunsail Yacht Charter and Cumberland Charter Yachts all offer various experiences, from two-person island-hopping day trips, to sleepers for six, 10 or more people. Prices vary, too, so there’s room to move within your budget.

If you’re looking for a less-hands-on experience, most companies will provide an experienced skipper to handle all the hard work at an additional cost.

#4 Pay a visit to Whitehaven Beach


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You’d be forgiven for holing up on Hamilton Island and never leaving, but if you do decide to venture out to other beaches, Whitehaven should be your first stop. The world-renowned beach, all sparkling turquoise, white and green, was voted #7 in the South Pacific in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2017. To skip it would be criminal.

Jump on board the Lady Enid, a rare Australian heritage yacht offering a luxury cruise to the beach, a gourmet lunch and a secluded swim and snorkel, as well as drinks and nibbles on the way back to Hamilton. If you’d prefer to soar, book a private seaplane and fly in to your very own picnic spot on the beach — just you, your companions and kilometres of white sand to roll around in. Perfection!

#5 Dine at the famous Beach Club


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The best seat on the entire island (other than your beach chair) might be at the Beach Club Restaurant, known for its unrivalled beachfront location, stunning views over Catseye Beach, and world-class wine and food menus showcasing the finest Australian produce. Did we mention it’s an adults-only venue?

Start out at the lounge for pre-dinner drinks, where Australian wines dominate the menu. For dinner, choose between a three-course ($105 pp) or a five-course ($125 pp) menu, with offerings like scallop ceviche, house-made linguine, and chocolate torte for dessert.

Bookings are essential, so send an email to secure your table.

(Lead image: James Connolly / Unsplash)

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