Reconnect To Your Senses At Qualia Retreat, Australia

Reconnect To Your Senses At Qualia Retreat, Australia

Qualia: a collection of deeper sensory experiences | Image courtesy of Qualia
Qualia: a collection of deeper sensory experiences | Image courtesy of Qualia

English, despite its huge vocabulary, can’t express everything. It’s the latest linguistic trend to find foreign words to express an idea or notion that would take the English language a small thesis to communicate: think ‘Hygge’ or ‘Fernweh’. 

Well, we have a new one for you: Qualia. Hailing from Latin, Qualia means ‘a collection of deeper sensory experiences,’ which is our new favourite tagline for wellness travel. 

Embodying and curating these sensory experiences is the Australian retreat Qualia, a high-end luxury destination resort offering a range of restorative packages. CompareRetreats.com checks in to see if it can live up to its romantic name. 

Located close to the Great Barrier Reef | Image courtesy of Qualia
Located close to the Great Barrier Reef | Image courtesy of Qualia

Location

Situated on the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island on the eastern edge of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Qualia is a true oasis. Located in the Whitsunday Islands on Queensland’s tropical coast, the retreat is accessed by air via Hamilton Island Airport, which is less than five minutes from Qualia. There is also a private helipad on the resort, for those travelling by helicopter.

Floor-to-ceiling views | Image courtesy of Qualia
Floor-to-ceiling views | Image courtesy of Qualia

Accommodation

Built within the retreat’s 30-acre tropical garden landscape and comprised of 60 private pavilions that overlook the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands, Qualia’s luxurious accommodation is world class. Mindfully constructed to complement the surrounding lush tropical bushland, each pavilion features natural materials such as rough-hewn rock walls and hoop pine, and incorporates subtle tones of timber, stone and glass.

Light-filled and fresh, the interiors emanate elegant, understated style with contemporary décor that adds to a relaxed beach house vibe. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto spacious sun decks, private plunge pools, and the turquoise water of the ocean beyond.

Health-conscious fine dining | Image courtesy of Qualia
Health-conscious fine dining | Image courtesy of Qualia

Food Programme

Describing its approach to food as a ‘culinary celebration’ the cuisine at Qualia is top notch. Adopting a fine dining approach, the menu consists of an à la carte menu and signature tasting menu, where guests can choose from options of four, six or eight courses. Incorporating exceptional local produce, including newly-picked organic vegetables and freshly-caught seafood, each dish is a gastronomic work of art. The retreat isn’t just for health-lovers, so expect to see some decadent desserts on the menu.

Reset at the spa | Image courtesy of Qualia
Reset at the spa | Image courtesy of Qualia

Treatment Programme

The wellbeing programmes at Qualia seek to rebalance and uplift tired, depleted guests. The resort’s Mind, Body, Soul Packages fall into three categories: ‘Detox & Renew’; ‘De-stress & Reconnect’; and ‘Recover & Rejuvenate’. Running over three days, each package includes a naturopathy consultation and integrated health screening, along with an array of remedial therapies and daily yoga classes. Geared towards those seeking to be pampered, Qualia’s purpose-built spa also has an assortment of luxurious treatments including a range of facials, massages, indigenous rituals and signature ceremonies.  The resort also runs regular wellness seminars and offers personal training for those with specific fitness goals.

Morning yoga by the pool | Image courtesy of Qualia
Morning yoga by the pool | Image courtesy of Qualia

Results

Expect to feel… like stress is a distant memory. Packages are designed to be restorative, and there are plenty of corners for isolation, reflection, and relaxation in this stunning location.

Qualia Retreat |20 Whitsunday Blvd, Hamilton Island QLD 4803, Australia | +61 7 4948 9222 | Facebook

Rebecca Walker

An authority on all things wellness, Rebecca is the former Editor-in-Chief of popular luxury lifestyle publication Asia Spa Magazine and the Founder of boutique consultancy The Wellness Nomad. Born in Australia and based in Asia for over a decade, she is an avid writer, traveller and certified yoga teacher whose passion for holistic health has led her to some of the world’s best resorts and healing sanctuaries. Visit her website at www.thewellnessnomad.com or email her at [email protected]

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