It’s the Australian version of paradise, but if you still need convincing here are our top ten reasons that you need a luxury escape to Hamilton Island.
The Whitsundays have a world-class reputation as resort paradise for a reason. In the heart of the Whitsundays lies Hamilton Island. A tropical island blessed with balmy weather, magnificent ocean views, warm azure water teeming with colourful marine life, long pristine stretches of beaches lined with palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and hiking trails with unique natural flora. Happily sun-kissed vacationers sip their coconuts poolside or dabbling in some action-packed water sports and then embrace the island way of life by enjoying an early evening cocktail watching the spectacular sunset views from One Tree Hill lookout.
THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
Named world’s best accommodation in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards, qualia remains the epitome of island luxury. The internationally famed Oatley family, who are known for excellence in yachting and the wine industry, own the resort. qualia means ‘a collection of deeper sensory experiences’ and the secluded resort set amongst lush tropical gardens and with breathtaking ocean views – is all about sensory indulgence. Each of the individually designed 60 pavilions are the pinnacle of luxury, meanwhile the tranquil spa, fine-dining and exceptional service will elevate your experience. It is the ultimate in Australian resorts.
RELAX WITH A DAY SPA
Spoil yourself and rejuvenate at a day spa. Wumurdaylin is the Hamilton Island day spa which prides itself on using products made from pure botanicals and organic native Australian plants. For something a tad more exclusive, Spa qualia is widely regarded as Australia’s premier spa experience. Spa qualia offers sensory treatments designed for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, including indigenous therapies, ancient ceremonies and hot stone massages. Their unique treatments attempt to capture the essence of authentic Australia.
GOLF BUGGIES ARE THE MAIN TRANSPORTATION
The preferred mode of transportation for Hamilton Island is by golf buggy. The buggies glide up, down and around the perfectly paved paths between beaches and resorts at a leisurely pace. It’s time to forget big city traffic jams, just go with the flow and embrace the simple ways of island life.
WORLD CLASS GOLF COURSE
Hamilton Island Golf Club is set on its very own island and designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thompson. This 18-hole golf course is said to be one of the most challenging in the world. It’s essentially golfing heaven for professional golfers and enthusiasts. If you’re a novice you might be less inclined to enjoy the spectacular ridges and steep valleys for learning to play, but it’s worth tagging along just to take in the spectacular views of surrounding Whitsunday Islands and Coral Sea. You can always hang out at the bar. Either way, it’s truly an unforgettable experience.
BOUTIQUE SHOPPING SPREE
Luxury island getaways are a time for splurging. Why not browse the designer boutiques and treat yourself to a new swimsuit, a summery dress, a piece of local art from the Art Gallery or perhaps take home some beach knick-knacks as a souvenir of your blissful getaway?
INDULGE IN FINE DINING
There is no shortage of fine dining options at Hamilton Island which prides itself on hospitality. There isn’t a better time for a culinary feast than when you’re on holiday. There’s Beach Club Restaurant with it’s heavenly beachfront setting, elegant Bommie Restaurant situated in the Yacht Club, romantic and exclusive Long Pavilion, delicious local fresh-seafood at Mariners, exciting hawker-style street food from Coca Chu which is nestled in the tropical gardens of Catseye Beach or the trendy Tako serving Mexican fare with distinct Japanese/Korean influences.
GETTING OUT ON THE WATER
When the water is that idyllic turquoise colour, crystal clear and warm – it’s not hard to convince one to spend time on the water. Head to Catseye Beach where there are a plethora of water activities to try, such as paddleboards, kayaks, catamarans, windsurfers and jet skis. The Whitsundays is synonymous with yachting, so it’s the ideal location to learn to sail with Sunsail Sailing School. For the lazier sailor; hire a skippered yacht to cruise around for the day choosing deserted beaches and coves to snorkel at your own leisure. Spot colourful coral, beautiful tropical fish and turtles.
This famous 7 km stretch of white sand is everything you had imagined it would be. A slice of island paradise where a pristine, endless stretch of beach meets flawless turquoise waters. The secluded Whitehaven Beach is only accessible by boat. There are plenty of ways to see it’s impeccable beauty from Hamilton Island; it’s only a 30-minute trip on a high-speed catamaran, you could sail by yacht or fly in a seaplane for bird’s eye views of the world famous beach.
IT’S ONLY A 2 ½ HOUR FLIGHT FROM SYDNEY
Here’s what you have to do: leave work, board the plane in Sydney, flick through a magazine whilst enjoying a glass of wine and then simply get off the plane just over two hours later to emerge into the tropics. It’s time for a mini-break to tropical paradise this winter.
Jet Star offers cheap flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island from $105. For more information visit: http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cheap-flights/hamilton-island