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qualia, Great Barrier Reef
Australia : Great Barrier Reef Islands : Whitsunday Islands
Art-filled resort for active, upscale travelers
qualia is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. This world-class resort immerses you in a tranquil atmosphere, offering personalized and intuitive service. qualia’s sun-drenched northern aspect provides the ideal location to appreciate the passing beauty of each day, with a choice of 60 individual pavilions, some incorporating private plunge pools. Or, experience the uncompromising luxury and privacy of the Beach House with its own guest pavilion. Inside qualia, guests can feel time unravel in any way they choose. Facilities include two serene pools, a library, private dining room, two bars and restaurants and a fitness center. And for a truly memorable experience guests can enjoy use of Spa qualia, which offers an extensive range of luxurious local and international treatments. No sensory experience would be complete without the opportunity to sample the fresh and innovative food. qualia’s two exclusive restaurants, Pebble Beach and the Long Pavilion, provide the ideal stage upon which the Executive Chef delivers exceptional culinary talents. With a direct flight taking only 2-3 hours from international gateway cities on Australia’s east coast, qualia truly is a world-class destination without the journey.
New Zealand : North Island : Wellington
Peaceful country estate overlooking Palliser Bay
Recapturing the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era, Wharekauhau Country Estate is a luxury lodge with award-winning contemporary style situated on a 5000 acre working farm on the South East coast of New Zealand's North Island. Framed by the Rimutaka Ranges to the West and Palliser Bay to the East, the Lodge is surrounded by ancient, native forest, spectacular beaches, bountiful rivers and tranquil lakes facilitating a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities. Each of the elegantly furnished, charming cottages which are dotted throughout the extensive grounds, enjoy magnificent ocean views and offer complete privacy and seclusion. Guests must visit the well-known Cape Palliser lighthouse and Brown Fur Seal Colony. Or, for those who wish for a little more indulgence, taking a trip to Martinborough's sensational Pinot Noir vineyards will never be a regret. There is also the Wharekauhau Farm Tour, or if visitors choose, they can try local fish and chips at Jet Boat Lake Ferry Pub. From chocolate tasting to antique treasure hunting in Greystown, visitors to this beautiful hotel will not be without fun activities all located within a lap of luxury.
Qamea Resort & Spa
Fiji : North Islands
Secluded island retreat with spa, private beach
Qamea Resort and Spa is an incomparable resort located on Fiji's Northern Islands. Here, guests can have an authentic and cultural Fijian experience without sacrificing comfort and luxury. This adults-only hideaway is the only resort on Qamea Island and comprises of 17 oceanfront private villas, bures and houses. Each private sanctuary has its own discreet outdoor shower,(indoor shower in Ocean View Bure only) with covered patios and amazing ocean views. This hotel has its own on-site dive center that offers both lessons and excursions. For guests that don't feel like a diving into an underwater adventure, there is complimentary non-motorized water sports equipment available at the beach. The lagoon directly in front of the resort, has been noted as one of the finest to snorkel, in the world. There is also the Qamea pool which is set amid the lush tropical forest. Guests can unwind with use of the Jungle Spa, which also offers treatments in the privacy of your Bure or Villa. Relax, rejuvenate and revitalize in this tropical, jungle paradise.
New Zealand : South Island : Queenstown
Contemporary rooms with city-center convenience
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is an elegant and luxurious hotel where guests can feel elevated to a new level of sophistication. Architecturally inspired by the charm of Paris with a mix of local avant-garde design, this hotel is centrally located and offers a new way to experience New Zealand. Sofitel's combination of classic French chic design with contemporary style is both tasteful and appealing. Guests won't want to miss out on LeSpa, a relaxing spa offering a range of celebrated Maori rituals to European massage and beauty treatments. There is also the newly added Left Bank Café, which is part French kitchen and part tea room. This incredible hotel provides an exclusive window in to both culture and contemporary style.