Chances are when you think of Queensland, white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters come to mind. That particular scene is best known as Hamilton Island, the largest and most well-known island in the Whitsundays. Of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays, this particular one is a holiday lover’s dream, thanks to its exclusivity, world-renowned resorts, and limitless adventures. There’s no wonder pretty much any celebrity that steps foot into Queensland, stays on Hamilton Island.
With that said, if you’re looking to spoil yourself, your family, or your loved one, you can’t go wrong with a Hamilton Island getaway. Here are the best resorts to book, with ocean views and beaches on your doorstep.
Qualia is a name synonymous with Hamilton Island. This world-class resort is recognised around the world as the poster child for luxury Australian holidays and is second to none on the island. Set on the northernmost part of the island, occupying its own peninsula, the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef surrounds Qualia. There are two pavilions, one beach house with a 12-metre infinity pool, and a private guest house for bigger groups. Each pavilion is secluded, providing a tropical hideaway for guests with sweeping sea views. Despite feeling a world away, guests are mere steps to a waterfront restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spend your days on a private charter yacht, exploring the reef and islands, soar above the iconic Heart Island, or swing a club on an award-winning and spectacular 18-hole golf course.
Leave the kids at home for this one. Beach Club is an adults-only resort with 57 rooms, each with a private balcony to take in those iconic turquoise blues. The resort is positioned away from the crowds and has everything you could possibly need, including an ocean-facing infinity pool overlooking the reef. Guests will have access to Catseye Beach, known for its great snorkelling and towering palm trees. This beach is the definition of postcard-worthy. The restaurant and lounge are perfect for a long breakfast or sunset drinks at the resort. Despite being secluded from the island’s main hubs, guests will still have access to everything Hamilton Island is known for. The Beach Club will even provide private transfers and tours.
Nothing screams tropical resorts more than charming A-frame chalets flanked by eucalypt trees and tropical gardens. The Palm Bungalows are situated in the middle of the island, putting guests right in the middle of the action. Each bungalow is self-contained, with a kitchen, balcony, and some units even have gardens, ideal for longer stays. The hotel’s restaurants make a cooked-to-order breakfast and specialise in Australian fare. Think seafood, all day, every day.
Most of the top resorts on the island fill up quite quickly, especially in peak season, but if you still want something that’s private and feels special, then a holiday home is the next best thing. This striking home was designed by renowned architect, Chris Beckingham. It boasts bespoke high-end finishes, lavish entertaining spaces, and spectacular views across Fitzalan Passage to Whitsunday Island. Outside, there is an infinity edge pool, manicured gardens, and a well-equipped gym too. Think of it as your home away from home. There are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, so you can sleep up to 14 guests. The house is positioned on the northern end of the island, but it’s only a short buggy ride from the main attractions in town.