Beachfront Hotels With Beautiful Views

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-12-06T15:31:24Z

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Qualia, Hamilton Island

Australia

"It doesn't get any better" than this: It's the only property on this year's Gold List to get all perfect scores. "I had high expectations, and they were all surpassed." Pronounced kwa-lee-ah, which in Latin means "a deeper sensory experience," this property is on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island. "Relaxation kicks in upon arrival, with the first sip of champagne taken with a view of the other Whitsundays." Hillside pavilions are spread over 30 acres of tropical bushland above the Coral Sea, and are designed to reflect Aussie style using local hardwoods and quarried stone. "The attention to detail is exceptional," and some pavilions have sundecks and private pools. The Pebble Beach restaurant serves casual Australian lunches, while the more formal Long Pavilion is all about seven-course meals that include dishes such as the organic chicken with autumn vegetables and the Tasmanian salmon with whiting and enoki. "No request is too difficult" for the "super-friendly, super-efficient staff." "Once you stay at Qualia, it's difficult to stay anywhere else."

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