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Experience a uniquely Australian luxury holiday at Hamilton Island’s award-winning qualia resort, the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart and concluding at the upscale Saffire resort on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula. Enjoy the contrast between the north’s humid subtropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s temperate southern climate and dramatic coastal woodlands and mountains.
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qualia (pronounced kwah-leea) is located on the northern most point of Hamilton Island and offers sixty chic guest pavilions. Visually the retreat is 100% tropical Australia – glimpses of corrugated-iron, wide eaves, ventilation slats and breeze ways shimmering through a lacework of eucalypts and flowering melaleucas. However the elegance of its interiors and fittings and the excellence of its amenities and services places it among the best international resort experiences.
There is a gym and yoga area, a library and a spa with six deluxe treatments rooms and for those who want to travel further afield, two-seater golf buggies are available for private use. Qualia guests are free to indulge in the extensive range of amenities on Hamilton Island – luxury yacht charters and helicopter excursions to Whitehaven Beach being favourites.
Qualia’s focal point is the Long Pavilion, which creates a dramatic sense of arrival. Just short of 100 metres long, it opens onto an epic panorama of the Whitsunday Islands. With 100 floor to ceiling folding glass doors that will spend most of their time opened to the elements – The Long Pavilion is not so much a room that can be opened as a veranda that can be enclosed. Breakfast and dinner are served in The Long Pavilion, while the lunch venue is a more casual shoreline restaurant on Pebble Beach.
Qualia shares the sense that, in Australia elegant can also be casual!
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is located on Hobart’s waterfront and sits on what was once a jam factory dating back to 1804. The hotel is furnished with over 300 artworks with a continuously changing exhibition and has been created to present itself as a fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. The hotel offers 56 rooms and suites all uniquely different and furnished and the hotel’s restaurants and bars feature Tasmanian fine food and beverages
Deluxe Spa Harbour View Rooms overlook harbour front of Hobart framed by the cityscape and Mount Wellington. These rooms feature original walls of stone and timber trusses with columns and beams. With stainless steel and translucent glass bathrooms these rooms include a spa bath for total relaxation.
Private car transfer – approximately 3 hours’ journey time
Option to upgrade (at additional cost) to a private helicopter transfer – approximate journey time of 40 minutes
Number of Nights: 2
Number of Rooms: 1 double
Room Type: Signature suite
The Freycinet Peninsula extends south-eastwards from Tasmania’s coastline and is a gazetted National Park that includes the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay. Freycinet’s landscapes are soft and warm pink granite mountains, white sand beaches, grey-green casuarinas and seawater blue as sapphire!
Saffire is located on the inside of the gentle curve of sandy coastline that joins the peninsula to mainland Tasmania and overlooks the wide expanses of Great Oyster Bay, where migrating whales and dolphins come to play. Local farms produce fresh, succulent oysters in some of the world’s cleanest waters; and fishing boats and trawlers bring in their daily catch of crayfish, scallops and deep sea fish, dripping and salty-sweet straight from the ocean.
The Signature Suites offer an open plan living area, an outdoor relaxation area and an ensuite bathroom. They have been furnished in an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary, with locally made timber pieces alongside mid-century classics.