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The natural world plays a starring role at this elegant resort on the Great Barrier Reef.
Founded by a winemaker and sailing enthusiast, this sumptuous, secluded oasis resides on the northern tip of Hamilton Island, embraced by the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Sixty individual pavilions open onto their own private sundecks, infinity plunge pools and the Coral Sea. The tasteful use of sandstone, glass and timber leaves the focus on the environment, while at the same time, creature comforts are not ignored. Amenities range from flat-screen TVs with complimentary movies to the use of electric golf buggies throughout your stay.
Dining venues showcase the pristine views, and the menus at Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach focus on local produce and regional flavors. Spa qualia incorporates an indigenous approach to its treatments, while special a Mind, Body and Soul experiences includes consultation with a naturopath and an integrated health screening. Among the most popular activities are private boat trips to secluded beaches for snorkeling and picnics, and teeing off at the Hamilton Island Golf Club. For foodies, culinary classes and Talk and Taste events invite guests to explore sake and sashimi, Champagne and oysters, and wine and cheese.