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Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

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Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

We just decided to spend 4 nights on HI (vs. Cairns or Airlie Beach) and are wondering about Qualia vs. Beach Club - both are on the pricier side and we're wondering whether the almost $400/night price difference between the two is worth it. Has anyone ever stayed at both - or toured both - properties and can help us understand the difference?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

Qualia is a world class resort, and rated as "The Best Resort in the World" in 2012 by Conde Nast Magazine. It is a high end (from memory all inclusive) luxury resort.

Beach Club (from recent reports) is a little rundown, but I believe was undergoing a renovation (or just just undergone one). It is more the style of a 4 star hotel.

In all honesty there is no comparison between them. Qualia is miles ahead in terms of luxury (and price as well).

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2. Re: Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

And the price difference is only $400/night if you compare low-season prices at the lowest possible room type. It goes WAY up from there...

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3. Re: Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

The rates at Qualia aren't all inclusive, only include breakfast. I think its an extra 125 dollars each to have dinner included (not lunch). We've booked for end of march, 4 nights for 2925 special they have on at the moment, seems like they do specials fairly regularly on there website

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4. Re: Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

Hi there

I have done site inspections of both the Beach Club and Qualia.

Here are a few points of difference:

The Beach Club:

-When i drove past it last week it looks like it is undergoing some type of renovations - i am not entirely sure to what extent just half the driveway was closed off.

-It is located right on the main beach and pretty much in the middle of the main resort. However, only guests can access the sun lounges and huts on the beach and also the facilities of Beach Club.

-From my inspection a few years ago, the rooms were ok - but the size of the rooms at the Reef View hotel are quite a lot bigger.

-They also have their own restaurant so you don't have to leave the resort if you don't want to

Qualia

-Wow....stunning in my opinion. It is located at the very far end of the island and has a huge walled entry gate so no one unless guests can get access in

-The pavilions are very private. There is not any two pavilions that can see into another pavilion.

-Leeward Pavillion: I personally like the layout and décor better in this one but you don't have a plunge pool

-Windward Pavillion: this has your own private plunge pool

-Pavillions are scattered all over the end of the island, so they are very private. There is a main pool down next to Pebble Beach which is lovely aswell

-Dining looked stunning aswell! There is the Long Pavillion which is the main reception area and then there is the restaurant and bar at Pebble Beach which have a lovely view.

For the price difference, I would sway towards Qualia only as you get first class service which is not comparable to anything else on Hamilton Island (not saying that Beach Club isn't as good but...)

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5. Re: Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

Having stayed at qualia, I would say none would surpass them!! Facilities, restaurant,ever helpful staff enhanced our experience in 2012.

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6. Re: Qualia (vs. Beach Club)

I think the only problem with Qualia is you wont want to leave the rooms... they are gorgeous

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