Ambassador Hotel Review – qualia Great Barrier Reef

- Collette Dinnigan, Fashion Designer

Collette Dinnigan

Fashion Designer

Collette Dinnigan is one of Australia’s most iconic fashion designers. Her career has spanned over 21 years and she has shown collections in Paris almost every season. She has dressed over one hundred internationally acclaimed actresses and has a strong retail presence worldwide.


Overlooking the cobalt blue ocean on Hamilton Island, just off of Australia’s Queensland coast, qualia is a tropical paradise. The resort is very private and exceptionally well maintained. My room was large and immaculate with modern, minimalist furniture carefully chosen not to compete with the breathtaking views. The bathrooms are also big, spacious and well-appointed.

The infinity edge pool by the restaurant was my favourite place in the hotel. Although not open for dinner, the restaurant was relaxing, with both an amazing location and food worth going back for.

The service was amicable, but one would be well-advised to adjust to island time as quickly as possible. Operating at big city tempo while staying at qualia will only make you frustrated. You’re on an island, so be on island time.

The spa and treatments were utter bliss.

All in all, a lovely island retreat complete with breathtaking views. One of the best resorts in Australia.

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