Whitsunday coast – Boutique hotels

Whitsunday coast – Boutique hotels


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Whitsunday coast

Qualia resort
Photos: Christina Pfeiffer

From sleeping under the stars, on a boat or in a luxury eco resort, the Whitsunday Islands has a boutique getaway to suit all budgets.

White-sand beaches, tropical islands and exploring the Great Barrier Reef are just what the doctor ordered so treat yourself to a Whitsunday escape minus the crowds.


1. Cruise Whitsundays Reefsleep

Sleeping on Whitsundays Reefsleep’s floating platform is an adventure you won’t forget. You can dive and snorkel till sunset, have a BBQ dinner over the reef and spend a night under the stars sleeping in swags.

2. Villa Botanica

Getting married? Tie the knot in style at this tropical Airlie Beach seaside venue. With stunning views of the Coral Sea and a team to make sure your nuptials go like clockwork, Villa Botanica is sure to impress. Wedding couples spend the night in the Bridal Villa amidst a paradise of exotic Indian and Balinese furnishings.


Live the high life by cruising around the islands in a luxury super yacht. Descarada is a three-level floating home with four cabins and plenty of expensive toys like jet skis, kayaks and a rigid inflatable tender. With a crew of three on hand to look after your every whim, a millionaire’s lifestyle is there for the taking.

4. qualia Beach House


It’s the ultimate secluded hideaway, an island home-away-from-home with all the mod cons. qualia Beach House has a main bedroom with an ensuite, a 10-person dining room, a full-sized swimming pool and separate guesthouse. Guests have access to qualia’s facilities and activities.

5. One & Only Hayman Island

Relax at One & Only Hayman Island in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a luxurious Queensland island hideaway that will have you chilled out and de-stressed in no time, especially in a boutique Beach Villa away from the crowds.

6. Airlie Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

Relax at the water’s edge – just a few steps from the beach – in a serviced studio, one or two-bedroom air-conditioned apartment. Some apartments have spas and ocean views. Chocolates, flowers and candles are a cosy in-room touch and breakfast provisions are provided.

Whitsundays Accommodation

7. Million-star location

The Whitsundays is the perfect spot for a sleep under the stars. For as little as $5 a night, camping on a deserted island offers the ultimate million-star location. Salty Dog Kayaking takes all the hard work out of camping with its camping and kayaking packages where everything you need is provided for you.

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I'm a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia, when I'm not on the road. I've lived in three continents and my career as a travel journalist has taken me to all seven continents. Since 2003, I have contributed travel stories to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. I have won many travel writing awards and I'm a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.


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