Hamilton Island makes hall of fame

HAMILTON Island's owners, the Oatley family and their luxury resort qualia, won a raft of accolades at the 2012 Hotel Management Awards.

In front of almost 600 hoteliers, industry leaders and major suppliers, the Oatley family was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame and recognised for their significant contribution to the tourism industry through the ongoing investment in and development of Hamilton Island.

Speaking on behalf of the family Sandy Oatley said they were honoured to be recognised.

"Our vision for Hamilton Island was, and continues to be, that it is an island for everyone. We're blessed that it continues to be recognised as such. With the 10th anniversary of ownership of Hamilton Island coming up next year, it is very special to receive this award," Mr Oatley said

The island's luxury resort qualia also took out a trio of awards, including Best Resort, Best Spa (for Spa qualia) for the second year running and Best Hotel Chef (Alastair Waddell). In addition, qualia received several Highly Commended awards, including for Luxury Property, Australian Lodge, Hotel Restaurant (Long Pavilion) and Hotel of the Year.

Michael Shah, qualia's general manager, said qualia offered guests an outstanding and unique experience each and every time.

"From exceptional service, to award-winning cuisine and the best in resort leisure facilities, qualia is a beacon of understated luxury and quintessential Australian charm that simply cannot be discovered anywhere else," he said.

The resort's outstanding facilities include two infinity-edged pools, two bars and exclusive restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and 'Spa qualia', an award-winning venue in itself. The resort also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet 'Pas de Deux in Paradise' and Great Barrier Feast series.

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