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Meet in Australia
A new Asian-fusion restaurant
further adds to the already
extensive choice of dining and
function space that incentive
and meeting groups will
find on Hamilton Island in
Queensland’s Whitsundays.
Even more choice
at Hamilton Island
Launched in August to coincide with the
annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week,
coca chu has a glassed-in show kitchen and
dining area, outdoor poolside lounge bar,
cocktail waiting lounge, bar, and balcony
dining and lounge area.
Chef Adam Woodfield has returned from
New York to take the helm at the new
restaurant and creates experiences based
upon the hawker food stalls of South
East Asia.
Hamilton Island’s business tourism
manager, Julie Ford, says coca chu, located
in the refurbished Beach House, is just the
latest attraction for New Zealand organisers
and delegates.
The New Zealand market is extremely
important to us and one that we continue
to pay attention to,’ says Ford. She points
out that Hamilton Island will again be at
the Pacific Area Incentives and Conferences
Expo (PAICE 2012) on November 13 and
is regularly involved in professional
conference organiser (PCO) famils to the
Whitsundays out of New Zealand.
We can cater for groups of all sizes and
we also have a range of value propositions,’
Ford says.
The island boasts the largest convention
centre in the Whitsundays, holding events
of up to 1000 delegates. It has direct ground
floor access, allowing vehicles to drive in
to the 900sqm pillarless area for product
launches and other events.
In front of the centre is the four-star Reef
View Hotel, with 362 rooms and 16 suites
on the top two levels. The hotel is popular
with New Zealand groups visiting Hamilton
The key to the appeal is in the huge
rooms that all face the ocean,’ says Ford.
With two queen beds and double vanities
in the bathrooms, the Reef View is ideal and
comfortable for twin share occupancy.’
The hotel has two ground floor meeting
rooms – the Chart Room which seats up to
people theatre style and the Wild Oats
boardroom for 12.
The Beach Club, at Catseye Beach, is
a boutique adults only resort. With 57
accommodation rooms, the property is
popular for honeymoons but is also ideal for
small groups, especially executive retreats
and incentives.
Each room opens onto a private furnished
terrace or balcony, with views of the Coral
Sea. Guests have access to Spa wumurdaylin
and Spa qualia.
Of course, qualia itself is now a well
established top end offering at Hamilton
Island. It is part of Luxury Lodges of Australia
and recently joined Relais & Chateaux.
Key to qualia’s offering is its exclusivity;
the resort has guest-only facilities, and
guests are offered a glass of Veuve Clicquot
upon arrival and receive a bottle in
their rooms.
Guests have use of their own two-seater
electric golf buggy to travel round Hamilton
Island and VIP transport is provided for
transfers to and from qualia. Accommodation
rooms are made up of 60 pavilions, some
twin share Windward Pavilions, which come
with a personal plunge pool and signature
qualia bathtub in a 120sqm setting, and
Leeward Pavilions at 90sqm.
Commonly used for VIP guests is the two
bedroom private Beach House, with its own
private lap pool and guest pavilion.
Also on offer for business events is the
Yacht Club, with its high ceiling, naturally
lit Ketch and Cutter Rooms, and the Black
Coral Room, that doubles as a private dining
space. The Yacht Club’s Bommie Deck is
popular for tapas and afternoon drinks with
waterfront views.
The Hamilton Island Golf Club is being
utilised more as an exclusive dinner venue
groups have the entire Dent Island to
themselves for an intimate dining experience
for up to 90 guests.
The Beach Club lounge, Hamilton Island
october] 2012