Luxury hotel review: Qualia Hamilton Island and Saffire Tasmania

By Sheriden Rhodes
Updated February 15 2017 - 1:13pm, first published February 12 2017 - 12:15am
All you could wish for: Whitehaven Beach's powder-soft silica sand and clear blue sea. Photo: Supplied
All you could wish for: Whitehaven Beach's powder-soft silica sand and clear blue sea. Photo: Supplied
Freshly shucked oysters at Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania. Photo: Supplied
Freshly shucked oysters at Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania. Photo: Supplied
Dining in style at Saffire, Tasmania. Photo: Supplied
Dining in style at Saffire, Tasmania. Photo: Supplied
Stand-up paddleboarding, Qualia. Photo: Supplied
Stand-up paddleboarding, Qualia. Photo: Supplied

I step ashore at Whitehaven Beach, drinking in the magnificent sweep of one of the world's best beaches. It's a cloudless day with an onshore breeze. Dressed smartly in black, barefoot staff stand to attention, offering me a glass of French champagne the moment my feet sink into the powder-soft silica sand. We are directed to sit beneath one of four black umbrellas lined up on the startlingly bright shoreline. Offshore sits Sir Thomas Sopwith, the elegant 72-foot ketch which has sailed us here. I untie my sarong, letting it slip onto the sand, and plunge into the languid Coral Sea.

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