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Monday 20 May 2024

New boutique resort unveiled for Hamilton Island

The team behind Hamilton Island and qualia is to launch a new boutique hotel in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Hamilton Island Enterprises has unveiled The Sundays - which is being promoted as a family-friendly destination in the World Heritage-listed region.

The Sundays will be situated at the northern end of palm-fringed Catseye Beach and will have 59 rooms "designed to capture the essence of Hamilton Island's tropical surroundings and blue water views".

There will be the choice of either a balcony or terrace, overlooking the Coral Sea and the hotel's gardens. Interconnecting rooms, designed for families, will also be available.

The hotel will feature private cabanas around a pool exclusively for guests and a waters-edge restaurant and bar offering al fresco dining with views of Catseye Bay.

The hotel is set to open in autumn 2025, providing employment for over 100 full-time equivalent hospitality workers in the region.

Pete Brulisauer, CEO of Hamilton Island, says, “The Sundays marks over 20 years of continuous significant investment in Hamilton Island by the Oatley family.

"In developing its ethos, we were inspired by the essence of what makes a Sunday so special - relaxing, treasuring time and fostering connections with loved ones, and embracing nature. 

"It will be a place where you can expect an extraordinary experience for all ages amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of The Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.”

Brulisauer says in recent years Hamilton Island, accessible via direct flights in under 2.5 hours from major Australian East Coast cities, has seen a sharp increase in domestic travellers seeking a luxury tropical island escape without the hassle and time of international flights.

The project is estimated to cost over $30 million. 

Sandy Oatley, chairman of Hamilton Island Enterprises, says: “We are responding to our guests' request for more family-focused boutique accommodation, in our ideal location. 

"We remain focused on continuing to enhance Hamilton Island's reputation as one of Australia's most iconic holiday destinations.”

The Sundays complements Hamilton Island's wide-range of accommodation offerings, including the luxury resort qualia, the boutique beachfront hotel Beach Club and the family-friendly Reef View Hotel and Palm Bungalows.

Reservations for The Sundays will open in Spring 2025.

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