One thing I’ve learnt over the past 10 years of marital bliss is that if you don’t prioritise your relationship, no one else will. 10 years married and 14 years together is a long time and we have grown and changed alongside each other which hasn’t always been easy. Throw three businesses and two high energy kids into the mix and life can be pretty hectic!

No matter how challenging our everyday lives are, we have always found the time to reconnect and cherish our relationship. Anniversaries are the perfect way to indulge in some one and one time and this year for our 10 year wedding anniversary we splashed out on a 5 night stay at Qualia on Hamilton Island.

Wow! is all I can say. The word ‘paradise’ just doesn’t seem to cut it. As if Hamilton Island isn’t beautiful enough in its own right, then we are led through the imposing gates at Qualia to a tropical utopia.

Our pavilion is jaw dropping. Qualia’s harmonious design is the work of Australian architect Chris Beckingham. His philosophy was to create a luxurious Australian retreat that stimulates the senses and draws the outside in. We spent many hours lounging by our private sparking infinity pool relishing in the kid free quiet. The bathroom is next level wow. The freestanding bathtub overlooking the channel feels so luxurious and I loved the double vanity for a little extra bench space. Each pavilion comes with its own golf buggy so you can zip around the sprawling resort or explore the rest of Hamilton Island at your leisure.

Two of my favourite things are food and champagne and Qualia did not let me down. Al a cart Breakfast is served each morning in the Long Pavilion accompanied by a chorus of native birds. For dinner there are two options: modern Australian cuisine in the Long Pavilion or the degustation menu at Pebble Beach. We alternated between the two and enjoyed both experiences. Sunset at Pebble Beach is just magical and the degustation menu was diverse and delicious. We signed up for the oyster and champagne Masterclass (which I highly recommend!) where different styles of oyster are paired with top Australian and French champagnes.

My gorgeous husband had a surprise in store for the day of our 10 year wedding anniversary. He had organised Qualias exclusive private charter motor yacht Palm Beach to take us out for the day. This incredible boat cruised us out to our own private beach for a snorkel and champagne picnic on the beach followed by a stroll (and of course more champagne!) along Australia’s iconic Whitehaven beach. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience and a beautiful way to celebrate 10 years together.

After five blissful days at Qualia I felt like a new woman. I cherish the time I had there reconnecting with my husband and celebrating our relationship. Here’s to the next exciting 10years!


Qualia is location on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. For more information please see

Qantas fly from most capital cities to Hamilton Island. For more information please go to