Weekends of Wonderment

A new event series at qualia designed to appeal to those with a love affair for all things luxurious and artisanal

Weekends of Wonderment 

Weekends of Wonderment is a new event series at qualia designed to appeal to those with a love affair for all things luxurious and artisanal, who travel for the senses and are seeking a unique, hands-on experience in the region.

The series is set to become Australia’s most intimate and unique weekend getaway – a weekend not to be missed for passionate travellers who want to tap into their senses and experience the Whitsundays region in a unique way.

The inaugural weekend in June 2014 began with an intimate candle making class with Elise Balzac, founder of high-end Australian soy wax candle brand Maison Balzac. The session allowed guests to select their own unique scent and pour soy wax candles into a personal heirloom or jar of choice. The journey continued with a hands-on crabbing experience with renowned chef and Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’ ambassador, Mark Best and expert crabber and marine biologist, Matt Vickers.

The love for all things artisanal continued with an art of flower arranging session with founder of Grandiflora, Saskia Havekes; often referred to as the First Lady of Flowers. With experience working with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Dries Van Noten and Acne, Havekes inspired, informed and delighted guests in both visual and conversational form. Following a discussion around her signature perfume, Magnolia Grandiflora EDP, guests were provided with the opportunity to make their own exquisite floral arrangement under Havekes’ expert tutelage. During this time, others chose to take part in an informative Gentleman’s Club talk on the Legacy of Sailing with Iain Murray, CEO of Team Australia.

The weekend culminated in an elegant ‘Weekends of Wonderment’ dinner at qualia’s renowned Pebble Beach as prepared by guest chef, Mark Best. Mark Best has won ‘Chef of the Year’ in the annual Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in Australian Gourmet Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Time Out magazine and also in the Restaurant and Catering Association’s Awards for Excellence. His Sydney restaurant, Marque has also featured in San Pellegrino and Restaurant Magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’.

The itinerary for future events will continue to focus around bringing internationally acclaimed experts to qualia who will each create bespoke, unique experiences of the highest calibre for an intimate group of not more than 24 guests. By interacting with each expert in a relaxed environment, not only during their session but throughout the weekend, every Weekends of Wonderment guest will connect in a tactile manner with the beauty surrounding qualia and leave fulfilled and inspired as a result.

The next Weekends of Wonderment event will be held at qualia in early 2015. More details, including confirmation of the guest experts, will be released in the near future. Please contact our Luxury Specialists on 1300 780 959 or email reservations@qualia.com.au to register your interest to ensure you’re the first to hear of event updates and ticket release dates.

Please note, guests must be 18 years or over to attend the Weekends of Wonderment event.

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