Weekends of Wonderment 

29-31 May, 2015 

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.

Limited to no more than 21 guests, 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.

Join us in May for the second event in the series and you’ll begin the weekend with an intimate candle making class with Elise Pioch Balzac, founder of high-end Australian soy wax candle brand Maison Balzac. The session will allow guests to select their own unique scent and pour soy wax candles into a personal heirloom or jar of choice.
You’ll then have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on crabbing experience with renowned chef, Andrew McConnell, of Cumulus Inc. and Supernormal (awarded best new restaurant by The Age Good Food Guide) and expert crabber and marine biologist, Matt Vickers. Guests will pull their own mud crabs from sustainable fishery crab pots found off the shores of qualia.
The love for all things artisanal continues with an intimate floral masterclass with Dr Lisa Cooper, where she will take you through her intriguing career, floral inspirations and her new book, before you can make your own floral creations under her expert tutelage. Lisa Cooper’s work has graced the pages of Vogue, Vogue Living, Harper’s Bazaar, Manuscript, and Marie Claire, while her signature floral works are commissioned by some of Sydney’s biggest names in the business and arts world. She is also an accomplished artist and acclaimed jeweller.
The weekend will culminate in an elegant ‘Weekends of Wonderment’ dinner at qualia’s renowned Pebble Beach as prepared by guest chef, Andrew McConnell. Having worked abroad in Europe and Asia, Andrew McConnell has ultimately made a name for himself in Melbourne where he currently resides as Executive Chef and Owner of five Melbourne restaurants: Cumulus Inc., Cutler & Co., The Builders Arms Hotel and its dining room Moon Under Water, Supernormal and Luxembourg. His passion for exceptional, often unusual seasonal produce has earned him the respect of the dining public and his peers, having thrice been honoured Chef of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide.

Weekends of Wonderment package

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  • Accommodation at qualia
  • A la carte breakfast daily
  • Candle making class with Elise Pioch Balzac OR Johnnie Walker Royal Warrant Experience
  • Crabbing experience with visiting chef Andrew McConnell and marine biologist, Matt Vickers
  • Floral masterclass with Dr Lisa Cooper
  • Weekends of Wonderment dinner at Pebble Beach, qualia
  • All non-alcoholic beverages at qualia - including soft drinks, juices, waters, tea and coffee (does not include blended beverages)
  • Use of a 2-seater golf buggy during your stay
  • 24 hour chauffeur service around the island
  • VIP return Hamilton Island airport/marina to qualia transfers
  • Use of non-motorised watercraft

Due to the intimate nature of the event, places are limited. For more details or to book, please contact our Luxury Specialists on 1300 780 959 or email reservations@qualia.com.au 

*Please note, guests must be 16 years or over to attend the Weekends of Wonderment event. Package price listed is per person, twin share, in a qualia Leeward Pavilion. Windward Pavilion package rates also available. Two night package rates also available. Subject to availability. Further conditions apply.

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