Luxury family accommodation Posted by Reef Magazine - 20 September 2013 Nestled right on the water overlooking Dent Passage, the exquisite Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas are a haven for those looking for a taste of luxury whether it be for a week or a lifetime. The brief: You are looking for a holiday experience that includes absolute luxury accommodation, but your requirements include bringing the whole family or a group of friends. The answer: Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas. Just on a year since it was officially opened by Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, the arresting Walter Barda-designed Hamilton Island Yacht Club has become a landmark in the Whitsundays. Dubbed Queensland’s answer to the Opera House, its iconic design is already synonymous with the island and and the Oatley family’s ongoing drive to develop Hamilton Island into a world-class destination. Designed as part of the Yacht Club project, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas are the island’s newest residential development and luxury accommodation option, available for sale or for holiday stays and offering the very highest standards in luxury fitout, facilities and of course location. For those travelling with young ones, but who enjoy the finer things in life, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas are the perfect choice. No expense has been spared in the design, construction and fit out of these beautiful properties, and with exclusive access to a range of other premium facilities including the Yacht Club itself and the island’s world-renowned resort, qualia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas represent a luxury home away from home experience without compromise. Running out from the Yacht Club like ripples and designed to complement and blend with the surrounding environment, the 35 villas are set over three to four levels depending on position, all with commanding views of Dent Passage and making the most of the gentle on-shore breezes. Renowned landscape architect, Jamie Durie was called on to weave his special magic landscaping the grounds, using a variety of native plants to enhance Barda’s design and give the area its own distinctive look and feel. From the large, lagoon pool right on the edge of Dent Passage to the terraces of each villa, the whole development blends seamlessly with the geography of the location, a veritable haven of understated luxury nestled close enough to the centre of the island’s activities for convenience, but shielded for absolute privacy. Luxury on Hamilton Island has a new name. Extensive use of timber throughout, high ceilings and plantation shutters are perfect for the tropical island setting, the large open plan living areas, awash with natural light, flowing out on to private terraces with their stunning views, but discreetly shielded from other villas. Each villa boasts four bedrooms and four bathrooms, absolute state-of-the-art kitchens with Miele appliances and an elegant yet laid back feel, thanks in no small part to the interior design efforts of Coco Republic. This celebrated interior design company was charged with the task of creating a luxury feel but one that married with the relaxed nature of the island. Interior colours and treatments are subtle yet elegant, giving each property a warm, familiar feel. The result is a beautifully balanced, welcoming environment that you will not want to leave in a hurry, but with so much to do and so many additional privileges attached to choosing the Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas, you will no doubt find the time and the energy to venture forth and experience all the island has to offer. Situated as they are right next to the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, visitors will find themselves drawn to this iconic centre to relax right on the water’s edge with a drink or enjoy the fine dining options including the Yacht Club’s signature restaurant Bommie. Indeed villa residents enjoy exclusive access to a comprehensive range of facilities including the Island Concierge team with a dedicated concierge team member to look after the guest during their stay, with privileged access to qualia restaurants and the stunning Spa qualia when available as well as priority bookings for tee times at the Peter Thomson-designed Hamilton Island Golf Club (just a short boat trip across the passage). The special service starts as soon as you and the family arrive on the island, with VIP return Hamilton Island airport/marina transfers to your villa. Accommodation in the villas includes the use of a four-seater electric buggy to get you around during your stay, although the villas’ proximity to the Yacht Club, marina and the shopping and dining options along Front Street are just a short stroll away. Owners of Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas will revel in their Founding Member status at the Yacht Club and will enjoy the use of the private members’ level and health club as well as their priority berthing at the new marina E-arm. On an island where visitors are quite literally spoilt for choice in terms of accommodation, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas provide families the ideal way to experience paradise, without compromising in any way. Of course, as with anything, there is a down side, and that is that you will not want to leave – full stop. There is however a remedy even for that problem. For those looking for the ultimate holiday home or to put down roots in paradise, there are still villas on the market, but don’t delay. At time of writing, there were six villas remaining for sale – the word is out. For sales enquiries, please contact Hamilton Island Real Estate on 1300 800 070. For holiday reservations, contact Hamilton Island Holidays on 137 333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org About the Author 'REEF Magazine – Hamilton Island & the Great Barrier Reef' is a magazine that showcases all that Hamilton Island has to offer, from events, to an exciting array of activities, attractions and more. You can pick up your complimentary copy of 'REEF Magazine' at any Hamilton Island hotel, and you can also access some of our feature articles right here on The Island Blog.