For the life of a concierge, particularly one with expertise in culinary offerings, there may not be a more idyllic locale than Australia’s Hamilton Island amid the Great Barrier Reef. Yan Martinez, executive concierge at qualia (qualia in Latin means a collection of deeper sensory experiences) would know. Born in Bordeaux, France, he has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the US and Asia. After working for a number of years for Air France/KLM, Martinez took on the challenge of opening his own business, a café in the Darlinghurst neighborhood of Sydney. He sold the successful operation in exchange for island life and now finds himself residing in one of the world’s most coveted destinations.
“Hamilton Island has gone through a dramatic change since the owners, the Oatley family, purchased the island just over ten years ago,” says Martinez. “It has become a reference among the Whitsunday Islands for its friendly and professional service, which you can experience from the time you land at our airport, as well as for its close proximity to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, which makes it the ideal place to holiday in Australia.”
The island offers a choice of accommodation options ranging from the family-friendly Reef View Hotel (12 Resort Dr. Tel: +61-7-4946-9999), to the five-star qualia resort (20 Whitsunday Blvd. Tel: 866-202-2590 toll-free). Martinez says that Hamilton Island and qualia are fast becoming a food lover’s paradise as the island continues to expand its gourmet food and wine offerings. In addition to the 16 diverse dining options on Island, the destination is renowned for its bespoke and unique epicure experiences.