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Whitsunday hotels are among country’s best

By Mark Beale

IT’S official – the Whitsundays is home to some of the country’s best hotels.

This is the finding of international hotel price comparison website, which has now presented its 2014 list of the top destinations and hotels loved by the masses, based on over 120 million traveller ratings.

According to the survey results, Hamilton Island ranked third in online hotel reputation in Queensland, also making the list of Australia’s top 50 destinations.

Hotels on the island rated at an average of 84.48, bringing it to 11th place on the national list, in between Mission Beach (Queensland) and Yamba (New South Wales).

Within Queensland the destination is leading ahead of Port Douglas.

Airlie Beach also appears in Queensland’s top 50 list, reaching 12th place with an average rating of 80.98.

Paradise Bay Resort on Long Island also made Australia’s top 50 hotels list and was the best rated hotel in the Whitsunday islands.

The resort ranked 18th in Australia and 10th in the state with a 92.90 rating.

It was closely followed by Hamilton Island’s Beach Club and qualia, the One&Only Hayman Island Resort and Hamilton Island’s Reef View Hotel, all of which had ratings between 88.65 and 82.96.

Back on the mainland, the best rated accommodation in Airlie Beach was the Airlie Beach Waterfront Backpackers, which featured as a top hotel in Queensland at 22nd place, with a rating of 91.93.

Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger (90.61) and the Martinique Whitsunday Resort (90.12) are also among the state’s best rated hotels, in 32nd and 35th position respectively.

Others making ten best rated hotels in Airlie Beach are Pinnacles Resort and Spa, Summit Apartments, Sea Star Apartments, Airlie Apartments, Peppers Airlie Beach, Marina Shores and Whitsunday Reflections Apartments.

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