Alive and Well

Yes, it’s been a while. I’ve now finished uni for the year and it’s a great feeling.  I’m getting back into the routine I used to enjoy and it’s so good to have less pressure and more time. I found the last semester fairly demanding as it involved five subjects and two different campuses and […]

Stuart’s Point, NSW

I absolutely enjoy five-star luxury holidays and escapes however, equally, there is something very special about a no-frills holiday in a place so trapped in a time warp it is reminiscent of summer holidays from long, long ago. A generation ago a lot of people grew up with the annual three-week family holiday commencing on […]

Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel, India

Last month I let you know that next year I’m heading to India with Rush Expeditions for a 10-day boutique tour.  The good news is, you have the opportunity to come with me. We will be spending our time in Northern India which, because of the incredible scenery, architecture and historical significance of the region, […]

Intercontinental, Sanctuary Cove, QLD

Sanctuary Cove is about a 45-minute drive north of the Gold Coast airport.  Opening in 1986 with five days of celebrations that included performances from Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston, Sanctuary Cove was designed as a community where you could live in a resort-styled setting. Sanctuary Cove features two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 300-berth […]

Bambu, Seminyak, Bali

Before we left for Bali, we had quite a few friends telling us where we ‘absolutely must’ dine.  One name that kept popping up was Bambu and so it was definitely on our list of experiences we must have before we fly back to Sydney. Without even trying, we actually stumbled upon Bambu.  On the […]

Rock Bar, Ayana Resort, Bali

If you’ve traveled to Bali you have more than likely heard of the Rock Bar; it’s more known than the resort, Ayana, where it is situated. The very famous Rock Bar is situated within the Ayana Resort complex and while all 80 hectares of Ayana sprawls out above the coastline, the Rock Bar is down […]

Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali

Without contest, Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, is the very best resort I have ever been to. Located in Jimbaran and just a 30-minute drive from Denpasar airport, Ayana is set on around 80 hectares of pristine land, high above a cliff over the Indian Ocean. Formally known as the Ritz Carlton, Ayana is […]

MS Oosterdam – The Dining Experience

Okay. So here we go. And try to keep up with how many times I mention the word, ‘sweet’. The Lido: Let’s start with The Lido.  It’s the buffet.  Does anyone out there like buffets?  I don’t.  I don’t like queuing for food and then wandering around with my tray trying to find a table […]

Beach Rock Cafe, Baie Des Citrons, Noumea

When Alfred dropped us back to the beautiful Baie Des Citrons (Lemon Bay) we certainly didn’t need lunch as we’d been to the patisserie and the milkshake shop and it seemed we’d been eating all day.  However, across the road from the beach we saw a cafe in the very new retail complex, Le Mirage […]

Noumea Day Tours, New Caledonia

Before leaving for the cruise I did some research into what sort of a tour we could do when in Noumea.  I wasn’t overwhelmed by the choices offered by the cruise ship.  There was one we would have liked to have done to Amedee Island where we could view the lighthouse and go snorkelling but […]