Friday, August 26, 2016

Paradise

Recently we were extremely fortunate to be taken away on an almost all expenses paid holiday to celebrate Plumbing Boy's best mates 50th birthday in a beautiful part of the Australia.  It was truly an amazing experience & I dare say a once in a life time kind of extravagance.



We stayed in a resort with champagne on arrival with this view from the reception/dining/bar area.  

We had our own individual pavilion....









Complete with plunge pool & more champagne or arrival to our room (it's barely visible in front of the TV - which we didn't turn on for the week we were there despite 200+ in house movies on offer).





With our own day bed in the shade, lounges in the sun & a view like this, I'm not sure why they even have TV's!!!




Even at night the view is quite spectacular; 



& I did take advantage of the bath tub most days enjoying a pre dinner drink watching the sunset before we were required at our friends for canapes.





Our friends (birthday) D & D stayed in what was called the beach house & it had it's own fully contained bungalow, where the other couple J & J stayed.  

It was same pavilion TayTay stayed in on her recent trip!!  My niece was so excited to learn this being a massive TayTay fan exclaiming that D & D are SOOOOO lucky!!!


We felt like we were on the set of Master Chef most days with amazing food at every meal; & a degustation dinner one night:


This was the before we started the degustation menu snack (above).





I forgot to take a picture of the 4th course (the red mullet) as we were distracted by this little guy (and of course we also had freshly baked bread as an a accompaniment!)



There was wine to go with every course, most of them I liked.







Then another plate just for the birthday boy



And just because we needed more food, something else sweet to eat & the cutest little after dinner drink that I have no idea what it was but was around a 30ml shot, fruity & sour & right up my alley after all that rich food!





We spent half our time lazing about swimming, reading & snoozing. PB & I did a few walks & runs on our own - the others were less interested in physical activity - I was actually referred to as "sporty spice" on check in to our own private concierge by the others LOL.









We went sailing one day around the Whitsunday's & stopped off at Whitehaven beach for a swim & some champagne; some of us did some stand up paddle boarding & I may have had a bit of a run too - how often does one have the opportunity to go for a run on Whitehaven beach (it's only accessible by sea or air - the island is uninhabited)!!!!











It was humpback whale migration season & daily we saw whales lazing about in the passage between Hamilton & Whitsunday Islands





The resort had its own day spa with daily yoga - managed to make it 2 mornings!



We hung out with local wildlife down at the marina & enjoyed the local sites (& beverages)





But by far the highlight of the trip for 4 of us was this:















PB & I + the birthday boy & his other mate went out to Hardy Reef (part of the the Great Barrier Reef) on 2 helicopters, landed on a pontoon, were transferred to reef world by boat & went snorkling for a couple of hours!!!!  

I'd never been in a chopper before (that was the excitement for me!!!) - they were 4 seaters so 2 of us in each chopper with a pilot.  Just WOW.  I have a couple of movies I'll try to upload at a later date.

It was the most amazing trip & we are truly thankful for the generosity of our friends for inviting us along.  

A few more snaps of the resort (some for you C!)...... 













We were sad we had to leave; but very happy to have had the experience!  And to be honest I think we were both quite happy to come home to our ordinary life although the view & the weather would have been nice to bring home.





Paradise.