#lovewhitsundays

As the title suggests, I'm definitely a fan and a lover of the Whitsundays up in Queensland having visited for the first time! The Whitsundays is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef (did you know you can see it from outer space!) on the Queensland coast and lies 74 islands. Most of the islands are uninhabited national parks minus 4 islands, and one of those islands we'll be visiting—Hamilton Island.

Flying in on a Friday morning, we departed the gloomy stormy front of Sydney and landed in a beautiful sunny summer Hamilton Island, this is considering that it's the end of Autumn with Winter around the corner, the weather was so warm and cool (t-shirt time!).

With amazing food and scenery that the Whitsundays has to provide, let me take you through a visual journey of it and hope that you too can experience it in person—from brunch at Manta Ray, through scenic flights with Air Whitsundays, #gobareboating and sleeping overnight on the waters, fine dining at Bommie.

Brunch at Manta Ray.

Brunch at Manta Ray.

Scenic views of Whitehaven Beach.

Scenic views of Whitehaven Beach.

Dinner at Bommie.

Dinner at Bommie.

For more information on the Whitsundays, visit Tourism Whitsundays for more info.

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Boy were Li-Chi and I in for a treat during our last night in Tokyo.

We got to stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo located very conveniently a short walk from the ever bustling train station of Shinjuku being only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots. A cozy bed, a good meal, friendly faces…. these are just some of the comforts that you seek after stepping inside the hotel door.

We stayed in their newly opened Premier Grand Suite and I didn't want to leave ... ever. But of course (and great for me) the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo which I'm delighted to share with you.

 

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For bookings and further information:

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,
Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo
160-8330 Japan

Japan (Setouchi)

Having visited Japan for the first time in May 2016 spending my days there exploring Tokyo without any plans, I was incredibly blessed to be invited by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organisation) to come back and experience Japan in another light for December 2016.

That's my style of travelling, off the beaten track and into the discoveries of what's not always found on top of search articles and 'must-go' places which in turns lets you truly discover what a country has to offer and possibly discovering yourself too.

The Setouchi region is known for its moderate climate, with a stable year-round temperature and relatively low rainfall levels. The sea is also famous for its periodic red tides (赤潮 akashio) caused by dense aggregations of certain phytoplankton that result in the deaths of large numbers of fish.

Here are just some of the beautiful places you're able to discover in this region:

Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)

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Kotohira-gu Shrine

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Shikoku Pilgrimage Route

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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

For more information on these locations, have a look at the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organisation).