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Accommodation Review – Greenbank Hotel Falmouth
Greenbank Hotel Falmouth

Accommodation Review – Greenbank Hotel Falmouth

The Greenbank Hotel Falmouth is truly the perfect base for a stay in this lovely part of the world.  It is Falmouth's oldest hotel and is stepped in history yet manages to feel fresh, modern and comfortable at the same time.

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Accommodation Review – Kura Design Villas – Uvita
Kura Design Villas Pool by night

Accommodation Review – Kura Design Villas – Uvita

Kura Design Villas - Accommodation Review Kura Design Villas bills itself as "the most glamorous romantic resort in Costa Rica".  It is a boutique, adults-only hotel high in the Uvita…

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Accommodation Review – Lapa Rios Eco Lodge – Lapa Rios
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge Costa Rica Room with a View

Accommodation Review – Lapa Rios Eco Lodge – Lapa Rios

Lapa is the Costa Rican name for the scarlet macaw.  When the American couple who founded Lapa Rios first visited the area, they spotted a number of macaws flying across the jungle in tandem, creating a river of red.  Inspired by this beautiful image, they named the lodge Lapa Rios – River of Scarlet Macaws.  It took them 8 years of searching to find the perfect place to realise their vision of creating an eco lodge in Costa Rica.  They poured everything into it - savings, pension pots, heart and soul.  It was well worth it - this is such a stunning place.

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Accommodation Review – Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel – Celeste River
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel Costa Rica

Accommodation Review – Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel – Celeste River

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is a small resort-style, ecologically-conscious hotel right in the centre of the lush cloud forest of Rio Celeste in Volcan Tenorio National Park.  You can walk down to the beautiful blue river directly from the hotel.

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Accommodation Review – Xandari Resort & Spa – Alajuela
Xandari Resort & Spa Alajuela - Welcome drinks

Accommodation Review – Xandari Resort & Spa – Alajuela

Where to stay in Alujela - Xandari Resort & Spa Accommodation Review Xandari Resort & Spa Alajuela has 24 spacious architecturally designed villas nestled on a 40-acre plantation surrounded by…

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Best Place to Stay in Perth:  Duxton Hotel
Duxton Perth WA Lobby

Best Place to Stay in Perth:  Duxton Hotel

We have stayed in three hotels in Perth during this trip and the Duxton Hotel was by far our favourite.  This is the place we will stay when we return here.  The room has all the usual comforts you expect of a good city centre hotel - including a bath and fast free wi-fi.

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Accommodation Review:  Pinnacles Edge Resort, Cervantes
Pinnacles Edge Resort WA Artwork

Accommodation Review:  Pinnacles Edge Resort, Cervantes

Where to Stay in Cervantes - Pinnacles Edge Resort Accommodation Review This hotel is a sister hotel to the Kalbarri Resort, so it felt very familiar when we arrived here.…

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Accommodation Review:  Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri
Kalbarri Edge Resort WA Lounge

Accommodation Review:  Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri

Kalbarri Edge Resort is an excellent place to stay in Kalbarri.  The resort is operated on a timeshare kind of basis, so owners come for 4 weeks a year and rent out their apartments for the remainder of the year, paying a management fee.  The apartment we had was very spacious with a well equipped kitchen, large gas Jumbuck barbie on the patio, a washing machine and a good sized spa bath.  There is also a swimming pool in the grounds.  The Tourist Office is just a short walk away as is the beach and a really good little supermarket.

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Carnarvon Motel, Carnarvon.  An Unexpected Highlight!
Carnarvon Motel WA

Carnarvon Motel, Carnarvon.  An Unexpected Highlight!

All in all, the Carnarvon Motel was an unexpected mini highlight of the trip.  For a room 1/6th of the price of the luxurious Sal Salis Resort we had just come from, we had a comfortable bed, bathroom and all you would expect from a decent motel room.  The bonus though was great local company in the bar during happy hour (the beer is very cheap here at $6 a pint) - we cried laughing at some of the good humoured banter.  This was followed by a great steak in the "Hot Rocks" restaurant.  You cook your steak just to your liking on a hot lava rock at your table.

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Sal Salis, Exmouth – Where the Outback Meets the Reef – A Definite “Must Do”!
Sal Salis WA

Sal Salis, Exmouth – Where the Outback Meets the Reef – A Definite “Must Do”!

We arrived at Sal Salis in good time for a 2pm check-in and were blown away by it.  This really is a very special  place to stay indeed.  It is a digital detox zone (no wi-fi), so forgive me, but I am going to say little more about our stay here beyond the accommodation review.  The photos can do the talking and if you want to know more, then add this place to your bucket list and come and discover it all for yourself - I promise you, you will not leave disappointed.

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Ningaloo Reef Resort Coral Bay – Lose your Shoes!
Ningaloo Reef Resort WA View

Ningaloo Reef Resort Coral Bay – Lose your Shoes!

The Ningaloo Reef Resort is fairly small - all apartments and no caravans etc.  It has a really great location - all apartments look out onto the ocean and you can walk out straight to the beach from them.  The apartment style accommodation is very spacious - we could have fitted another three in ours easily. 

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Accommodation Review:  Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort WA - View from the "Garden View" Room - Ask for premium beach view!

Accommodation Review:  Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is a great beach front location with dolphin feeding three times a day on your doorstep.  The restaurant is extremely good for dinner and serves a good breakfast and coffee in the morning too.  There is a good laundry facility and a swimming pool.

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Accommodation Review:  Ocean Centre Hotel Geraldton
Ocean Centre Hotel Geraldton View

Accommodation Review:  Ocean Centre Hotel Geraldton

The Ocean Centre Hotel Geraldton wins the award for the most welcoming reception.  Apart from giving you a quick friendly round up of all you need to know to make your stay great, you also get a couple of complimentary drink vouchers so you can enjoy a beer/wine in the bar with views out to the ocean.

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Accommodation Review:  Hyatt Regency Perth
#undertheatrium - Hyatt Regency Perth - complete with live piano music

Accommodation Review:  Hyatt Regency Perth

The Hyatt Regency is a well located, luxurious hotel with everything you need for a comfortable stay in Perth.  The free bus to King's Park and the Elizabeth Quay area stops right outside the hotel.  The atrium is delightful - complete with a live pianist in the early evenings - but the downside of that is that it is a long way to walk around to your room.

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Accommodation Review:  Quest Yelverton Kalgoorlie
Quest Yelverton Kalgoorlie WA Bedroom

Accommodation Review:  Quest Yelverton Kalgoorlie

TheQuest Yelverton Kalgoorlie conveniently located apartment style hotel - a short walk from the Main Street in Kalgoorlie and the Tourist Information Office and Museum..  Wi fi is a reasonable speed.  There is a nice spa style bath in the room.  There is no restaurant here though and no laundry facilities.  Our room was up a long flight of steps , which could be awkward if you have luggage to haul up.

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Accommodation Review:  Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat, Bremer Bay
Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat Restaurant

Accommodation Review:  Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat, Bremer Bay

Qualuup Homestead Wilderness Retreat is the only accommodation in the Fitzgerald River National Park. situated on 40 acres of privately owned bushland in the western side of the National Park, near the town of Bremer Bay.  It is 189km from Albany via Devils Creek Rd. and a further

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Accommodation Review: Dolphin Lodge Albany
Dolphin Lodge Albany Lounge

Accommodation Review: Dolphin Lodge Albany

Dolphin Lodge Albany provides spacious self catering accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen and a washing machine.  Our unit (No 10) had three bedrooms - more than we needed, but great if you are travelling with a family.  A sea suite for two is $143 pppn (£85) - we were upgraded foc. .  The property is located a stone's throw from the Fish & Chip Restaurant  that has been voted the best in Australia (for very good reason!).

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Accommodation Review:  Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton
Karri Valley Resort WA - Room with a View

Accommodation Review:  Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton

The Karri Valley Resort is good place to stopover for a couple of nights in Pemberton.  There are self catering chalets and lakeside rooms.  The lakeside rooms are not overlooked - well - unless you count a duck and four parrots perched on the roof and the odd canoe paddling gently past.  You can see your neighbours a bit, but the angles are good.

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Accommodation Review:  Cape Lodge Margaret River
Cape Lodge - The view from the excellent restaurant

Accommodation Review:  Cape Lodge Margaret River

Cape Lodge, Margaret River is a very well appointed hotel with lovely gardens big enough to take a nice stroll around.  Spacious, light and airy rooms have lake or garden views and spa baths big enough for two.

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Accommodation Review – Seashells Mandurah
Seashells Mandurah WA

Accommodation Review – Seashells Mandurah

Seashells Mandurah is a comfortable apartment style hotel with a spa bath and kitchen facilities.  There is a small infinity style swimming pool and easy access to coastal walks and the waterfront.

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Accommodation Review – Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth WA

Accommodation Review – Pan Pacific Perth

The Pan Pacific comfortable hotel well located in the centre of downtown Perth a short walking distance from the lively Elizabeth Quay area, the (free) bus to King's Park and the Swan River.

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Accommodation Review – The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam
Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam Bedroom

Accommodation Review – The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam

The Pulitzer was a perfect choice of hotel for our short break in Amsterdam.  The Pulitzer is a comfortable hotel and ideally located right in the centre of the city.  Everywhere you want to visit is within easy walking distance.  The rooms are nicely decorated with a modern feel and every effort is made to provide you with everything you need for your stay including a shopping bag, a brolly and even a bike repair kit!

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Accommodation Review – Posada El Corcal de Liébana
Posada el Corcal de Liébana Picos de Europa

Accommodation Review – Posada El Corcal de Liébana

The Posada el Corcal de Liébana nestles beneath the beautiful Picos mountains and provides guests with the warmest of welcomes and Spanish hospitality.

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Accommodation Review:  The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
The Hermitage Hotel Nashville - Perfect!

Accommodation Review:  The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

The Hermitage is a fantastic hotel.  If I could sum it up in one word, it would be "PERFECT."  If I get the chance to add a few more words, I would pick: elegant, efficient and peaceful.  It is the oldest hotel in Nashville and the first million $ hotel to be built here.  "Meet me at the Hermitage" is what the locals say - you can certainly see why!

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