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Tulum Travels

With our limited time in Mexico, we had chosen Tulum (pronounced Teloom), as our first stop and headed there straight from the airport – it is about an hour and 30 minutes drive. The trip itself was underwhelming, not very scenic until we approached Tulum and landscape became more lush. Arriving at our hotel, Betulum Resort and Spa, was a jaw dropping moment. The spectacular setting of the Caribbean ocean took our breath away and we knew we had made a good choice. Our first night was spent in awe of the beauty, enjoying delicious food at the hotel’s main restaurant, Maresias, listening to live music whilst we contemplated how we would best use our precious few days. Whilst we didn’t quite get through our entire list, we have put together some suggestions of restaurants, places to visit and experiences. Restaurants and cafes Hartwood This restaurant is not to be…

Paperbark Camp

Slowing down to be in harmony with nature is not easy in modern society. We are immersed in constant stimuli with our busy city lives… Even when we sleep, there will often be a steady hum of traffic; low levels of external light often seep into our bedrooms and we are surrounded by electromagnetic appliances, hindering restful sleep. Escaping to Paperbark Camp, just 2 1/2 hours out of Sydney, gave us an opportunity to restore, sleeping in total darkness with only the sounds of rustling trees. There is also comfort in knowing that Paperbark was built, and continues to be maintained, with the utmost respect for the environment and sustainable practice, whilst we enjoy the privilege of spending a few days in such a pristine and beautiful setting. These holistic principles extend to the Paperbark dining experience. At their charming treetop restaurant, Gunyah, the produce is mostly seasonal and local, and…

St Tropez highlights

The name St Tropez conjures up images of exclusivity and opulence. The town has a long and interesting history, however it only became a popular tourist destination in the early 20th century due to it’s famous visitors and the various movies set in St Tropez, most notably those featuring French actress, Brigitte Bardot. The port is lined with super yachts, expensive restaurants, cafes and local artists selling their works. Behind the port is an array of beautiful little streets, flooded with shops and cafes, not to mention the famous Place des Lices (the markets held here on Tuesdays and Saturdays are an absolute must!) An archway not far from Place des Lices leads to the charming ‘old town’ which is where our stunning hotel was located. Where to stay Le Yaca First things first, check into Le Yaca in the historic old town. It is a charming luxury hotel, neighbouring ‘La Ponche’ beach and only a few minutes walk to…

Healthy Eats in Byron Bay

For those of you who have been to Byron Bay, you will know it is absolute heaven for health foodies. For those of you who haven’t… You must! There is certainly no shortage of raw cake and green smoothies – very fitting with the natural Byron Bay lifestyle. Sophie (@coconutandbliss on Instagram) and I had a very relaxing and rejuvenating stay, keeping ourselves busy with a long list of must-try cafes. I have to say, we were pretty successful in ticking them off! I wanted to share my favourite places with you all (Sophie and I were very much on the same page with these top-picks.) I’ve included some vegan day time cafes as well as some of my favourite dinner spots – all of which have lots of healthy options. As well as trying out just about every health food cafe in town, we also really enjoyed soaking up the…

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