Reader’s Choice Awards for fave sun spots
Our favourite sun spot has to be Lady Elliot Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
In December 2004, part of our visit to Australia was to spend three days at this beautiful hideaway.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay and the first island of the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by a coral lagoon. [The island derives its name from the wife of one of Captain Cook's officers who discovered the island.]*
One can walk around the perimeter of the island on the beach in 50 mins. There are no phones, radio or TV"s, so it’s complete R&R. As a maximum of 150 guests only are permitted to stay, the amniance of the sun, sea and sand made us feel we were truly on a desert island in the middle of the ocean.
The tropical waters allow visibility for up to 25 metres and are excellent for snorkelling, diving or even a more leisurely cruise in a glass bottomed boat.
For the ones who forgot to take a good book, a small library is maintained, with daily activities from guided nature tours and reef walks to afternoon feeding of reef fishes.
The island resort is only one quarter of the cay and the rest is an ecological reserve. A large bird rookery is maintained for breeding and there’s also turtle watching. Upon high tide during darkness, the turtles swim ashore, scrape out their nests in the sand and lay their eggs, returning back to the ocean before daylight. We stayed up from midnight till 2am to watch this phenomenon.
Upon arrival at the island, we were greeted warmly by staff and given our island orientation, which included collecting our masks, snorkels, flippers and even reef walking shoes.
We were escorted to our lovely beachfront suite and then invited to a complimentatry happy hour prior to our evening dinner. An outdoor café offered quick lunches.
Our conclusions: Lady Elliot Island is definitely the place to follow the the sun and isour all time favourite.
* factually incorrect