The Sunday Mail (Queensland)



FROM yacht trips off Italy’s Amalfi Coast to he­li­copter so­journs to the Yarra Val­ley, meet the man who is fast gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as the coun­try’s real-life Bach­e­lor.

Car­los Sala said he re­jected an of­fer to be­come TV’s first Bach­e­lor be­cause it didn’t pay enough – but that hasn’t stopped him woo­ing re­jected con­tes­tants from the Chan­nel 10 show.

Sala said he has dated Emily Simms and Laurina Fleure as well as “more than a hand­ful” of the other re­jected “bach­e­lorettes”, tak­ing them on the sorts of ex­trav­a­gant ex­cur­sions that they be­came ac­cus­tomed to on the pop­u­lar re­al­ity se­ries. The chief dif­fer­ence is Sala funds these lav­ish dates him­self.

“I highly doubt (Bach­e­lor) Sam Wood would have the bud­get to be able to pay for a trip to the Amalfi Coast and stay at a €70 mil­lion castle on the beach,” he said. “Or take a he­li­copter ride to the Yarra Val­ley to go to a win­ery for lunch. For me it’s no big deal … it is just another mode of trans­port, like a car.”

Sala said he did not set out to ro­mance the Bach­e­lors’ jilted love in­ter­ests, but he just crossed paths with them on the so­cial scene in priv­i­leged Mel­bourne sub­urb Toorak.

The ho­tel owner said he called on close friend and Real Housewives star Ly­dia Schi­avello to give any prospec­tive girl­friends a grilling to make sure their in­ten­tions were pure.

Sala said any new girl­friend would also have to be will­ing to ac­cept the other woman in his life, his pam­pered pet pig Crack­ling, who lives with him in his Port Mel­bourne pen­t­house.

“I of­ten come home from work to find her sit­ting in the spa,” he said. “She loves the spa, she’ll be sit­ting in there bub­bling away. She loves walks on the beach.”

Sala said he was look­ing for a woman he could also shower with at­ten­tion and, yes, that may in­clude roses.

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