Set Sail

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Just off the coast of Queens­land, near the heart of the Great Bar­rier Reef, lie the Whit­sun­days – a trop­i­cal col­lec­tion of 74 stun­ning is­lands. There’s no bet­ter way to tra­verse the calm waters than by hop­ping aboard a ma­jes­tic sail­ing yacht, whether you char­ter a boat or be­come the skip­per of your own ves­sel. Dot­ted around the re­gion is an ap­peal­ing range of lux­u­ri­ous spa re­sorts, restau­rants serv­ing up amaz­ing seafood, and plenty of hid­den beaches. WHERE TO STAY: A num­ber of in­de­pen­dent and bou­tique prop­er­ties of­fer qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion. On the main Hamil­ton Is­land lies the Beach Club Ho­tel, an adults-only oasis on Cat­s­eye beach, with a host of serene pam­per­ing treat­ments and ways to un­wind (hamil­ton­is­land.com.au/beach-club).

An­other ex­cel­lent is­land-hop­ping des­ti­na­tion is Phuket, par­tic­u­larly the stun­ning karst land­scape of Phang Nga Bay, which boasts the iconic“James Bond”is­land, Koh Panyee – a Mus­lim

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