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