Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Port Douglas holiday

I'm back home again after having a lovely vacation
Port Douglas is a great place to escape from our winter and see a little sunshine and here are a few photos I took to show you around. We did have a few wet days also, as the photo taken from the lookout shows.

We rented a house through Airbnb at Niramaya Villas and Spa - Villa 64 was a lovely place to stay and pavilion like rooms made it a restful and a relaxing place, in a Balinese style.

A bubble bath here ~  luxury!

 The fragrance of sweet frangipani floats everywhere and there is a light breeze which keeps the place cool and out the front is a lake dotted with lily-pads.
Bird life here was wonderful to watch and they made a very good alarm clock every morning with the ducks, geese, herons and some funny little brown birds that had a mohawk and do not know what they were, but they made a loud racket.

The pool was heated at a warm temperature of 20 degrees, which made it lovely to swim some lengths. Even on a few rainy days we got in and was fun to swim in the rain

Situated at the top part of Queensland and near the equator which makes it tropical, hence the abundance of delicious fruit, sweet juicy pineapples, melons, passionfruit and strawberries. Every morning to start the day I would make a large bowl of fruit salad which was so good

The trip to the Coles supermarket shopping for food was fun and then go home and cook up something on the Barbecue with a salad.

We strolled around the small town, ate out at some nice restaurants and a favourite pastime to get in the rental car and go out and explore.
The rock sculpture must have taken a long time to install

On Tuesday night we had a chef come and cook us a wonderful banquet meal and this was very special.  Tried  Mud Crab which was a first for us. 

He was telling us that he had put the Crab in a box in the garage and when his wife went to go out there, she was surprised when it had escaped and was loose and getting around - gave her a big fright with its large pinchers.

A special treat one afternoon was to be pampered at the Spa and have a facial and manicure - the treatment rooms are set in a lush tropical garden and encircled by native rainforest. Had to pinch myself that I was not dreaming as this was a lovely way to end the holiday.
Hope you have a happy week


  1. Carolyn I’m jealous it looks wonderful! So glad you had such a good time, feel a bit sorry for the crab though. ;-) hugs

  2. Hello Carolyn,
    What a lovely place to stay and what wonderful pictures you took. I am glad you enjoyed it.
    big hug

  3. He dear Carolyn ,, que maravilla de casa de sus vacaciones ,, yo no conozco Port Douglas pero imagino que es una belleza ,, espero que haya disfrutado mucho

  4. What a fantastic place. Looks that you had some wonderful days
    Hugs from here

  5. Looks like a fabulous trip!
    Love the flowers!


  6. I had a good week, but definitely not as good as yours! It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. A stunning setting and great food!

  7. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :) xx

  8. This sounds to have been a delightful winter break Carolyn - the Balinese style Niramaya Villa looks absolutely perfect.
    It is good to give yourself a treat every now and again - I have just had my feet done and I now feel as if I am walking on air.

  9. Wowww what a luxery...That must be a great vacation.....love from me ....love Ria x

  10. Welcome back!

    It looks and sounds a perfect break.
    Love the look of the fresh fruit salad, and that last photo of you both is lovely

    All the best Jan

  11. Dearest Carolyn,
    Don't you love that Balinese style architecture? It does lift up your spirits.
    Glad the pool was heated so you could enjoy a multitude of things.
    Of course such a Spa for the girls was pure bliss.

  12. What a beautiful place to stay! That bathroom looks amazing :)

  13. My dearest Carolyn, what a lovely place to have a little holiday! Thank you for lovely pictures, specially from you and your lovely daughter :O)
    Have a great rest of the week,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings to oyu, my dear friend, Claudia xo

  14. it look so great ! beautiful!
    welcome back, dear carolyn :-) :-)

  15. It looks like you had a fabulous vacation, dear Carolyn. That bathroom is just amazing. I would have stayed it the tub for hours. I love the rock scultpures. That's a sweet picture of you and your daughter.
    xo Julia

  16. Port Douglas, I had to look on the map. What a wonderful place to stay, I love tha Balinese style too. A real dream holidays!

  17. Looks like a fun holiday ♥


  18. Your Airbnb looks fantastic and that stone sculpture is amazing! It must have been wonderful to have all that fresh fruit to eat. It must have been lovely to have your daughter with you too. Sarah x

  19. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)


  20. Dear Carolyn
    I have been some time with out a visit to you...I´m glad meeting you again and I hope you are having a great holidays!

  21. It looks and sounds wonderful, Carolyn! So nice to get pampered and enjoy some relaxation and good food with your sweet daughter! Hugs xo Karen

  22. I'm very glad to hear you've had the great holidays.

  23. The place looks really luxurious and I am sure it must have been relaxing 😀

  24. Looks so fun! Thanks for the photos ♥


  25. lookslike a wonderful place to stay. The stone sculpture looks very like one we found on one of the Scottish islands!

  26. Felicitaciones querida amiga.
    Las gafas te lucen genial.

  27. Dear Carolyn, I can see you had a wonderful holiday from your photos and from looking at your daughter's video. You stayed in a beautiful villa and the spa facilities must have been relaxing. We've just enjoyed the company of our daughter who came to stay. She's gone back home now and had a lovely day in her home town being pampered at a Spa as part of our birthday gift to her. I'm having some gentle aromatherapy hand massage sessions and beginning to feel more myself again. Wishing you a good September.


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Carolyn xx