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Carmen Jenner is a travel, food, and lifestyle writer, wanna-be photographer and the founder of Fluffy Towel. She specialises in travel memoirs, destination pieces, hotel reviews, guidebook contributor, travel advice, restaurant reviews, family travel, and copywriting.


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Six romantically remote WA destinations to woo your honey

filed13 Feb 2018 from

There’s nothing quite like being whisked away to luxury digs where the signature dish is your lover and dessert is, um, well I’m sure you can conjure up some scenarios. Crown Towers, Como The Treasury and Margaret River’s Cape Lodge are obvious choices, but why not go for gold and head to a remote pocket of our huge state where no-one will mind your cries of glory.

Lucky Bay, Esperance

Esperance Chalet Village, Esperance

Esperance’s isolation already appeals to those craving an uninhibited frolic on its pristine world-class beaches. This cluster of rustic chalets holds no airs and its recent refurbishment has taken care of all those creature comforts; promising countless opportunities to take care of each other. With plush bedding, contemporary décor, flat screen TVs, well-equipped kitchens and reverse cycle air-conditioning, you’re well placed to explore with your partner-in-crime the ridiculously beautiful scenery, plus several secret enclaves within a lusty moan. With salty limbs entwined, choose between the spacious two-bedroom abodes or cosy A-Frame chalets nestled alongside Bandy River.


Hardly roughing it at Mile End

Mile End Glamping, Yelverton

While bathed in moonbeams, snuggle up in a domed cocoon within 144 acres of seclusion. The very definition of glamping, there most certainly won’t be any sleeping on the ground for glamorous romantics. The private bathroom features a rain shower, but if that seems too predictable, the hot tub on the deck provides alternative soaking options. The four-poster bed facing the paddock is a reminder that another world exists beyond your heavenly utopia. At some point, your appetite may beckon and if you hadn’t planned ahead with supplies, order a hamper or summon your personal chef to whip up a treat while the in-house masseuse works their magic.  Its unlikely gourmands are likely to be ill-prepared on the food front with likes of The Larder, Berry Farm, Margaret River Venison Farm, Providore, Gabriel Chocolate, Yallingup Woodfired Bread and the Margaret River Dairy Company close enough to temporarily lure you away.


Karijini National Park

Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park

For an authentically Australian outback experience, get back to nature at Karijini Eco Retreat. Set within Karijini National Park and owned by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, you can spread your love of the environment with safari tents made from recycled materials and with limited power, you’re guaranteed to smoulder within the romantic glow. There is a range of sleeping options, but the deluxe eco-tents with private en-suites, quality bedding, stylish décor and decks make for a star-studded experience. The onsite Australian-inspired restaurant offers outback flavours including barbeque nights, gourmet dishes such as lamb shank and red desert-dusted salmon, or hot takeaway meals savoured on your deck; undoubtedly chaperoned by red kangaroos shyly observing in the distance. Located 1400km north of Perth and 80km north-east of Tom Price, the isolation is glorious especially with the juxtaposition of lush streams, waterfalls, pools and ferns against the burnt ochres and faded scrub greens sure to woo your honey. Not to mention those plunging gorges millions of years old guaranteed to evoke at least one “Hey gorgeous” pun.


Passion at Silkwood Estate

Silkwood, Pemberton

Revel in your lover’s reflection in the luminous lake overlooked from the balcony of your architecturally designed chalet. Given its discreet location, and with only the forest playing witness to your shenanigans, forbidden love is indulged at Silkwood. Featuring king sized beds, double spa baths and gas fireplaces; the open plan design promises further vantage points to adore your sweetheart. The onsite restaurant boasting seasonal meaty, seafood and garden delights, may take the pressure off feeling obliged to use the fully equipped kitchen unless you’ve got lucky using the supplied fishing gear and stocked lake. Organised foodies will have already mapped the Great Southern’s offerings such as black truffles, yabbies, lamb, berries, fruit and nuts. No need to plan ahead for wine as Silkwood cellar is within staggering distance.


Peppermint Lane Lodge

Peppermint Lane Lodge

The adults-only and discrete cottages mightn’t be the place for children, but they’re certainly a wonderful spot to make a baby. A retreat in every sense of the word, there are few distractions from the real world: only luxurious linens, bespoke handcrafted furnishings, private decks, block out blinds, kangaroos bouncing by, rare red-tailed cockatoos and Daisy, the property’s beautiful Border-Collie cross Kelpie. Situated in the Ferguson Valley, where the hills seem to slip into the Indian Ocean, many zoom past the turn-off on the highway about an hour north of Margaret River. Let them, leaving more wine, food, art, adventure, wildlife, romance and a few thousand gnomes at the nearby Gnomesville, for you and your lover to relish.


Private Properties’ Salty Kiss

Private Properties

Glamourous beachside mansions and wilderness escapes in unforgettable locations…could Private Properties be any more romantic? Many offer multiple living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms in different configurations as well as tennis courts and pools for exertions beyond the boudoir. They range from sleek contemporary designs to pre-loved wooden bungalows, many with coastal, vineyard and bush views, and others in incredible garden settings. Massages, romantic dining experiences, housekeeping, itineraries, yoga and possibly even the odd kangaroo are available upon request.



All loved up in Koh Samui

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Koh Samui's tumultuous weather gods holding court

Koh Samui’s tumultuous weather gods holding court

The night promises all the drama of a tropical storm as palm trees bow to the tumultuous weather gods holding court. Koh Samui’s serene skies make way for the approaching monsoon season as the rain pounds sideways into Manathai Koh Samui’s restaurant Waterline. Everyone takes cover as the wait-staff prepare the restaurant for the impending deluge. There was a time not that long ago when fine dining wasn’t a feature and Koh Samui, …

Gently Bentley

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Pulling out of the Bentley showroom in Claremont onto Stirling Highway, I’m very much aware many houses cost less than the Bentley Continental GTC V8 S we’re test driving. However, given the craftsmanship on this elegant beast, it almost seems gauche to mention to money.

Our automatic seat belt presenter embraces us as we head up into the Perth Hills for a night of indulgence. It doesn’t take long to relax into the ventilated massaging leather seats with contrast cross …

More mooning, aka Nakation

filed07 Jun 2013 from

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If you read my post on 10 ways to moon your honey post and it left you wanting more (or is that less?) then these adrenaline pumping activities in the buff may satiate. Or if you’ve got any other suggestions, don’t be shy?


Water nymphs:

Public nudity in Asia is generally frowned upon, which makes skinny dipping so thrilling. However, law abiding naked bods should head to Australia to let it all hang out. And while you’re down there, …

10 ways to moon your honey

filed24 May 2013 from

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Up for a risqué holiday? Then you may want to check out one of these 10 retreats where the romance is high and the clothing in optional.

Afterall, what’s more enticing than your lover frolicking without a care in the world? Well, whisking your beloved off to an exotic location donning little more than a smile would probably trump it. Here are some ways to moon your honey, but you don’t necessarily need to wait until the honeymoon to …

I think I’m stripping Japanese, I really think so

filed09 Mar 2012 from

Sadly, March marks the anniversary of the great Japan earthquake and tsunami and although the devastation and heartache is insurmountable, tourists are returning to Japan. Who can blame anyone wanting to explore the land of sumo wrestling and geishas, where everything is familiar and foreign all at the same time. A culture obsessed with rules and protocol and yet consumed by perplexing, and quite frankly kinky, pasttimes.

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Luuuurve Hotels

Cheesy Love Hotels rented by the hour in Japan were …

Contiki Tip 34: How to use a map

filed13 Nov 2010 from

So there we all were, waiting, waiting, waiting, and waiting for our ferry to take us to Venice. A very exciting prospect indeed as I was dying to see one of the most romantic cities of all time. However, there was nothing very romantic about our situation. We were at the very dodgy port of Patra, aka the Rats of Patras, waiting to board our ferry for a two night cruise to Venice.

We were about halfway through our 34-day …

The art of aphrodisiacs

filed03 Nov 2010 from

Aphrodite’s Feast

A bottle of red, a torn baguette, a slab of cheese, crumbled sheets, and laughter. The act of seduction is complete. The scene is simple and the ingredients are bare. Step it up a notch with baked fish and herbs, threads of saffron, a squirt of wine and the juice of a lemon. Handmade linguine slurped in unison or a lobster torn apart and then devoured. Simpler still, drizzle extra virgin olive oil over a voluptuous avocado. Pick …