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Kate Middleton and Prince William hate doing this when travelling – Prince Philip loves it

Kate Middleton and Prince William have enjoyed plenty of foreign travel over the years. As representatives of the Royal Family while away they meet a whole host of important figures from around the world. They also take part in all sorts of activities, from sporting games to black-tie dinners.

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It’s hard to think that the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband relish everything they come across during these visits.

Indeed, there’s one thing that Kate and William are not overly fond of.

Royal visits often involve trying alcohol from that country or region.

Not all types of booze are met with enthusiasm, though.

The Duke and Duchess are said to dislike drinking beer.

A source previously told the Mirror: “Neither Kate nor William is a big beer drinker.”

Instead of beer, Kate and William are understood to prefer wine.

During the couple’s Canadian tour in 2016, they headed to Mission Hill Winery, where they sampled some of the best alcohols on offer.

They admitted they “really enjoyed the Oculus” according to Graham Nordin, director of wine experience at Mission Hill Winery.

Kate and William explained that they were Merlot drinkers usually, meaning they often opt for red wine when travelling.

Their preferences contrast strongly to those of the Duke of Cambridge’s’s grandfather.

Prince Philip, 98, is a well-known beer lover.

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While dining in Rome back in in 2000, he is said to have exclaimed: “Get me a beer.

“I don’t care what kind it is. Just get me a beer!” when he was offered fine Italian wine by former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s favourite beer brand is said to have been Boddingtons, a regional brewery in Manchester.

Unfortunately, the brewery ceased operations back in 2005.

Philip also favours Double Diamond Burton Pale Ale.

Prince Philip visited the home of Double Diamond at the Ind Coope and Samuel Allsopp brewhouse during a royal visit in December 1995.

To commemorate his visit, a special “Royal Diamond” beer was produced and sent to the palace.

Former royal footman Paul Burrell even claimed in his book A Royal Duty that Philip drank a small bottle nightly.

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FCO travel advice: When will FCO lift travel ban?

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential international travel. At the beginning of the outbreak many British nationals were stuck abroad as the world’s airports began to shut down in response to the growing threat of coronavirus.

The FCO’s exceptional travel advisory notice reads: “As countries respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines have suspended flights and many airports are closed, preventing flights from leaving.”


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The travel advisory has been in place since March 17.

Travelling to another country while a travel advisory is out will invalidate all travel insurance claims.

When will the FCO lift travel bans?

Strictly speaking, travel advisories are not travel bans.

You cannot be prosecuted for travelling internationally – although you will not be able to obtain travel insurance.

Although many airlines have been forced to ground their fleets, some commercial flights have been running, and the Government repatriated stuck Britons earlier on in the crisis.

Flights will resume for many of the big providers soon, with Jet2, Easyjet and Ryanair all announcing plans to sell flights again in June.

Despite this, the advisory has not been lifted and the Government has not solidly indicated when this will happen.

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The Government said it is continuing to look at further options for international travel.

These include “air bridges” – agreements between countries with similar transmission rates to recognise the other nation’s passenger departure screening measures and remove the need for quarantine measures for incoming passengers.

The “air bridges” scheme was approved by the Government earlier this week.

However, none of these are set in stone and only essential travel is permitted.

The changes come as the summer holiday season grows closer, with some countries putting their own bans on Brits travelling to popular destinations due to the UK’s high death and infection rate.

Those who travel into the UK will soon have to quarantine for 14 days, in plans announced earlier this month.

Greece announced that once the country had opened up to international travel again, the UK is not among the 29 countries permitted to travel there.

Greece has so far had far fewer cases of coronavirus than the UK, with 2,906 confirmed cases and 175 deaths. The Greek islands, which rely heavily on tourism, have had no confirmed cases.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.

“We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.”

UK arrivals from the Common Travel Area, including Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, will be exempt from the rule, alongside a very limited group of workers, including freight drivers and medical professionals.

Anyone else arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train would be required to provide border officials with an address where they will self isolate, and will be checked in on to make sure they are abiding by the rules.

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Mexico holidays: Cancun offering holidaymakers free hotels and meals as country reopens

Mexico holidays are normally much loved by Britons thanks to the sun, sea and sand on offer as well as fascinating history and taste cuisine. Sadly trips to the destination have not been possible for several months due to the coronavirus crisis. However, Mexican tourist hotpot Cancun is now eager to tempt visitors back.

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The resort is offering a brand new campaign to gift tourist with a number of freebies.

These range from free meals, theme park entry and hotel stays.

The private initiative will be officially launched on June 15 and involves more than 200 firms.

The new campaign revolves around the number two.

The hotels involved are offering two nights free for every two nights booked or a free stay for two children when two adults book.

A similar discount would apply to hire care rental.

This could see holidaymakers getting two days free for every four days they pay for.

According to local reports, offers for golf and spa services and theme park entry will also be included in the Mexico campaign.

Also expected to take part are tourist-orientated businesses in the resorts of Puerto Morelos and Tulum, as well as the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast from Cancun.

Three-quarters of those backing the campaign are hotels.

Roberto Cintron, President of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotels Association, said: “We are very happy and above all, committed because of the great participation in this campaign of the different state hotel associations as well as the tourist industry generally.

“It’s designed to reactivate holidays to our destinations after the crisis caused by Covid-19.”

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Oliver Reinhart is CEO of Mexican firm Atelier de Hoteles which has luxury all-inclusive hotels in Cancun and Playa Mujeres.

He told local media: “In the face of this atypical situation, we had to react to maintain our spectacular destinations in the forefront of tourists’ minds.

“This is why we proposed the implementation of a disruptive idea and creation of a campaign of great impact.

“We are convinced the formula to reactivate tourism is working together.

Reinhart continued: “The campaign is not about cheating the destination to a two for one.

“Cancun is worth what it is.

“If it’s now available at a cheaper price take advantage of it because it’s not going to last forever.”

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Turkey holidays: When will Turkey allow UK tourists?

Turkey is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits, with beautiful beaches, warm weather and a range of sights to see. However, holidays have been put on hold this year as the world grapples with the spread of coronavirus.

Many countries are beginning to lift strict lockdown restrictions, and Turkey is starting to ease some measures.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will lift restrictions on intercity travel and allow restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities to reopen from Monday, June 1.

Museums and beaches will also open from June 1, Mr Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting.

He said restrictions would remain in place on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18.

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The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people in Turkey, with more than 160,000 infections.

The economy is expected to tip into recession as a result of the containment measures.

Mr Erdogan said in a televised address: “Under the new normal order, let us not neglect masks, distancing and hygiene.”

He said: “We don’t have the slightest doubt that we will make up for all our losses of the last 2-1/2 months in a short period of time.

“Let’s definitely wear masks out, maintain physical distance and pay attention to hygiene. These are three essential things for us.”

In early April, Turkey stopped all travel between 31 cities, including Istanbul, excluding transit passage and essential supplies.

The country then reduced the restrictions to 15 cities but they will end on June 1.

Among other easing measures, Turkey began operating intercity trains on Thursday after a two-month break.

Mosques will also begin allowing mass prayers from today, May 29.

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When can British tourists return to Turkey?

Despite Turkey beginning to reduce lockdown measures across the country, it may be a while yet until Brits can fly to the country.

British tourists are not expected to return until at least autumn, with domestic travellers the priority, according to local media.

This is due to fears of another outbreak, as well as making sure social distancing guidelines are being enforced.

Some restrictions may be in place when British tourists can return, with some holiday resorts across the country potentially requiring guests to prove they don’t have COVID-19 with health certificates.

As part of the fight against the deadly virus, hotels, airports and attractions will all be sterilised.

These locations will also be told to allow enough space for social distancing.

Other measures may include temperature checks at hotels and airports.

For anyone wanting to fly, the UK will be enforcing a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering the country, including British nationals, from next month.

On arriving into the UK, travellers will have to fill out a form and give details of any onward journeys and where they will be staying.

The Government may then contact travellers within those 14 days to ensure quarantine rules are being adhered to.

Current Government guidelines on international travel stipulate only essential journeys should take place.

This also applies to anyone looking to holiday in Britain, with the guidance stating: “Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes.”

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Spain holiday warning: Canary Islands demands tourists take coronavirus test before entry

The Canary Islands are a very popular holiday destination with Britons and tourists around the world. Usually, the islands are inundated with tourists each summer hoping to soak up some sun and sand. However, now the islands are insisting that foreign tourists – including Britons – have to take a COVID-19 test before they travel to the islands.

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The local government said the measure will be expensive.

However, the government has indicated that hoteliers and airlines might be willing to team up with the public sector to help pay the bill.

Vice-president of the Government of the Canary Islands and Minister of the Treasury, Román Rodríguez said people need to fly with the least possible risk.

He said: “We need people who get on the plane to do so with the least possible risk of infecting others or becoming infected.”

The Canary Islands emerged relatively unscathed from the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the globe.

The Canaries have only recorded 160 deaths since the crisis began.

Tourism chiefs have said that because of the country’s low death and case rates, they want the islands treated like a “world safety lab”.

They are also hoping that the Canaries will be one of the first regions open to tourists if Spain decides to opt for a phased basis.

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Mr Rodriguez said in a video call with the Spanish government that there needs to be measures in place for “air health security”.

He added that economic activity in the Canary Islands is highly dependent on air traffic and “we need that mobility to be safe.”

Mr Rodriguez also said that carrying out the tests was essential as using masks would not be enough.

He also said that removing middle seats on planes and social distancing is not possible economically.

The vice president considered that tests at source are technically possible and, although they are expensive right now, the private sector – hoteliers and airlines – would be interested in seeking coordination mechanisms with the public sector to make them possible.

He added: “If we reduce the risk of contagion, we will quickly regain people’s trust, which is the key to activating air mobility.”

So far, hoteliers have backed the move who have pointed out that 35 percent of the GDP in the Canaries is linked to tourism, as well as 70,000 jobs in hotels and apartments.

Because the Canary Islands are predominantly a tourist destination, Mr Rodriquez has asked the European Union to treat the Canaries differently when it comes to the distribution of resources.

Tenerife received the most visitors out of all the Canaries last year with almost six million visitors.

Gran Canaria came in second with 4.3 million holidaymakers last year.

The travel and tourism GDP amounted to 16 billion euros in the region in 2018.

The Canaries are just off the northwest coast of Africa, meaning that they are perfect for winter breaks.

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‘Airlines will entice you!’ Travellers will have to pay more for flights, says expert

Airlines are just one aspect of the travel industry that have been left financially strained by the coronavirus pandemic. While many plan to restart flights in July, others are holding off until Government advice becomes clearer. Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that travelling abroad is not permitted unless it is “essential”.

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This has been put in place “indefinitely” and is likely to last until at least next month.

This week, Home Secretary Priti Patel also updated the nation on the upcoming quarantine rules which will be put in place from June 8.

The rules state that anyone arriving into the country from abroad will be subject to stringent 14-day quarantine rules.

Anyone caught breaking the rules could be fined up to £1,000.

Although the future of the industry remains shaky, there are those with the travel bug who are desperate to go on holiday abroad.

Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with Travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins about how airlines will try and entice travellers to pay more for flights once travel restrictions are lifted.

Mr Figgins is also Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP), which is an independent think-tank dedicated to improving knowledge, education and awareness of travel risk management.

He’s also the author of The Travel Survival Guide and often provides commentary in the media.

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For those looking for a cheap flight abroad in the near future, he explained that you could be in luck but at another cost.

He said: “In the early stages of people getting back to travelling you will see airlines enticing them [travellers] with some pretty good offers, actually.”

However, he warned that this will soon change.

He continued: “But I think in the longer term they’re going to have to recoup the losses that they have incurred.

“The longer term picture is not so bright.

“I think that travellers will be paying more for their flights until travel returns to what it was pre-COVID-19.”

Mr Figgins also added that airlines will need to try and reestablish consumer confidence in flying to secure its future.

“The key thing here is to reestablish consumer confidence and I think that at the moment the travel industry is really hurting – and I totally get that – but what I would say is that if the travel industry does anything to erode consumer confidence I think they will suffer long into the future.

“But if the travel industry gets this right and adopts robust travel risk management procedures in order to keep people safe during a time of such uncertainty it will secure its future.

“But if it rushes into a return to travel without those appropriate safety measures in place, it will take a very, very long time for it to recover.”

Lloyds Figgins’ book, The Travel Survival Guide, is available to buy on Amazon

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Holidays 2020: Major holiday hotspot Seychelles plans to reopen but Britons are not first

Many Britons this year are looking at a holiday closer to home in the UK. As travel restrictions remain in place and Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines state that Britons cannot travel abroad unless it is “essential”, many are opting to book staycations instead. But many countries have been left slightly aghast at the UK’s latest 14-day quarantine measures which will see anyone arriving in the UK from abroad being subject to quarantine.

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The rules are in place for anyone travelling from abroad, including Britons returning from holidays in the future.

The only exceptions are those travelling from Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, otherwise known as the Common Travel Area.

And now, other countries such as Spain and France have also put such rules in place which has, in turn, jeopardised the future of the travel and tourism industry.

With that in mind, many countries are looking to restart their tourism industries as quickly as possible.

The latest tourist hotspot to join that list is the Seychelles near East Africa.

The Seychelles are an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off of East Africa that are known for their white, sandy beaches and almost transparent waters.

This week, the Seychelles said it plans to restart tourism by admitting the citizens of one country.

The islands said they may begin by admitting Israelis as part of its initial reopening of the tourism industry.

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The government closed off the Seychelles early during the global pandemic which has meant it has had a fairly low coronavirus case and death rate compared to the rest of the world.

In fact, out of the world’s 5.4 million cases, the Seychelles have had only 11 cases and no deaths.

Talks between the Seychelles and Israel are now underway on allowing Israelis to visit the stunning islands.

Seychelles tourism board chief executive Sherin Francis told Reuters that the reason for this is because Israel is one of the few countries where the number of infections has plunged.

She said: “Israel is one of the countries where the number of new infections has dramatically dropped.”

She added: “The possibility of visits is being considered as we look forward to reducing restrictions without compromising public safety.”

Israeli Ambassador to Seychelles Oded Joseph said that a deal could be in place “within a week or two” for both countries.

Israelis visiting the Seychelles would not have to be quarantined when they arrive at the islands or when they return to Israel.

Another proposal sees Israeli tourists being sent to certain results on outer islands.

This will protect locals living on the islands from catching viruses from abroad.

Israel has had over 16,600 cases and only 279 deaths.

Many countries are discussing ways to kickstart travel by allowing “travel bubbles” whereby countries work together in small groupings to restore travel amongst themselves.

Australia and New Zealand were in talks to try and kickstart this.

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UK holidays: Cornwall summer hotspot opens doors for ocean activities – will you visit?

Holidays in the UK are gaining popularity due to travel restrictions and bans in place across multiple countries worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the Landmark Trust has already reported a surge in bookings. The sudden change in holiday trend is likely to be down to travel restrictions both in the UK and abroad.

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With 14-day quarantine travel rules likely to come into play next month, British tourists could be looking at having to book off weeks for just a weekend away.

For example, if you book a week away in Spain you could be looking at having to book five weeks off work due to Spain’s own quarantine rules.

However, for those who are happy to travel in the UK, one holiday hotspot in the sunny southwest has opened its doors to tourists.

If surfing, bodyboarding and kayaking are your activities of choice then this may be the holiday spot for you.

Newquay Activity Centre on the stunning north coast of Cornwall in the southwest of England is offering British holidaymakers the opportunity to take part in some new experiences in the sea.

Newquay Activity Centre said: “Following new Government guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England we are pleased to say that we are OPEN for business again.

“In light of it being Mental Awareness week, this return to ocean activities is well timed.

“We know that the water is hugely beneficial for our mental and physical state and will leave you feeling calmer, more positive and energised.

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“We are able to deliver our award winning activities from a safe distance and by taking the following measures.”

They added: “Only individuals, couples, families or small groups that have been isolating together will be in the same session.”

However, to ensure people remain safe, the outdoor activity provider is offering its customers enhanced safety measures.

One of the measures will be “staggering customer arrival times and limiting the number of guests per day”.

Others include: “Increased cleaning throughout the centre; asking customers to be prepared (with swimwear under clothing so that we can reduce the need to use changing rooms); increased wetsuit and kit wash; all equipment sterilised and rotated before their next use; new considerations of safe ocean conditions to maximise safety; new rescue protocols; and increased signs and reminders.”

There will also be new measures in place for staff supervising customers.

The new measures include, “training in new session delivery, wearing PPE where required and social distancing in the workplace”.

The centre added that the number of customers being taken each day is now “limited” because of the coronavirus.

They added: “With smaller-than-average groups all guests will be receiving fantastic value and a great experience.

“The number of customers that we can take each day is currently limited so we urge you to contact us if you would like to safely enjoy the huge benefits of the ocean this spring and summer.”

The Newquay Activity Centre offers customers the chance to experience surfing, coasteering, kayaking, bodyboarding and paddle boarding.

Some 53,000 jobs depend on hospitality and tourism in Cornwall.

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Google Maps: Mysterious rare animal sighting caught on Street View

Google Maps Street View offers users the opportunity to travel the world online by a click of a button. Viewers can travel to new towns and cities across the globe and see some of the world’s most famous landmarks. However, every now and again, users discover something strange and mysterious. Most recently a peculiar looking dog was sighted.

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This image appeared to reveal a two headed dog – not something most people are used to seeing.

The animal can be seen in Queensland, Australia and the dog appears to be exploring a grassy area.

An eagle-eyed Google Maps user posted the image onto Reddit and wrote: “Found this randomly while exploring Queensland, Australia.”

The image depicts two black dogs, very similar looking merging into one another, looking like the dog has two heads.

Another user commented: “There’s CatDog, so this must be DogDog.”

Both dogs are wearing red collars, and both have pretty similar facial features with both of their tongues sticking out.

The animals are both facing different directions but their bodies look like they have become merged into one long body.

One dog head is facing to the right, while the other is facing to the left and their bodies are merged together, revealed four legs like a normal dog would have.

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The image sparked debate on Reddit with users questioning what they were seeing and how this had happened.

Google Maps creates the images by stitching together the 360 degree image sets submitted by users, meaning that small errors can easily occur.

One Reddit user who commented within minutes of the photo being uploaded said: “Obviously it’s a camera/stitching glitch.”

Glitches are therefore very common on the site but the images can look realistic, leaving users with many questions.

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This image is pretty believable until you zoom in closer to the detailing.

The Google camera must have taken one image as one of the dogs was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the other dog had entered the scene and the two images were joined together, creating this two headed animal.

What’s bizarre about this photo making it look realistic is that both of the dogs are wearing almost identical collars and look very similar.

This is not the first time a glitch has happened on Google that has been picked up on a Reddit forum.

One shocked user posted an image of a woman hiking in the Himalayas that left users questioning if any other users had any idea if the image was a glitch of whether the woman had been caught in a painful position while hiking.

This particular image revealed a woman hiking in the Himalayas and the Google camera has caught her in a position where her waist is twisted around the middle.

The top of her body is facing one way and her legs and feet are facing the other way.

Parts of her body are also absent that must have got caught in the glitch.

In this scenario, the Google camera must have caught the woman in the midst of turning around and then stitched a set of images together while she was moving, creating this painful looking position.

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Australia travel: I’m a Daydream Island believer

But put in a little effort (well, 9,692 miles to be precise) and those plucky pigeons and marauding female dogs with the unfeasibly long teats are a thing of the past. 

On Daydream Island, just off the coast of Eastern Australia in the famous Whitsunday Islands, emerge from your room and you may well see a wallaroo bounce past you in the corridor. 

Have dinner and see a rainbow lorikeet or a cockatoo glide along looking for any scraps. You can even pet a stingray like it is the hotel dog. 

After that little menagerie, are you still missing that one-eyed cat? 

Wallaroos are a coming together of wallabies and kangaroos. They’re actually rarer than you think, despite the two closely related animal groups being rather common in Australia (but, if you’re stuck on a remote island together, what else are you going to do?) 

Well, for humans, the answer on Daydream is plenty. The plush new holiday complex is ideal for families, with its collection of swimming pools, restaurants and fun things for children to do as you paddle board or just laze in the sun. 

You’ll never forget you’re at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef – and that’s because of one other unique feature of the island resort.

All through the complex – recently rebuilt after the devastation of Cyclone Debbie in 2017 – is the “living reef” which ties the whole hotel together. 

Walk through reception and you’ll see Perspex glass where shovel-nosed rays drift past you. 

Large cod, sea cucumbers and the rest of the 140 species found there will glide through at some point. 

As you walk over to your rooms via linking bridges, black-tipped reef sharks glide underneath. 

You can even dive with what dwells beneath as you take a guided tour around the reef learning about everything you need to know. 

There you’ll feed some of the main players, including Lu-Ann – the “friendliest stingray in the southern hemisphere”. 

More like a puppy than a feared ocean creature, which often have a bad reputation after the death of TV wildlife expert Steve Irwin, playful Lu-Ann will happily come to take cockles out of your hand and she loves to be petted.

Feeding sessions and marine talks are common as children of all ages are invited to learn more about the real residents of the Whitsundays. 

Head of marine development Johnny talks passionately about what’s in the living reef he created – plus he’ll share some fantastic imagery and tales from his dives along the Great Barrier Reef. 

There’s even an underwater viewing observatory in the centre of the hotel, where you can saunter down and see your new friends close up in a more natural environment. 

It’s also used for the most peaceful of yoga sessions, although sometimes you might just want to wander down and read a book or, pardon the phrase, “sleep with the fishes”. 

After all that it may seem a little rude to enjoy fish for your dinner. But hey, you’ve got to eat. And on Daydream, thankfully there’s a few options. As well as the obligatory buffet restaurant, Inkstone offers traditional hearty meals such as chicken burgers and pasta.

Upstairs at Infinity it’s a little more classy with meaty kingfish starters, fantastic fish specials and the excellent Wagyu beef fillet – so good I had it twice. 

So what next? Well, be warned, this place is not party central but you can get a late drink at Tonic bar. But you’re not here for late nights – you’re here for the best Australia has to offer. 

If you’re fed up of the beach or the pool head up for a rainforest walk to look-out point where you can see the rest of the islands as well as hunt for more hidden wildlife of the island including tree snakes if you’re really daring. Walk down to Lovers Cove, a more secluded white coral beach and catch an amazing Whitsunday Islands sunset. 

But there’s lots to do in the complex too. While there’s more to come – it only opened a few months ago – there’s a well-stocked gym and a makeshift spa, soon to be replaced by a purpose-built affair. 

Rooms are large and well-equipped with a large selection of free films if you want to relax in front of the TV. Outside are hammocks which look out to sea and you’ll invariably be joined by some of your new wildlife pals. 

With wallaroos bouncing along and cockatoos taking food from your hand, Daydream is sometimes aptly named. 

Let’s be clear, this is not the place you would travel 24 hours just to spend your entire two weeks. 

But as Daydream is close to Cairns and Brisbane, and just a few flying hours from Melbourne and Sydney, it is a good stopover to recharge your batteries on a longer tour of Australia. It was also unaffected by the Australian bushfires earlier this year. 

An iconic Australian holiday destination in the 1970s and 80s – it was levelled by Cyclone Debbie almost three years ago and left with an uncertain future. 

It’s amazing how Daydream has been completely rebuilt with wildlife at its heart. 

But it’s all about bouncing back. Just ask a passing wallaroo. 

GETTING THERE:

Royal Brunei Airlines (royalbrunei.com) offers return flights from Heathrow to Brisbane from £630 return.

Airlines that fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island include Qantas (qantas.com) and Virgin Australia (virginaustralia.com) with fares from £71 one-way.

Ferry from Hamilton Island to Daydream Island from £42 (one way) and from Queensland (Airlie Beach) to Daydream Island from £20 with CruiseWhitsundays (cruisewhitsundays.com).

Daydream Island Resort (daydreamisland.com) offers doubles from £207 on B&B basis. 

Tourist info: visitbrisbane.com.au; queensland.com

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