Pullmans International Hotel - Cairns

Whilst visiting Australia, my mum and I decided to do a short trip to Cairns to see the amazing Great Barrier Reef. The journey is super easy from Sydney, only a short 2 hour flight.

We had been booked to stay at the wonderful Pullmans International, which was organised through Accor hotels.

Pullmans International is based in the center of Cairns city, a 5 minute walk from the well known esplanade, where all ferry and boats to the islands depart from. The location was super convenient and a fabulous place to wander around at sunset, there are some lovely resturarnts on the water front.


Inside the hotel, we were staying in a large bedroom, with a FANTASTIC balcony over looking the ocean. The room had all the necessities one might need, ironing board/ iron, bathroom cosmetics, kettle, mini bar and a view.



On the 3rd floor of the hotel, is a large outside pool, jacuzzi, sun-deck and 360 views of Cairns City. There is also a gym, if you're one for exercising on holiday (naaat me)!

The hotel boasts of a beautiful restaurant called Coco's, where it serves the scrummiest international dishes, utilising Queensland local produce to create fresh and contemporary flavours. Breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how much they had on offer at the morning buffet. Each area was unique with 'make your own fresh juice' 'ACAI granola station', 'hot breakfast', or even a 'bespoke breakfast' cooked by the chef on display. I was only sad not to enjoy the breakfast for longer each morning, we were on such a time restraint with our tours.

The Pullmans kindly hosted one of their exquisite high teas, which we indulged over for 2 hours. Who doesn't love warm scones, cakes and smoked salmon sandwiches - served with a glass of bubbly...


Fitzroy Island

With the little time we had in Cairns, we knew the best option was to book some tours - this seemed the obvious way to see more what the beautiful country had to offer. However, if I was to return to Cairns, I would also rent a car - there are beautiful beaches all down the coast.

Our first day tour was to Fitzroy Island, where boarded a ferry to the island. From there we had a tour around the reef on a glass bottom boat. I have yet to get a PADI diving course under my belt, which seems absurd considering how much I love the water and swimming, however this is  something to do in the new year. As an alternative to diving, my mum and I went snorkeling off the glass bottom boat around Fitzroy Island. Due to it being 'stinger season', we wore stinger suits, which were silky comfy, kept us warm and protected us from the sun. We fortunately didn't see any stingers, but not worth risking it!

We had the most wonderful experience and as you can imagine, the reef is stunning. The bonus was coming across a bale of turtles in the water, which was enough to make me squeal with excitement through my mask.

Cairns Tours

Our second trip was with Cairns Tours, where we visited Cape Tribulation beach, enjoyed a Daintree River cruise and walked through two spectacular Rainforests, which were estimated to be nearly 120 million years old! I could genuinely feel the presence of dinosaurs's there...

I highly recommend either of these tours - they were jam packed and full of exciting adventures, with the most interesting and knowledgeable tour guides in tow.

One fact we were told on the day was - on average, one person dies a year by a shark attack, however 35 people die a year from a fallen coconut! So whatever you do, don't walk under a palm tree with coconuts hanging from it - more lethal than getting bitten by a shark. Who knew ay!


We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Cairns and it was mainly down to Pullmans Hotel who comfortably accommodated all of our needs. Thank you for having us to stay and thank you ALL for stopping by to read journal.

The Wondering Dreamer x


For more information on the hotel, please visit Pullmans International Hotel

or @pullmancairnsinternational

Rancho Santana - Nicaragua

During our trip in Nicaragua, we were fortunate to experience a few days at Rancho Santana, a Resort and Residential community located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.

Although this had been the third resort during our trip, this place in particular made us 'feel' like we were experiencing the raw natural beauty of Nicaragua. We felt so tranquil and peaceful the moment we arrived.

The community and Resort spreads over a whopping 2,700 acres - and boasts rolling hills, dramatic shores which are broken in between five STUNNING beaches; Playa Santana, Playa Rosada, Playa Escondida, Playa Duna, and finally Playa Los Perros.

Inside the Rancho Santana property, we were staying at The Inn - in a gorgeous en-suite bedroom with a balcony that had incredible views of the pacific ocean. Every morning we would open the curtains, stand on the balcony and breath in the salty air looking across the stunning garden. Everything about this resort was tranquil and peaceful.

Our bedroom and bathroom were well equipped with all the necessary essentials, i.e. hairdryer, iron and bathroom products. Inside every bedroom of the Inn, they provide you with an Ipad which hosts their Rancho Santana app. This app shows you various things they have on offer, i.e housekeeping a map of the Resort, or even signing yourself up to receiving an alert on your mobile about turtle hatching on the beach! We found this Ipad incredibly useful to our everyday plan whilst at the Resort.

Inside the resort, they have two Clubhouse with pools that are reserved for the exclusive use of owners and guests of the resort. The second pool house was being renovated whilst we were there, so we chilled by the beautiful oasis of a pool at The Inn.

I am a serious foodie and LOVE rustic, traditional meals; so when we sat down to eat at the restaurant inside The Inn, I was pleasantly surprised to see they served traditional simple meals with a unique and tasteful touch.

All fruit and vegetables are grown from their own organic garden & seafood is freshly delivered by the local co-op of fishermen. Every morning we would indulge in a full blown American - style breakfast, accompanied with a healthy smoothie to make us feel slightly better about ourselves!

On the Rancho Santana property, there is a little store, called La Tienda. This store is BEYOND convenient and has all those little necessities you might forget - i.e a hairbrush ;) !!
La Tienda also offers freshly served salads, pastas and wraps - kept refrigeratored on a daily basis. We had one day trip to Ometepe, so we stocked up at La Tienda before hand, to take along bits for our breakfast.

There are lots of activities to do on the ranch, but the most obvious and popular one would be riding. We took full advantage of this opportunity and rode with two guides for 1h30 minutes. This is a wonderful way to see Nicaragua, and however English I may have looked on Senorita (my horse), I felt very much the local! The riding is very different in Nicaragua that riding in the UK. For starters, you don't have to wear jodhpurs and a helmet, I wore shorts and a t-shirt (don't recommend shorts, my legs rubbed) and we didn't have to wear a helmet. The horses are also trained differently, they're super relaxed and respond to the simplest instruction by holding the reins in one hand and moving it left and right to direct them where to go. We found the whole experience a breeze and had so much fun riding along the beach. However, if riding isn't your gig, the Resort also offers a spa, yoga, paddle boarding, surfing and hiking tours.

We had the most divine and restful LAST few days in Nicaragua, and that was all down to the amazing Resort - Rancho Santana.

Every staff member at the resort, was beyond kind and accommodating to our daily needs and questions. We do hope to be back one day!

The Wondering Dreamer x

Mukul Golf & Spa Resort - Nicaragua

WOWZAHS. Is the only word I can use to describe our experience at Mukul Resort. The moment we drove up to the large gates of the resort and were greeted by a security guard that said " If you keep driving straight, you'll suddenly hit paradise" we knew we were in for something special, he was not wrong. Mukul resort was the ultimate, intimate perfection of any hotel I've stayed at.

With over 250 staff on the resort, each one being impeccably trained, they had me fooled to think maybe we're royalty!? No, we are not royalty, and this is just the welcome you receive when staying in a 5* resort.

We were staying in Bohios 8, which is a beautiful beach front bungalow, with a bedroom, large en-suite bathroom with two showers (YES, two!) and a large walk-in wardrobe. Outside our room, we had a balcony, lounge chairs and a plunge pool. Which conveniently stayed cold during the day and in the evening could be turned hot and bubbly when you want to soak whilst drinking cocktails and watching the sunset.

Mukul Resort covers all areas of sport and relaxation, whether you're into playing 18 holes on a golf course, hitting some balls on the tennis court, fishing like a local, being a yoga guru or just after some relaxing in a spa - then they offer it! They haven't missed a beat on all the necessities one looks for when on holiday.

The hotel has three main restaurants, La Terraza, La Mesa and Tres Ceibas. You are also able to enjoy bites in the Palapa Lounge and Poolside.

During our stay, we experienced the most luxurious spa treatment at Spa Mukul.
The spa includes six unique experiences housed in six individual private spa temples. Each spa temple offers a different ancient healing tradition, often using local Nicaraguan ingredients. I would be lying, if I didn't say the experience in our temple wasn't one of the best ones I've ever had!

The hotel has two beaches, one on the doorstep of the reception area, and one private beach only a short shuttle ride away and neither beaches are open to the public community - so are very quiet and peaceful. The main beach has it's own restaurant and two pools, one large and the second smaller for the purpose of children only.

On our second day, we had the pleasure of experiencing our first surf lesson with two guys from Tropicsurf, which was lots of fun. The Tropicsurf hut is based on the beach and is hard to miss with all the surf boards outside it. Nicaragua is famous for it's warm waters and epic surf, so this is definittely an opportunity NOT to be missed.

On our last afternoon at the Resort, we were spoiled by experiencing a unique rum tasting, which was incredibly factual and interesting. Don Carlos Pellas (50 most influential people in Latin America), is the fifth generation in the Pellas family. We came to learn that the family business, 135 years on and has grown into 16 companies in more than a dozen countries from transportation, computers to sugar, ethanol, and Flor de Caña Rum (the rum we were tasting)! With the family legacy behind him, Don Carlos Pellas built Mukul Resort three years ago and is continuing to change the face of the country's tourism industry.

We had the most incredible time at Mukul Resort, and a lot of it is down to all the staff at Mukul. So thank you ALL for taking such great care of us, your hard work and passion shines through and we hope to come back soon to this little piece of paradise.

The Wondering Dreamer x

Aqua Wellness Resort - Nicaragua

We arrived in beautiful Nicaragua a couple of days ago, where we flew into Managua airport picked up a little rental car, and drove for 2 hours south towards the Pacific coast, to a beautiful eco-hotel built in the forest called Aqua Wellness.

Unfortunately we got to the resort quite late, so couldn't see much as we were walking through, although we new the ocean was close, as you can hear the tranquil waves crashing. Although it would have been lovley to of arrive in the sunshine, I felt this really added to the full impact I received once I opened the curtains in the morning. I was truly blown away to see I was standing in a Tree House and fully immersed in nature with the most spectacular views of the ocean in front of me. On top of that welcome, we spotted a family of howler monkeys in the trees having breakfast by our balcony!

Our villa, called Kinkajou LS (luxury suite) had two levels, the downstairs had a kitchen, dining area and lounge area. Upstairs there was a bedroom, with an open en-suite bathroom and separate toilet. Joining onto the bedroom area was a balcony that looked over our private deck and plunge pool with a spectacular view of the ocean.


eI'm not going to lie, when I say I was slightly apprehensive about the food in Nicaragua prior to visiting, as I was told very mixed things. However, the food at Aqua was divine! We indulged ourselves in a healthy morning breakfast a light lunch and a massive dinner on a daily basis! The restaurant is built up platform which sits along a the stretch of private beach, and has to be one of the dreamiest settings for a meal.

This environmentally friendly resort was built above the forest floor, to minimize the resort’s impact on the delicate ecosystem of the jungle forest set around, every tree house has been built from locally sourced wood.

Aqua Wellness is where you would come to focus on your well being, it fully caters for all your needs. With free yoga and meditation classes on offer twice a day, it allows yourself to strip away all problems sending you into deep relaxation mode.

The resort offers all sorts of different tailored retreats:

  • 3 Nights – Refresh Program
  • 5 Nights – Rejuvenate Program
  • 7 Nights – Optimal Welness Program

For more information visit Aqua Wellness

We absolutely LOVED our time at Aqua and it was the perfect location to start off our trip in Nicaragua. Thank you for having us!

The Wondering Dreamer x