Sea Temple in Port Douglas

We had a short flight on Virgin Australia to Cairns (Kanz), north of Sydney and a totally different vibe here in Queensland.  After landing we had about an hours drive to the Pullman Sea Temple Resort and Spa.  The group was in for a huge surprise. I got my 2bdrm Swim Out Apartment and they each got upgraded to a 2 bdrm penthouse apartment with a spiral staircase leading to a full patio with a BBQ and a jacuzzi.  This is the perfect place to relax.  I had mapped out 2 great restaurants for myself and 4 other certified foodies which happen to be from Miami.  Salsa Bar and Grill did not disappoint.  It was dining at its finest.  We started with the tempura soft shell crab….damn it was the bomb.  This Master Chef at Salsa knows his stuff.  My main was a cumin crusted sous vide (sue veed) lamb rump, pomme puree, olive dust, scorched onions, garnished with green long beans. The lamb was perfectly cooked,the right color and the spices in the crust were heavenly.  Thanks to the sous vide cooking process that rump was thee most tender lamb I’ve ever tasted (cutlet, shoulder, leg, rack, etc).  Our day at the Great Barrier Reef proved to be phenomenal for all — the Ocean Helmet Walk,  snorkeling, helicopter rides and even I came out of my comfort zone and went down in the semi submersible to view all the beautiful colored Coral hundreds of years old and tons of brightly colored fish.

Queensland is the only place in Australia where one can hold a Koala so today while they are all off doing their thing with koalas and kangaroos , I have chill-axed in my apartment enjoying the swim out and my in room jacuzzi.  Tomorrow is our last day here and some have planned to go to Mossman Gorge where they will walk with an Aboriginal Elder, no doubt another unforgettable experience.

 

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