Bachelor Richie Strahan joins Karma Resorts for 2017 Rottnest Channel Swim

Bachelor Richie Strahan joins Karma Resorts for 2017 Rottnest Channel Swim

As the super-fit star of last year’s edition of Channel 10’s rom-reality show The Bachelor Australia, Richie Strahan is already well-known to Australian TV viewers.

In a recent exclusive chat at Karma’s uber-relaxed Rottnest Island Resort, Strahan spoke excitedly about his new role as the Ambassador for 2017’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim and about completing the grueling 19.7 kilometer event as well as his love of the holiday island which lies just off the coast of Western Australia.

According to Strahan, “just coming out (of the water) onto that beach (at race end) was such an extraordinary feeling.”

A passionate Western Australian local, Strahan says growing up in the West was a privilege as it gave him access to a wealth of natural wonders, including “Rotto”, as locals warmly refer to Rottnest Island.

“I remember as a kid it was always BBQs on the beach and then we’d have dinner at the Rottnest Pub with my parents.
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Ensuring your Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is a smooth one

Ensuring your Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is a smooth one

When it comes to open water swimming, Paul Newsome is a man worth listening to.

For starters, he won the 46-kilometre Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, arguably one of the world’s most grueling open water swims, in 2013. Secondly, he is the founder of the UK and Perth-based Swim Smooth which is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading swim coaching companies. His coaching expertise is regularly sought out by professional triathletes and open water swimmers from around the world who descend on his Perth base for intensive Swim Smooth squad training.

And finally, he’s the pro-coach for this year’s (February 25) famous Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim – an arduous 19.7-kilometre open water swim starting from the scenic white sands of Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and before finishing across the channel in Thomson Bay on Rottnest Island.

We recently spoke with Paul Newsome and asked for a few of his tips on how to plan for this year’s epic and some of his insights on what it takes to not only finish the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim but to finish in style …

#1 – Practice makes perfect

“You should be swimming at least four times a week.
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Christmas on a Plate: Festive Foods from around the World!

Christmas on a Plate: Festive Foods from around the World!

Mince pies? Crispy roast spuds with gooey centres? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire?
What festive food traditions can’t you get through Christmas without?

Most of us have one or two special Christmas staples that are inextricably tied to our childhood memories. Those magical tastes and smells that will always conjure Christmas for us, no matter where in the world we end up. A traditional turkey with all the trimmings may be the prevailing star of the show for a large part of the globe. But it’s far from the only way to go when it comes to the headline act each Christmas.

From borscht and puffin stew, to fermented fish, red hot tamales and roasted reindeer (!), no two cultures ever sit down to the same meal at Christmas time. Just as no two families do either. (And did you know that in some countries, you don’t even have to still be alive, to be invited to pull up a chair at the family feast!)

But the one thing we do all have in common at Christmas is the way in which food – and the many joyful traditions surrounding it – brings us together in celebration and gratitude.
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5 Places you absolutely can’t miss in Western Australia, by Keiko Uno

5 Places you absolutely can’t miss in Western Australia, by Keiko Uno

There’s nothing like a little insider knowledge to bring a holiday destination alive.

To coax it into revealing its true heart and unexpected charms. Sure, you could grab a guidebook and nerd up on the place yourself. But if you really want to get under its skin, you need the advice of a long-time local. In terms of what you’ll gain from your visit, it’s the difference between making polite small talk with someone you’ve just met at a party; or having a proper meaningful conversation that you’ll remember for a long time to come.

Who better to share the secrets of Western Australia’s incredible great South West than Keiko Uno, Designer and Managing Director of Keiko Uno Jewellery? One of Western Australia’s most passionate cheerleaders, Keiko considers WA’s South West her “spiritual home”.

“Born to Japanese parents, and to a family with connections around the globe, I’ve experienced my fair share of international travels.
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3 Monkeys Kid’s Club at Karma lets Parents Play too!

3 Monkeys Kid’s Club at Karma lets Parents Play too!

Remember what summer holidays used to be like? When it was just the two of you?

Those sensual star-filled evenings surrendering to exotic new tastes, sounds and rhythms, intoxicatingly different from the ones you’d left behind? Not being a slave to any schedule. Extended breakfast marathons with endless pots of tea. Relaxing with your favourite author by the pool with nothing more pressing on your mind than what cocktail to order for “elevenses” – or which restaurant or DJ to road test that night.

Time to slow down and reflect.

For those of you with small children, it probably all seems like a lifetime ago. Okay, straight out of the gate, let’s be clear. No one’s saying that we don’t cherish our little darlings. They’re the light of our lives (most of the time). Nor are we saying that we don’t absolutely adore creating “happy holiday” memories together that will last their whole lifetime.
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