By Beverly Ligman
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The beauty and serenity of Rottnest Island is intrinsically linked to West Australian’s favourite holiday memories . . .and Beverly Ligman knows why.

Ah Rotto… as soon as you take that first step off the ferry, you can feel yourself exhale.

It’s an island paradise right on our doorstep and for generations West Aussies have been making holiday memories here, my own family included.

This time I’m here to sample the delights of Karma Rottnest (formerly Rottnest Lodge) and its delicious day spa with the Welsh Mr. It’s been some time since we’ve had two days all alone, so we’re both excited by the possibility of having nothing to do and no where to be.

The service is exemplary at Karma and the large rooms feel colonial in style. To my mind, simple is best at Rotto and this resort hits the nail on the head. It’s low fuss and has everything we need, plus a gorgeous view across the lake and a private porch to enjoy afternoon wine time. Tick, tick.

Heady with holiday delirium we check-in and then immediately set off to explore a little bit of the island, which mostly involves the pub (him) and the shops (me) before we find ourselves back at Gov’s Sports Bar for a late arvo tipple.

This little pub, attached to the resort is a true find. It’s great for sports’ lovers (obviously), but it’s also tucked away out of the wind and hidden from the island’s super friendly (read: bloody cheeky) seagulls. Popular with the locals, you can get a bite to eat here or just relax and while away an afternoon. Either way, it’s a winner and should be on every Rotto to-do list.

The next day after a hearty hotel brekkie with all the trimmings we do some more island exploring walking it off via Geordie Bay and The Basin, stopping to pose with various Quokkas along the way.

Then it's time to check-in to Karma Spa, a discreet little oasis over the road from the resort where you can immediately shut out any distractions and just relax.

The spa’s resident therapist Nyoman has magic hands and a beautiful energy… no word of a lie, she’s so magical that people ferry over from Perth to have one of her massages or facials. I can understand why!

The Mr tried a massage and floated back in looking like Wales had just won the rugby and I had a “yoga facial” - basically the facial of my dreams with a neck and shoulder massage thrown in for good measure. If only you could bottle that feeling…

All in all Rotto is still a fantastic mini-break and staying at Karma means you don’t have to take anything with you other than your holiday hopes and dreams and your suitcase.

Time really does slow down when you’re on the island and I think that’s the most attractive thing about a Rotto vay-cay.

It’s a deliciously decadent treat to get off the hamster wheel mid-week and spend some quality time with your beloved.

11 out of 10 … would highly recommend.

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