The former Indian tennis player shares some smart flying tips with the readers
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OT: Which is your favourite hotel in the world?
Brett Lee: El Questro Homestead (www.elquestro.com.au), Kununurra, in Western Australia. I visited in 1992.
OT: Why is it special?
Brett Lee: It is one of the world’s most unique destinations — a luxury property perched over one of Australia’s most wild and beautiful regions. The service is attentive and friendly but not overwhelming. The food is first-class and the activities as adventurous or as laidback as you like.
OT: Is it hard to find?
Brett Lee: It takes some effort, flying from Sydney to Darwin, then to Kununurra, then a two-hour drive along the stunning Cockburn Ranges. At sunset, the Homestead appears like an oasis.
OT: Any special meals?
Brett Lee: Meals are served under the stars, on the verandahs or by the gorge over the river, using the freshest produce of the Kimberly region. My most memorable meal was wild barramundi with green mango and boab root salsa.
OT: Your greatest adventure there?
Brett Lee: I flew by helicopter to one of the freshwater fishing holes, not accessible by road. It was amazing: the isolation, the pristine waters, the scenery and particularly the fishing and the size of the barramundi.
OT: Best thing about it?
Brett Lee: Location. You never tire of looking over the pool and lawn to the Chamberlain Gorge and the ancient ranges beyond. What other hotel can claim a million acres for its gardens?
OT: Would you go back?
Brett Lee: I would love to take my son Preston when he is older and can fully appreciate the beauty of the Australian outback. So many things we could do together — fishing, wildlife tours, cattle musters and boating through the gorges.
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