Famous Flyer: Leo Sayer

A remote island in the Indian Ocean is Leo Sayer's ultimate getaway.

Which was your best holiday?

L'Hotel was Oscar Wilde's home during his last years.

A place called Bird Island in the Seychelles. Phones and internet don't work there so if you want a total getaway, this is it. You won't see many passing ships or other islands from this little dot in the Indian Ocean either, it's that remote. It's one of the world's best eco resorts now, playing host to migrating seabirds and a colony of nesting turtles.

And the best hotel you've stayed in?

L'Hotel on the Rive Gauche; it's notoriously difficult to book one of the 20 rooms. When I first stayed there back in 1976 it was so chic that I had an original blue period Picasso painting above my bed. There didn't seem to be a menu for dinner, the Michelin starred chef just asked us what we would like - we spent many fun hours dreaming up impossible concoctions. If you want a genuine touch of decadence this is it, since it was Oscar Wilde's home during his last years.

What do you always take with you?

A screwdriver tool and glass cleaning kit for my sunglasses.

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Do a fair bit of research on wherever you're going but also leave things flexible so you can maximise on adventure.


And your worst experience on holiday?

Bird Island was almost a disaster, because although I can't swim my partner Donatella and I would snorkel the surrounding reef every day. One morning we got into difficulty when the tide carried us too far and I went down quite a few times before she fished me out and saved my life. I never got in the sea again; I settled for just looking at it.

Where do you want to go next?

I've visited some unique spiritual places - Petra in Jordan, Corcovado in Rio, Besakih in Bali - but Machu Picchu is right up there on my bucket list. I'm told it's a difficult climb but the view would be so worth it.

Leo Sayer is currently performing in the Apia Good Times national tour, see apiagoodtimes.com.au for details and bookings.