A bottle of eucalyptus oil always helps Hiromi Omura on her travels.
WHICH WAS YOUR BEST HOLIDAY?
Martinique last year. I loved walking on stunning, white-sand beaches lined with coconut palms and I confess to singing to myself while doing it. There was great canoeing through the mangroves and we climbed the banks of the river and ended up underneath a waterfall.
AND THE BEST HOTEL YOU'VE STAYED IN?
Hotel Lausanne Palace and Spa in Switzerland, where I stayed in 2011. A classic European hotel that was also very sophisticated. My room had a big balcony where I'd eat breakfast, enjoying the panoramic view of the lake and mountains. The staff were beyond professional and so welcoming; I really felt I was in a palace.
WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?
A bottle of eucalyptus oil, which helps when I have a dry nose and throat. Also, a small wooden stick for massaging my feet, using a method called Sokushindo that a Taiwanese doctor taught me. I massage my feet and legs for 10 minutes every day, then drink hot water for my metabolism.
WHAT'S YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?
Avoid jet lag by living in the local time of your destination before the trip. The day before leaving France for Australia for Madama Butterfly rehearsals, I moved to the Australian time zone and it worked.
AND YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE ON HOLIDAY?
In 2008 I was travelling with two Japanese friends from France to Lourdes. We got stuck on the highway on the way to the airport because of a terrible traffic jam, which meant we ended up missing our flight, the last of the night. Luckily, we got a flight to a destination close to Lourdes called Pau.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?
The Maldives, to stay in a bungalow on the ocean and swim with the tropical fish.
Hiromi Omura alternates the role of Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) in Opera Australia's Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour March 21 to April 12. Phone: 1300 723 038 for details.