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Beautiful Bora Bora!

by | Honeymoons, Real Honeymoons

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Roxana Oliver
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Roxana and John

They say that the honeymoon is the best part of any wedding follow-up, and it most certainly proved as such for me and my husband! The nerves, hard work and anxiety in the lead up to our wedding last July certainly took its toll. But all of it was forgotten during our beautiful Bora Bora honeymoon!

The destination itself was my husband John’s idea, as he knew only too well that I always dreamed of spending a perfect summer vacation in Tahiti. So, to surprise me, he booked one of the Bora Bora honeymoon packages with a local tourist agency and kept quiet about it until the wedding day! (And there I was, thinking we had spent our wedding budget on the venue, restaurant and church ceremony arrangements, not daring to ask how much money we had left for the honeymoon trip!) In a word, our stay on Bora Bora was amazing, we had the time of our lives!

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As soon as we boarded the plane for Tahiti, I knew we were in for a great time.  The Air Tahiti Nui staff were most obliging and the flight itself went by perfectly, without any turbulence at all. My husband had booked a five-day stay at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Spa, so as we arrived at the main Papeete airport, we were greeted with flower lei and taken to the hotel by our wonderful hosts for our Tahitian stay over. There, we spent a night in the Tahiti Manava Suite Resort and after breakfast, we were taken back to the airport where we boarded the plane to Bora Bora.

Once we got to the island airport, we were welcomed by the staff of the hotel and transported to Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Spa. We spent our five-day nuptials in the Overwater Bungalow with amazing room service, a range of tourist-friendly facilities (Wi-Fi coverage was superb!), amiable staff and stunning views of the surrounding landscape, the lagoon and the Motu. We even received  a special honeymoon gift from the hotel, a beautiful Tahitian Black Pearl in a sweet jewel-case. Our trip package included buffet breakfasts, and I was thrilled by the food and drink range which we were presented with each morning – it may well be the best seafood I’ve tasted in my life! I only regret I forgot to ask the chef for recipes and secret ingredients, but I’ll make sure I do that on our next trip to Bora Bora.

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During our five-day stay on Bora Bora, we took a 360° panoramic Motu Picnic Day Tour which was included in our honeymoon package, and we had a blast! We saw the lagoon, met the friendly locals and learned all there is to know about the Bora Bora tradition, culture and community. Our guide was very friendly, funny and open, and we laughed our heads off during the trip as he kept telling us some amusing details about the local customs, tourist anecdotes and his own interesting experiences on the island.

Since I’m not a lover of outdoor sports, I spent most of the honeymoon soaking up the sun at the beach, swimming and collecting seashells, but my beloved adrenaline junkie of a spouse tried snorkeling, kayaking and diving. Eventually, he did manage to convince me to try exploring the island on foot – just the two of us – and we saw hundreds of lovely lagoon spots, luxuriant foliage and miles and miles of soft, silky sand beaches.

The water is warm and crystal clear – you can even see the sandy bottom in the shallow parts! Even though I’m not a good swimmer, I enjoyed the few swimming sessions I dared to take during our stay on the island.

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John wanted to try paddle-boarding and jet skiing too, but we simply couldn’t fit everything in during our brief stay on Bora Bora, so he decided to leave it for our next trip to Tahiti.

During our honeymoon, we did a bit of restaurant touring and food tasting during lunch and dinner times. Needless to say, the food is extraordinary – lots of fish, veggies and spices – and I can guarantee you’ll never forget all the mouth-watering Tahiti flavours once you’ve given them a go!

Cocktails are also excellent, perfect glasses of refreshment for a hot summer day, so I suggest you try out a few!  And yes, we also went to a beach club on our last night there even though I protested as I don’t like clubbing all that much. To my surprise, the music was great (though perhaps a bit too pop and electro for my refined jazzy taste!), the guests were dancing, drinking and having a great time, and I did in fact enjoy it despite my dislike for parties, loud music and crowds. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay until closing hour as our flight home was the next day and we had to pack our gear and get some decent shuteye before leaving the island.

Our Bora Bora honeymoon was probably the best trip I ever had in my life, and it made all that wedding planning, hassle and stress worth the while! So, if you truly want to let your hair down after you’ve tied the knot, take my piece of advice – with Bora Bora, you can’t go wrong. So pack your bags, book your honeymoon and hit the airport as soon as the ceremony is over! I promise you won’t regret it.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thank you Roxana – what a beautiful place to spend your first days together with your new husband! Perhaps another trip to Bora Bora for your first anniversary??!!

 

About Roxana: I am an adventurer, a frequent traveler, and an animal loving girl from Sydney. I’m passionate about the environment and my life goal is to travel the whole world and meet a lot of different people on the way.

Honeymoon Destinations – At Home in Australia

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia

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Ms Filagree
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 Your big day is approaching and it’s all steam ahead with dress fittings, flower arrangements and table settings, but let’s take a moment to think about those magical days following your wedding – the honeymoon!

In Part One of our Honeymoon series, we went through all those planning essentials and now that’s all sorted, it’s time to get to the best part – choosing a destination!

The days following your wedding are the first moments of your marriage so where will you choose to spend them? For those wanting something close to home, we’ve hand picked the top honeymoon destinations in Australia for you to indulge in.

The Whitsundays

With 74 magical islands including the breathtaking Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream Islands to name a few, the Whitsundays top the list of honeymoon destinations in Australia. Nestled amongst the glistening coral waters of the Great Barrier Reef, couples can indulge in ocean side luxuries and activities such as spa pampering, scuba diving, bush walking, shopping and much more!

Accommodation:

qualia When looking for the ultimate in luxurious accommodation on the Whitsundays, you can’t go past qualia on Hamilton Island. Esteemed for its luxurious services, this is the ultimate romantic destination for your honeymoon.

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 One&Only Hayman Island – Offering the utmost in luxurious living, One&Only Hayman Island is absolute indulgence. With views over the ocean (and the 2 kilometre beach front,) you and your loved one will adore your time spent in this beautiful piece of the world.

 

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 Highlights: July through to September is whale season; it is a very special experience to watch these majestic creatures with your loved one at sea.

Port Douglas

Combining reef and rainforest, Port Douglas is the only place on earth where two World Heritage listed gems can be found – so it’s no surprise that it makes our list! In addition to The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is also a mecca for award winning restaurants, which are plentiful throughout the area.

Accommodation:

Niramaya Villas –  Surrounded by the relaxing ambience of 15 hectares of tropical gardens, Niramaya Villas is a luxurious  resort that will have you never wanting to leave! All villas include a private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor spaces and are architecturally designed ‘for your senses.’ Whilst just moments away from Four Mile Beach, which leads to the Port Douglas town centre, the serenity of Niramaya Villas leads you to feel as though you’re in your own peaceful world!

 

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Highlights: With everything from snorkeling, bush walking, shopping, fine dining, cultural experiences and spa treatments, Port Douglas as a whole is the highlight! If you’re traveling in the months from November to March, be aware of jellyfish and stingers in the waters. Some areas have swimming enclosures to protect swimmers so it’s always a good idea to speak with your hotel about where these enclosures are.

Cable Beach, Broome

Home to 22 kilometres of golden sandy beach, Cable Beach in Broome is an historic area that is rich with culture and beauty. If you’re the adventuring type, take a tour through the Kimberly region or kayak around the glistening Broome coastline to experience the marine life of the area. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, why not take a pearl farm tour and see the pearling process for yourself – perhaps you’ll treat yourself at the gift shop too!

Accommodation:

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa – Complete with the first Australian L’Occitane spa (need we say more!) this award-winning resort gives guests the best of both the sea and land. With a range of accommodation to suit your budget, this resort is the perfect base for all your Broome adventures.

 

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Highlights: Forget horse riding on the beach; nothing says memorable like a camel ride on the sand at sunset!

Great Ocean Road

One of the most iconic coastlines in Australia, the Great Ocean Road with the 12 Apostles is a relaxing and beautiful way to spend the first moments of your married life. With cascading waterfalls, fine dining, wineries and a huge array of activities including scuba diving, bushwalking and heritage attractions, the Great Ocean Road has everything you need for a romantic getaway.

Accommodation:

Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay – Situated on a championship golf course and overlooking the coast, Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay is a modern resort with all the added extras you need for a romantic getaway. With nearby activities including bushwalks, lake paddling to see platypus in their natural habitat and lighthouse tours, there is something for everyone!

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Highlights: View the 12 Apostles from a different angle – try a helicopter flight over the area for a luxe way to view the coastline.

So now that we’ve wrapped up our top favourite destinations from around Australia, the final instalment of the Honeymoon series featuring our favourite destinations from all over the world is coming soon! Enjoy!

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With luxe destinations like these , I want to go on honeymoon in Australia every year!

Honeymoon Essentials Part 1 – It’s All in the Planning!

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons

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Ms Filagree
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The days following your wedding are moments of pure bliss with you and your loved one. All the hustle, pre-wedding planning and moments of stress are now behind you and it’s nothing but relaxation and romance for the next days, weeks or months (for the super lucky ones!) on your honeymoon – so let’s make that time the best it can be!

It’s All in the Planning!

Destination

This is key! You want your honeymoon destination to be a reflection of who you are as a couple and to be ideally suited to what you want from a honeymoon. When looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, there are a number of factors you need to consider.

1. Dream Destination: Everyone has that dream honeymoon destination (Maldives over the water bungalows anyone?!) so now is the time to dig out those travel brochures or create a Pinterest board and dream up everything you want from your ideal honeymoon.

 

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Image from One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives via Honeymoon In The Maldives At The One&Only Reethi Rah Resort

2. Budget: Now that you’ve got an idea of what you want, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty part of determining your budget. No one likes being restricted by a budget, but when it comes to your big day (and the days following) it is important to keep your budget in check as this is a time with many expenses at once.

If your budget doesn’t meet your initial thoughts of your dream destination, do your research to find similar places a little closer to home – eg: Over the Water Bungalows are plentiful in the Asian Pacific region for a much more attainable price point

3. Weather: This is a huge factor when choosing your ideal location. If you’re headed to a neighbouring island for their tropical weather, take note of their wet seasons. A simple Google search will give you all the answers you need.

4. Time frame: Always dreamt of doing a round the world trip on your honeymoon but you only have 2 weeks off work? You should apply budgeting principles to your available time. Pick the absolute key places you want to see and prioritize your time in those areas. You’ll have more time to enjoy the culture and lifestyle by focusing on only a few places if you’re strapped for time.

Organisation

To make sure your honeymoon is completely stress free, there are a few crucial elements that need to be arranged prior to jet setting off.

1. Travel Insurance: Nothing spoils a perfect holiday like loss of luggage, sickness or a myriad of other incidents that can occur, so travel insurance is an essential part of planning your perfect honeymoon! Be sure to read the fine print as some policies don’t cover various activities you might be planning while you’re away.

2. Passports: If you’re planning an international honeymoon, double check your passport will still be valid throughout the entire duration of your honeymoon and if you need to arrange a passport, make sure this is done well in advance to allow plenty of processing time.

3. House Sitting/Pet Sitting: Before you leave for your honeymoon, think about if you’re going to want to arrange a house sitter and if you have pets, where are they are going to stay. If your friends and family aren’t able to look after your furry friends, your local area is sure to have boarding kennels to keep your pets safe.

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Image by Memory Bank Photography via Kerrie and Mark’s Surprise Wedding

4. Confirmations: In all the planning and preparations in the lead up to your big day, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the details. Keeping a spreadsheet of all your vendors and travel arrangements is a simple way to track what date you booked, who your contact is and when you confirmed your bookings.

5. Airport transfers: If you’re traveling to your dream destination via the airport, there are a number of transfers that you need to think about. How will you getting to and from the airport to begin and end your trip? Will you be driving yourselves, having a friend or family member drive you, using public transport or splurging on a chauffeured drive? However you may be travelling, be sure to arrange this well in advance to your departure date. Your airport transfers at your destination can easily be booked through a travel agent with multiple options to suit every budget.

6. Luggage: In amongst shopping for your perfect dress, selecting wedding presents and approving a cake design, give a thought to the luggage that you’ll be taking on your honeymoon. Quality luggage is always a worthwhile investment so choose wisely if you are purchasing your own.

7. Medications/Vaccinations: If your honeymoon involves overseas stops, be sure to check with your doctor about any vaccinations that you may need for each of the countries you are staying. Also make sure that you have any medications that you may be on!

8. Packing: In the lead up to your big day, be sure that you schedule in some time for packing (and shopping – new lingerie perhaps?) in the weeks prior to your wedding – no last minute packing stress!

Organizing your honeymoon is one of the most exciting aspects of planning your entire wedding. It’s just you and your loved one doing exactly what you want to do to begin your lives together – make sure it’s everything you want!

 


COMING UP: We’ve picked out some of our dream honeymoon destinations from around the world – special places for adventure junkies to those just wanting to relax on a secluded beach for the week! Part 2 of our Honeymoon special will be Australian based locations whilst Part 3 will showcase locations from every corner of the globe.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Great advice on how to plan the perfect honeymoon; I can’t wait to read the next post on dream destinations!

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