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A Tropical Postcard Wedding At the InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location South Pacific

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The tropical blue waters and palm trees of the The InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa are so picture perfect it’s right out of a postcard. But there is much more to this ‘resort within a resort’ venue, than the pure white sandy beaches and aqua blue skies that are every tropical destination wedding dream.

The resort, which spans over 35 acres is perfectly family friendly – in fact adjoining rooms, a well equipped kids club, bar, and multiple restaurants mean that it’s the perfect place for little ones. But then there is something extra special, and what became Mr Polka and my favourite feature of all – the Club InterContinental which makes for a perfect sashay through for pre wedding parties, dancing on the beach receptions to secluded, intimate honeymoons.

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Despite the resort’s grand size, there is one factor I adore – the resort will only host one wedding a day. So you have no chance of running in to another wedding or competing for the best spot on the waterside.

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While couples can choose to marry anywhere on the property (the Navo Restaurant lawn perhaps my favourite outdoor spot) the glass walled Loloma wedding pavilion, which seats 60 frames the classic tropical view to perfection. Air-conditioned, it’s decorated with carved wooden pews and fresh flowers for a wedding arrival – absent guests can even dial in to the chapel’s live feed and watch the ceremony from afar.

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Receptions are of course equally as beautiful with the pavilion lawn, situated in front of the ceremony spot, allowing for outdoor receptions and easy access to dance the night away. The adjoining Kama Beachfront is also popular, allowing guests to kick off their shoes (and has a capacity of 350). For something a little more private, Navo Restaurant and its lawns, located on the lagoon, give the best of both worlds – stunning views and award winning cuisine. The resort’s grand infinity pool rounds out the options – although like many things InterContinental your wish is their command, and any area of the resort is available for celebrations.

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Everything is taken care of here at the InterContinental – the glowing Jane, who showed us around the property, oversees the weddings here, and works with couples and their InterContinental wedding planners via email, Skype and conference call.

Every wedding booked at the InterContinental includes a Lagoon view room (my favourite room style of this part of the resort), the lawns spill out to the still lagoon and are situated away from the crowds, making them a gorgeous spot for a few pre-dinner drinks with the friends.

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Even the most basic package (Vau Vata) includes all the luxuries – from the hotel room, to a private cabana dinner just for two, champagne on arrival, airport transfers, spa treatments, tropical flower arrangements and even a traditional Fijian Choir to serenade you.

From the base package, the guest inclusions only get better. Packages adding on everything from wedding reception tastings, tribal drumming rituals and fire shows, pre dinner drinks and canapés – the list goes on and is only limited by your imagination. The “Sogo Lagilagi” package the crème de la crème, which includes everything from return business class flights, the exclusive use of the club lounge area and club level accommodation for 110 guests. You can only guess how I am envious of the endless inclusions of that amazing, ‘don’t lift a finger’ experience!

When it comes to the wedding day, couples can make the most of the onsite spa – the private Orchid Room bridal suite complete with outdoor spa and twin massage beds has plenty of room for bridal parties and guests to spend their morning in air conditioned comfort.

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The wedding team works one on one with you to customize your experience. Want to dance all night? They’ll book out the Jambu bar for you. Want to escape from the main resort for your honeymoon? They’ll work with you to upgrade to the exclusive club level.

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And while packages and additions and special treats are the foundation of why the InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa makes such a gorgeous wedding spot, it is the team here that really makes the experience special.

During our stay at the resort, when it was almost full capacity, we somehow felt as if we were the only guests in sight. Team members widening their grin as we came into view,  the extra little treats that seemingly came out of nowhere but made our experience that much more memorable, and above all trust – trust that we were being looked after and the team had it under control. And if there is one thing I know about wedding planning, it’s that trusting your wedding team is the most important part of all.

Polka Dot Bride was flown to Fiji and stayed at The InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa as a guest of The InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

All images taken by Ms Polka Dot.

Moorea Polynesian Paradise Bridal Inspiration

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location South Pacific,

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We all like a bit of sunshine and this gorgeous little shoot from Running Under the Sprinkler on the beautiful island of Moorea, French Polynesia, is definitely getting me into the tropical mood.

Teaming up with Sonny Vandevelde and Hani Haring Creations at the Sofitel, Moorea, photographer Jacqui telling, “I wanted to show the stunning natural beauty of the island of Moorea, as well as the indulgent luxury of an overwater bungalow stay at the Sofitel Ia Ora. Destination weddings always have that bit of extra excitement, I think, and this location is really the ultimate tropical destination.”

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Photographer: Running Under the Sprinkler / Assistant: Sonny Vandevelde / Hair & Makeup: Hani Haring Creations / Designer: Hani Haring Creations / Venue: Sofitel, Moorea / Model: Kristy Kelly / Model: Tumai Friedman / Model: Timare Kelly

A Blissful Bora Bora Honeymoon

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Bora Bora

A dreamy hideaway nestled in the French Polynesian archipelago, Bora Bora is the epitome of tropical island living. Blessed with serene turquoise waters, coral reefs, abundant marine life, breathtaking vistas and around 9,000 truly lovely locals, it’s a simply idyllic isle to explore.

As you approach this South Pacific gem, you are immediately taken with its central peak – Mount Otemanu – a view postcards (and Instagrams) are made of.

This jagged central peak – an ancient volcano – rises up majestically on the main island. The surrounding motus or little islets are palm fringed and perfect, many of which are dotted with luxurious resorts, protected by the surrounding reef.

With a multitude of incredible accommodation options and activities to suit all kinds of couples, Bora Bora is a dream destination. So, if you and your love are seeking a sundrenched escape to welcome in married life, put Bora Bora at the top of your list and get ready to say ‘Ia Orana’ to paradise!

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If you’re after some post wedding downtime, Bora Bora certainly delivers. Your daily itinerary could consist of something like this: relaxed buffet breakfast, morning swim, a spot of stand up paddle boarding, afternoon massage, cocktails and dinner before retreating back to your opulent villa. Sigh – what an introduction to married life! Equally, if you and your love are keen to explore, there are lots of things to see and do:

Ray feeding and swimming with sharks

This action-packed boat trip with Moana Adventure Tours is a must-do for adventurous newlyweds. After departing your resort, the tour guide will take you to a colourful coral garden to snorkel with curious tropical fish and perhaps a moray eel or two.

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Next up, it’s ray feeding time! After anchoring in the lagoon, you will disembark and wade among hoards of hungry rays cruising in for a feed. Although a little intimidating at first, the rays are friendly, inquisitive creatures with velvety soft skin.

The final part of the adventure is swimming with blacktip reef sharks – definitely a honeymoon experience to remember! These reef dwellers are considered fairly harmless and once you get over any initial trepidation, you will no doubt find it an incredible wilderness encounter.

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Four wheel drive tour

For a personalised way to navigate the island, book a private four-wheel drive tour with Vavau 4×4 Adventures. Your guide will take you along the main ring road to see the beaches, resorts and villages, while regaling you with the fascinating history and tales of the South Pacific!

Your excursion will take you off the beaten track to fantastic vantage points, which offer sweeping views of the lagoon below. For extra romance, book into a sunset tour and catch the last rays of the day from a picturesque viewpoint, champagne in hand!

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Island Dining

Depending on where you choose to stay, you will no doubt be spoilt for choice with fantastic dining options at your resort, however they can be a little pricey. For a cost-effective culinary experience, head to the food trucks at Vaitape Village.

Serving up authentic French Polynesian fare including fresh seafood, chips, steaks and ribs, these little Les Roulettes (‘rolling food trucks’) offer a delicious way to experience local life. Try the mahi mahi (a pacific fish) with Roquefort sauce, or poisson cru – a summery Tahitian dish of raw fish marinated in coconut milk and citrus juices – divine!

Another must-visit dining destination is Bloody Mary’s. A breezy bungalow complete with tropical greenery and sand underfoot, this island-style eatery is arguably the go-to of every celebrity visiting Bora Bora – just check the names on the ‘wall of fame’ out the front!

Each evening, the daily catch and fresh meat cuts are displayed on ice, so upon arrival the wait staff will help you make a selection then send it straight to the chef! With tasty appetisers, a classic cocktail list and a lively atmosphere, it’s the perfect venue for an island date night.

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Nestled on a lush motu, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa boasts a variety of accommodation options – from classic overwater bungalows, to garden guest rooms and hillside villas which offer panoramic views.

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For a quintessential Bora Bora experience, check into an overwater bungalow and enjoy waking up with the lagoon on your doorstep. You can opt to have breakfast delivered to your room by outrigger canoe, relax on your private sundeck and take a swim whenever you desire!

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Active couples will love the water sports on offer, including scuba diving, jet skiing and sailing – the perfect activities to while away those summer days.

For a rejuvenating afternoon with your partner, book a couple’s massage at the resort’s Hina spa, perched on the hillside. Marital bliss!

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Sprawled over 44 acres, the spectacular St Regis Bora Bora Resort is another heavenly honeymoon choice. With exquisitely appointed villas and bungalows, a tropical lagoonarium, bicycle hire, water sports, fine dining options and newly rebranded Clarins spa – it offers true Polynesian paradise.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Oh, I’m in honeymoon heaven just looking at the pictures; what a divine spot to relax and enjoy the start of married life!

About Anika: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

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