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Caribbean Honeymoons

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Jaime Macmillan
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Nothing screams ‘honeymoon’ more than the Caribbean. Crystal clear water, snow-white sand, a tropical backdrop, rum punch and a laid-back atmosphere. Perfection!

What’s especially great about the Caribbean is that the collection of 7000 islands that make up this region (only 10% are inhabited) all vary from one to the next – in culture, influences, activities on offer and general atmosphere. So no matter what type of honeymoon you’re after, you’re bound to get it here.

All you have to do is choose which islands you want to explore!

All Rounder Honeymoon

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If you’re after a honeymoon that includes a little bit of everything – nightlife, shopping and adventurous activities, then look no further than…

Aruba

Aruba is a popular island with tourists. It has perfect weather year-round, plenty of beaches and a lovely main town. Activities include: snorkelling, hiring a catamaran, hiking and jeep tours. Or simply relaxing on a picturesque beach with a cocktail in hand.

Puerto Rico 

Puerto Rico is the perfect way to combine both big city pleasures and island seclusion. Here you can enjoy romantic candlelit dinners and dance the night away in a salsa club. Alternatively you could take it easy by visiting a rum distillery, or taking a dip at one of the many beaches.

Dominican Republic

If you want your honeymoon to be jam packed with adventure then you would be best checking out the Dominican Republic. Hiking, all sorts of water-sports and cycling are on offer here. But if you’re after a fine dining, luxury honeymoon as well, then this might not be the best choice.

Pure Romance

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No matter what you choose to do or where you go, all honeymoons are romantic. But it’s true to say that some honeymoons are more classically romantic with plenty of alone time and relaxing activities. On these types of honeymoons you can truly wind down after all your wedding preparations and process the life changing step you’ve both taken.

Antigua

What’s great about Antigua is the fact that it’s not overly commercial so it’s perfect for honeymooners. Take in breathtaking views at one of the many secluded beaches and enjoy exploring the romantic ambiance many of the resorts have to offer.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are another great option if you’re looking for plenty of peace and quiet. Here you can learn to sail, or for the more experienced, hire a yacht of your own for complete privacy.

Turks and Caicos

Just over an hour’s flight from Florida, Turks and Caicos is perfect for ultimate honeymoon romance. Grab a picnic, hire a yacht and sail to a secluded island – heaven! Be warned, Turks and Caicos is incredibly quiet, with no real main town!

A Cultural Experience

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Do you consider yourself a culture vulture – someone who likes to immerse themselves in the cultural landscape of wherever they are visiting? If this sounds like you, then these Caribbean islands are a must see…

Anguilla

If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie and prioritise meal-time on your holidays then you should definitely check out Anguilla. Considering its small size, Anguilla boasts a plethora of places to eat. Ranging from local street food, right up to fine dining – here there is bound to be something to suit every taste and budget. Besides, there’ll be no reason to eat at the same place twice.

Curaçao

However, if you’re more into art and architecture, then hot-foot it over to Curaçao. Curaçao has a real cultural mix, with various nationalities and ethnicities all represented here, in what makes for a real cosmopolitan place to visit.

St. Kitts & St. Lucia

If you could give David Attenborough a run for his money in the nature loving stakes, then St. Kitts and/or St. Lucia are must-see places for you as both locations boast breathtaking scenery and wildlife. On St. Kitts you can wander through rainforests, explore sugar plantations and even a volcano, while on St. Lucia, you can take in the glorious beauty of the sea by exploring the island’s coral reefs.

High-end Luxury

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If you have your heart set on enjoying your honeymoon in total style, then fortunately the Caribbean specialises in luxury getaways! If you’re keen to go all out on your honeymoon, then these islands have your name written all over them.

The Cayman Islands

Despite being a British territory, these islands are more reminiscent of mainland America -Florida in particular. And if it’s a luxury resort you’re hoping to stay in, then the Cayman Islands have plenty of choices. Blissfully relax while enjoying beautiful coastlines, botanical gardens and even explore their underwater marine park…via submarine!

St. Barthélemy

St. Barthélemy, or St. Barts for short is famous for being the island of choice for the rich, the famous and the beautiful, so if this describes you or the company you like to keep then make this gorgeous place your honeymoon location. Here you can do all your usual island activities but in exclusively high-class settings – and you may do so while rubbing shoulders with celebrities!

Travel Tips

The Caribbean is notorious for being hefty on the hip pocket, but don’t let that put you off. Accommodation can be expensive, but there are ways around this if you’re on a budget. Save by trying local street food, use public transport, or look out for all-inclusive deals. However, it is your honeymoon, so when is there a better time to splurge on a holiday?

When to go:

The peak tourism time is December to April, when the northern hemisphere leaves behind their frosty weather for the sunnier climes of the Caribbean. It’s particularly busy around Christmas, Easter and school holidays, where prices spike up, and many islands sell out!

You can save money by travelling during the low season (April-December), where accommodation is heavily discounted and the islands are much quieter. However, some places close and the weather can be quite muggy. Remember to also be aware that hurricane season is most prevalent in August and September, where again some places just won’t be open.

Kylie and Dan’s Fiji Family Getaway Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia

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Kylie & Dan

I don’t think anyone can deny how wonderful it is to have family around you – especially on an occasion like a wedding. Kylie and Dan took a different approach to their wedding day – they wanted to create a family getaway and so with just ten of their nearest and dearest they planned a Fiji family getaway destination wedding. They  wed against the water, they dined under the stars and surrounding that? Plenty of massages, swimming and of course – coconut cocktails! Blue Robin Photography joined them to capture their celebrations.

Kylie tells their story. “I had traveled to London to live, travel and work. Dan and I met at a hospital (funnily enough, appropriately named The Heart Hospital) in London where we both worked together. Dan was a Cardiac Physiologist and I, a cardiac nurse in the coronary angiography department. We were friends for quite sometime before realising that we both really liked one another a lot. Our relationship progressed quickly and after a couple of years Dan made the move back with me to Australia to live. Before moving back to Australia Dan had proposed to me on a city break holiday in New York when we were on a horse and cart in Central Park. I was completely surprised as I had no idea that he was going to propose to me! Of course after a few surprised oh my goodnesses I said yes!!”

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Kylie tells, ” I almost didn’t make it to my wedding day! The night before my wedding my future brother in law and I decided to set out in a canoe and ended up going for a swim instead. We capsized the canoe and then spent the next hour trying to get back in without any luck. It was funny at the time but as it got darker and we realised we couldn’t actually get ourselves back in we both started to worry. We were quite far out – too far to swim back. Luckily we ended up being spotted struggling by the staff of Navutu and they came to a rescue and picked us up in their speed boat much to our embarrassment. Trying to imitate Karate kid moves in a canoe before your wedding day is never a good idea!”

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Kylie and Dan chose the private Navutu Stars Resort for their wedding. Kylie telling, “Dan and I were married whilst holidaying with our immediate family at Navutu Stars Resort in Fiji. Navutu Stars is a small rustic chic resort tucked away in the Yasawa Islands 30 minutes by seaplane from the mainland. The resort provided the most serene and beautiful backdrop for the intimate and private wedding we were after. Everything you hear about the Fijian people is true. The staff were all so caring and attentive and nothing you asked or requested too much trouble. We were married upon a beautiful decking overlooking the coral bay.

Our reception was a beautiful banquet set up on the beach where we ate freshly caught lobster and seafood under the stars. The venue exceeded the most perfect wedding we had dreamt of having and I would highly recommend Navutu Stars resort to those couples looking for an intimate private destination wedding venue.”

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Kylie chose a champagne gown from Essense of Australia.

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Kylie carried a sweet bouquet of fresh island blooms. She remarks, “One of the staff named Dan at Navutu made the flower arrangements himself with locally picked flowers from the island. Even the little ribbons were made from plants too.”

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“The most special part for us was having both of our families together in one place. As Dan is from England, and I from Australia, our families had not met before our decision to marry. The week we had together in Fiji was not just a wedding but the chance for our families to come together as one and to get to know each other and become good friends.”

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Of their photographer, Kylie notes “We were given Michael’s name and recommendation by a family member. Michael traveled with us to Fiji from Australia and stayed close by on a nearby island. Michael was absolutely amazing and we were blown away by the quality of his photographs he took on our day. He really put so much time and effort into capturing all the special moments and Michael’s positive and friendly nature helped us to feel more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. His attention to detail is incredible and his enthusiasm when working with him was infectious.”

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The couple added candle light around their reception dinner, of freshly caught lobster and seafood under the stars.  Kylie noting, “I did not have a lot of DIY details as our wedding was quite simple. I guess one DIY detail that we did do to help create a romantic atmosphere on the beach where our wedding banquet was held – we filled up 100 paper bags with sand and placed a tea light in each. We placed them around the dining table on the beach and our family created a candlelit path to our beach front bure (cottage). The tea lights really helped create a wow factor……..it was just so wonderfully romantic.”

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Kylie remembers, “We didn’t actually have a formal first dance as such. We formed our own dance floor with candles on the beach and our families all danced the night away under the stars.”

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Congratulations Kylie and Dan! Thank you for sharing your tropical wedding day with us! Thank you to Blue Robin Photography  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Blue Robin Photography / Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia / Bridal Salon: Fairytales Bridal Boutique. Moonee Ponds / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Jeanette Maree Jewellery / Bride’s Jewelry: Fairytales Bridal Boutique. Moonee Ponds / Groom’s Attire: Shoreditch London E1 District / Hairstylist: Ash from Wedding Hair/Makeup Perfectionist Fiji / Makeup Artist: Ash from Wedding Hair/Makeup Perfectionist Fiji / Venue: Navutu Stars Resort / Ceremony Officiant: Tula Tula Timothy. (Priest Timothy) / Flowers, ceremony music, catering & wedding cake: Navutu Stars Resort / Wedding Rings: Peter Arnold. Arnold Jeweller 03 9650 2997s / Transport: Pacific Island Air Seaplanes

Honeymoon In The Gili Islands

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Camille Davies
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You know the tropical island paradise you dream about? White sand, turquoise water, and more rum than you know what to do with? Well, it’s real, and it’s totally within reach for the average Aussie. The Gili islands, a trio of islands off the coast of Lombok, are a stunning combination of sunshine, sand, and sea, making them perfect honeymoon spots – and super easy to get to from Australia.

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The biggest tourist hit is Gili Trawangan, but Meno and Air are both gaining in popularity – and they both have a reputation as ideal honeymoon getaways due to their more laid back and gentle rustic atmosphere. Gili Trawangan is arguably the most developed of the three, with Meno coming in a close second, but there are still absolutely no motor vehicles on any of the islands – cycling, walking, or hiring a Cidomo (horse and cart) for a few dollars are the main ways of getting around. Of course, this means peace and quiet are one of the many virtues of these beautiful islands.

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Accommodation varies from the budget to the luxurious – mostly private bungalows and villas, (which are the staple of any Indonesian holiday!), but there are also a fair few luxury hotels and spas. The three islands each offer their own little slice of heaven, but Trawangan is definitely the busiest of the three – so if you’re looking for seclusion, head to the smaller Meno or Air! Boats between islands are available though – so if you change your mind, the other islands are only a short boat ride away.

If you are party animals, there are plenty of bars and lots of great restaurants packed to the rafters on Trawangan – but if you prefer a little more intimacy, then there are several secluded and quiet spots to enjoy a good meal in each other’s company. During my own stay on Gili Trawangan, I saw one couple enjoying a private meal on the beach at sunset, in a rose strewn bower overlooking the sea – I can’t think of a more perfect setting!

For the adventurous honeymooners, the Gili islands are fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling destinations. There are plenty of dive schools if you would like to learn – and there are few better places to do so, as it has some of the most stunning underwater scenes, with incredible water clarity and diverse marine life. Turtles are frequent locals, and there is nothing quite like seeing these amazing creatures up close!

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You can also surf (although the breaks are a little unreliable) or take a walk/cycle around the island. The islands are only a few kilometres across, so they can easily be done in a few hours if the feeling takes you. Take a picnic, and take your time enjoying the scenery!

If physical exertion really isn’t your thing, then never fear – as with any good holiday, sun loungers, ice cream, and cocktails are in abundance!

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The beaches are too lovely not to spend time on, and the water is so perfect you could look at it all day. I’d recommend the ginger ice cream, available from many of the vendors which line the streets – I had at least one scoop every day!

The Gili islands are beautiful, and I can guarantee that whichever island you end up on, you will find it very hard to tear yourself away – an everlasting honeymoon in the Gili Islands? Yes please!

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