Popular travel blogger Arnette from Round the World Girl stopped by our virtual travel lounge to give us the best in honeymoon tips. She also shared some serious wanderlust inducing pictures from her travels.
Arnette originally began in the sports and fashion industries but after some personal tragedies she quit her job, sold her things and decided it was time for a round the world trip. After her worldwide journey came to an end, she decided not to go back to an office job and but instead work freelance consulting to different brands and companies doing everything from social media, strategic branding, research and more. She started Round The World Girl as a place to share experiences and travel tips with friends and family. Luckily for her it has since grown and expanded over her social media channels and she has been able to go on some amazing trips because of it.
Follow on below for her top recommendations, I think we might just have to add Canada to our own travel list!
What is your favourite region?
This is always a tough question because I love so many places but I absolutely love Southeast Asia. I love the kindness of the people, the heat, how budget friendly it can be, and of course, the food!
El Nido, Phillippines
Top resort recommendation?
I stayed at Sonora Resort in Western Canada which is a Relais and Chateaux property and my experience still has to be topped. One of the two ways to get there is via helicopter, the food is absolutely amazing, the surrounding is beautiful, and the staff extremely genuine and friendly. My fishing and boat guides were both female and marine biologists!
Sonora Resort, Canada
Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?
After all of the stress of planning a wedding, definitely just rest and relax. Get massages and spa treatments, eat delicious food, get pampered and bask in new marital bliss! Go explore your honeymoon destination and take tons of photos that will provide wonderful memories.
The ideal location for a proposal?
Somewhere absolutely scenic so that you not only get a proposal but you get the most stunning photos to boot! I recently saw an engagement shoot for two professional photographers underneath the Northern Lights. So dreamy!
Best kept secret honeymoon location?
Canada. I think most people automatically think of a hot island destination when they think of honeymoon. In Canada there are beaches, mountains, lakes, stunning landscapes, regional food, and friendly people. It is also very safe!
Fancy a honeymoon where you’ll experience the traditional feel of Spain? A honeymoon where the food will awaken your tastebuds and where you’ll fall in love with the culture? If you said yes, yes and yes, Cordoba Spain is more than perfect for you and your loved one to discover.
Whilst more popular destinations in Spain like Barcelona and Madrid draw flocks of tourists, Cordoba is left as a hidden gem with far less crowds and far less lines! This city will have you wanting to explore more, learn more and unwind in the colourful restaurants sipping sangria and enjoying a show by local dancers.
You’ll find Cordoba in the region of Andalusia, southern Spain. This city is full of history having been conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century and returning to Christian rule in 1236. Throughout the city you will see reference to its history in the architecture and art. Come and explore all that Cordoba has to offer.
Where to stay:
Eurostars Patios De Cordoba
Close to all the action is Eurostars Patios De Cordoba who have the perfect room for your honeymoon. The Room Deluxe Wedding Night will have you relaxed with all the amenities you’d ever need including a bath, Moët & Chandon, fruit and chocolate passion, rose petals and VIP bath amenities.
You’ll feel the history as you walk through the architecturally beautiful hotel. Archaeological remains were unearthed in the very land the hotel is built on. The souvenirs found included roman tombs, a well, hydraulic fountains an Almohade wall and even a well from the Caliphate. This gem is located right in the city centre making it an easy walk to all the things you’ll want to see on your journey discovering the city.
For an incredibly luxurious retreat stay at the Hospes Palacio del Bailio. Stay in the Dreamers Room, one of the deluxe suites available at the hotel. The spacious room features wooden floors and original artworks from the 18th century. Relax with modern amenities and unwind in a dreamy bathtub.
As an added bonus the hotel features a restaurant and a bar for when you want to spend a night in. Restaurante Arbequina uses traditional ingredients that were used by the Romans and the Arabians. The guaranteed flavour of this restaurant will have you adding this to you memory books when you get home from your trip. Escape from it all at the Bodyna spa where ancient techniques and natural products are used to revitalise the mind and body.
What to do:
Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs
Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos), picturesque gardens are the perfect place to unwind and go for a stroll. The current gardens were formed in the middle of the twentieth century and feature fountains and pools.
Image via Bec Lawrence
Wander the castle that sits with perfect views of the gardens. Uncover history in the museum and learn about those who once called this place home. Construction began on the current towers in 1328. You can climb to the top and take in the views of this beautiful city. This is something not to be missed!
Image via Bec Lawrence
Admission will only set you back a very small 4 euros fifty.
The Mezquita in Cordoba has to be one of the most beautifully architectural sites you will see. Essentially the Mezquita is a church that was transferred to a mosque in the year 784. When Cordoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 the building was again transformed but this time to represent a Roman Catholic church and to this day it remains. The building represents a collection of different religions as they each made their stamp on history. You’ll find it to be one of the more popular attractions in Cordoba so get in early to miss the crowds.
Patio de la Juderia is one of those places you will never forget and we speak from experience. You’ll find this hidden gem as you walk through streets of white buildings decorated with brightly coloured flowers. The man on the door might invite you in or persuade you by telling you how amazing the food tastes. He’s not lying, you’d be missing out if you didn’t eat here. Enjoy a real taste of Spain and watch flamenco dancers take the stage, listen to the guitar as you sip on a glass of wine and fall in love with all that is the Spanish culture.
This intimate setting will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Spain. Whether you get fish, chicken or whatever else you may feel like, the food is incredible and what better time to share such an experience than on your honeymoon with your one and only.
Europe bound for your honeymoon? Take a rest en-route and enjoy a luxe layover in Dubai. This Middle Eastern hub is a haven for glamorous expats, chic Emirati locals and global tourists alike.
Smack bang in the middle of the desert, Dubai rises from the sand dunes like a concrete oasis; a veritable feast of jaw-dropping towers and daring architecture. Nearly skimming the stratosphere at 160 storeys high, the Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s crowning glory – and needs to be seen to be believed!
If you’re honeymooning between October and mid May, Dubai is the perfect way to break up the journey to or from your European destination. Just be mindful that during the summer months, this desert destination can reach sweltering peak temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius so it’s less desirable to visit during these times.
Rove Hotel Downtown
Overall, Dubai is a pretty pricey place to visit, so it will come as no surprise that accommodation is also expensive. For a budget savvy option, check into the Rove Downtown hotel – a hipster haven with super friendly staff and lofty interiors, just a few minutes walk from The Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa.
The foyer and relaxed lounge area is very Middle East meets Manhattan – with eclectic art installations, Emirates-inspired wall art, device charging stations, a love lock wall and bean bag gaming zone.
Rooms are equipped with all the home-away-from-home necessities – luxe body products, fluffy towels and comfy beds – the perfect retreat after a day of sightseeing! With a rooftop pool, fitness centre, market and casual café, it’s a great base from which to explore this dynamic city.
Start your day with a leisurely voyage across the bay by booking a stand-up paddleboard session at the luxurious Fairmont The Palm hotel. Comprising five-star luxury situated on the exclusive Palm Jumeirah enclave, this stunning resort is in itself, worth a visit!
Upon arrival in the foyer, mention you would like to use the club facilities and you will be directed to the palm fringed beach, where you can rent a board and venture out into a sheltered bay. Lined with luxurious private beach houses and the Dubai Marina in the distance, this is a scenic way to see some of the famous palm development! Note, it’s best to arrive early in the day for this activity in order to beat the heat.
Lose yourself under the sea
Venture beneath the surface to the lost city at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, housed within the extravagant Atlantis the Palm resort. From floor-to-ceiling tanks filled with cruising sharks and stingrays, to crustacean enclosures, seahorses and vividly hued tropical fish, this aquarium is a treasure trove of aquatic life.
Indoor ice skating, stylish souk, cinema, larger-than-life aquarium and more than 1,200 stores – The Dubai Mall is several storeys of sartorial and entertainment bliss. You can easily spend several hours browsing the stores brimming with mens, womens and kids clothing, homewares, jewellery, toys and accessories. From haute to high street – you’re bound to find some new honeymoon pieces here.
Take a lunch stop at one of the many cafes and restaurants onsite, and don’t forget to pop outside to get a great view of the Burj Khalifa! Here, you will also find the extravagant Burj Khalifa fountains, which erupt in a mesmerising display each evening.
Evening safari experience
Hop in to a vintage 1950s Range Rover and prepare for an evening of riding along sweeping sandtracks, spotting unusual wildlife and embracing Emirati culture under the stars. The Heritage Desert Safari by Platinum Heritage tours is an unmissable Dubai experience, and will be a honeymoon highlight you and your love reminisce about in years to come!
Upon arriving at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, you will convoy into the wilderness, pausing for photo stops and to see animals along the way. Next up is a breathtaking falcon show demonstration before you head to the luxurious Bedouin camp, where you can partake in camel rides and henna tattoos, see dynamic Emirati dancing and fire shows and enjoy a sumptuous Middle Eastern feast under a moonlit sky.
In Dubai, brunch isn’t smashed avocado on sourdough, rather a free-flowing champagne and extravagant buffet kind of affair. Come midday on Saturday, Dubai ex pats (and cluey visitors) are rolling up to luxe hotels around the city to indulge in an afternoon of fine wining and dining.
For an epicurean experience to remember, book a table at the luxurious Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City in downtown Dubai. From freshly shucked oysters, to smoked meats and multi-tiered chocolate fountains and epic cheeseboards to bountiful sushi bars, it’s a true food lover’s feast. Be sure to sample the array of Emirati cuisine on offer (think plump olives and rich hummus) and leave plenty of room for the delicate desserts!
Part of the fun in Dubai is to see the spectacular hotels – and Dubai icon Atlantis the Palm, is no exception. Make a post aquarium pit-stop at Platos, a gorgeous Arabian tea salon nestled just off the foyer. Select an exquisite treat from the gleaming cabinet (try the cheesecakes!) and order one of Singapore tea emporium TWG’s famous teas, or a gold leaf topped latte!
For sunset drinks and drone-style views, head to the sky high Uptown Bar at Jumeirah Beach Hotel to catch the last rays of the day and toast to your new married lives! This premium sunset spot is a great way to take in Dubai’s coastline and see the spectacular Burj Al Arab in all her seven star glory. At certain times you will also hear the calls to prayer from the nearby mosques – a very atmospheric experience, and a fitting way to farewell this truly vibrant cosmopolitan city.
All images by Anika Reynolds.
Ms Polka Dot says: Oh, that sunset and the food – one to put on the bucket list!