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6 Things To Love About Palm Cove

by | 6 Things To Love, Honeymoons, Location Australia


Molly Hancock


Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and a rainforest, Palm Cove basically screams ultimate honeymoon destination! With endless white sand beaches and glorious coconut palms, the warm ocean water makes Palm Cove one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. Situated only 30 minutes from Cairns airport, Palm Cove has recently risen to become the number one spot in Australia to have your wedding or honeymoon…here are six things to love…

1. Romantic Getaway. When booking your honeymoon in Palm Cove you want to look for accommodation that you and your new hubby can nestle away in private. Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Penthouse is the ideal location to enjoy that special one on one time. Located on the fourth floor, take the spiral staircase from your fully furnished balcony and find your way to a private rooftop terrace with spa, BBQ and outdoor setting. The resort also has a lagoon style pool, spa, restaurant and its own private walkway to the pristine beach. Absolute honeymoon bliss. Image via Pullman Hotels and Resorts. 

2. Divine Dining. An absolute stunning restaurant for you two newly weds to indulge in would be Nu Nu Restaurant. As Palm Cove’s only absolute beachfront restaurant, Nu Nu offers spectacular views of the Coral Sea, framed by lush palm trees. With previous recognition from Gourmet Traveller as Regional Restaurant of the Year, Nu Nu is the ultimate tropical beach restaurant destination in Australia. Using fresh local produce and having a premium wine, beer and cocktail list, Nu Nu is the go to place for any love birds. If you are looking for somewhere to have a late lunch with a few cheeky cocktails, Chill Cafe Palm Cove is a go to place. With relaxing vibes, enjoy a picture postcard backdrop framed by palms, golden sand, the Coral Sea and distant green hills as soulful, eclectic music delights your senses and you enjoy some oysters and a cocktail. Image via NuNu Restaurant.

3. Unwind and Dine. If you two love birds are looking to relax and unwind as well as get a bit to eat then Peppers Beach Club Spa & Lunch Package is the ideal thing. Unwind in the serene surrounds of Peppers Beach Club and take advantage of this relaxing offer, which includes lunch on the deck overlooking the ocean and an exquisite 45 minute massage or facial at the award winning Peppers Beach Club Spa. Perfect for any honeymooners! Image via Peppers Beach Club.

4. Morning Bliss. Hire a car one day and drive into Cairns and book a dawn hot air ballon ride. For a truly memorable experience, try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands. Their giant balloons glide gently over the bush land and farms of the Mareeba Valley. Perfect way for you and your new husband to start the day off. How romantic! Image via Local Tourism Network

5. Exquisite Evenings. Looking for something interesting to do one night, then book a Flames of the Forest – Rainforest Dining Experience. Book a table for two and enjoy a six course tasting menu of local flavours accompanied by premium Australian wines, beers and soft drinks whilst enjoying the mellow sounds of a solo acoustic guitarist. In a candle lit forest setting under a silk lined marquee with hand made crystal chandeliers, this is honeymoon bliss and a way to indulge in Palm Cove’s best local produce. Image via Flames of the Forest.

6. Photography Time. What better way for you to capture images of your honeymoon then doing Capture Cairns Photography Tours. Receive personalised photography lessons whilst on your day tour – from the white sands of Fitzroy Island or the magnificent views from the Skyrail to the elegant setting of the Botanical gardens or underwater on the Great Barrier Reef. What a beautiful way to remember your honeymoon. Image via Calypso Reef Imagery Centre.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So close to home, a Palm Cove honeymoon is romantic bliss; a hot air balloon ride at dawn is a ‘must do’ on my list! 

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The Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Jolene And Andrzej From Wanderlust Storytellers

by | Honeymoons, Polka Dot Travel Lounge


Bec Lawrence


Jolene and Andrzej are living their dream. The fabulous duo are behind the widely successful family travel blog, Wanderlust Storytellers. Sharing their passion for travel with people all around the globe, Jolene and Andrzej say that have found their purpose in life – “the question and the never ending search for what we are here for or what we are meant to do with our lives was answered when we created our family travel blog.”

The blog has expanded over several social media channels including Instagram where they have a loyal following of over 32,000! Wanderlust Storytellers seek out the hidden gems of the countries they visit and capture memories to inspire your next trip. They have raised their children to have an open mind when it comes to possibilities and to consider the whole world as their home. Let’s take a look at some of their recommendations for the hidden gems of the world.

What is your favourite region?

When I think about a region, two areas on the world map stand out for me: Europe and South East Asia!

I grew up in Poland and I have seen enough snow in my life, so summer time always attracts me more than any other season.

Europe: What is not to love about summer in Europe?  Where the sun stays up till the late hours of the night; restaurants spill out onto the streets and alleys … and beautiful music relaxes all your senses.  Sounds magical, because it is!  I can spend hours reminiscing about all the wonderful times we have had in some gorgeous regions of Europe!

Paint a little picture of some quality time with your loved one.  When you sit at the restaurant with your partner …

wine glass in hand …

a warm summery breeze brushing your cheek …

the aromas from the kitchen just asking to be eaten and …

the band is playing a soft ballad…

Got your attention?…  YES!  No need to say more, right?


South East Asia: Oh, summer time in Asia.  Doesn’t matter if the sweat covers your brow, the flavours of Asia have captivated me to no end.  There is so much more for us to explore in this beautiful continent.  However, all that we have seen so far has only made me crave for more!

The beauty of South East Asia is that you can enjoy the luxuries of life at such an incredibly affordable price tag!  Whilst we love to explore on holiday, we can never resist taking time out to just unwind as well.  Those daily massages, that come at such a low price that you don’t even have to blink about them!  The cheap cocktails, so cheap that you can indulge in them at any hour of the day. Add in some stunning palm tree scenery, one of my all-time favourite holiday moments!  And splash out some beautiful glorious hotels and resorts!!  I think our favourite South East Asia country is Vietnam, it has so much on offer!  We can’t wait to return and explore more!


Top resort recommendation

But there are so many! Haha…  OK, how about this one.  Does a ‘resort’ on a Junkboat suffice?


Imagine you are on board a five star boat.  The captain steers the ship slowly in between insanely picturesque scenery, where sunset kisses the tips of the rocks rising to the sky from the bay waters.  You are sitting on the top deck on your comfy sun bed, one hand in hand with your loved one and the other helping you to the smooth and happily intoxicating cocktail.


Oh man, I want to be in Halong Bay in Vietnam again, on board of the Indochina Sails boat!  This is a spectacular way to stay a few nights in truly unique ‘resort’ environment!

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities

We spent our honeymoon in the glorious romantic country called Italy.  This holiday was the most amazing trip of my life!

Hands down, I would recommend to spend your honeymoon exploring!  Exploring new destinations and finding its hidden secrets! We love finding ourselves in some secluded, quiet coves away from tourists.  Or trying to scout out some spectacular waterfalls to take a dip in.  I think there is something to be said for discovering your own little piece of paradise, memories that will last you a lifetime!

To be honest, for me the best means of exploring is by driving or taking a road trip.  On our honeymoon we hired a car and decided to tackle the Amalfi Coast roads.  Zooming down the Amalfi Coast cliff-hugging road, whilst the magic of this region that opens up right in front of your windscreen is next to none! This is an experience of a life time and truly unforgettable!  LOVE Amalfi Coast!  We will be back!


The ideal location for a honeymoon

My proposal was something else, ummmm haha… you might have to ask my wife to share that moment with you on another occasion.  All I will say, it was in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and at one of our favourite lookouts over the valley leading to the waterfall.  Beautiful spot!

However, if I was going to re-propose to my beautiful wife, I would choose to do it at sunset on the Rialto Bridge in the most romantic city in Europe, Venice!  I am pretty sure, this location has witnessed many proposals already, but does it really matter?  Sunset on the Rialto Bridge is spectacular!  Boats and gondolas weaving in and out of traffic on the emerald water of the Grand Canal, perfect!  We spent so much time on the bridge, just trying to absorb the views and atmosphere!


Tip:  The restaurant on the right side of the canal with the red umbrellas has yummy food!  Although you might fork out a little more Euro due to their location, it is worth it for a romantic after-proposal dinner!


Best kept secret honeymoon location

OK, if you really want to escape and you want to go to somewhere that does not already exist on every other honeymooners list, why not head to Koh Rong Samloem Island in Cambodia!

You are asking yourself now, Where? What?  I know, because I was like that when we were searching for places to stay in Cambodia.

Koh Rong Samloem is insanely beautiful.  We stayed at the Sol Beach Resort on the Saracen Bay side of the island.  This is a paradise island, and one that is still not over populated with crowds of tourists.  All you need is here.  Total bliss and tranquillity.  Nothing but the blue of the water.  Add in some hammocks located right in the ocean water? And if you are lucky you will even see some bioluminescent algae in the water! Nothing like sparkly water to ramp up the romantic atmosphere!  Do I really have to say more?


All images by Wanderlust Storytellers


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The trip along the Amalfi Coast road sounds so wonderful; hire a convertible car for a romantic ‘Grace Kelly’ adventure!

6 Things To Love: Lorne

by | 6 Things To Love, Honeymoons, Location Australia


Molly Hancock


If you have ever explored the Great Ocean Road, you would have come across the pristine coastal town of Lorne. With only a population of 1,046, the small beach town is ideal for honeymooners wanting to discover one of Australia’s best beaches and holiday destinations.

This small town has spectacular views, food, beach, walks and spa treatments. So what more would you want when organising your honeymoon? Every part of Lorne has something special to offer, whether it be a romantic walk along the beach or gazing at each other during a candlelit dinner, Lorne is the ultimate honeymoon destination – here are six things to love..

1. Romantic walks. Lorne is renowned for its spectacular views, whether it be of the beach, waterfalls or the surrounding forest. Trail walks around Lorne vary from a quick 20 minute stroll to a longer walk of three hours. So why not take your new husband and stroll along Lorne Foreshore (South) to Shipwreck Plaques, taking in the views of the beach, hand in hand. Or get up early one morning and watch the sunrise at Teddy’s Lookout? The views here are guaranteed not to disappoint and what a way to start your morning with your loved one – honeymoon bliss! Image via Great Ocean Road Info.

2. Taste sensations. Lorne is the ideal place to enjoy a great range of places to eat and of course drink.  If you and your loved one are looking for somewhere that is a bit more special for dinner, then Marks Restaurant is your go to place. Located in the heart of town, Marks delivers quality dining that surfs the waves of food fashion from its spot on Lorne’s beachfront. Be sure to book a window table so you can admire the sun setting and enjoy some local produce. A great place to expand your taste sensations for breakfast is Moons Espresso Bar. A favourite amongst the locals, Moons is renowned for their great coffee, freshly squeezed juices and their Big Breakfast. So why not start your day off at this relaxed cafe, overlooking the beach. Image via Marks Restaurant.

3. Accommodation.  There are numerous honeymoon escapes for you and your new husband in Lorne. Whether you want some where with an ocean view, or overlooking the spectacular forest, Lorne has it all. The Cumberland Lorne Resort is a personal favourite. Located in the heart of Lorne’s main street, facing the sea, the Cumberland combines spectacular ocean views with spacious apartments and a range of resort facilities – a perfect way for you to enjoy Lorne’s view without leaving your room. However, if you are looking for something more secluded, Otway Escapes Love Shack Cottages would be perfect. A free standing one bedroom cabin for couples provides affordable luxury with everything you need for a romantic escape in the country, including breathtaking views over 200 acres of farming land and the Great Otway National park. Image via Otway Escapes.

4. Spas. A perfect way for you and your new husband to relax would to book a day spa package at Endota Spa, located at Mantra Resort. The four hour long treatment includes a footbath, body exfoliation, cocoon or hot oil wrap, massage, facial and pedicure. What better way for you two to unwind from all that wedding stress.  Image via Endota Spa.

5. Beach. Lorne’s main beach is one of the Great Ocean Road’s best beaches. Why not get some fresh oysters and prawns from the Lorne Pier Seafood Shop and a bottle of champagne and watch the sun set on the beach. Honeymoon bliss. Image via Molly Hancock.

6. Quiet time. At the mouth of the Erskine River you will find the Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse. An ambience that is secluded from the heart of Lorne, stroll down to this cafe and enjoy a fresh juice or coffee and hire one of their paddle boats to cruise up and down the river. This makes a beautiful activity for a relaxing break and to enjoy each others company without any other distractions. Image via Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With its incredible natural beauty, there’s so much to love about Lorne; the spectacular walks are so romantic!

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