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Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. It is a small island located in the south of India, known as the “pearl of the Indian ocean.” Sri Lanka has lots and lots of tourist attractions to showcase and things to do for newly wedded couples. The golden sandy beaches, beautiful hill surrounds, water sports and wild life watching are a few of the popular activities which honeymooners enjoy in Sri Lanka alongside the pleasing hospitality of the Sri Lankans.

Compared to other honeymoon destinations in the world, Sri Lanka is an economical honeymoon hotspot. You can find budget accommodation, as well as the luxury options still at affordable rates compared to other honeymoon destinations. But it’s not only the accommodation – the foods available in Sri Lanka too are lower in cost, and you can find the Sri Lankan rice and curry, pol rotti (flat bread) and string hoppers in local restaurants all around Sri Lanka. In the tourist hotspots, not only is the local food available, but also delicious western, Chinese and various other fares are plentiful.

So let’s see the top five honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka for the best romantic honeymoon ever.

1. Bentota
Bentota beach is located on the south west coast of the country, one of the best destinations for honeymooning couples. Honeymooners can enjoy the golden sand on the beach, sunbathe and spend some relaxing time together. The beach is well known for water sports, such as surfing, diving, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, water skiing, jet skiing and banana rides. Honeymooners can easily spot the water sports centres and book the adventurous water games to add more fun and entertainment to their honeymoon holidays. The boat ride on the Bentota Lake should not be missed; the boat ride is enjoyed by many tourists for its romantic scenery.

2. Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa beach too is a popular tourist hotspot in Sri Lanka, for the beach activities, water sports and its world famous coral reefs. Hikkaduwa beach is loved as a tourist hotspot where you can enjoy diving, snorkelling, surfing, coral reef watching and more. Turtle hatcheries, the community tsunami museum and monuments including Tsunami Honganji Vihara are the places to visit around Hikkaduwa to enjoy the local Sri Lankan culture.

Hikkaduwa Beach

3. Galle
Galle is the city of colonial landmarks! Sri Lanka was a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese and British for long time and in Galle city the colonial fortifications still remain with their ancient beauty. It is a preferred choice for many honeymooners’ itineraries because of the romantic silence of the Galle fort and the beautiful beach. Go for a walk around the beach, click a selfie with Galle lighthouse or sip a beer in one of the many restaurants – there’s so much to do!

4. Ella
Honeymooners can enjoy trekking in Ella and take in the beautiful countryside surrounded by tea plantations. Hike up to little Adam’s Peak, click some selfies near Ella rock, visit Ella’s spice garden or have a shower under Ravana Ella Falls. Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara Loop, Ella Gap Waterfall and Ravana’s Cave are ‘must see’ places in Ella whilst on a honeymoon holiday tour. There are hotels in Ella which offer special discounts and tour programs for newly wedded honeymoon couples too.

Ella Sri Lanka

5. Kandy
Kandy was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka before the British captured the country in 1815. Paying a visit to Dalada Maligawa, the Temple Of The Tooth Relic adds some spiritual voice to your mind. The tooth of lord Buddha is housed in this temple, and it was the royal palace during ancient days. Kandy Lake, Peredeniya Botanical Gardens, Commonwealth War Cemetery, Kandy Lake Club, Udawattekele Sanctuary, Ceylon Tea Museum and Ranweli Spice Gardens are the best places to visit in Kandy. Walk alongside your loved-one around Kandy Lake during sunset – it’s so beautiful.

Kandy

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Still uncrowded and spectacular, Sri Lanka is a beautiful destination to add to your honeymoon list!

About Dilra Tours: We are a Sri Lankan inbound travel agency which offers honeymoon holidays to Sri Lanka as well as other types of adventures including beach tours, wild life safari tour, nature tour and cultural tours.

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Ash & Mitch

When the cold settles in, it’s the most wonderful time to dream of tropical locales. This Nusa Lembogan destination wedding of Ash & Mitch was captured beautifully by Gold Hat Photography. Ash & Mitch wanted a day that was relaxed, warm and casual – the stunning resort offering the perfect backdrop to their day.

The couple met many moons ago Ash reminiscing “Mitch took me on our first date to a movie when I was 15. We stayed together every day for the next twelve years.”

Ash and Mitch married at Villa Opera. Ash explaining “Five years ago while holidaying in Nusa Lembongan I saw Villa Opera and I knew that would be where we would eventually get married.

It’s a beautiful villa situated on the edge of the cliff with breathtaking views and a huge infinity pool. The Villa itself created the perfect vibe for us.”

The bride chose Jan Davidson Designs to design her gown, telling “From the very beginning I had an idea of what I wanted. I’m really tall and nothing I tried on quite hit the mark. I tried on a lot of dresses but kept coming back to my original idea, so I ended up spending hours on Instagram and Pinterest and designed my own dress to have made by a local dressmaker in Paddington, Sydney.”

For the processional, Ash tells “We chose ‘Boom Clap’, a version by Lennon and Maisy Stella.

Shane Vincent  performed the ceremony, which the couple wanted to be quick and casual. Ash explains “We knew it would be about 30 degrees at the time of the ceremony so we wanted it to be quick, fun, casual and at the same time really beautiful. Our Celebrant Shane helped to make it perfect!
We wrote our own vows and Shane did a great job of condensing our 12 years together into a 15-minute story.”

“One of my favourite things about Nusa Lembongan is the overly relaxed vibe. No one is in a hurry and there are no certainties. A couple of days prior to the wedding we were told about the Islands biggest religious ceremony falling on the same day. The furniture, cake and flowers were all to come from the mainland and the boats weren’t confirmed to travel that day. The staff and the food were all delayed because of the ceremony.
This is all part of the island vibe and if we weren’t going to be OK with it, we wouldn’t have chosen Lembongan as our location. My most frequently used phrase in the lead up to the wedding was ‘It’s not exactly what we wanted, but it will work.”

Of their photographer, Ash notes “We chose Mark from Goldhat Photography. Mark’s wife is one of my sister’s best friends so we have known him for a while.
Mark also photographed my sister’s wedding a couple of years ago and I loved everything about her photos. We wanted someone who would fit in with our relaxed vibe, make everyone feel comfortable and would take beautiful candid photos of our day. We got exactly that!”

“The location was really all we needed. The villa was so beautiful and it was so special that all of our guests made such an effort to be there.
We wanted the reception to be relaxed and more like a party than a wedding reception because everyone was making a huge effort to get there and were treating it like a holiday. Our desire for a relaxed vibe very quickly turned into a pool party!”

Congratulations on your marriage Ash & Mitch! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Gold Hat Photography / Bride's Dress: Jan Davidson Designs / Bride's Shoes: Schutz / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jan Davidson Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alice McCall / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilla and Marc / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seed / Bridesmaid Shoes: The Iconic / Flowers: Heliconia Bali / Venue: Villa Opera / Reception Hire Items: Supply & Demand Event Hire Bali / Ceremony Officiant: Shane Vincent / Wedding Cake: Butter Bali / DJ: Jahra Mortimer / Wedding Ring: Cerrone
Honeymoons In Paradise - Where To Go In June

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Summer, for many, exudes an air of romance. While the Southern Hemisphere experiences short days and long nights in June, the Northern Hemisphere is just gearing up for plenty of sunshine and heat. As such, destinations kick into high gear as holiday makers, young and old, seek out the best places to spend their long-awaited summer vacation.

1. Kaua’i, Hawaii
There is no wrong time to visit Kaua’i, one of the oldest of all Hawaiian islands. The timeless honeymoon favourite is home to breathtaking scenery and a perpetually warm, tropical climate. In June, temperatures are near-perfect and the surf is the calmest all year.

Where to Stay
St Regis Princeville is a favourite for couples on this Hawaiian island. The resort of Kaua’i North Shore includes an 11,000-square-foot spa offering taro-clay wraps and maile-oil massages and a 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. The 251 rooms – some of the largest on Kaua’i – are all gleamingly new and decorated in pale blue and warm wood tones.

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What to Do
June offers ideal weather conditions for a leisurely boat tour of the rugged Na Pali coast. Enjoy the sunshine and take a swim in Hanalei Bay, or take in the dramatic cliffs and valleys of the Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

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2. Stockholm, Sweden
If you are looking for a refreshingly different honeymoon destination, Stockholm may just be the place. The city offers both a chance to relax and explore a vibrant nightlife and music scene set against a picturesque backdrop.

Where to Stay
The Hotel Lydmar offers classically designed rooms with a contemporary and cool feel. DJs and performers take to the terraces and open air bar, where people relax and choose from a delicious selection of food. If the weather will allow, the first floor terrace provides a perfect view over the waterfront, with a mix of people, young and old, soaking up the atmosphere. The rooms are stylish and the decor mixes the classic and the modern perfectly.

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What to Do
Visit the Västerbron Bridge, where couples secure padlocks and throw away they keys, representing everlasting love. Then, take a walk through the Haga Park and discover tranquility beside a lake and the see the current resident of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria.

Overlooking the water is one of the oldest inns in Stockholm, which is now the Haga Park Hotel. If time allows, take a short boat ride out of Stockholm to the Stora Fjäderholmarna, a destination for Stockholmers as well as tourists. Home to a new Brew Pub opened by Pelle Ågren and Andreas Willman, it is possible to try the beer which is brewed onsite, with windows facing into the brewery enabling visitors to take a look at the origin of their ale!

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3. Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia is currently going through a tourist boom and counts July as its peak tourist season. So, consider June as Croatia’s sweet spot, where the days are long but hotels have yet to reach capacity. The islands along the Croatian coast are dreamy destinations best seen by yacht, but Zagreb, the capital and heart of Croatia’s culture, is the place to be.

Where to Stay
Built in 1925 as a glamorous stopover for passengers on the Orient Express, the five-star Esplanade is unquestionably Zagreb’s most upmarket hotel. Restored to its former glory in 2004, it offers a level of opulence you will find nowhere else in Croatia. The resort’s 208 spacious rooms and suites are decorated in rich, warm tones and opulent golds, heavy dark wood furniture and luxuriant textiles.

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What to Do
Zagreb’s historic town is best explored on foot where you can marvel at the beautiful Austro-Hungarian architecture. Chief among them is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary (Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije). Although this landmark of Zagreb has long been veiled behind construction sheathing, its neo-Gothic twin towers, visible over the city, are as close as Zagreb gets to a visual identity worthy of calling-card status.

Spend some time at Mirogoj, one of the city’s architectural gems. Behind a series of green, onion-shaped cupolas that cap ivy-covered brick walls are tiled arcades – monuments to Croatia’s most prominent citizens and the final resting place of 300,000 souls of various religious backgrounds.

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4. Beijing, China
June is one of the best times to travel to Beijing – not a single Chinese holiday or national celebration falls in June, which might be the reason why, though the weather is still pleasant, it is one of the cheapest times to travel to this bustling city.

Where to Stay
Set in elegant pavilions that were once imperial waiting rooms, boutique hotel Aman Summer Palace in Beijing offers a taste of pampered Qing Dynasty living. Set in clusters of three pavilions surrounding a tranquil inner courtyard, rooms are dressed in natural hues and polished wood inspired by the Ming Dynasty. The Imperial Suite is its own little compound, with drum-stool seating, a private spa treatment room and floor-to-ceiling carved-wood panels.

Image via Aman Summer Palace

What to Do
The best perk of travelling to Beijing in June is being able to take advantage of fewer crowds at the typically busy monuments such as the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square.

The past and the future merge in China’s political capital, where hutong alleys compete with mega-malls, five-star hotels and world-class art institutions. Walk into China’s  imperial past at the Forbidden City and marvel at its beautiful oriental architecture. Enjoy a boat ride across the Shichahai Lake on a boat decorated with a lantern. Add the moonlight, some instrumental songs, local snacks and tea while viewing the lake at night. What could be more romantic than that?

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5. London, England
London is always booming – and beckoning. England’s capital is also its crown jewel, as much entrenched in its history as it is in its future. The backdrop of many blockbuster movies is sure to offer some memorable experiences on your honeymoon.

Where to Stay
The bright, feminine rooms at Number Sixteen’s well-groomed Kensington hideaway are as refreshing and tasty as a cup of Earl Grey on a spring morning. Number Sixteen’s wonderful location makes this London boutique hotel a great base for shopping, weekends or culture trips, or for tacking a little pleasure onto your business affairs. Every room is uniquely decorated with a different mix of Kit Kemp’s trademark flirty florals and savvy colour combinations; rooms feel spacious thanks to high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

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What to Do
Destinations such as London Bridge and Buckingham Palace need no further introduction. So, pack a picnic rug and spend a glorious afternoon at Hyde Park. Here you can go paddle-boating, see a number of swans and take in a breath of fresh air in the centre of the city. A trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic London Eye. Originally constructed to celebrate the millennium, the Eye is a giant ferris wheel offering gorgeous views across the city. At night, the wheel is lit up in seasonal colours.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The beauty of the Croatian coast has always fascinated me – but the glamour of Esplanade is something else again!